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What is a Comprehensive Plan?

A Comprehensive Plan is a guiding document that shows the community where we are, and where we would like to be in the future. The plan provides visions and goals along with recommendations and a framework to implement the document to make those visions and goals a reality. It is used by the city government and Commissions to help guide decision making in a wide variety of ways, including zoning, infrastructure, parks and recreation, and more. Ottawa’s current Comprehensive Plan was last updated and adopted in 2004.


Why are we updating the Plan?

The Ottawa Comprehensive Plan was last thoroughly updated in 2004. A Comprehensive Plan should show the community’s vision and goals for the future and how to get there from where they are now.  Updating the Plan allows us to review what has worked over the past twenty years, what has not, and where we can improve or expand on our goals to ensure a strong and vibrant Ottawa. Over the next year, the City will thoroughly review and revise the Comprehensive Plan to create a document that reflects the current goals and vision for Ottawa that can be used by the Community for the next twenty years.

How can I get involved?

There are several ways to get involved with the Comprehensive Plan Update:

  • Attend an information Session – These sessions are an opportunity to learn more about Planning in Ottawa, as well as provide comments, feedback, and ideas on the Comprehensive Plan Update.

    • June 27, 6-8pm (Commission Chambers, City Hall)

    • July 9, 6-8pm (Location TBA)

    • July 24, 6-8pm (Location TBA)

    • August 7, 6-8pm (Location TBA)


(Information sessions are subject to change based on location availability and external factors such as weather, etc. Please check this page and social media for an future updates or changes)​

  • Reach out for more information – We want to hear from you. If you are not able to make a session listed, or would like to talk more about the Plan, please reach out!


                  Zack Martin, City Planner

                   Neighborhood and Community Services

                   City of Ottawa

                   101 S Hickory, 2nd Floor


                   (785) 229-3622

Additional Documents

City of Ottawa Comprehensive Plan 2004

City of Ottawa Zoning Regulations

City of Ottawa Future Land Use Map (Adopted)

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