Barnes: Ottawa could become a green capital in the next term of council

By Rob Barnes, Ottawa Citizen, October 11, 2018

In the lead-up to the Oct. 22 municipal election, all eyes will be on the tight races and public debates. While the horserace aspect of an election can be entertaining, it’s critical to take a longer-term view.

What kind of future is possible if Ottawans elect a greener city council – one with a level of vision and ambition appropriate for a world-class capital? What could Ottawa look like in 2022, at the end of the next term of council?

The next term of council will be tasked with updating the city’s Official Plan. This is no minor job. The Official Plan provides a decades-long vision for the future growth of our city. The Official Plan deals with everything from community design to zoning to transportation planning and protection of natural areas.

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