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Supporting High Quality Main Street Development

The purpose of the review was to refine the regulations of the previous Pedestrian Commercial Shopping Street Overlay to support high quality, pedestrian-oriented development along Edmonton’s main streets.

The expanded overlay is now known as the Main Streets Overlay.

Project Stage

Project Stage - Council Decision

Amendments to Zoning Bylaw 12800 were approved by City Council and came into effect on September 11, 2017 (Item 5.3).

What’s Changed?

Changes to the Main Streets Overlay 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.

Public Consultation

The City of Edmonton is committed to citizen engagement.

During February and March 2017, City staff conducted several pop-up engagement events to receive feedback and provide information on the Main Streets Overlay.

Edmontonians had the opportunity to provide additional input by responding to an online survey from February 16 to March 6, 2017. The survey results were compiled into a What We Heard Report.

Input provided by Edmontonians helped to refine the areas of application and the specific regulations to guide high quality development in Edmonton’s main streets.

For More Information

Zoning Bylaw Team

Urban Form and Corporate Strategic Development
2nd floor, 10111 - 104 Avenue NW
Edmonton, AB  T5J 0J4


In Edmonton: 311

Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311


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