Planning Committee

The Neighbourhood Planning Committee of the GCA meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:00pm at the Glebe Community Centre, but because of the need to be responsive to community issues, regular meetings are sometimes replaced by special meetings, as required.

The Committee responds generally to planning issues in the Glebe, but because it is an older, mature community, the largest part of this Committee’s activity is helping local residents voice and co-ordinate their responses to new infill construction and by-law variances for modifications to existing structures. This sometimes involves raising concerns at Committee of Adjustment hearings for which the Committee has published a Guide for the use of local residents. To review, click on Committee of Adjustment Guide.

To find the zoning by-law requirements of your property or neighbouring properties information may be found at the City of Ottawa website or by clicking Ottawa Zoning.To find a property zoning designation map, go to Ottawa Zoning Map , put in your address and click on map.

The Planning Committee is also involved with other community groups, and the City, in helping establish policies for the guidance of Small-Scale Infill Housing in Mature Neighbourhoods and in guiding other city initiated community changes.

The effectiveness of this Committee is heavily dependent on volunteer support and if you can assist in any way, or require help with planning issues, please drop a line to


The Planning Committee advises the GCA board on issues related to planning and development in the Glebe.

The mandate of the Planning Committee is to:

  • Monitor development proposals for conformity with principles and policies adopted by the GCA board.
  • Work proactively with residents and other stakeholders to develop community supported positions regarding proposed planning and development activities
  • Recommend policy positions to the GCA board on planning issues, following community consultation, analysis, and discussion with public bodies, developers and other stakeholders;
  • Communicate GCA views and positions by making representations to the City and other public bodies, development stakeholders
  • Support the Glebe Community by providing information related to the Planning processes of the City of Ottawa
  • Promote dialog and discussion and provide information regarding planning issues impacting the Glebe neighbourhood

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Proposed redevelopment at 890/900 Bank Street (Beer Store/Muffler Store)

Carolyn Mackenzie
Carolyn MackenzieCommittee Chair
Committee Members:
Franklin Roy
Peter Hook
Francois Belanger
Rick Hughes
Ian Nicol
Wolf Illing
Chris McCann
Jim Lumsden
Ali Ramezani
Cora Craig
Paul Thompson
Neil Copeland

Committee Minutes/ Reports

Response from Mayor regarding Central Library

Good morning Christine, Thank you for your email and for taking the time to write on behalf of the Glebe Community Association.  I appreciate hearing from you. Like you, I believe that libraries are an [...]

GCA writes to City regarding development proposal for 890/900 Bank Street

On Tuesday, September 13th, an engaged group of residents participated in a Special Meeting of the GCA Board.  Given the short timeline to provide comments to the City (deadline of September 15th), the meeting was [...]

La Strada parking lot (667 Bank St) development proposal: docs available and comment period through end of Sept.

The City has received a site plan application related to development of what is now a surface parking lot at the northeast corner of Bank and Clemow within the Heritage Conservation District. The proposal is [...]

Beer Store/Mr Muffler development proposal: Docs available and comment period underway through Sept. 15th

You can now look at this significant proposal for Bank Street on the City's Devapps site. The proposal includes construction of an 8-storey mixed-use building (commercial at grade, retirement residence on upper storeys). The "Beer [...]

Beer Store/Mr Muffler Bank St redevelopment: What was heard at the Public Meeting on April 22nd

Public Meeting re: Proposed redevelopment of 890/900 Bank Street Summary of Issues/questions raised and clarifications provided  1) Will there be electrical lighting on the western side of the building, rooftop lighting that might impact on [...]

What do you think?

We'd love to hear from you. Complete our survey and help shape the future of Bank Street! Online: In person: Drop by our Mainstreet Pop-Up @ 757 Bank St. from November 6-16, 2015 (Between [...]

Bank Street Visioning Survey

What do you think? We'd love to hear from you. Complete our survey and help shape the future of Bank Street! Online: In person: Drop by our Mainstreet Pop-Up @ 757 Bank St. from [...]

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