Our nation’s capital is currently considering raising their standards for infill development – the very idea being proposed by Plan It. Ottawa has a metropolitan density roughly on par with Calgary’s and yet their current plans call for only 36% of new development inside the city boundaries. New proposals exist to push that percentage up to 40%, and there are those hoping it will even be higher (up to 44% within twenty years). In contrast, Calgary’s proposed 20% infill growth is raising significant opposition from some developers.
Ottawa’s planners are proposing a gradual increase in the amount of urban redevelopment in the city because they say a wholesale move from single-family homes in the suburbs is not realistic.