The City of Ottawa's official plan for future development is ready for public consultation after passing through planning committee.
A draft version of the amended plan, tabled Tuesday, seeks to set maximum building heights, introduce new rules for urban design and promote transit-oriented development, among other recommendations. City planners brought the changes forward.
The complete list of proposed changes include:
- Setting maximum building heights for all parts of the city.
- Strengthening the authority of community design plans with respect to building height and density within their boundaries.
- Introducing new policies for urban design city-wide, including new design criteria for highrise buildings.
- Promoting transit-oriented development.
- Clarifying where intensification can occur outside of the target areas.
- Re-classifying portions of Walkley Road, St. Laurent Boulevard, Ogilvie Road, Innes Road and Carling Avenue as main streets.
- Changing some lands to employment uses to support economic development and growth.
- Protecting natural corridors throughout the city.
- Designating additional rural properties as bedrock resource area for future extraction.
- Focusing rural growth in villages.
- Making the prohibition on country lot subdivisions permanent, but allowing two severances on rural properties.
There will be numerous public consultations with the public, community groups and businesses on these changes, as well as open houses.
The city's planning committee and city council will then review the amendments in the fall, in addition to reviewing the transportation master plan, pedestrian and cycling plans, and the infrastructure master plan.
All those plans will comprise the development charges bylaw, which will have to be approved by city council in late 2013.