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Learn About City of Ottawa Planning Processes

The City of Ottawa offers a series of free courses designed to help citizens become familiar with issues related to urban planning. The information from two courses—Planning Primer I & Planning Primer II—is available via the City of Ottawa website.

Also available online is material from the elective courses on Residential Infill and Intensification, Development Charges, Park Planning, Heritage Planning, and Secondary Planning Processes.

Planning Primer I topics include:

  • What is land use planning?
  • The Planning Act and the Provincial Policy Statement
  • The Official Plan
  • The Comprehensive Zoning By-law

Planning Primer II topics include:

  • Six Most Common Types of Development Applications
  • The Decision Makers
  • Pre-consultation and Submission of Applications
  • Public Notification and Application Review
  • Issue Resolution and Report Writing
  • The Urban Design Review Panel

 See the City of Ottawa website for more information and to find out when the next course will take place.