The City of Edmonton serves the needs of business and industry, and works with entrepreneurs through the planning and development process.
A streamlined review and planning process ensures appropriate due diligence.
Review processes differ depending on the type and location of the business or industrial facility.
An important part of current processes are the environmental protection assessments required by the provincial and federal governments. Put in place to ensure a strong and sustainable economy while balancing the needs and interests of industry and the broader community, these regulate water use, the disposal and treatment of wastewater, air quality and more.
Municipal Development Plan and Area Structure Plans
Edmonton’s Municipal Development Plan (MDP) offers the overarching policy and strategy framework to ensure consistent, quality planning and development within the city.
From the MDP, Area Structure Plans (ASPs) lay out an area’s long-term development plan. ASPs generally cover areas of at least 200 hectares and must be in place before landowners develop a new neighbourhood.
City Council approves both of these base documents to ensure conformity to City’s principles of development and the landowners’ obligations and responsibilities. Review and approval processes spell out requirements, including public input, to ensure a transparent and responsive process that considers the perspectives and needs of all affected stakeholders.
Edmonton Industrial Land Zoning
The City identifies five traditional industrial land use zoning designations. Land use zoning classifies and regulates land development and use.
IB - Industrial Business Zone
Intended for businesses that generate no nuisance outside an enclosed building and compatible with adjacent non-industrial use.
IL - Light Industrial Zone
High quality, light industrial developments with limited accessory outdoor activity and no nuisance outside an enclosed building.
IM - Medium Industrial Zone
Suited for manufacturing, processing, assembly, distribution, service and repair uses that carry out part of their operations outdoors and require outdoor storage areas with some nuisances associated with the operations.
IH - Heavy Industrial Zone
Industrial uses that due to their appearance, noise, odour, risk of toxic emissions or fire and explosion are incompatible with other residential or commercial land uses.
AGI - Agricultural Industrial Reserve
Rural land intended for industrial use but not currently zoned.
Within each of these zones are permitted and discretionary land uses. Permitted land uses are given automatic approval. Discretionary land uses are reviewed relative to their compliance with regulations and their relation to surrounding areas and applicable statutory plans.
Within the zoning process there is also an appeal process through the City’s Subdivision and Development Appeal Board.
Edmonton Energy and Technology Park (EETP) Zoning
The EETP Area Structure Plan outlines the development of a business park focusing on:
- petrochemical and manufacturing plants
- research and development facilities
- the transportation and logistics sector
The Area Structure plan is an eco-industrial model facilitating companies’ use of shared utilities and cleaner alternative energy sources. It leads to reduced water use, reduced waste, the preservation of natural areas, and the implementation of sustainable building practices.
Final rezoning and subdivision steps, including an Eco-Industrial Design Plan and a quantitative risk analysis, are required before development can begin.
The City has developed four specialized eco-industrial zoning for the Edmonton Energy and Technology Park (EETP):
- EETB – Edmonton Energy and Technology Park Business Park Zone
- EETC – Edmonton Energy and Technology Park Chemical Cluster Zone
- EETL – Edmonton Energy and Technology Park Logistics Zone
- EETM – Edmonton Energy and Technology Park Manufacturing Zone
Our Regional Airshed
To help protect the environment, all industrial facilities in the Capital Region must be designed and operated so the ambient air quality surrounding the site meets or exceeds ambient air quality objectives as established by Alberta Environment.
The Alberta Capital Airshed Alliance (ACAA) helps design solutions to local air quality issues, initiating several programs to ensure a high quality of air throughout the region.
In addition to ACAA, the Fort Air Partnership covers the Alberta Industrial Heartland region.