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The City is currently reviewing and amending the Zoning Bylaw regulations for amenity areas in all standard zones and residential use classes.

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.

Project Stage

Project Stage - Proposed Amendment

This project is currently at the proposed amendment stage.

This project is currently at the proposed amendment stage. A report and draft amendments were reviewed by Urban Planning Committee on March 15, 2017.

A target date for the amendments to advance to City Council Public Hearing for a final decision has not yet been set.

What’s Changing?

Proposed amendments to Amenity Area in the Zoning Bylaw will:

  • Consolidate Amenity Area regulations into a single section
  • Standardize the Amenity Area requirements for Row, Stacked Row and Apartment Housing to ensure a consistent approach across the city
  • Provide greater flexibility in the provision of private and common Amenity Area to meet a range of demands and preferences
  • Remove inconsistent requirements for common Amenity Area and introduce an incentive to providing common Amenity Area through density bonusing of 10 to 25 dwellings per hectare depending on the zone
  • Remove redundant Amenity Area requirements for Single Detached Housing, Semi-detached Housing, and Duplex Housing
  • Reduce the minimum front setback for principal buildings and rear setbacks for detached garages in some low density areas outside the Mature Neighbourhood Overlay to allow for the creation of larger rear yards

Current Regulations

Section 46 and Section 47 of the Edmonton Zoning Bylaw require most amenity areas to a have a minimum dimension (length or width) of 4 metres. If the amenity area is located above the first storey of a building, for example a balcony, the minimum dimension must be 3 metres.

 A number of zones within the Zoning Bylaw also contain specific regulations about the size and placement of amenity areas that vary depending on the type of development.

These rigid area requirements make it challenging to build the types of developments and amenity features that consumers want as preferences for housing types and styles have evolved, but the Zoning Bylaw has not.

Public Consultation

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. For more information about specific involvement opportunities, or to share your views, please contact Jeff Booth.

Residents can also share their views directly with members of City Council by requesting to speak at when the draft amendments advance to Urban Planning Committee and/or City Council Public Hearing.

For More Information

Jeff Booth

Title Planner, Zoning Bylaw



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