Latest update on proposed parking lot at 160 Lees Avenue

As a result of the community rallying together and demonstrating an effective lobby campaign against the proposed parking lot at 160 Lees Avenue, the City of Ottawa and the University of Ottawa are developing a new tentative agreement to build the parking lot in a different location.

Have your say! Building a Liveable Ottawa 2031

The City of Ottawa is now revising the fundamental plans that will shape the city in the years to come through a process called “Building a Liveable Ottawa 2031.” The revision of the Official Plan, the transportation master plan and the cycling and pedestrian plans will have major implications for Old Ottawa East. For instance, the transportation master plan continues to have the four lane $200+M Alta Vista Transportation Corridor (AVTC) included, even though traffic volumes do not justify it and it makes even less sense as the city proceeds with the $2.1B light rail project.

Upcoming City of Ottawa Planning Primers

Interested in learning more about the City of Ottawa’s planning process? The Planning and Growth Management Department offers the Planning Primer Program to help residents become more aware of, and more involved in, the land-use planning process.

Rideau Canal Crossing - Environmental Assessment Complete

The City of Ottawa has completed the environmental assessment (EA) on the proposed footbridge crossing over the Rideau Canal at Fifth Avenue and Clegg Street. You can view the Environmental Study Report (ESR) online at:

Community Fights Massive Parking Lot Proposed for Greenspace

The community's fight to kill or at least reduce the size of the University of Ottawa parking lot proposed for the 160 Lees greenspace has yielded some positive results as the City and the university continue to consider options. In the words of Joel Thirsk of the Mayor's office, "Staff continue to request that the parking lot space be as small as possible."

At a pre-Christmas public meeting, Old Ottawa East residents and others voiced their strong opposition to the proposed elimination of the huge greenspace between the Lees Avenue apartments and Springhurst Park.


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