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Council approves balanced approach to urban boundary expansion

May 27, 2020
Council Updates

Ottawa’s population is expected to grow by 400,000 new residents by 2046. To meet the increase in housing demand, City Council today approved a growth management strategy to expand Ottawa’s urban area by 1,281 hectares of new residential lands and to have 60 per cent of new dwellings be built in already developed areas by 2046. A decision on adding between 69 and 369 hectares of employment lands has been deferred until staff complete the required studies.

This balanced growth scenario will provide greater housing diversity within built-up areas, particularly near existing or planned transit hubs, along with sufficient housing supply outside the Greenbelt. This complements the City’s goal to expand the number of 15-minute neighbourhoods in Ottawa – communities where people can live without a car because daily needs are all within a 15-minute walk of home.

The strategy will inform the new Official Plan, which will guide development and growth in Ottawa until 2046.

Council received an update on the impact of COVID-19 on the local economy and the City’s economic recovery efforts. The City is following a phased approach to restart, reset and contribute to the resiliency of the local economy. To support local businesses, staff are working to update fees for patios and tourist kiosks, grant temporary access for vendors and retail businesses to the City’s right of way, launch the second phase of the Buy Local promotional campaign and review applications for the Innovation Pilot Program.

Council received an interim report from the Integrity Commissioner about an inquiry into College Ward Councillor Rick Chiarelli’s conduct.

Council approved changes to the Right of Way Patio By-law to make it easier for restaurants and cafés to open patios in the City’s right of way this year. The City will waive the daily rate for patios and tourist kiosks, along with the annual permit fee for café seating permits. The City will also allow an unlimited number of café seating permits where there is space available.

Staff will update the Transportation Committee on Wednesday, June 3 about opportunities for patios and retail businesses on private property to expand into neighbouring parking lots, private property and the City’s right of way.

Council directed staff to develop a public awareness campaign about road safety in residential communities, including targeted outreach to remind delivery companies about speed limits.

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