Zoning Bylaw Renewal Initiative

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Zoning is everywhere - from our parks and playgrounds, to garden suites and the downtown core. The purpose of zoning is to determine what can be built where. It sets the rules for where new buildings should go, what types of buildings they can be and what types of businesses and activities can happen on a property.

Rules for buildings and uses on private property in Edmonton combine to create the Zoning Bylaw. It is the instruction manual on how to build and use land in our city. For the first time in almost 20 years, Edmonton's Zoning Bylaw will go through a complete rewrite that involves rethinking what and why the City regulates, and to ensure the rules align with The Draft City Plan and other City policies and initiatives.


Read the Philosophy of the New Zoning Bylaw for more on why Edmonton needs a new Zoning Bylaw and what outcomes the new bylaw will support.

For more information about the discussion papers, please read the Discussion Paper Overview.

Read Here: Philosophy of the New Zoning Bylaw

Read Here: An Overview of the Discussion Papers



Zoning Bylaw Renewal Initiative Discussion Papers

The discussion papers provide an entry point into the world of zoning by breaking it out into understandable parts and allowing Edmontonians to select topics that interest them. They explore various aspects of zoning and the Zoning Bylaw, and provide the preliminary thinking and direction for the bylaw’s regulatory framework. All Edmontonians - from developers to residents - are encouraged to explore topics that interest them and provide feedback through the Engage Edmonton platform.



The discussion papers will be released according to the following schedule. To engage on each topic during the engagement period, please click on the discussion paper topic you are interested in below. Once the engagement period is closed, you will be able to view the page but no longer use the engagement tools.


Discussion PapersEngagement Period
July 13 - August 7, 2020
  • Climate Resilience, Energy Transition and the New Zoning Bylaw
  • Economy and the New Zoning Bylaw
  • Nodes and Corridors
  • Special Area Zones
August 24 - September 18, 2020
  • Parks and Civic Services Zones
  • Residential Zones
  • Notifications and Variances
  • Signs
October 5 - October 30, 2020


Zoning is everywhere - from our parks and playgrounds, to garden suites and the downtown core. The purpose of zoning is to determine what can be built where. It sets the rules for where new buildings should go, what types of buildings they can be and what types of businesses and activities can happen on a property.

Rules for buildings and uses on private property in Edmonton combine to create the Zoning Bylaw. It is the instruction manual on how to build and use land in our city. For the first time in almost 20 years, Edmonton's Zoning Bylaw will go through a complete rewrite that involves rethinking what and why the City regulates, and to ensure the rules align with The Draft City Plan and other City policies and initiatives.


Read the Philosophy of the New Zoning Bylaw for more on why Edmonton needs a new Zoning Bylaw and what outcomes the new bylaw will support.

For more information about the discussion papers, please read the Discussion Paper Overview.

Read Here: Philosophy of the New Zoning Bylaw

Read Here: An Overview of the Discussion Papers



Zoning Bylaw Renewal Initiative Discussion Papers

The discussion papers provide an entry point into the world of zoning by breaking it out into understandable parts and allowing Edmontonians to select topics that interest them. They explore various aspects of zoning and the Zoning Bylaw, and provide the preliminary thinking and direction for the bylaw’s regulatory framework. All Edmontonians - from developers to residents - are encouraged to explore topics that interest them and provide feedback through the Engage Edmonton platform.



The discussion papers will be released according to the following schedule. To engage on each topic during the engagement period, please click on the discussion paper topic you are interested in below. Once the engagement period is closed, you will be able to view the page but no longer use the engagement tools.


Discussion PapersEngagement Period
July 13 - August 7, 2020
  • Climate Resilience, Energy Transition and the New Zoning Bylaw
  • Economy and the New Zoning Bylaw
  • Nodes and Corridors
  • Special Area Zones
August 24 - September 18, 2020
  • Parks and Civic Services Zones
  • Residential Zones
  • Notifications and Variances
  • Signs
October 5 - October 30, 2020


Have questions about the new Zoning Bylaw? Post your questions here. You can expect a response to your question within five business days. Thank you!

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    Where is the data? E.g. what were the worst 10 outcomes of existing zoning bylaws, their costs, and which changes or new bylaws will prevent recurrence? What were the best 10 outcomes, and where is our assurance that no proposed change would prevent recurrence?

    Resident-2020 Asked 24 days ago

    Thank you for your question. One of the purposes of this engagement process is to learn more about what “best” and “worst” outcomes mean to different Edmontonians. Sometimes, a “best” outcome for one group is a “worst” outcome for another. The Zoning Bylaw Renewal Initiative will require balancing industry, stakeholder, and resident outcomes with City goals and policy in documents such as ConnectEdmonton and The City Plan. 


    We are very interested in learning more about what you assess to be positive and negative outcomes of the current bylaw, and what you would like to see change. We encourage you to share your thoughts using the survey and forum tools on each discussion paper page. Thank you!