Consultation on new Zoning By-law to begin this summer
The City’s Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee met on Friday and endorsed an approach to develop a new Zoning By-law for Ottawa.
Council adopted a new Official Plan in 2021, with ambitious targets for intensification and a commitment to encourage 15-minute neighbourhoods across Ottawa. To implement that new Official Plan, the City will need to adopt a new Zoning By-law. The approach endorsed today provides direction about the types of zoning provisions to be included in the first draft, anticipated in Q3 2023. It also includes a revised work plan that would see a final draft ready for Council consideration in 2025.
The new Zoning By-law will require extensive community engagement, and the approach outlines a robust public consultation process for each major milestone. Public consultations would begin this summer with the release of a series of discussion papers.
To comply with new provincial legislation under Bill 109, the More Homes for Everyone Act, the City needs to change several development review processes. The Committee approved the first phase of those changes, which would delegate approval of all site plan control applications to City staff and remove the requirement for Councillor concurrence. Additionally, the City would exempt buildings with no more than six units from requiring a site plan application. That exemption, already in place for rural areas, would extend citywide to remove lower risk projects from the site plan system and help the City to meet mandated timelines.
These changes are intended to speed up the development review process to get housing developments started more quickly. The Committee also approved extra staffing resources, to support application review and further improve timelines. Additional reports will be brought forward in the next year recommending further changes to development review processes.
The Committee also approved funding for two projects through the Rural Community-Building Grants Program. The Carp Agricultural Society would receive about $11,000 to upgrade the show pavilion at the Carp Fairground with an LED lighting system. The Village of Carp Business Improvement Area would receive $1,500 to install bike racks, to meet growing demand given the village’s reputation as a weekend cycling destination. The program supports non-profit organizations that undertake rural community projects, and you can find more information about applications and eligibility on ottawa.ca.
Recommendations from today’s Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee meeting will rise to Council on Wednesday, July 6.