2012 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 2012 which will focus on heritage planning.

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, January 21, 2012 or
  • Monday, January 23, 2012

Primer II Course

  • Saturday, February 11, 2012 or
  • Monday, February 13, 2012


City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West,
Champlain Room, Second Floor
8:30 a.m. to noon

The Primer I course is a pre-requisite for the Primer II course. Registration for Primer II will open on January 31, 2012

Register today!
Space is limited, so register soon.

Please send your questions to primer@ottawa.ca.