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The City of Edmonton has launched a pilot project to determine if flag-shaped lots are feasible for the average lot type in Edmonton.

A flag-shaped lot, also known as a flag lot, is a lot with a special configuration which resembles a flag and pole. It is usually the remnant shape that is left over once a smaller subdivision has taken place to separate a building, in this case a garden suite, from the original parcel.

The Project Goal

Under the Zoning Bylaw, garden suites can be nothing more than rental opportunities for landowners who decide to build them. The goal of the pilot project is to explore the feasibility of independent ownership of garden suites, instead of renting, on a salable piece of land.


Project Details

Zoning Changes

Three rezoning applications are part of the City’s Flag-Shaped Lot Pilot Project.

This pilot project aims to rezone these three sites to allow for a garden suite, either existing or yet to be built, to exist on its own separate legal land title.

A Site Specific Development Control Zone (DC2) will allow for the implementation of new development rules to allow for this to happen.

Garden suites are already allowable uses on each of the properties.

Key Features

The proposed zoning for each site will provide direction for the future subdivision of the garden suite, made through a separate application, if the rezonings are approved by City Council.  

The proposed zones do not allow the built form; the height, site coverage, or other aspects, and building placement; the front, side and rear setbacks, of either the garden suite or single detached house to exceed or differ from what is already allowed under the current zoning for each site.

Parking is provided on-site.

Project Sites

The three sites for the pilot project are:

Public Engagement

Public engagement sessions for each respective neighbourhood with a flag-shaped lot rezoning have been finalized.

Get the details on dates, locations and times on our public engagement page.

For More Information

Stuart Carlyle

Title Planner



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