Ottawa’s New Official Plan

The Official Plan is the strategic document that guides our city’s growth and development, and it will impact how and where the city will grow around us, now and for years to come.

The City’s long-term goal is for Ottawa to grow into the most liveable mid-sized city in North America, and city staff are collaborating with residents from across the city to gather public input on the key issues facing Ottawa today, and hear how we want to see our city grow and evolve.

A couple weeks ago the City’s Planning Committee directed staff to revise the schedule for completion of the new Official Plan with a view to deliver a finished product within a considerably more accelerated timeframe.

At this point, staff are revising the public engagement program to make sure they can realign all consultation events and opportunities with the new timelines and make sure they keep open doors of communication for meaningful dialogue with neighbourhoods, community associations and all other stakeholders.

For starters, you can visit  and sign up for updates. This page will also have the nine discussion papers related to the new Official Plan to be released on March 1, 2019.

On Monday, March 4, 2019 from 12 pm to 8 pm, the City is hosting an Open House that will launch consultations and provide a road map for future engagement with the public. Presentations surrounding the context will take place at 12:30 pm and 5:30 pm in the Council Chambers – Ottawa City Hall (110 Laurier Ave West).

At this event, you can learn about the process of preparing a new Official Plan and ask City staff your questions about the project. If you can’t attend in person, you can follow along on Facebook for a livestream of the presentations at 12:30 pm and 5:30 pm.

Anthony Carricato and Richard Hughes will be representing the Glebe Community Association planning committee and bring regular updates to the GCA Board. The GCA will also be working in collaboration with the Federation of Community Associations’ (FCA) planning committee.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out directly to either Anthony Carricato ( or Richard Hughes ( if you have any specific questions about the new Official Plan or if you’d like to participate and be involved in the engagement process.