On Monday November 26, 2018, City Council passed a suite of amendments (Item 3.17) to the Zoning Bylaw that make it easier for new businesses to open, and simpler for residents and businesses to hold short-term special events like community parties and festivals.
Highlights of the changes include:
- Removing minimum parking requirements for some new businesses opening in existing buildings, saving time and money for business owners
- Removing the need for minor home-based businesses from requiring a development permit, saving small business owners a $125 startup cost
- Making it simpler to hold special events on private and public property
- Creating more opportunities for farmers markets throughout the city
These changes were part of the City’s efforts to be open for business, support the local economy, and encourage Edmonton’s festival city spirit and community gatherings. Taken together, the proposed amendments contribute to a more robust economy and a more vibrant city for all Edmontonians.
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