Former Toronto planning chief says Ottawa 'needs to take ownership of its future'

By Jen Keesmat, an urban planner and former chief planner for the City of Toronto, Ottawa Citizen Op-Ed

'Jennifer Keesmaat believes Ottawa’s population hitting one million signals the moment in which the city should be bold in its land-use planning, a timely observation since the city is getting closer to having a new official plan.'

'Keesmaat said people often talk about wanting a sustainable, walkable, transit-orientated and inclusive city, but governance doesn’t always match the aspirations, and she used land-use planning as a prime example.

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