Council today approved a new Official Plan for Ottawa – the City’s most comprehensive planning document. It marks the first time that Ottawa has adopted a new Official Plan since 2003.

The new Official Plan will guide growth and redevelopment in Ottawa for the next 25 years and is framed around five big policy changes:

  • Growth – encouraging more growth through intensification and providing more affordable housing
  • Mobility – promoting sustainable transportation and encouraging complete streets.
  • Urban Design – ensuring intensification happens in ways that benefit the streets and communities involved
  • Resiliency – bringing environment, climate and health considerations to the forefront of planning
  • Economy – establishing a strong relationship between land use and economic development

The new Official Plan is designed to help Ottawa become a city of connected, green, inclusive and walkable communities, with greater density of housing, employment and services around rapid-transit hubs and along transit corridors.