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 City Plan and other City policies and initiatives.

The Zoning Bylaw Renewal Initiative will develop a strategic, simplified and streamlined Zoning Bylaw to enable people, places and businesses to thrive and prosper.

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.

Please review the information on this page and tell us what you think before July 7, 2021.


How to engage

The City of Edmonton is inviting all Edmontonians to provide feedback on three topics through workbooks and workshops.


Download a workbook

  • Access workbooks by clicking the links available below and downloading the file(s)

Record your feedback or prepare for a workshop

  • Fill out the workbook with your ideas
  • Use the workbook before a workshop, to prepare
  • Use the workbook to record more ideas after a workshop

Return your workbook


Workbook and workshop details

Topic 1 - Approach for Zones
The Approach for Zones workbook presents the following approaches for exploration and discussion:

  1. Adopting a hybrid zoning approach with form-based and use-based zoning

  2. Reducing the number of zones in the Zoning Bylaw

Workbook 1 gives information about the research behind these two ideas, presents pros and cons, and asks you to share your thoughts.

There are two scheduled workshops to dive further into the proposed approach to zones:

  • Monday June 14, 10 am - noon
  • Tuesday June 22, 7 - 9 pm

Visit Eventbrite to register for the workshop of your choosing.


Topic 2 - Approach for Uses
The Approach for Uses includes the following three ideas:

  1. Defining land uses more broadly
  2. Regulating uses based on land use impacts
  3. Replacing Discretionary Uses with Conditional Uses

Workbook 2 gives a brief overview on the research behind these three ideas, presents pros and cons, and asks you to share your thoughts.

There are two scheduled workshops to dive further into the proposed approach uses:

  • Tuesday June 15, 7 - 9 pm
  • Thursday June 24, 10 am - noon

Visit Eventbrite to register for the workshop of your choosing.


Topic 3 - Approach for Residential Areas
The Approach for Residential Areas includes the following two ideas:

  1. Reducing the number of residential uses
  2. Reducing the number of residential zones

Workbook 3 gives a brief overview on the research behind these two ideas, presents implications, and asks you to share your thoughts.

There are two scheduled workshops to dive further into the proposed approach to residential areas:

  • Thursday June 17, 2 - 4 pm
  • Monday June 21, 10 am - noon

Visit Eventbrite to register for the workshop of your choosing.

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 City Plan and other City policies and initiatives.

The Zoning Bylaw Renewal Initiative will develop a strategic, simplified and streamlined Zoning Bylaw to enable people, places and businesses to thrive and prosper.

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.

Please review the information on this page and tell us what you think before July 7, 2021.


How to engage

The City of Edmonton is inviting all Edmontonians to provide feedback on three topics through workbooks and workshops.


Download a workbook

  • Access workbooks by clicking the links available below and downloading the file(s)

Record your feedback or prepare for a workshop

  • Fill out the workbook with your ideas
  • Use the workbook before a workshop, to prepare
  • Use the workbook to record more ideas after a workshop

Return your workbook


Workbook and workshop details

Topic 1 - Approach for Zones
The Approach for Zones workbook presents the following approaches for exploration and discussion:

  1. Adopting a hybrid zoning approach with form-based and use-based zoning

  2. Reducing the number of zones in the Zoning Bylaw

Workbook 1 gives information about the research behind these two ideas, presents pros and cons, and asks you to share your thoughts.

There are two scheduled workshops to dive further into the proposed approach to zones:

  • Monday June 14, 10 am - noon
  • Tuesday June 22, 7 - 9 pm

Visit Eventbrite to register for the workshop of your choosing.


Topic 2 - Approach for Uses
The Approach for Uses includes the following three ideas:

  1. Defining land uses more broadly
  2. Regulating uses based on land use impacts
  3. Replacing Discretionary Uses with Conditional Uses

Workbook 2 gives a brief overview on the research behind these three ideas, presents pros and cons, and asks you to share your thoughts.

There are two scheduled workshops to dive further into the proposed approach uses:

  • Tuesday June 15, 7 - 9 pm
  • Thursday June 24, 10 am - noon

Visit Eventbrite to register for the workshop of your choosing.


Topic 3 - Approach for Residential Areas
The Approach for Residential Areas includes the following two ideas:

  1. Reducing the number of residential uses
  2. Reducing the number of residential zones

Workbook 3 gives a brief overview on the research behind these two ideas, presents implications, and asks you to share your thoughts.

There are two scheduled workshops to dive further into the proposed approach to residential areas:

  • Thursday June 17, 2 - 4 pm
  • Monday June 21, 10 am - noon

Visit Eventbrite to register for the workshop of your choosing.