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Official Plan and master plans

Human services plan

Read about the City’s plan to increase access to services and facilities for Ottawa’s diverse communities and citizens.

Official Plan

The City of Ottawa Official Plan provides a vision for the future growth of the city and a policy framework to guide the city's physical development to the year 2031.

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Official Plan Review: Official Plan Amendment #150

The legal amendment adopted by Council and approved by the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing.

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Official Plan Amendment #180

Official Plan Amendment 180 was adopted by By-law 2017-19 on January 25th 2017 and is forwarded to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing for provincial approval.  Once Ministerial approval is given those persons who have already registered with the City will be notified by the Ministry. 

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Land Evaluation and Area Review (LEAR)

The Province of Ontario requires municipalities to protect prime agricultural areas for long-term use for local agriculture. The purpose of a Land Evaluation and Area Review system, or LEAR, is to assist in the identification of these prime agricultural areas.

In 2011 Ottawa was home to 1,125 farm holdings, comprising 120,000 hectares of farmland dedicated to a mixture of cash crops, livestock operations and a growing number of local fresh food producers. These operations produced agricultural products with a value estimated at over $200 million.

In December 2016, the City of Ottawa adopted a new LEAR system to replace the system developed by the former Regional Municipality of Ottawa-Carleton in 1997. That system resulted in the identification of the agricultural areas designated as Agricultural Resource Areas as shown on Schedule A to the City’s Official Plan.  

What is the LEAR system?

The primary component is the identification of land, comprised of soils, classed as 1, 2 and 3 in the Canada Land Inventory  (CLI).

These soils provide the greatest flexibility to support a variety of crops. A LEAR system also uses other factors in addition to soil class in order to identify the best areas of ongoing agriculture. The results of the assessment of each rural property using the LEAR criteria are mapped and the prime agricultural areas are identified as areas of 250 ha or greater that are predominantly CLI classes 1-3 soils.

This new LEAR system updates a number of factors to respond to new soils mapping and reflects changes in the size and nature of farms over the last 20 years. The Ontario Municipal Board directed the City to complete this update as part of the comprehensive review of the Official Plan.

The LEAR report has two volumes:

LEAR Volume 1 [PDF 3.61 MB] contains a description of the new LEAR system and how properties are scored.

LEAR Volume 2 [PDF 7.59 MB] contains LEAR data for each scored property.

Anyone can use the LEAR map to search for their property and see the new LEAR scoring or download the printable map [PDF 5.77 MB].

How is the LEAR system used?  

The new LEAR was used as part of the review of the Official Plan and will inform the assessment of applications in the Agricultural Resource Area designation, such as new renewable energy projects or new agriculture-related uses.  

Changes proposed to the Agricultural Resource Area designation following the update of the LEAR system have been incorporated into the Official Plan.

Related links

Canada Land Inventory (CLI) soil capability for agriculture mapping  

Official Plan Amendment #180

Further information

City of Ottawa
Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development
110 Laurier Avenue West
Ottawa, ON K1P 1J1
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Ottawa Cycling Plan

The Active Transportation Plan (formerly the Ottawa Cycling Plan) is currently being updated.

If you'd like more information please visit the project page.

The 2013 Ottawa Cycling Plan (OCP2013) is a long-term strategy to strengthen and support cycling in the city. It was developed as part of the Building a Liveable Ottawa process, which also led to updates of the City's Official Plan, Transportation Master Plan, Ottawa Pedestrian Plan and Infrastructure Master Plan.

The project and network maps that support the OCP2013 can be found in the on-line geoOttawa mapping tool, in the Layer List tool under Cycling and Cycling Plan. A complete description on how to use GeoOttawa can be found in Annex C of the cycling plan.

2013 Ottawa Cycling Plan [ PDF 21.3 MB ]

Ottawa Pedestrian Plan

The Active Transportation Plan (formerly the Ottawa Pedestrian Plan) is currently being updated.

If you'd like more information please visit the project page here.

The existing pedestrian network and the future Affordable Pedestrian Network projects approved in the  Ottawa Pedestrian Plan (OPP) 2013 can be viewed in map format on-line at geoOttawa. Under the drop-down menu "More Layers" click on Pedestrian Plan to initiate. A complete list of the future Affordable Pedestrian Network projects can be found in Annex E of the Ottawa Pedestrian Plan.

2013 Ottawa Pedestrian Plan [ PDF 6.8 MB ]

Zlatko Krstulic
Senior Project Manager
Transportation Planning
Transportation Services Department
613-580-2424, ext. 21827

Ottawa Transition Board Final Report

The Ottawa Transition Board oversaw the amalgamation of the Region of Ottawa-Carleton and 11 municipalities to create the new City of Ottawa on January 1, 2001. The work of the board is summarized in its final report [PDF – 5.2 MB]. If you wish to receive this report in another format or any other public documents created by the board, please contact Claire Lee at 613-580-2424, ext. 13180 (TTY: 613-580-2401).

Transportation Master Plan

The Transportation Master Plan is currently being updated. If you'd like more information please visit the project page.

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