Planning and Zoning

Planning and Zoning

Under the Community Development Department, City Planner and Zoning Official handle various inquiries concerning zoning, land use and development, and the administration the City Zoning Ordinance and Subdivision Regulations relative to development, within the context of the City’s Comprehensive Plan.

Please contact the Community Development Department with zoning and subdivision questions.  See contact information or stop in City Hall, Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.



These documents provide direction to the City of Ottawa to promote a continuous positive evolution of Ottawa. The intent is to provide direction for decisions related to the future growth and development of the City of Ottawa. They provide the basis for rational decision-making, but does not replace the decision-making process, nor does it take the place of the City´s Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances and other ordinances regulating the use and development of land in Ottawa.

The Plans establish a vision for development within the community and describes policies, programs, and projects that will enable the vision to be realized.

Comprehensive Plans

2022 Comprehensive Plan – March 10, 2022

2016 Downtown Waterfront Plan

2014 Comprehensive Plan


July 29, 2013

September 16, 2013

December 4, 2013

2002 Comprehensive Plan (2.23 MB)

2002 Downtown Plan (4.68 MB)

General Plans

Branding Development and Marketing Action Plan

May 2008

September 2008

Brownfield Redevelopment Prioritization Plan

Downtown Design Guidelines

Illinois Valley Commuter Rail

Urban Forestry Management Plan