Residential Landscaping Requirements
Residential developments in RF1, RSL, RF2, RF3, RF5, RF6, RA7, RA8, RA9, RR, RMH, RF5t, TSDR, TSLR, TMU, GLD, RF5g, RA7g, GLG, UVCa, BLMR, BMR zones are required to plant trees and shrubs according to the table below and the relevant sections of the Zoning Bylaw. Use the links above to view the specific requirements for each zone.
When Applying for a Development Permit
Most zones require that you submit a site plan listing the following:
- Existing trees (if applicable)
- Number, size and type of new and preserved trees
- Seed/sod or alternative ground cover
Be sure to look at the specific requirements of your zone to determine whether you need to show landscaping on a site plan or a landscaping plan when applying for a development permit.
Incentives to Retain Trees
The City of Edmonton has introduced an incentive program promoting the retention of existing mature trees during construction. Any new development can receive credits towards their tree requirements for preserving mature trees. The table below describes the minimum size of trees and shrubs required to receive credit for one or two new trees.
Edmonton Zoning Bylaw Amendment - Height and Grade
On July 8, 2015, City Council approved changes to the Zoning Bylaw regulations governing the height and grade of buildings with the adoption of Bylaw 16733 and Bylaw 17062. Changes apply to every standard zone and overlay in the city and will be implemented as property owners and builders come forward with development applications.
The changes are part of ongoing work to align Zoning Bylaw regulations with consumer preference for more choice in residential housing. Additional height regulation changes are slated to go before City Council later this year.
Residential infill is the development of new housing in established neighbourhoods. This new housing may include secondary suites, garage suites, duplexes, semi-detached and detached houses, row houses, apartments, and other residential and mixed-use buildings.
Are you thinking of building new housing in an established area? Please see the Residential Infill Guidelines webpage to confirm whether the guidelines apply to your neighbourhood, and if so, for planning and design direction for your project.
Infill in Edmonton
Edmonton is a young, growing, and evolving city. Enabling opportunities for new housing development in established neighbourhoods helps make the best use of our existing infrastructure and amenities, and supports a range of housing choices and ongoing community vibrancy.
Council’s vision is to sustain great neighbourhoods across our city. Encouraging redevelopment is therefore a key piece in many Council approved plans, policies and strategies. These include The Way We Grow, the Elevate report on community sustainability, and the Residential Infill Guidelines.
Residential infill includes single family homes.
Multi-family housing is also part of residential infill housing.
Edmonton’s Infill Roadmap
Edmonton’s Infill Roadmap is a work plan for the City that will support more and better infill throughout our mature and established neighbourhoods.
The Roadmap contains 23 actions to improve how we communicate and collaborate with residents, builders and stakeholders, expand what we know, and improve opportunities for infill through changes to rules and processes.
Residential Infill Initiatives
Transit Oriented Development
Transit Oriented Development (TOD) is urban development planned around and integrated with a transit station at its core. In TOD, housing, shopping and employment are concentrated along a network of walkable and bikeable streets within a five-minute walk of a transit station (or 400 metres).
TOD supports Edmonton’s vision of a more compact, transit-oriented and sustainable urban form where more people walk, cycle and use transit than they do today.
Edmonton is committed to supporting the evolution of our neighbourhoods and City. Work is ongoing to transform key areas into vibrant centres for community life and activity. Current transformational projects involving residential infill include Blatchford, Downtown, The Quarters, and West Rossdale.
Area Redevelopment Plans
Area Redevelopment Plans (ARP) are tools to implement City wide policies in specific areas of Edmonton anticipating changes by managing land use and development. ARPs consider the impacts and outcomes of land use change, and help achieve livability goals by guiding redevelopment—including residential infill.
Examples of recent and ongoing ARP projects:
- 109 Street ARP
- Jasper Place ARP
For More Information
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