Denley: Ottawa city planners firmly stuck in the past

By Randall Denley, Ottawa Citizen, January 26, 2021

If there is one lesson Ottawa planners should have learned from the mistakes of the last 50 years, it is that a Greenbelt can’t stop the spread of development, even if you choose to call it a Gold Belt. And yet, surprisingly, yet another greenbelt is proposed as a key feature in the city’s plan to control growth for the next 25 years.

The new rural ring city staff have suddenly come up with would do even more, defining the limits of urban growth until the end of the century.  It’s quite a feat of foresight. Meanwhile back in 2021, new trends in the way we work and live make this new city official plan seem old before it’s even passed.

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