Policies & Guidelines

Urban Design Guidelines within Secondary Plans

The Urban Design Guidelines provide design direction for public and private spaces and are used by:

  • planners
  • architects
  • land owners
  • city staff
  • 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

Established Urban Design Guidelines