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Review and share your feedback on Edmonton's draft Wind Study Terms of Reference.

Wind plays an important role in our comfort in outdoor spaces. The force of wind on any given day, along with temperature, humidity, air quality and more, can have an effect on how much we enjoy being outside. 

Currently, the City of Edmonton Zoning Bylaw gives development officers the right to require wind statements and studies for building proposals over 20 metres in height. Development officers can also require any measures they think are necessary to mitigate, or lessen, the impact of wind to ensure pedestrian comfort. That bylaw says that any wind study has to be prepared by a qualified professional engineer.

In October 2019, Council’s Urban Planning Committee passed a motion for the City’s administration to develop a Terms of Reference (draft) for wind studies, to provide more certainty and consistency in the City of Edmonton’s rezoning and development permit processes as they pertain to wind impact.  

How the Terms of Reference Will be Used

The Terms of Reference, once they are approved, will be incorporated into the Zoning Bylaw and also into the Urban Design Manual, which is under development by City administration. For more information see Urban Design in Edmonton. 

The Wind Study Terms of Reference will identify when a wind study is required, requirements applicants must meet, how the study is evaluated and what kinds of mitigation strategies could be incorporated into the Zoning Bylaw.

Thank You for Your Feedback

Thanks for your feedback on the wind study terms of reference.

Your input will help refine the current draft and directly influence the preparation of a Council report.

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