First Draft of City’s new Zoning By-law

First Draft of City’s new Zoning By-law

The City has released the first draft of the new Zoning By-law, a set of regulations that sets rules on what can be built as of right, without having to seek specific permission. Residents are encouraged to review the draft by-law and provide feedback both online and in person at open-house events. The complete draft, including maps, can be found on the City’s public engagement site, engage.ottawa.ca. You can read the Zoning By-law primer or check…

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…

Federal redevelopment of Confederation Heights: Get in on the ground floor

Federal redevelopment of Confederation Heights: Get in on the ground floor

On the edge of Old Ottawa South, there are several important federal government buildings like the blue mirrored Canada Post’s headquarters, the former CBC heritage building, as well as Vincent Massey Park and Hog’s Back Park. It is important to note that the Confederation Heights area is located five kilometres south of Ottawa’s downtown core, and totals approximately 188 hectares/465 acres. The site under development is bound by the Rideau River to the north…

Lansdowne 2.0: Your chance to be heard 11 October 7pm Horticulture Building

Lansdowne 2.0: Your chance to be heard 11 October 7pm Horticulture Building

On 10 November 2023 City Council will decide whether to approve the current proposal for the redevelopment of Lansdowne Park, “Lansdowne 2.0“. Many neighbourhood residents, and your community association, OSCA, have grave doubts about this proposal, involving the construction of 40-storey skyscrapers, the loss of public space, and the implications for traffic and liveability. In addition, the proposal appears fiscally imprudent, especially given the lack of transparency around the finances of the last redevelopment….

Open House on the new Zoning By-law

Open House on the new Zoning By-law

The City has a new Official Plan and now a new Zoning By-law is needed to implement that Plan. 

The Official Plan sets out directions for how to manage growth and change in neighbourhoods and how the City will respond to issues such as climate change and affordable housing. The new Zoning By-law will help implement these directions by providing rules for what can be built on every property in Ottawa. 

The Zoning By-law sets out rules for:

Financial Fact Sheet on Lansdowne 2.0 for the Mayor and Councillors

Financial Fact Sheet on Lansdowne 2.0 for the Mayor and Councillors

Financial Fact Sheet for Councillors The three most-affected communities (Glebe, Old Ottawa East, and Old Ottawa South) have come together to send a fact sheet on the Lansdowne 2.0 proposal to the Mayor and the Councillors for consideration before any votes are taken.  On October 18, 2023 the combined Committees of Finance and Corporate Services and Planning and Housing will meet to discuss the proposal and prepare a recommendation for the full City Council meeting on October 25, 2023.

A Public Forum entitled “Let’s Talk Lansdowne” will take place on Wednesday, October 11, 2023 at 7pm at the Horticulture Building in Lansdowne Park. Mark it in your calendar!

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