A report on the first draft of the new comprehensive Zoning By-law will be tabled at a joint meeting of Planning and Housing Committee and Agriculture and Rural Affairs on Monday, April 29th. The By-Law will implement the policies and directions in the new Official Plan approved by the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing on November 04, 2022. The report that will be tabled will explain how the new Zoning By-law implements Ottawa’s new Official Plan. This will be followed by the release of draft one of the new Zoning By-law on May 31, 2024. Consultation on the new Zoning By-Law will take place over approximately eighteen months, with approval by Council expected in the Fall of 2025.

The current zoning system as we know it will change significantly, not only reworking and consolidating zoning codes, but also to increase housing options and amenities within all neighbourhoods in order to implement the policies of the new Official Plan. Some of the changes that we can expect to see include: 

  • A new zoning framework of neighbourhood zones
  • A minimum of four dwelling units proposed per lot in all neighbourhood zones serviced by municipal water and sewer systems
  • Expansion of requirements for soft landscaping
  • New permissions for non-residential uses
  • New permissions to address climate change adaptation and mitigation
  • Changes to parking minimums

I know that there will be many questions with respect to what these changes mean in our ward. My office will be hosting 2 information sessions on the zoning changes that will occur as a result of this review in June. There will be an in-person session on June 10th from 6:30p.m. to 8p.m. at Jim Durrell Recreation Centre (1265 Walkley Road) in Ellwood Hall. The same information will be presented in a virtual format on June 13th via Microsoft Teams from 6:30p.m. to 8p.m. To register for either session, please email Jane.Gibson@ottawa.ca.

You can read the draft provisions on the joint and Planning and Housing and Agriculture and Rural Affairs committee agenda here.

French translation will be posted shortly.