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Supporting High Quality Main Street Development

At the March 22, 2016 Executive Committee meeting, City staff were asked to review and amend the Pedestrian Commercial Shopping Street Overlay (PCSSO). The purpose of this review is to support high quality, pedestrian-oriented development along Edmonton’s main streets.

Since March 2016, City staff analyzed existing regulations, policies and guiding documents, reviewed best practices from other municipalities, had conversations with key stakeholders, and reviewed Edmonton’s streets to identify where the Overlay should be applied. Now, in Winter 2017, City staff want to hear from you, the public, to find out what you think of our proposed rules to foster higher quality development along the city’s main streets.

Project Stage

This project is currently at the draft amendment stage.

The draft amendments will be brought forward for consideration at the June 23, 2017 Urban Planning Committee meeting. 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.

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

What’s Changing?

The draft Overlay contains several themes for change. These include refining the setbacks to promote more pedestrian spaces, incorporating regulations for stepbacks, introducing mixed-use regulations, driveway access restrictions and parking requirement reductions. Additional regulations related to urban design and community consultation were also included.

The draft regulations provide detail on the proposed changes and a map of the proposed area of application.

Have Your Say!

We want to hear from you! The City of Edmonton is committed to citizen engagement and have organized several opportunities to get involved in this project. Come visit project staff at one of our pop-up engagement events or attend one of the two planned public open houses to provide detailed feedback on the proposed regulations. Your input will help us refine the areas of application and the specific regulations to guide high quality development in Edmonton’s main streets.

Main Streets Survey

Thursday February 16, 2017 to Monday March 6, 2017
Online Survey

Old Strathcona Public Open House

Wednesday February 22, 2017
4-8pm
Edmonton Public Library, Old Strathcona Branch

Downtown Farmers’ Market Pop-Up Engagement Event

Saturday February 25, 2017
9am-3pm
City Hall

Alberta Avenue Public Open House

Wednesday March 1, 2017
4:30-8:30pm
Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts

Old Strathcona Farmers’ Market Pop-Up Engagement Event

Saturday March 4, 2017
9am-3pm
Old Strathcona Farmers’ Market

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact Robert Rutherford directly.

Project Phases

Stage 1: Setting the Stage
June - August 2016
Complete

Stage 2: Main Street Conversations
August - November 2016
Complete

Stage 3: Refreshing the Overlay
December 2016 - February 2017
Ongoing

Review draft amendments and areas of application and gather public input

Stage 4: Implementing the Overlay
March - June 2017
Speak at City Council

Current Regulations

An overlay is a set of additional land use regulations that add to the zoning rules of specific areas around the city. These regulations will often supersede the regulations of the base zone, modifying a variety of elements of development, such as height, parking requirements, and landscaping. An overlay can never alter the Permitted or Discretionary Uses, Floor Area Ratio or density of the base zone in effect.

The Pedestrian Commercial Shopping Street Overlay is contained in Section 819 of the Zoning Bylaw. The regulations focus on different aspects of building design that help create high quality main streets. The overlay currently applies to areas along Whyte Avenue, Fort Road, areas downtown along 97 Street and Norwood Boulevard and along 98th Avenue.

There is a similar overlay, specific to Alberta Avenue, called the Alberta Avenue Pedestrian Commercial Shopping Street Overlay, which is contained in Section 821. City staff will also be reviewing this Overlay for content and opportunity for collaboration between the two sets of regulations.

For More Information

Robert Rutherford

Title Planner, Zoning Bylaw Implementation
Telephone

 780-944-0456

Email robert.rutherford@edmonton.ca

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