Ottawa’s urban boundary will be expanding, but not by as much as previously expected.
Yesterday, city council voted to limit urban expansion in the city’s official plan to 230 hectares of land in the west end of the city.
Previously, a joint meeting of the city’s planning and rural affairs committees voted to expand the urban boundary by around 850 hectares.
“Our job is to ensure that Ottawa grows in a proper way and planning is done with an eye to making our communities better places to live, to work and to generally enjoy,” said Alta Vista Coun. Peter Hume.
Expansion does not necessarily mean there will be development on those properties right away, said Knoxdale-Merivale Coun. Gord Hunter.
He said the major growths in Barrhaven and Orleans were planned in the 1970s, but didn’t happen until the 1990s.
“We should be planning 50 years into the future so we know where the infrastructure is going to go and we know when it’s going to go there,” Hunter said.
Hunter argued that if they do allow more homes inside the city, people will move to outlying communities and commute longer distances.