By Paul Johanis, Ottawa Citizen Op-Ed, October 4, 2022
The urban boundary is back in the news. Mayoral candidate Bob Chiarelli recently announced that he has written to the minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing requesting a further delay in approving Ottawa’s new Official Plan until after the Oct. 24 municipal election.
...There is a solution to this unhealthy civic activity, however: Don’t expand the urban boundary at all.
In the context of the climate emergency, zero conversion of rural land to urban is the soundest policy. It has been demonstrated that the forecasted population growth can be accommodated within the existing urban boundary.