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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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

Bank Street Height and Character Study

On June 20, 2019, the City of Ottawa held an open house to share the preliminary findings from the Bank Street Height and Character Study. The GCA worked with Councillor Shawn Menard to offer a [...]

Bank Street “Height & Character Study” Survey

City moves ahead with Bank Street “Height & Character Study” Take the survey and help shape Bank Street!! For more details:

Ottawa’s New Official Plan

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 [...]

5th Avenue Court Update

The Open House hosted by Minto on Saturday to present their revised proposal was well attended by Glebe residents.  Many people expressed ongoing concern regarding the massing of the building, particularly along 4th and 5th Avenues, as well as [...]

Petition regarding 99 Fifth Avenue

The proposed 8 storey condo building in the heart of a stable, low-rise neighbourhood does not comply with the City’s own policies.  This community supports smart growth and intensification but intensification can be achieved [...]

Name the Bridge Competition

The Canal Footbridge, the Fifth Avenue Bridge, Clegg Footbridge, Rideau Crossing — whatever you’ve been calling it, it’s time to agree on a permanent name for new bridge connecting the Glebe and Old Ottawa East/Old [...]

New Ottawa Hospital info sessions

Below is a list of the upcoming information sessions regarding the new Ottawa Hospital. Closest session is the last one on December 11 in Old Ottawa East. This is also the only session held in Ward 17 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]