The Low Density Residential Housing Guidelines for Established Communities (Guidelines) were approved by City Council in May 1993. The Guidelines provide a comprehensive package of information to guide the development of low density residential housing in Established Communities. They are intended to apply to single-detached dwellings, semi-detached dwellings and duplexes requiring a development permit. A map showing the Established Communities is included in Appendix 1.
In July 2007, City Council approved a new Land Use Bylaw 1P2007. The new bylaw introduced new rules to deal with issues previously addressed by the Guidelines. Consequently, the Guidelines have been updated to eliminate conflict and duplication.
A strong emphasis is placed on encouraging development to respect and enhance the overall quality and character of the street and community in which it takes place. To achieve this objective, the Guidelines deal with the following design elements:
It should be noted that the Guidelines apply only to low density residential uses that are not listed as a permitted use, and are therefore a discretionary use in the Land Use Bylaw. Also, the Guidelines are to be used as a supplementary guide to the Land Use Bylaw and any relevant area redevelopment plans. A set of appendices at the end of this document provides helpful information in support of low density residential development.
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