Ensuring that new development has adequate space for active and passive recreation is an important part of improving Edmonton’s livability as the city grows and changes.
To help achieve that goal, the City recently made changes to the Zoning Bylaw regulations for amenity areas in all standard zones and residential use classes. The changes simplify the regulations and set a reasonable standard for minimum amenity area on private property, while allowing Edmontonians the freedom to choose a home with the type of amenity area that suits their preferences.
Changes to Zoning Bylaw 12800 were approved by City Council and came into effect on February 27, 2018 (Item 7.5).
Changes to the Zoning Bylaw regulations for amenity areas include:
- Consolidating the amenity area regulations into a single section to simplify regulations
- Removing amenity area requirements for single detached, semi-detached and duplex housing to allow Edmontonians greater flexibility to choose a home with the type of amenity area that suits their preferences
- Standardizing the amenity area requirements for row, stacked row and apartment housing to ensure a consistent approach across the city
- Removing inconsistent requirements for common amenity areas and introducing a density bonusing incentive for providing common amenity areas
- Reducing the minimum front setback for principal buildings and rear setbacks for detached garages in some low density residential areas outside the Mature Neighbourhood Overlay to allow for the creation of larger rear yards
- Encouraging the development of single-storey front verandas by allowing them to project into required front setbacks and permitting a modest increase in site coverage for their provision
- Allowing recessed balconies on top of the first storey of homes
These changes were based on extensive technical analysis, research on regulations in other municipalities, consultation with a variety of development industry and community stakeholders on values and preferences for amenity areas, and direction from Urban Planning Committee.
The City of Edmonton is committed to citizen engagement.
Consultation was held with a variety of stakeholders from April to May 2016. The resulting feedback was summarized in the What We Heard document, which was provided to City Council.