The Ottawa approach regulates the character of low-rise residential development (four stories or less) to reflect the establish character of the streetscapes.
How are the SCA rules applied?
The rules are applied as an "overlay" to a particular area in the city. On top of the regular zoning requirements, this overlay covers mature neighbourhood, adding the SCA requirement to development in these areas.
Why is the Ottawa Approach one to copy?
It’s an innovative transparent approach that is accessible for the community to help understand the character of mature neighbourhoods.
The Ottawa approach has been defended at the Ontario Municipal Board, the independent, quasi-judicial, administrative tribunal responsible for handling appeals of land-use planning disputes.