Shaping the capital: Ottawa’s urban boundary debate stretches late into Monday

By Craig Lord, Global News Ottawa, May 11, 2020

Monday’s virtual committee meeting to consider a possible expansion of Ottawa’s urban boundary will stretch into Tuesday as more than 100 delegates assemble to debate various approaches to intensification in Ottawa over the coming decades.

Ottawa’s urban boundary separates the current buildable land in the city from the rural areas and villages beyond.

Monday’s joint meeting of the planning and the agriculture and rural affairs committees asked councillors — and the 109 residents who signed up to give their two cents on the boundary issue — to consider a staff proposal to expand the existing boundary by 1,350-1,650 hectares.

(...)Some feel the fate of the urban boundary, which will ultimately be settled at the May 27 city council meeting, will define this council’s legacy.

“It’s the most important decision the mayor and council have this term,” said Robb Barnes, executive director of Ecology Ottawa, during Monday’s meeting.

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