OTTAWA -- Council has approved Ottawa's new Official Plan, the roadmap for development in Canada's capital over the next 25 years.

As part of the Official Plan, Ottawa's boundary will expand by 1,350 to 1,650 hectares by 2046, helping to accommodate for an extra 450,000 residents in the capital.

The city of Ottawa says the plan is designed to help Ottawa become a "city of connected, green, inclusive and walkable communities, with greater density of housing, employment and services around rapid-transit hubs and along transit corridors."

The Official Plan will guide growth and redevelopment in Ottawa until 2046, focusing on five policy changes.

  • Growth – encouraging more growth through intensification and providing more affordable housing
  • Mobility – promoting sustainable transportation and encouraging complete streets.
  • Urban Design – ensuring intensification happens in ways that benefit the streets and communities involved
  • Resiliency – bringing environment, climate and health considerations to the forefront of planning
  • Economy – establishing a strong relationship between land use and economic development

Council voted 21 to 2 in favour of the plan Wednesday afternoon. Coun. Jeff Leiper and Rick Chiarelli voted against the overall plan.

The city began consultations on the new Official Plan back in 2019

As part of the new Official Plan, the urban boundary will expand by between 1,350 and 1,650 hectares over the next 25 years. The plan includes intensification targets of 51 per cent, riding to 60 per cent by 2045.

As part of the boundary expansion, council approved the Tewin development in rural southeast Ottawa. The Algonquins of Ontario and Taggart are planning a new satellite community of 45,000 residents.

Staff have said developing the property will be expensive.

Coun. Diane Deans said the decision to include the Tewin development was political, not a logical decision.

"The group involved in Tewin is a realty corporation that the Algonquin Anishinaabe Nation has not been properly consulted, that this is actually setting back reconciliation with the first nations," said Deans during the debate.

The City projects Ottawa's population will grow by 450,000 people by 2046, requiring 195,000 more homes.