Urban Design Guidelines
Changes to the Planning Act were recently made by the Province through Bill 13 and Bill 109. Phase 1 - Interim Draft Terms of References/Guidelines were approved by the Planning Committee on November 29, 2022. The interim draft guidelines will provide clarity for development applications as to City requirements and will be subject to additional public and stakeholder consultation with Phase 2 terms of references in Q2 2023 before finalization.
The Urban Design Guidelines provide design direction for public and private spaces and are used by planners, architects, land owners, city staff and residents.
The purpose of Urban Design Guidelines within secondary plans are to:
- Illustrate the design intent of the Secondary Plan
- Design a thriving community that is vibrant and pedestrian friendly
- Represent a built form and public realm that is compatible with the existing scale, character and unique traits of the community
- Address other design elements related to buildings, sites, streetscape and public spaces
The Urban Design Guidelines for a Secondary Plan addresses these key components:
- Describes the existing context and planned land uses shown in the Secondary Plan
- Describes the structuring elements within the community, including roads, trails, parks and open spaces
- Defines the appropriate built form and typologies for each land use
- Provides recommendations and design guidance for architectural and landscape architectural design
- Communicates best practices with respect to urban design, sustainability, revitalization, vibrancy, mobility and walkability
- Provides detailed design guidelines for site design, building design, public realm and streetscapes