Residents in Alta Vista have been some of the most vocal when it comes to the potential changes under the next official plan.

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Jon Willing Marty Carr is president of the Alta Vista Community Association, representing an area that has been at the forefront of public outcry over the draft official plan. Photo by Errol McGihon /Postmedia

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The City of Ottawa is trying to soothe public concerns about the future of development in their neighbourhoods as it enters the final stretch of consultations before council considers a new official plan.

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The city on Thursday released an “as-we-heard-it” report on the consultations for the draft official plan, revealing the main concerns about how new municipal planning policies could change streetscapes over the next 25 years.

The feedback will lead to a revised draft official plan this summer before a final draft is in front of council members for approval in the fall.

Stephen Willis, the general manager of planning, infrastructure and economic development, said it’s clear people are anxious about change that comes with residential intensification, but he’s heartened by a widespread acceptance of the “15-minute neighbourhood” concept that aims to have amenities, like shops and recreation services, within a short walk or bike ride.

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The city is willing to massage proposals in the draft official plan in response to the feedback, Willis said.

Part of the challenge during the multi-year official plan …….

Source: https://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/city-massages-policies-and-jargon-in-response-to-public-feedback-on-new-official-plan

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