Today, I am releasing a report on the Planning and Development Process in the City of Ottawa. As we've repeatedly seen, no longer does the planning process properly serve the needs of residents. We need to do better.
Shortly after coming into office, I hosted a forum comprised of residents who have devoted their time to working on development issues in the city. They shared their insights, experiences, concerns and suggestions for improving the process. This report distills what was learned from that forum, highlighting seven ways to improve development in Ottawa: breaking up the Planning Committee, increasing transparency, employing a grassroots approach to development planning, by-law and legislative changes, a focus on the environment, and looking to other cities for best practices.
Click here to download the report [PDF].