Ottawa’s zoning rules have a big new twist in them.
The city says it’s okay to build new apartments, and not just new apartments for people who live in them, but it’s not okay to convert them to condos.
The province says no one can build an apartment building in the new zoning code.
The city says the new rules were inspired by an amendment to the city’s bylaws that came into effect in February.
The amendments said developers cannot build new condo towers if they’re not used for “public purposes.”
The city has been using its zoning code since 1993 to set rules about building housing.
It allows new apartments and condominiums up to 1,000 square feet in size and up to 300 square feet of retail space.
The limits have grown as the city has developed a downtown and expanded its transit network.
The new zoning rules change the definition of “public purpose” to include “commercial development.”
So developers are allowed to build taller buildings, but they cannot convert them into condos.
The rules also require developers to offer affordable housing, and they allow them to build in the middle of residential neighbourhoods.
In addition, they ban new buildings in residential neighbourhoods from being taller than 20 storeys.
But the city says no condo towers can be built anywhere in the city.
In fact, the rules say there’s no limit on the height of buildings that can be constructed in any area of the city, including the existing condo zones.
So, developers can build new condos anywhere they want and no new apartments can be allowed anywhere in Ottawa.
The new rules mean that new developments will have to be in the centre of the downtown core.
The rule also says that new residential developments can’t be bigger than three storeys or taller.
That’s a big change from the old rules.
The City of Ottawa says the change will not be effective immediately.
The rules were implemented after the city heard from more than 30 condo developers, including developers from Ottawa and the Greater Toronto Area.
The changes are set to go into effect on March 6.
The council’s planning committee has been working on the new guidelines for years, with the support of Mayor Jim Watson.