A great tool to get information about city infrastructure is geoOttawa. This popular public-facing website allows users to access a variety of information layers on the map, such as parks, schools, City facilities, property parcels, zoning and air photos dating back to 1928.
With this mapping tool, you can:
- View the route of the new LRT
- Find out the current zoning designation of an area or a lot (see Ottawa.ca for definition of zoning designations)
- View the border of a parcel of land
- Water and wastewater infrastructure
- and much more
Notes on Infill Development based on Zoning
Subject to the policies listed on Ottawa.ca, the City supports infill development and other intensification within the General Urban Area in a manner that enhances and complements the desirable characteristics and ensures the long-term vitality of the many existing communities that make up the city.
Policy on height:
3. Building height in the General Urban Area will continue to be predominantly Low-Rise. Within this range, changes in building form, height and density will be evaluated based upon compatibility with the existing context and the planned function of the area. Secondary plans or zoning that currently permit building heights greater than four Storeys will remain in effect.
4. Notwithstanding Policy 3, new taller buildings may be considered for sites that:
- front an Arterial Road on Schedules E or F of this Plan and which are:
- within 800 metres walking distance of a Rapid Transit Station on Schedule D of this Plan, or
- on a Transit Priority Corridor on Schedule D of this Plan. For the purposes of this policy only, the “Transit Street” defined in the Riverside South Community Design Plan is considered an Arterial Road;
- are in an area already characterised by taller buildings or sites zoned to permit taller buildings. [Amendment #150, LPAT October 22, 2018]
After you open geoOttawa from your browser, you can select the “ i “ icon for information on this application. The two features our office uses most are the Layer List and the Basemap Gallery.
To view the route of the LRT, you select the layer “Rail Implementation Office”. You can zoom in or out as you navigate the map.
Myself and my staff refer to this reference tool all the time, it is very useful.