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On Monday September 11, 2017, City Council approved amendments (Item 5.3) to Edmonton’s Zoning Bylaw to introduce changes to the Main Streets Overlay to better support attractive, vibrant and walkable commercial streets in Edmonton. 

At the Public Hearing where the Overlay was approved, Council directed City staff to monitor the effectiveness of the Overlay, consult with communities along 109 Street within the Overlay’s boundaries, and to prepare further amendments to the Overlay if necessary.

Project Stage

Project Stage: Proposed AmendmentThis project is currently at the proposed amendment stage.

A report and draft amendments were reviewed by Urban Planning Committee on Tuesday January 29, 2019. City staff have prepared a draft report which will be presented to City Council at the Monday May 13, 2019 Public Hearing meeting.

What’s Changing?

Development Regulations
Over the past year, City staff have met with a variety of stakeholders and undertaken a technical review to understand what improvements could be made to the Main Streets Overlay. City staff are proposing the following changes:

  • Clarifying which regulations apply to new and existing buildings
  • Adding incentives to encourage mixed use development along 109 Street
  • Retaining the notification requirement for variances within the Overlay
  • Adjusting the Setback and Stepback requirements of the overlay to enhance the design of the rear of the commercial building where it faces a residential property. The stepback requirements of 2.5 m have been retained along 109 Street
  • Reducing the impacts of vehicle-oriented uses by requiring these uses be located at the rear or to the sides of buildings facing a main street
  • Other changes are described in greater detail in the report and its attachments

The changes are being made to ensure consistency in development along the city’s main streets. 

Overlay Boundaries
City staff are also proposing to amend the boundaries of the Main Streets Overlay to capture portions of main streets that were previously omitted. These areas include:

  • Adding the eastern portion of 82 Street, north of the Yellowhead to provide consistency along the street
  • Removing properties with residential zones along 109 Street, south of Whyte Avenue and along Whyte Avenue west of 109 Street based on community feedback
  • Adding commercial properties to the south of 109 Street to ensure consistent treatment of commercial properties within the 109 Street Area Redevelopment Plan
  • Removing the Overlay entirely from 111 Street between 68 Avenue and 65 Avenue based on direction from Urban Planning Committee

These changes are being made to ensure the boundaries of the Overlay are applied evenly to both sides of the street.

For more information, please view the draft report.

Affected property owners:
If you received a postcard identifying your property to be included in the Overlay and have comments and/or questions regarding this, please be sure to get in touch using the contact information below.

Public Engagement

The City of Edmonton is committed to citizen engagement.

City staff met with members of community leagues and development industry over a year and a half period between 2017 and 2018. Comments on the draft report are welcome until Thursday March 14, 2019.

Members of the public will have the opportunity to share their views directly with Urban Planning Committee by registering to speak when the proposed amendments go to City Council Public Hearing, currently scheduled for Monday May 13, 2019.

For More Information

Robert Rutherford

Title Planner, Zoning Bylaw



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