Preparing for a New Official Plan: Beyond 2036

The Greenspace Alliance was invited to sit as a member of the Sounding Board for the City planning exercise Beyond 2036. The goal of this planning project was to set the scene and context for the next review of the Official Plan. Through its participation at meetings and workshops organized by city planners over several months, the GA contributed to the production and review of the planning reports listed on this page.

Beyond 2036 Sounding Board

Canada’s Resilient Capital (December 2017 report)

Ottawa Next draft Final Report (Jan 2019) and Workplan (pages 17-19 of the Staff report to Planning Committee, 14 Feb 2019)

February 14, 2019

The City of Ottawa’s Planning Committee received the Ottawa Next Beyond 2036 report and staff recommendations for the development of a new Official Plan for the City of Ottawa. The new official plan will not be a modification of the existing OP, which was adopted in 2003 and modified at five year intervals since, but a total re-write, simplifying and integrating strategic directions and modernizing OP policies. It was confirmed that the new Official Plan will include a new Greenspace Masterplan, one of our key proposals.

The Greenspace Alliance made a brief presentation, emphasizing that this Official Plan must include a decisive and effective City response to the climate change emergency we are facing right now, not in some ill defined future. Founding member and long time Chair of the GA, Erwin Dreessen, also made a presentation, passing on to the new membership of the Planning Committee the accumulated wisdom of his long experience with Ottawa’s Official Plan. Other presentations were made by GA member David McNicoll (here), the Federation of Citizens’ Associations (here) and Alex Cullen, chair of the Transportation Committee of the FCA (here).

See media coverage of our intervention by Global News here.