The New Official Plan, especially the urban boundary expansion, is sure to please the development industry, but the new plan also has some ambitious targets and policies that will improve the livability and health of our city, too.
We spoke about this in our submission to staff on the Official Plan that we drafted here. Together, we were able to make some significant changes to bolster that ambition for a better city (e.g. upping our affordable housing targets), and to mitigate those elements that favoured developers (e.g. strengthening language on development application oversight). Please see the full listing of changes we either brought forward or were proud to support here.
Early on in the process we were able to ensure Ottawa Public Health would play a role in this foundational document by passing a motion at the Board of Health.