The Greenspace Master Plan - Strategies for Ottawa’s Urban Greenspaces will never be complete, in that the city’s requirements for greenspace within the urban area and opportunities to provide it will continue to evolve as new communities develop and older communities redevelop. Council’s objectives for greenspace are pursued in this context, on an ongoing basis across a broad range of municipal functions. These functions include responsibilities assigned under the Planning Act, Council decisions on municipal public works, and projects undertaken in partnership with others. Through these functions, Council can pursue a “Greenspace Also” approach in its decision-making so that greenspace objectives are considered at the same time as other objectives for managing the city’s growth and development.
The tools that Council will use to pursue “Greenspace Also” are listed below.
- Land Use Planning – Council will identify and protect greenspace in the Official Plan and Zoning By-law, and through Community Design Plans and other planning studies.
- Development Review Process – As individual parcels come forward for subdivision, zoning or site plan approval, Council will act on opportunities to protect and acquire greenspace.
- Undertaking Public Works and Building Infrastructure – Council will find ways to provide and protect greenspace when building roads and other infrastructure.
- Partnering with Others – Council will work with the private sector, the NCC and provincial partners, conservation authorities, and community groups to provide and manage greenspace.
- Managing Land – Council will model stewardship on city-owned land and maintain or enhance its greenspace function.
- Land Acquisition – Council will ensure public ownership of greenspaces through acquisition and other mechanisms where appropriate and practical.
In 2005, Council adopted an acquisition policy that commits it to purchase those significant greenspace lands that are designated in the City’s Official Plan. These policies establish the actions that trigger Council acquiring land and the mechanisms to establish fair compensation. The Ontario Municipal Board approved this policy with the exception of sub-policy 5(f). The outstanding component deals with acquisition and compensation for surplus public land and is being reviewed. The whole policy adopted by the City is provided in Appendix B