The Zoning Bylaw regulates development on private land in Edmonton. These regulations can be changed by City Council through a Zoning Bylaw text amendment.
Text amendments are not the same as a rezoning; they apply to the entire city instead of to one specific property.
Zoning Bylaw Team
The Zoning Bylaw Team is responsible for updating Zoning Bylaw 12800 to align with The Way We Grow, Edmonton’s Municipal Development Plan, and meet the needs of communities, applicants and development officers.
In 2017, the Zoning Bylaw Team accomplished:
- 21 bylaw amendments
- 22 reports to Executive and Urban Planning Committees
- 5 new major project initiations
- More than 30 public engagement events
The Zoning Bylaw Team 2018 Work Plan lists the projects that will be undertaken by the team this year. This document will let you know what changes might be coming to the Zoning Bylaw, and help flag important projects you may wish to provide your feedback on.
Current Amendment Projects
The Zoning Bylaw Team is working on various projects. Read about the project’s status, whether it is targeted for Urban Planning Committee or City Council, and the best way to become involved in the public involvement process.
- Cannabis Legalization
- Garden Suite Buildability - 1 Year Review
- Main Streets Overlay One Year Review
- Managing Liquor Store Impacts
- Medium Scale Housing Review
- Opportunities for Secondary Suites
- Parking Requirements
- Pawn Shops Zoning Review
- Reducing Barriers for Businesses and Special Events
- Sign Review
Recently Completed Amendment Projects
Learn more about past projects completed by the Zoning Bylaw Team.
- Achieving Higher Quality Development Along Major Corridors
- Child Care Services
- Liquor Store Separation Distance
- Privacy Screening
- Row Housing Setbacks in RF3 Zones
- Solar Energy Device Review
- Urban Agriculture
Text Amendment Process
Public involvement is an important part of the text amendment process. Text amendments to the Zoning Bylaw follow the following four stage process:
During the information gathering stage, City staff research text amendment options and any associated land use issues. At this stage, information may be compiled into a report and presented to the Urban Planning Committee of Council. The Urban Planning Committee may recommend that City Council consider a Zoning Bylaw text amendment.
Public Involvement: Many of the projects listed here have a public engagement component that will be described in greater detail on the individual project page. We welcome public involvement, and it helps to inform recommendations and reports to City Council.
During the draft amendment stage, City staff use the information obtained during the information gathering stage to craft a draft Zoning Bylaw amendment.
Public involvement: The draft amendment will be sent or presented to interest groups such as community associations, business groups, City of Edmonton departments, external government agencies, or the general public in order to get feedback. The amendment may be redrafted several times at this stage to reflect the comments received.
During the proposed amendment stage, the draft bylaw is finalized and a report is prepared for a public hearing and Council vote.
Public Involvement: If you wish to offer feedback at this point in the process, you must register to speak to Council at a public hearing. Please consult the City Council and Public Hearing Schedule for further information about speaking during a public hearing.
At the council decision stage, the proposed text amendment must receive three readings from Council in order to be added to the Zoning Bylaw.
Public Involvement: There is no public involvement at this stage of the process.