Edmonton Zoning Bylaw 12800

910.5    (CCA) Core Commercial Arts Zone

1.             General Purpose

Bylaw 16733

July 6, 2015

Charter Bylaw 18381

May 7, 2018

 

The purpose of this Zone is to provide a Zone for a variety of high density and quality development that accommodates office, retail, service, institutional, residential, arts and entertainment Uses and meet the Use objectives for the Commercial Cultural Core. The intent is to further strengthen the Downtown’s central area by providing continuous retail at ground level, enhancing arts and entertainment activities, accommodating Residential Uses and making the Core more pedestrian friendly.

2.             Permitted Uses

  1. Apartment Hotels

  2. Auctioneering Establishments

  3. Bars and Neighbourhood Pubs, for less than 200 occupants and 240 m2 of Public Space

  4. Business Support Services

Charter Bylaw 18387

June 12, 2018

  1. Cannabis Retail Sales

  1. Child Care Services

  2. Commercial Schools

  3. Community Recreation Services

  4. Convenience Retail Stores

  5. General Retail Stores

  6. Government Services  

  7. Health Services

  8. Hotels

  9. Indoor Participant Recreation Services

  10. Limited Contractor Services

Charter Bylaw 18882

June 17, 2019

  1. Liquor Stores

Charter Bylaw 18613

November 26, 2018

  1. Market

Bylaw 16224

September 10, 2012

 

  1. Media Studios

  1. Minor Amusement Establishments

  1. Minor Home Based Business and Major Home Based Business

Charter Bylaw 18967

August 26, 2019

  1. Multi-unit Housing

  2. Personal Service Shops

  3. Professional, Financial and Office Support Services

  4. Private Education Services and Public Education Services

  5. Private Clubs

  6. Public Libraries and Cultural Exhibits

aa.           Religious Assembly

bb.           Residential Sales Centre

cc.           Restaurants

Charter Bylaw 18613

November 26, 2018

          dd.           Special Event

ee.           Specialty Food Services  

Bylaw 17403

October 19, 2015

Effective date: February 1, 2016

        ff.            Urban Gardens

gg.            Fascia On-premises Signs  

hh.            Projecting On-premises Signs

ii.              Temporary On-premises Signs, not including portable signs   

3.           Discretionary Uses

Bylaw 16224

September 10, 2012

Bylaw 16733

July 6, 2015

  1. Automotive and Minor Recreation Vehicle Sales/Rentals, within an enclosed building

  2. Bars and Neighbourhood Pubs, for more than  200 occupants and 240 m2 of Public Space

Bylaw 18171

September 11, 2017

  1. Breweries, Wineries and Distilleries

Bylaw 15953

November 13, 2012

Bylaw 16733

July 6, 2015

  1. Carnivals, within an enclosed building

  2. Convenience Vehicle Rentals

Bylaw 16224

September 10, 2012

  1. Creation and Production Establishments

  2. Exhibition and Convention Facilities

  3. Extended Medical Treatment Services

  4. Fleet Services

  5. Funeral, Cremation and Interment Services

Bylaw 16224

September 10, 2012

  1. Live Work Units

Bylaw 15953

November 13, 2012

  1. Lodging Houses

  2. Major Amusement Establishments

  3. Minor Impact Utility Services

  4. Mobile Catering Food Services

  5. Motels

  6. Natural Science Exhibits

  7. Nightclubs

  8. Non-accessory Parking

Bylaw 16224

September 10, 2012

  1. Pawn Stores

  2. Protective and Emergency Services

  3. Recycled Materials Drop-off Centres, within an enclosed building

Bylaw 16224

September 10, 2012

  1. Secondhand Stores

  2. Spectator Entertainment Establishments

  3. Veterinary Services

  4. Warehouse Sales

Bylaw 17403

October 19, 2015

Effective date: February 1, 2016

  1. Urban Indoor Farms

Bylaw 17901

March 6, 2017

bb.              Urban Outdoor Farms

cc.              Fascia Off-premises Signs

Bylaw 15892

October 11, 2011

dd.            Major Digital Signs

Bylaw 15892

October 11, 2011

ee.            Minor Digital Off-premises Signs

Bylaw 15892

October 11, 2011

ff.             Minor Digital On-premises Signs

Bylaw 15892

October 11, 2011

gg.            Minor Digital On-premises Off-premises Signs

hh.            Projecting Off-premises Signs

ii.              Temporary Off-premises Signs

4.            Development Regulations for Permitted and Discretionary Uses

The following regulations shall apply to all Permitted and Discretionary Uses.

