Description/Purpose

The Edmonton Design Committee (EDC) reviews and provides recommendations to applicants and the City regarding development applications.

Edmonton Design Committee Bylaw 19784

Important changes to upcoming EDC meetings:

Until further notice, future meetings will be conducted virtually. Members of the public can take part in meetings by contacting us at edmontondesigncommittee@edmonton.ca or 780-508-9503.

New EDC Standards and Procedures

City administration, in partnership with the Edmonton Design Committee, have developed new Standards and Procedures.

These new Standards and Procedures will take effect for all informal and formal EDC submissions made to Administration starting February 15, 2022.

For more information contact Peter Spearey, Lead Urban Designer at 780-508-9503. 

New EDC Bylaw 19784

City Council adopted a new  Edmonton Design Committee Bylaw 19784 on August 30, 2021.

The new bylaw was developed in alignment with the upcoming  Standards and Procedures and includes:

  • The ability for City administration, with the support of the Committee, to exempt certain projects from review. For example, small-scale ground-oriented residential development, storefront improvement projects approved through the Facade Improvement Program, and new City facility projects of a utilitarian nature that lack a strong public realm interface would not require EDC review. This change is in response to input from the Committee, City administration and industry, to exempt small-scale projects and better focus the Committee’s review on projects with high urban design impact.
  • Adding a member to represent the Alberta Professional Planners Institute, bringing the total representatives to 2.
  • Changing the criteria for the member who represents academia, to include post-secondary institutions beyond the University of Alberta and areas of research and teaching beyond the disciplines of industrial design and fine art. These changes to Committee membership are in response to the Committee’s desire to bring greater insight and perspective to the review of projects.

The EDC’s Mandate and Work

The Edmonton Design Committee (EDC) was established by City Council in 2005 with the mandate to “improve the quality of urban design in the city of Edmonton.” EDC meets this mandate primarily through the review of private development applications and key City of Edmonton projects.

EDC and the Public

Members of the public can attend EDC meetings virtually - see upcoming agendas for links to attend via Google Meet. Members of the public can also request to speak to the Committee: review the  procedures for public speakers  and use the online form to request to speak to EDC can be found here. The deadline for requests to speak is 4:30pm on the Friday preceding the EDC meeting.

Committee Meetings

Committee meetings are held on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month at 4pm at the Edmonton Meeting Centre (3rd Floor Edmonton Tower, 10111 104 Avenue NW) unless otherwise indicated. Agendas are available 10 days prior to the meeting date, and minutes are posted once approved.

For past minutes and agendas, please contact the Edmonton Design Committee Administration.

2022 Agendas Minutes
July 6, 2022 Agenda  
June 21, 2022 Agenda  
June 7, 2022 Agenda Minutes
May 17, 2022 Agenda Minutes
May 3, 2022 Agenda Minutes
April 19, 2022 Agenda Minutes
April 5, 2022 Agenda Minutes
March 15, 2022 Agenda Minutes
March 1, 2022 Agenda Minutes
February 15, 2022 Agenda Minutes
February 1, 2022 Agenda Minutes
January 18, 2022 Agenda Minutes
January 4, 2022 Meeting Cancelled  

 

2021 Agendas Minutes
December 21, 2021 Agenda Minutes
December 7, 2021 Agenda Minutes
November 16, 2021 Agenda Minutes
November 2, 2021 Agenda Minutes
October 19, 2021 Agenda Minutes
October 5, 2021 Agenda Minutes
September 21, 2021 Agenda Minutes
September 7, 2021 Agenda Minutes
August 17, 2021 Agenda Minutes
August 3, 2021 Agenda Minutes
July 20, 2021 Agenda Minutes
July 6, 2021 Agenda Minutes
June 15, 2021 Agenda Minutes
June 1, 2021 Agenda Minutes
May 18, 2021 Agenda Minutes
Special Meeting: May 11, 2021 Agenda Minutes
May 4, 2021 Agenda Minutes
April 20, 2021 Agenda Minutes
April 6, 2021 Agenda Minutes
March 16, 2021 Meeting Cancelled  
March 2, 2021 Agenda Minutes
February 16, 2021 Agenda Minutes
February 2, 2021 Agenda Minutes
January 19, 2021 Agenda Minutes
January 5, 2021 Agenda Minutes

 

2020 Agendas Minutes
December 15, 2020 Agenda Minutes
December 1, 2020 Agenda Minutes
November 18, 2020 Agenda Minutes
November 4, 2020 Meeting Cancelled
October 21, 2020 Agenda Minutes
October 7, 2020 Agenda Minutes
September 15, 2020 Agenda Minutes
September 2, 2020 Agenda Minutes
August 17, 2020 Agenda Minutes
August 4, 2020 Agenda Minutes
July 21, 2020 Agenda Minutes
July 6, 2020 Agenda Minutes
June 16, 2020 Agenda Minutes
June 2, 2020 Agenda Minutes
May 19, 2020 Agenda Minutes
May 5, 2020 Agenda Minutes
April 21, 2020 Agenda Minutes
April 7, 2020 Agenda Minutes
April 1, 2020 Agenda  Minutes
March 3, 2020 Agenda Minutes
February 18, 2020 Agenda Minutes
February 4, 2020 Agenda Minutes
January 21, 2020 Agenda Minutes

 

