Ottawa's Maturing Neighbourhoods


Zoning Language and Maps

Zoning language must be simple and direct, describing not just the requirement but clearly expressing the intent of each zoning clause.  Simple zoning language saves time and money, allows for meaningful consultation, and more predictable outcomes.

Zoning must allow freedom for individuals to design solutions that address context and need, at a given time and place. Attempts to prescribe built form through zoning generates unwanted homogeneity, and prevents designers from meeting changing market demand.

Much of our existing zoning is documented in long confusing charts with endless exception clauses. Maps are more accessible and provide context to the zoning regulations on any particular site.

As much as possible, zoning should be written simply to apply in all circumstances within neighbourhood fabric. Maps can be used to annotate those elements of zoning which are location specific -- elements specific to neighbourhoods or streets.

When it comes to zoning, simpler is better, and maps are more useful than words or charts.


Zoning Language and Maps

Building Types and Zoning


Neighbourhood Compatibility

Walkable Neighbourhoods

Transitional Parking

Neighbourhood Parking Lots

"Everything should be made as simple as possible but not simpler. "

Quote attributed to Einstein

“To approach a city, or even a city neighbor-hood, as if it were a larger architectural problem, capable of being given order by converting it into a disciplined work of art, is to make the mistake of attempting to substitute art for life. The results of such profound confusion between art and life are neither life nor art. They are taxidermy.”
Jane Jacobs, The Death and Life of Great American Cities