The Westmount Architectural Heritage Area (WAHA) is one of Edmonton’s residential heritage districts and is highly valued by the community and Edmontonians alike for its distinct architectural character.


In the early 1980s, a large number of properties in the Westmount area were identified for their historical and architectural significance. Through the efforts of community residents, the City of Edmonton officially recognized the historic significance of the WAHA in 1997 and implemented a Direct Development Control (DC1) Provision to guide development in the area. 

In 2018, the City of Edmonton, in collaboration with the Westmount Community League (WCL), updated the heritage regulations and policy for the WAHA resulting in amendments to the West Ingle Area Redevelopment Plan and WAHA DC1. Those amendments were approved by Council on July 15, 2019.


DC1 and ARP Regulation and Policy 

In order to manage the character of the area while allowing for complementary changes, WAHA is subject to regulatory and policy direction governing exterior alterations to both existing properties and new development. 

Unique design and development criteria and policy direction for the WAHA:

User’s Guide to Development and Design

A user guide has been developed to help residents understand the regulations and policy direction for WAHA and for property owners, designers and developers who want to make alterations to an existing property or develop a new property in the WAHA. 

The guide gathers the mandatory development and design criteria as well as the voluntary guidelines into a single, easy-to-use document.

Public Engagement


March 12, 2019: Rezoning Drop-in Workshop 3

A public drop-in session was held to share details about proposed amendments to the Westmount Architectural Heritage Area (WAHA) Direct Development Control Provision (DC1) and the West Ingle Area Redevelopment Plan (ARP).

This drop-in engagement session was the third and final engagement session for this project. It will see changes made to the WAHA DC1 and West-Ingle ARP that will provide direction on the preservation of the historic character of the area.

Feedback will be summarized in a report to City Council when the proposed rezoning goes to Public Hearing for a decision.

Phase 3- Information Boards-March 12, 2019 (23MB)

September 25, 2018: Rezoning Drop-in Workshop 2

The City held the second Rezoning Drop-In Workshop for Phase 2 of the Westmount Architectural Heritage Area Rezoning exercise.

The drop-in session outlined the concept amendments to the West-Ingle Area Redevelopment Plan and Westmount Architectural Heritage Area Direct Development Control Provision for the purpose of preserving the unique historic character of the Westmount Architectural Heritage Area.

Planning and Environment Services staff were available to discuss the project and there were opportunities to provide feedback throughout the evening.

Phase 2 - Information Boards - September 25, 2018

Phase 2 - What We Heard Report - September 25, 2018

March 13, 2018: Rezoning Drop-In Workshop 1

The public was invited to discuss what they value about the area, the opportunities and challenges related to preserving the neighbourhoods historic character. They also discussed what zoning options they would like the project team to consider.

Phase 1 - Information Boards - March 13, 2018

Phase 1 - What We Heard Report - March 13, 2018


Scott Ashe

6th Floor, Edmonton Tower
10111 - 104 Avenue NW
Edmonton AB T5J 0J4

Title Principal Heritage Planner
Telephone 780-442-5045
Fax 780-401-7052