Posted by: HamptonIona | September 9, 2011

City of Ottawa 2011 Planning Primer Program

Have you ever wondered how land-use planning is done? What those black and white signs in your community mean? How a zoning application is made? How to make a presentation to Planning Committee? What land-use planners do for your community?

Now is your time to find out.

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.  The program is a series of half-day courses.  The series includes two core courses and two elective courses.

The core courses, called Primer I and Primer II, describe the legislative and policy basis under which land-use planning decisions are made, the way policy documents are amended and how to make a development application.

The second elective course for 2011 which will focus on the land use and urban design implications for the Ottawa Light Rail project.

To make the most of the information being presented, residents must attend the Primer I course before attending Primer II and attend both the Primer I and II courses before attending an elective course. The content of these Primer courses is the same as those offered in previous years. The courses are offered in English only.

Take the Primer I & II courses

Primer I Course

  • Saturday, September 10, 2011 or
  • Monday, September 12

Primer II Course

  • Saturday, October 15, 2011 or
  • Monday, October 17

City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West,
Festival Control Room,
Main floor 8:30 a.m. to noon
The Primer I course is a pre-requisite for the Primer II course.

      Register today!

      • Registration closes September 9 for Primer I. Space is limited, so register today!
      • Registration for Primer II will open on September 26.
      • Space is limited, so registersoon.


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