2019 Meeting Dates Agendas Minutes
December 11, 2019 Agenda Minutes
December 3, 2019 Agenda Minutes
November 19, 2019 Agenda Minutes
November 5, 2019 Agenda Minutes
October 15, 2019 Agenda Minutes
October 1, 2019 Agenda Minutes
September 17, 2019 Agenda Minutes
September 3, 2019 Agenda Minutes
August 20, 2019 Agenda Minutes
August 6, 2019 Agenda Minutes
July 16, 2019 Agenda Minutes
July 2, 2019 Agenda Minutes
June 18, 2019 Agenda Minutes
June 4, 2019 Agenda Minutes
May 21, 2019 Agenda Minutes
May 7, 2019 Agenda Minutes
April 30, 2019 Agenda Minutes
April 16, 2019 Agenda Minutes
April 2, 2019 Agenda Minutes
March 19, 2019 Agenda Minutes
March 12, 2019 Agenda Minutes
March 5, 2019 Agenda Minutes
February 19, 2019  Agenda Minutes
February 5, 2019 Agenda Minutes
January 29, 2019 Agenda Minutes
January 15, 2019 Agenda Minutes

 

2018 Meeting Dates Agendas Minutes
December 11, 2018 Agenda Minutes
December 4, 2018 Agenda Minutes
November 20, 2018 Agenda Minutes
November 6, 2018 Agenda Minutes
October 16, 2018 Agenda Minutes
October 2, 2018 Agenda Minutes
September 18, 2018 Agenda Minutes
September 4, 2018 Agenda Minutes
August 28, 2018 Agenda Minutes
August 21, 2018 Agenda Minutes
August 7, 2018 Agenda Minutes
July 17, 2018 Agenda Minutes
July 3, 2018 Agenda Minutes
June 19, 2018 Agenda Minutes
June 12, 2018 Agenda Minutes
June 5, 2018 Agenda Minutes
May 15, 2018 Agenda Minutes
May 1, 2018 Agenda Minutes
April 17, 2018 Agenda Minutes
April 10, 2018 Agenda Minutes
April 3, 2018 Agenda Minutes
March 20, 2018 Agenda Minutes
March 6, 2018 Agenda Minutes
February 20, 2018 Agenda Minutes
February 6, 2018 Agenda Minutes
January 16, 2018 Agenda Minutes

 

2017 Agendas Minutes
December 5, 2017 Agenda Minutes
Subcommittee Meetings

The EDC has established a subcommittee to assist in the performance of the committee’s duties, including the ongoing development and implementation of new standards and procedures. Subcommittee meetings are held on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 4pm at the Edmonton Meeting Centre (3rd Floor Edmonton Tower, 10111 104 Avenue NW) unless otherwise indicated. Agendas are available 10 days prior to the meeting date, and minutes are posted once approved.
 
For past minutes and agendas, please contact the Edmonton Design Committee Administration.

2022 Agenda Minutes
June 22 Meeting Cancelled  
May 31 Meeting Cancelled  
April 26 Meeting Cancelled  
March 29 Agenda  
February 22 Meeting Cancelled  
January 25 Agenda Minutes

 

2021 Agenda Minutes
December 28 Meeting Cancelled  
November 30 Meeting Cancelled  
October 26 Agenda Minutes
September 28   Minutes

 

Members
Council Advisor
Name of Appointee First Appointed Term
Councillor Aaron Paquette Nov 10/21 Organizational Meeting in 2022
Citizen Members
Name of Appointees First Appointed Term Expiry Date
Melinda Tindall  (Public Member) May 01/22 Apr 30/23
Adam Zepp 
(Development Industry Background)
May 01/17 Apr 30/23
Adrian Benoit  (Vice-Chair)
Architect
May 01/19 Apr 30/23
Tai Ziola
Architect
May 01/21 Apr 30/23
Neal LaMontagne (Post Secondary Faculty Member) May 01/22 Apr 30/23
Externally Nominated Representative Members
Name of Appointees First Appointed Term Expiry Date
David Brown  (Vice-Chair)
Alberta Association of Landscape Architects
May 01/18 Apr 30/23
Kevin Dieterman
Alberta Association of Landscape Architects
May 01/21 Apr 30/23
Jared Candlish
Alberta Professional Planners Institute
May 01/22 Apr 30/23

Nick Pryce
Alberta Professional Planners Institute 

May 01/22 Apr 30/23
Ken Liu
Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta
May 01/21 Apr 30/23
Janice Mills  (Chair)
Edmonton Arts Council
May 01/18 Apr 30/23
Informal Submissions

Though not mandatory, applicants are strongly encouraged to make an informal submission to EDC for  any proposed development.  The intent of this step is to offer information and guidance in advance of  the formal submission. A letter from the EDC is not provided after an informal presentation, and it is the responsibility of the applicant to take notes at this meeting.

Informal Submission Requirements

The informal submission process allows the EDC to engage with the proponent at an early and conceptual stage of development.

Beginning February 15, 2022, the minimum information required for an informal submission for a development permit application, rezoning application, or public project is

  • Site plan
  • Building elevations
  • Context plan
  • Preliminary design narrative referencing the Principles of Urban Design as appropriate
  • Site plan
  • Landscape plan
  • Preliminary elevations, drawings and renderings of the proposal
Additional Information
  • For rezoning projects, the proposed text provision should be provided if possible

Applicants will continue to schedule informal submission presentations to EDC by contacting edmontondesigncommittee@edmonton.ca.

Informal submissions are to be provided to EDC Administration in digital format not exceeding 50 MB in size.

Formal Submissions

The Edmonton Design Committee (EDC) Bylaw requires formal presentation reviews for major development applications submitted to Development Services. 

Beginning February 15, 2022, EDC formal submissions will be made concurrently with a rezoning or development permit submission. Presentations to the Committee will only be scheduled by EDC Administration upon receipt of a complete informal or formal submission.

Please note

  • Members of the public can register to speak at a formal presentation
  • Formal development permit and rezoning submissions will be available for public viewing prior to each meeting
Formal Submission Requirements

Formal submissions are to be provided to EDC Administration in digital format not exceeding 50 MB in size.