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The High-Rise Apartment Zone (RA9) is the tallest and highest density standard zone in Edmonton’s Zoning Bylaw. The zone is typically located in central neighbourhoods, as well as along existing and planned LRT routes. In summer of 2018, City Council passed a substantial update to the High-Rise Apartment Zone (RA9).

The properties that are zoned High-Rise Apartment Zone (RA9) are shown in this map. The purpose of the project is to update the regulations to address the barriers and issues that were identified by applicants. 

Project Stage

Project Stage: Draft AmendmentThis project is currently at the draft amendment stage.

The draft changes will be brought forward for consideration at the June 25, 2019 Urban Planning Committee meeting. This meeting will provide the Urban Planning Committee with an opportunity to give City staff further guidance before the proposed changes go to City Council Public Hearing for a final decision.

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

What We’re Thinking

The barriers and issues identified for consideration include:

  • Exempting rooftop indoor amenity space from the calculation of maximum height
  • Increased flexibility for landscaping above parkade structures
  • Increasing height to account for structural beams where the tower transitions into the foundation
  • Small increases in maximum allowable density (10 additional dwellings per hectare when a rooftop amenity is provided)
  • Simplifying the setback regulations; and
  • Removing regulations that refer to other sections of Zoning Bylaw 12800

For More Information

James Veltkamp

Title Planner, Zoning Bylaw



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