We are articulating a basic set of urban design goals and principles. This includes a set of guidelines (fundamentals) based on public engagement, Council, internal and external stakeholders and the direction of the Municipal Development Plan, The Way We Grow.
The guidelines represent exciting work that will help move the City towards its goal of promoting increased development and density within our developed areas and creating an urban landscape which is livable, vibrant and walkable.
We are excited to be starting the development of Urban Design Guidelines, the first of which will provide direction on the design of tall and mid-rise buildings in Edmonton. The first steps of this document have been completed through the research of best practice guidelines from other cities across North America. We have been working with targeted internal and external stakeholder groups to understand the existing issues around the design of tall buildings in Edmonton.
The guidelines will address how the different components of tall buildings, the podium, the tower and the top can be thoughtfully addressed to maximize the benefit for the public while minimizing adverse impacts on neighbouring residents. Particular attention will be paid to the design of the podiums of tall buildings to contribute to an active, vibrant and pedestrian-oriented streetscape and public realm.
We’re currently preparing a draft guideline for tall and mid-rise buildings. The first draft is expected to be reviewed by Urban Planning Committee in June and then we’ll begin to test the guideline to make sure it’s on the right track. You can provide your input on the draft guideline.
- Project Initiation
- Background Research
- Draft Guideline Development - We are here
- Prepare Final Guidelines - Summer 2017
- Implementation Strategy - Fall 2017
In a Zoning Bylaw workshop in February we provided a summary of our work.