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The City is starting consultation on possible Zoning Bylaw changes to the High Rise Apartment Zone (RA9). Properties that are zoned RA9 are shown in this map. This project represents an opportunity to create better high rise development in Edmonton. 

Project Stage

This project is currently at the draft amendment stage.

The draft amendments will be brought forward for consideration at the second Urban Planning Committee meeting in 2018. This meeting will provide the Urban Planning Committee with an opportunity to give City staff further guidance before the proposed amendments go to City Council Public Hearing for a final decision.  

An options report  was prepared based on the feedback received from industry and community workshops. View the workshop results and the online survey results. The options report was presented to Urban Planning Committee on June 7, 2017 (Item 6.5), and approved with the following motion:

  • That Administration complete additional work, including development modeling and testing and return to committee with a draft mark-up of the proposed text amendment and the modeling analysis including current status of High Rise Residential Overlay

The draft amendment is open for review and comment from October 27 to November 21. Please submit comments to James Veltkamp. The draft Zoning Bylaw text amendment includes:

  • Allowing more types of uses, such as child care services, convenience stores, and small restaurants to be built
  • Allowing other types of uses to be possible, such as hotels, general retail stores, and minor alcohol sales, if they meet additional regulations
  • Increased height to enable high rise buildings (18-20 storeys)
  • Introducing new urban design regulations to make the buildings look better, and improve the experience for pedestrians at street level
  • Changing the limits for minimum site size and maximum number of units so that a tall building can be built on an urban site

A target date for the amendments to advance to City Council Public Hearing for a final decision has not yet been set.

Public Consultation

The City of Edmonton is committed to citizen engagement.

Industry and community workshops were hosted in the first quarter of 2017 and they were accompanied by an online survey, which closed on April 10, 2017.

Three options were in circulation between March 23 and April 10, 2017. The feedback received during the circulation was used to refine the options and determine a recommended option.

For more information about involvement opportunities, or to share your views, please contact the project Planner, James Veltkamp.

For More Information

James Veltkamp

Title Planner, Zoning Bylaw



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