Many factors to consider before choosing where boundary could expand: Ottawa planning chair

By Mike Vlasveld, 1310 News, April 27, 2020

The City of Ottawa's Planning Advisory Committee Chair says there are a number of things that need to be discussed before any decision can be made about possibly expanding the city's boundary.

Ottawa's planning committee is getting together with the Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee on May 11, to talk about a strategy that will guide how Ottawa grows over the next 26 years.

In that time, the population is expected to rise by about 400,000, with the need for about 200,000 housing units.

Planning Chair Scott Moffatt says there is currently green field space to accomodate 80,000, so it's about finding room for that next 120,000, and he thinks that will largely be done through intensification.

(...)"I've heard a lot of folks refer to [Ottawa's] 'bungalow belt.' You know, taking that and upsizing those to duplexes or to eight-unit buildings in what normally were communities that were filled with bungalows, the schools are going to have to come back," the Rideau-Goulbourn City Councillor explains. "How do we do that? Do we have the planning in place for that? Do we have the zoning in place for the changes we need to make through intensification?"

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