A primer on Ottawa’s Draft Comprehensive Zoning By-law

A primer on Ottawa’s Draft Comprehensive Zoning By-law

The City of Ottawa is developing a new comprehensive Zoning By-law for approval by Council in 2025. The Zoning By-law is a set of regulations that sets rules on what can be built as of right, without having to seek specific permission.  In this feature story you will find background on how we got here, a summary of next steps in the process, and a summary of issues addressed in the Zoning By-law. These…

Planning and Zoning Issues

Planning and Zoning Issues

Both the province of Ontario and the City of Ottawa are proposing changes that will critically impact residents of Old Ottawa South.  The Ontario government has introduced Bill 185. Among other things, the Bill proposes to eliminate most third party appeals to planning proposals, limiting that right to a few selected entities. Community associations, affected neighbours and environmental groups and individuals would be among those who would be denied the right to appeal official…

Ottawa’s Tree Planting Strategy – Feedback Requested

Ottawa’s Tree Planting Strategy – Feedback Requested

As part of the strategic Urban Forest Management Plan the City of Ottawa is looking for your feedback on thecreation of a Tree Planting Strategy for Ottawa. The Tree Planting Strategy will include: Let the City of Ottawa know what you think by completing the City’s survey by April 15, 2024. This survey gathers general feedback on the City’s tree planting programs and seek your ideas for future programming.The survey also includes more detailed…

Solid Waste Master Plan

Solid Waste Master Plan

The City has plans to change the way we manage garbage, recycling, and food waste. To share your feedback about the City’s draft Solid Waste Master Plan, see the Engage Ottawa website to take a survey and for an invitation to an open-house and information session.

Heritage Day at City Hall

Heritage Day at City Hall

Celebrate Heritage Day on Tuesday, February 20, 2024 at City Hall (110 Laurier Ave) from 12 pm to 2 pm. This year’s theme is “Diversity of heritage: Recognizing the past and celebrating the future“. Following the opening ceremony, guests can browse the Heritage Showcase to discover Ottawa’s many local historical societies, museums, and heritage groups.

Commemorative Naming

Commemorative Naming

Did you know that over 350 streets, parks, and facilities across Ottawa are named after individuals who made extraordinary contributions to the city and its residents? Take part in the online survey by February 16, 2024, to help shape the future of this tradition.

Heritage Designation for Southminster

Heritage Designation for Southminster

On January 24, 2024, Ottawa City Council approved the heritage designation of Southminster United Church at 1040 Bank Street. More designations will come forward this year due to changes to the Ontario Heritage Act. Staff have been identifying properties across all wards that are strong candidates for designation under Part IV of the Act. Those properties will then be prioritized based on risk, program diversification, geography and architectural significance. Read the report outlining the…

Share your Feedback on Vehicle Idling

Share your Feedback on Vehicle Idling

In 2007, the City of Ottawa took steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve air quality by enacting the Idling Control By-law. The City is currently reviewing this by-law and is looking for your feedback on vehicle idling in Ottawa. Vehicles on public and private property are permitted to idle for up to three minutes in a 60-minute period when the outdoor temperature is between 5°C and 27°C. If it’s colder than 5°C…

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