Did you know that Edmonton’s Zoning Bylaw is getting a major overhaul for the first time since the 1960s?
The Edmonton Zoning Bylaw is a set of rules that control how things are built, from the tall skyscrapers of downtown to your deck on your property. It applies to all property and land within city limits, yet the rules we’re using to build the city of today (Canada’s 5th largest city), are the same ones that applied to an Edmonton that looked very different.
Some examples where Edmonton residents deal with the zoning bylaw are:
purchasing a house (there is a process that banks/realtors/lawyers do to make sure the property for sale conforms to all development rules),
building an addition, deck, or some other structure on your property
applying for a home-based business
doing a park or playground development or expansion
making a change of use to open up a shop.
The process of navigating these development rules is complicated, hard to understand, and complex. This is the result of the City amending the bylaw in a piecemeal way for decades.
The City of Edmonton is working on a major rewrite of the zoning bylaw to make it more user-friendly, accessible, equitable, and reflective of the realities of our city today and into the future. I had the opportunity to attend a workshop on the new zoning bylaw this past June and see clearly how it will substantially change how our city grows to two million people, as envisioned in the City Plan. For example, there are currently 16 residential zones. The City is proposing to substantially reduce that number to simplify and add more adaptability.
The next Council will play a deciding role in how, what, and why we regulate development within the City of Edmonton for years to come. As a member of City Council, I'll be keeping a close eye on this project to make sure these changes work for the residents of Ward Anirniq and create a city where we move forward, leading together.
For more information on the Zoning Bylaw Renewal click here.