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Land Use Plan


The 2038 YOW Land Use Plan will guide the Airport’s future growth and development over the next 20 years (to 2038), including infrastructure initiatives. The Plan will outline how Airport lands will be managed and developed to improve airport operations while having regard for surrounding communities and natural environment. The purpose of the Land Use Plan is to ensure that rational and orderly development is achieved by designating appropriate areas for aviation and non-aviation commercial, industrial, and other employment uses. YOW is updating its Land Use Plan as part of the Master Plan update as required by the Ground Lease with Transport Canada, which requires the Airport to update its Master Plan every 10 years.

The Land Use Plan incorporates the following Airport features:

  • Airfield system;
  • Terminal building and terminal area components;
  • Airside and landside businesses;
  • Parkade and parking lots;
  • Access roads.

The YOW 2038 Land Use Plan is based on the 2008 Land Use Plan, updated to incorporate consideration of potential uses and development for a t20-year planning horizon. The most significant changes from the former Land Use Plan include:

  • Designating a section of land adjacent to the existing terminal building and parkade structure as “Commercial Aviation/Non-Aviation Employment Area” for a future hotel;
  • Designating some leased lands located north of Taxiway A as “Government Employment Area” to reflect current tenants;
  • A proposed “Greenbelt Linkage” designation across the southern lands of the airport.

The Land Use Plan is made up of the following land use designations:

Please review the digital mapping of the Draft Land Use Plan here and provide your comments by November 14th, 2017.

Airport Operational Area:

The Airport Operational Area land use designation includes essential airport operating components such as:

  • Runways;
  • Taxiways;
  • De-icing pads;
  • Aircraft fuel facility;
  • Aprons;
  • Airline and airport support functions that include fuelling areas and the Combined Services Building;
  • Aeronautical protection areas within the airport boundary.

Terminal Area:

The Terminal Area land use designation is comprised of lands related to airport passenger operations, including:

  • Terminal building;
  • Curbside along the outside of the building;
  • Surface access to the terminal;
  • Roads;
  • Parking facilities.
The designated area can meet current and forecasted terminal requirements; it will also accommodate additional lands for any airport growth beyond 2038.

Future Operational Area:

The Future Operational land use designation is comprised of lands reserved for the potential development of:

  • An additional runway with associated taxiways;
  • Additional aeronautical protection areas;
  • A new passenger terminal.

Temporary commercial uses may be permitted in this designation as long as the ability to use the lands for future aviation purposes is not put at risk. The appropriateness of temporary uses will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. In the event that a temporary commercial use is considered permissible, an amendment to the Runway Reserve definition within the Ground Lease with Transport Canada will be issued to permit temporary commercial uses and will specify a sub-lease and/or occupant expiry date.

Government Employment Area:

The Government Employment Area land use designation applies to land parcels currently occupied by federal government departments and government agencies such as the National Research Council, Department of National Defence, Canada Aircraft Services Hangar, and the Transportation Safety Board laboratories and offices.

Commercial Aviation / Non-Aviation Employment Area:

The Commercial Aviation / Non-Aviation Employment Area land use designation permits both aviation and non-aviation related commercial, light industrial, and employment uses on airport lands. The purpose of the designation is to provide the airport with more flexibility in the development of lands for aviation-related and non-aviation uses.

This broad designation permits a varied mix of uses that range from traditional aviation business to non-traditional business park and community-oriented uses.

Future Trillium Line Extension:

Potential Future Rapid Transit Corridor is a land use designation that reserves land for a future light rail link to the airport.

Environmental Area:

The Environmental Area land use designation is comprised of lands which have been identified as ecologically important or reserved for environmental purposes. There will be no development of land identified as being environmentally significant.

Greenbelt Linkage:

The Greenbelt Linkage is part of land reserved for environmental purposes which will form part of a potential future link between the Greenbelt lands to the west of the airport and the Leitrim Wetland. The Greenbelt Linkage and boundaries are subject to boundaries being established by an Ontario Land Surveyor and an agreement between the Airport and the National Capital Commission (NCC).

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