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Ottawa 2036: new official plan charts city's future

The city's goal is to make Ottawa the most livable mid-sized city in North America.
A draft final report, part of the process for drafting Ottawa's next official plan. Jason White/1310 NEWS

The city wants to know what you think Ottawa should look like over the next few decades, as it begins consultations on a new official plan.

The city's goal is to make Ottawa the most liveable mid-sized city in North America.

"Ottawa has a fantastic brand; it is the capital city of the best country in the world to live," said Joe Berridge, an urban planner hired by the city to consult on the official plan. "You can sell it much more aggressively, I think."

The plan will sketch out things like infrastructure and land use, but also a broader vision of the kind of city Ottawa will be.

"Chicago has deliberately set out to be a cultural and tourism city," Berridge told an open house at City Hall. "It's actually established itself as the dominant tourism destination in the middle of the United States." Berridge says while Ottawa has plenty of culture, a calculated effort could further increase that sector of the economy.

Public consultations will continue through this year, with the official plan going to the planning committee in late 2020, and then city council for approval in 2021.

Jason White

About the Author: Jason White

Jason is an award-winning reporter at CityNews Ottawa. He brings about two decades of experience in news, with stops in Halifax and Toronto.
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