Track 4: POLICY and PRACTICE / Volet 4: Politiques et pratique

Regulating Character – A review of the effectiveness of the Ottawa Mature Neighbourhoods Bylaw on protecting streetscape character

Friday, October 13
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

In 2015 the City of Ottawa passed the Mature Neighbourhoods Overlay By-law 2012-147 that affects all residential dwellings of four storeys or less in the older neighbourhoods in the inner core of Ottawa, focusing on “streetcar-age” mature neighbourhoods. The purpose of the rules is to recognize the main character along a street and ensure that new development fits into the look along that street. The intent of this by-law (and the companion Infill II by-law) is to capture what is meant by the term ‘character’ in zoning terms and to mitigate land use impacts that may be experienced when new dwellings and additions are introduced into existing residential neighbourhoods. This does not mean whether the architectural features or building materials are similar to those of neighbouring properties, but rather provide focus on the key attributes of landscaping, massing, location, and front yard parking. Two years have passed, and the City is now looking at how these new rules have impacted development in the targeted neighbourhoods, considering the effectiveness of this program, and what the next steps may be.

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David Wise

Program Manager
City of Ottawa

David Wise is the Program Manager, Zoning & Interpretation. He manages a team that delivers regulatory solutions to challenging municipal issues through the Zoning By-Law, and sets conditions for sustainable and resilient growth for the future. He has been with the City of Ottawa for 5 years, and has 15 years of professional planning experience in the fields of municipal governance, land development and urban design.

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Sean Fraser

Sean Fraser has an academic background in archaeology, architecture and conservation. He has worked internationally in the field of cultural heritage management for 25 years. He is currently the Director of Heritage Programs and Operations at the Ontario Heritage Trust where he has led the delivery of the Trust’s Places of Worship Inventory, the Natural Places Land Acquisitions and Stewardship Program, and Trust’s Conservation Easements Program. He has built strong relationships with First Nations, government partners, professional organizations, and property owners. Mr. Fraser lectures on a range of topics including sustainability, adaptive re-use, conservation theory and heritage planning.

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