Understanding Development with the Stittsville Planning Primer

This week, I hosted a City Planning Primer in Stittsville with the City of Ottawa Planning Department.  Typically these are held for the public at City Hall on a Saturday and weekday but I knew that this location or time may not have been ideal so I requested staff come to Stittsville.


The Primer covered a condensed presentation of Planning Primer I and II. There was a large amount of detail presented at the meeting and I would like to thank everyone who was able to attend the session. This information provides a complete overview of the detailed planning process. The City also offers specific topics of Planning Primers and I would be very interested to hear if there are topics residents would like to be interested in having presented in Stittsville.


Development Statistics

At the meeting, I presented some development statistics illustrating the growth Stittsville has experienced.


Stittsville is one of the fastest growing communities in Ottawa. Back in February, Statistics Canada released the population and dwelling counts from the 2016 Census. While the biggest population increase in the city was in Barrhaven, the Stittsville area also saw considerable growth.


Between 2011 and 2016, the south and west parts of Stittsville grew by more than 25 per cent. Those communities saw an increase of almost 400 dwelling units and the population increased by nearly 1,400 people. Stittsville also saw similar growth along its northern edge. That area grew by more than 22 per cent, with very similar increases in terms of population and number of dwelling units.  In these two areas alone, Stittsville added almost 3,000 people and about 800 households over a five year period.


Like any City, Ottawa is constantly growing and changing.  The City’s land-use planning process has a big role to play in how the various communities like Stittsville take shape over time.  Those changes need to take account of multiple factors, like the population growth we saw in Stittsville over the last year.


Planning Documents 

There were a number of documents and policies discussed and I have provided links below to these items that were discussed. If residents have any additional questions please feel free to contact me for more information. I am also available to meet or discuss any development concerns over the phone as well.


For resident who are interested in this subject but were unable to attend the session I encourage to review the presentations from the evening below.


Another great resource to use is the video and information on the City website on How Planning Works


Planning Hierarchy:

The Planning Hierarchy

Land Use Policy


o   Lot Development

  • Approval Authority

o   Planning Committee & City Council

o   Delegated Authority


For information on specific developments please visit the Planning & Development section of my website and also you can find information on the City’s Development Application Website www.ottawa.ca/devapps

I would like to thank Councillor Harder and City staff, Derrick Moodie, Carol Ruddy, and Justyna Garbos for all of their assistance in making this presentation a reality. More importantly, I would like to also thank all the residents who took the time to participate in the Primer and learn more about City Developments. More notes from the meeting will be shared with the community e-newsletter in the weeks to come so please stay tuned!