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The Zoning Bylaw Implementation Team has worked on numerous projects. These projects have completed the council decision stage of the text amendment process. A signed copy of each bylaw can be found in the associated City Council and Public Hearing Agenda

Regulation of Body Rub Centres

This amendment requires a minimum separation distance of 100 metres between Body Rub Centres from several uses. It also prohibits Body Rub Centres from operating on the same site as several uses.  

City Council passed this amendment and a moratorium on new Body Rub Centres on June 19, 2013, which will be re-evaluated in January of 2014.

Low Density Residential Zones

The amendments to the regulations in low density residential zones (RF1, RF2, RF3, RF4, and RF5) allows for greater housing variety, more opportunities for infill, and has the potential to enhance housing affordability.

This amendment was passed by City Council on March 19, 2013.

Urban Character Main Street Zone

The Urban Character Main Street Zone project has been closed. The Zoning Bylaw Implementation Unit will revisit the question of how best to encourage walkable main street areas in the future.

Separation Distances for Alcohol Sales

The amendment to the Major and Minor Alcohol Sales Uses created the provision for established liquor stores in the City to relocate within their 500 metre buffer.  This change will allow for liquor stores in shopping malls to relocate within the same complex  as well as permit temporary relocation for liquor stores during renovations.

This amendment was passed by City Council on October 29, 2012.

Temporary Sign Regulation

The amendment to the Temporary Sign regulations in the Zoning Bylaw clarified permit requirements for applicants and addressed enforcement issues for illegally placed signs. This amendment was introduced to align regulations with current sign industry practices to assist in managing sign proliferation in the city.

This amendment was passed by City Council on January 21, 2013.

Hardsurfacing

Landscaping requirements for residential parking areas are regulated by the Zoning Bylaw.

Bylaw 16312 has been amended to include a definition for Hardsurfacing.

This amendment was passed by City Council on January 21, 2013.

Telecommunications

City Policy C471B was updated to add clarity to the municipal role in the consultation process for new telecommunication facilities, including harmonization with the latest version of Industry Canada's Client Procedures Circular CPC-2-0-03.  The update adds more detail for location preferences, and notification requirements.  It is the responsibility of Industry Canada to decide on the need and location for new telecommunication facilities.

The amendment was passed by City Council on January 23, 2013. 

Dwelling, Household and Congregate Living

The change to housing definitions and regulations distinguish between group living arrangements or 'congregate living' and households.  The changes redefine associated Use Classes such as Lodging Houses and Group Homes. The changes create greater flexibility and opportunity for congregate living throughout the city and create regulations that enhance safety and community stability.

The amendment was passed by Council on November 13, 2012.

Arts-Related Uses

Arts-related activities are accommodated under commercial use classes in the Zoning Bylaw.

Bylaw 16224, an amendment to the Zoning Bylaw, modified some commercial use classes and regulations to better acknowledge arts-related activities. Bylaw 16224 also added some arts-related commercial use classes to additional commercial and industrial zones.

The amendment was passed by City Council on September 10, 2012.

Planned Lot Residential Zone (RPL)

The amendment to the Planned Lot Residential Zone (RPL) introduced zero lot line development as a permitted use in the zone. 

Bylaw 16180, an amendment to the Zoning Bylaw, reduced the minimum lot width to accommodate single detached homes on smaller lots to address density and housing affordability in the City.

The amendment was passed by City Council on September 10, 2012.

Semi-detached Residential Zone (RF4)

The amendment to the Semi-detached Residential Zone (RF4) reduced the minimum lot width and increased site coverage for Semi-detached and Duplex Housing where a property is accessible by a lane.  This amendment was introduced to provide additional housing options that address housing affordability in the City.

Bylaw 16223, an amendment to the Zoning Bylaw, was passed by City Council on September 10, 2012.

Supportive Community Provisions

The Supportive Community Provisions are a Special Land Use Provision added to the Zoning Bylaw for the purpose of facilitating the approval process of supportive living facilities, and standardizing what is required for such facilities to receive an increase in density and reduction in parking.

Bylaw 15998, an amendment to the Edmonton Zoning Bylaw, added the Supportive Community Provisions and Inclusive Design requirements as new Special Land Use Provisions, and added Health Services as a discretionary use to the RA7 (Low Rise Apartment) Zone.

The amendment was passed by City Council on August 27, 2012.

Digital Signs

Signs on private property are regulated by the Zoning Bylaw.

Bylaw 15892, an amendment to the Edmonton Zoning Bylaw, added new use classes for digital signs, along with regulations that address potential impacts including safety, aesthetics and light pollution.

The amendment was passed by City Council on October 11, 2011.

Fences in Residential Zones

The construction of fences in residential zones is regulated by the Zoning Bylaw.

The amendment allows Administration to increase fence height in any yard to a maximum of 2.44 metres in order to provide additional screening from roads or neighbouring incompatible land uses. A development permit will be required for these higher fences.

Bylaw 15887, an amendment to the Zoning Bylaw, was passed by City Council on September 26, 2011.

Front Yard Parking

The Zoning Bylaw regulates parking on residential lots in order to maintain the safety, privacy and appearance of residential neighbourhoods.

The amendment to front yard parking regulations contained the following requirements:

  • Vehicles must be parked on designated driveways or parking areas, and cannot be parked on the lawn or landscaped portion of a front yard
  • The width of driveways and parking areas is restricted so that the entire front yard cannot be paved

Bylaw 15634, an amendment to the Zoning Bylaw, was passed by City Council on September 26, 2011.

PU (Public Utility) Zone

The amendment to the PU (Public Utility) Zone increased the maximum building height within the zone from 10 metres to 18 metres on sites 0.75 hectares in size or greater.

The purpose of the height increase was to accommodate large buildings used for municipal operations, such as storage yards, snow dumping sites, transit garages, storm water management facilities, water and sewage treatment plants, waste transfer stations, and recycling facilities.

Bylaw 15888, an amendment to the Zoning Bylaw, was passed by City Council on September 26, 2011.

Municipal Airport Airfield Zone (MA1)

The amendment to the MA1 Zone added non-accessory parking as a permitted use and removed the regulation for government services and professional, financial, and office support services to directly serve the operations or users of the City Centre Airport.

Bylaw 15847, an amendment to the Zoning Bylaw, was passed by City Council on August 29, 2011.

Commercial Mixed Business Zone (CB3)

The amendment to the CB3 Zone enhanced the mixed-use nature of the zone by allowing a broader range of commercial and residential uses. The CB3 zone is intended to be applied in locations near high capacity transportation nodes, including Transit Avenues and other locations offering good accessibility.

This zone is not intended to accommodate "big box" style commercial development that uses a significant amount of surface parking, nor is it intended to abut small scale residential development such as single detached housing.

Bylaw 15834, an amendment to the Zoning Bylaw, was passed by City Council on July 18, 2011.

Medium Scale Residential Infill Overlay

The amendment to the Medium Scale Residential Infill Overlay expanded the geographic scope of the overlay and helped to implement the Residential Infill Guidelines that were adopted by City Council in 2009.

Bylaw 15786, an amendment to the Zoning Bylaw, was passed by City Council on July 18, 2011.

For More Information

Zoning Bylaw Team

Sustainable Development
2nd floor, 10111 - 104 Avenue NW
Edmonton, AB  T5J 0J4

Telephone

In Edmonton: 311

Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311

Email developmentservices@edmonton.ca

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