Recent Changes to Edmonton’s Bylaw’s
Enabling Missing Middle Development

Approved by Council and endorsed by IDEA on August 26 2019

  1. Allowing both basement suites and garden suites on the same lot in RF1, RF2, and RF3 zones!

  2. Simplify definitions of different medium-scale housing forms into one term called “Multi-unit Housing” to define it based on the number of dwelling units on site instead of the form of the building or how the units are arranged

  3. Retire the overlays Medium Scale Residential Infill Overlay and Medium Density Residential Overlay

  4. Overview of the specific changes to each zone:

    Changes to (RF3) Small Scale Infill Development Zone

● Allow both a secondary suite and garden suite to be developed in conjunction with a single-detached house

● Allow row housing developments to be built in mid-block locations

● Restrictions on facade lengths for row housing developments

● Site development regulations are simplified for greater flexibility

Changes to the (RF5) Row Housing Zone

● Removed maximum density but introduce a minimum density of 35 dwelling units / hectare (du / ha)

● Height limits for RF5 sites in the Mature Neighbourhood Overlay are relaxed to 10m, consistent with all other RF5 sites in the city

● Some larger dwelling units with multiple bedrooms will be required for every development within this zone

● Site development regulations are simplified for greater flexibility

Changes to the (UCRH) Urban Character Row Housing Zone

● Administrative changes are proposed mainly to clarify existing regulations to align and streamline these to those found in the (RF5) Row Housing Zone

Changes to the (RA7) Low Rise Apartment Zone

● Minimum site area and site width requirements are removed

● Maximum densities are removed; a minimum density of 45 du / ha is introduced

● Floor Area Ratio maximums are increased from 1.3 to 2.3

● A bonus to Floor Area Ratio will be available for developments providing some larger dwelling units

● Additional Small scale commercial uses are introduced

● Ensure that existing single legally conforming uses so that these houses can continue to be renovated or enlarged. If the site is redeveloped, it will be required to be a missing middle-type housing development

● Site development regulations are simplified for greater flexibility

Changes to the (RA8) Medium Rise Apartment Zone

● Minimum site area and site width requirements are removed

● Floor Area Ratio maximums are increased from 2.5 to 3.0

● Maximum densities are removed; a minimum density of 75 du / ha is introduced

● A bonus to Floor Area Ratio will be available for developments providing some larger dwelling units

● Additional small scale commercial uses are introduced

● Ensure that existing single legally conforming uses so that these houses can continue to be renovated or enlarged. If the site is redeveloped, it will be required to be a missing middle-type housing development

● Site development regulations are simplified for greater flexibility


Retirement of the (RF6) Medium Density Multiple Family Zone


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