Welcome to the 15-minute neighbourhood: Intensification key to city’s official plan



Ottawa’s official plan aims to focus on urban intensification as an alternative to sprawl by creating “15-minute neighbourhoods.” These neighbourhoods will take the form of residential hubs where people can meet most of their daily needs within a 15-minute walk from their homes. To reach this goal, the city is aiming to have residents make more than 50 percent of their trips by walking, cycling, transit, or carpooling. The city is cognisant of the issues associated with infill intensification and understands that concerns of existing residents of inner-city neighbourhoods must be carefully considered as the city intensifies.

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