Guiding principles provide the foundation for building a sustainable, livable, vibrant city by guiding development, standards, policies and plans.

Building guiding principles is the first step in implementing the Urban Design Framework and advancing urban design as a leading function within the City of Edmonton’s city-building ambitions. Principles provide guidance to public and private development, policies, plans, guidelines and standards in an effort to create a great public and private realm.


The City is currently working with targeted internal and external stakeholder groups to develop principles that will be the foundation for a livable, sustainable and vibrant city. Draft guidelines are expected to be complete in summer 2018.