After a decade of being in effect, the City’s Planning Division will update the Urban Design Guidelines. Changes to the Zoning By-law and evolving best practices mean the current guidelines no longer reflect the best ways to get people to visit, work or live in a particular area.

The guidelines address issues not covered through the Zoning By-law such as accessibility, parking, landscaping, lighting, and stormwater management. The guidelines are often used by planning staff to determine if a planning application should be approved.

“Good urban design can help people feel happier and calmer,” said Jillian Fazio, Acting Senior Planner.

“Well-designed sites maintain their appeal and make our city a better place to live.”

Planning Services wants to get feedback on the proposed updates to the Urban Design Guidelines. A public survey will be open for comment until March 15. The feedback will be incorporated in reports to Council in April 2024.

To comment on the proposed updates, please visit