Parliament Hill Views Protection Study

This study defines the height and massing controls of future buildings in LeBreton Flats, which will be a site located in the foreground of views to the National Symbols. Of particular importance is the protection of the dynamic sequence of views on the western approach to downtown Ottawa along the Ottawa River Parkway and the proposed LeBreton Boulevard.

Employing similar visual criteria and computer simulation techniques developed for the Ottawa Views analysis, this study recommends the specific features of the symbolically important buildings and landscapes of the Parliamentary Precinct Area to remain unobstructed visually, and it defines the height planes and vertical envelope controls which will provide this visual protection.

The recommendations of the study, adopted in the City of Ottawa OPA, were successfully defended at the Ontario Municipal Board.


Ottawa, Ontario