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The Mature Neighbourhood Overlay (MNO) applies to Edmonton's mature neighbourhoods. Created in 2001, the MNO is a part of the Zoning Bylaw that requires development that better suits older communities with tree-lined streets.

The current MNO contains 24 regulations that modify some of the zoning regulations in the RF1, RF2, RF3, RF4 and RF5 zones, such as the size of front yards and backyards, height of buildings, window placement and driveway locations.

Mature Neighbourhood Overlay Review

With a new influx of development in mature neighbourhoods, and after almost 15 years since its creation, the MNO is being updated to reflect current needs.

The goals of the MNO review are to:

  • Improve the MNO as a tool that supports suitable new development in our mature neighbourhoods
  • Reduce the need for variances during the permitting process by re-evaluating regulations for mature and established neighbourhoods
  • Improve the development approvals process and provide clarity for citizens and builders

As Edmonton grows, it’s important for residents in mature neighbourhoods to share their opinions about how new residents can be welcomed into their communities without losing the qualities that make each community special and unique. These qualities can include the look and feel of streets, homes and buildings, and the presence of tree lined streets and alleys.

Project Stage 5

Urban Planning Committee, Public Hearing and Communicating the Changes

With public engagement events now complete, the project has moved into its final stage. Thank you to everyone who participated in the public consultation process. Your input helped to further refine changes to the Mature Neighbourhood Overlay.

The draft amendments to the Mature Neighbourhood Overlay were presented to Urban Planning Committee on February 1, 2017. Members of the public, stakeholders, industry, and project collaborators had an opportunity to directly express their opinions on the draft amendments directly to City Council's Urban Planning Committee.

A final round of revisions to the regulations are currently being drafted by City staff, as directed by the Urban Planning Committee.

Three main revisions to the proposed Mature Neighbourhood Overlay regulations include:

General Purpose of the Mature Neighbourhood Overlay

  • Including reference to neighbourhood context within the General Purpose statement

Regulation 6: Platform Structures

  • Increasing the distance that decks and verandas can project into the front setback from 2.0 m to 2.5 m

Regulation 24: Consultation for Variances

  • Providing notice to Community Leagues (for information purposes) about Tier 2 and Tier 3 variances

These revisions, and additional refinements, will be presented to City Council Public Hearing in spring 2017.

City Council will make the final decision on the proposed amendments to the Overlay. Once bylaw changes are passed, City staff will promote the changes and the phase-in period for these regulations.

Mature Neighbourhood Overlay Review Timeline

Stage 1: Initial project consultation
(Winter 2015 – Spring 2016)

Stage 2: Reviewing regulations, educating, and perspective sharing
(Spring 2016)

Stage 3: Developing solutions and building commitment
(Summer 2016)

Stage 4: Preparing changes to the Overlay
(Fall 2016)

Stage 5: Urban Planning Committee, Public Hearing and communicating the changes
(Winter 2016 – 2017)

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