  1. Floor Area Ratio

  1. the maximum Floor Area Ratio east of 100 Street shall be 8.0;

  2. the maximum Floor Area Ratio west of 100 Street shall be 12.0; and

  3. Notwithstanding 4(a)(ii), the maximum Floor Area Ratio shall be 13.1 for the area bounded on the east by 100 Street, on the north by Jasper Avenue, on the south by Macdonald Drive and on the west by the north/south Lane and pedestrian Walkway.

  1. Building Height

  1. the maximum permitted Height shall not exceed 150 m;

  2. the maximum discretionary Height shall not exceed 200 m; and

Bylaw 16859

June 24, 2014

  1. where the maximum Height exceeds 150 m, the Development Officer shall ensure the design of the built form, its profile, sculpting, and detailing, as well as the quality of its material is such that it is a significant positive addition to the City’s skyline.

  1. Building Setbacks

  1. Buildings shall have a front Setback between 1.5 to 2.5m, except that:

  1. the Setback on the north side of 103A Avenue between 97 and 101 Street shall be 10.0m;

  2. the Setback for properties fronting on the south side of 103A Avenue between 97 and 101 Street shall be 5.0m;

  3. the Setback for properties fronting on the south side of 104 Avenue between 101 and 103 Streets shall be 5.0m

  4. the Setback from the front property line for all other buildings not covered by subsection b) and c) located west of 100 Street and south of 103A Avenue, and west of 101 Street and south of 104 Avenue shall have a zero to 2.5m front Setback;

  1. Buildings shall be built to the side property lines; and

  2. Notwithstanding the above, the Development Officer shall have regard for the existing block face Setback and consideration of the Urban Design Framework for Downtown Streets within the Capital City Downtown Plan, Bylaw 15200 in determination of the Setback.

Bylaw 18303

February 26, 2018

  1. Amenity Area

  1. Notwithstanding subsection 46(2), Amenity Area shall be provided in accordance with the following:

  1. A minimum Amenity Area of 3% of gross floor area of residential uses, to a maximum of 6% shall be required for buildings over 2000m2 to the satisfaction of the Development Officer. Amenity Areas may include meeting rooms, fitness facilities, outdoor space, and shall be exempt from FAR calculations.

  2. Non-residential buildings on sites of less than 1350m² shall not be required to provide Amenity Area.

  3. Non-residential or mixed-use buildings on sites greater than 1350m² shall provide a minimum Amenity Area of 3% on the non-residential uses to a maximum of 6% of the development.  Amenity Areas may include interior landscaped open spaces, arcades, atriums, plazas and gardens and shall be exempt from FAR calculations.

Bylaw 15735

June 20, 2011

  1. Landscaping

  1. Landscaping shall be in accordance with Section 55 of the Zoning Bylaw, except that:

Bylaw 16733

July 6, 2015

Bylaw 17672

June 27, 2016

  1. Trees shall be provided in accordance with subsection 55.3.  For development consisting of Residential Uses, the number of trees provided shall be one tree for each 25 m2 of any Yard at Grade.

  2. For tree requirements, only deciduous species shall be allowed on any Yard abutting a Public Roadway, other than a lane.

  1. Signs shall comply with the regulations found in Schedule 59F.

Bylaw 17403

October 19, 2015

Effective date: February 1, 2016

  1. Urban Indoor Farms shall comply with Section 98 of this Bylaw.

  2. Urban Gardens shall comply with Section 98 of this Bylaw.

5.              Urban Design Regulations

  1. Street Interface

  1. Buildings shall reflect the street types identified in the Urban Design Framework for Downtown Streets within the Capital City Downtown Plan, Bylaw 15200, emphasizing specific boulevard treatments to enhance the pedestrian oriented character of the Commercial Cultural Core.

  2. Buildings shall be designed to accommodate Commercial Uses to strengthen the pedestrian oriented shopping area through the following:

  1. The ground Storey shall have a minimum Height of 3.5m,

  2. Architectural treatment of new developments and substantial renovations shall have windows on the front façade of the building at each storey, and the placement and type of windows shall allow viewing into the building,

Bylaw 16733

July 6, 2015

  1. Major shopping complexes and large-format stores over 2000m2 shall contain smaller scale retail spaces with direct access to the street to maintain a rhythm of fine-grained retail establishments at Grade. All street level Commercial Uses that abut a street shall provide a primary direct access to the street,

  2. A minimum of 60% of street frontage for retail, services, and other Commercial Uses, and

Bylaw 16733

July 6, 2015

  1. The geodetic elevation of the top of the floor on the level that is directly above Grade shall not exceed the geodetic elevation of the abutting public sidewalk by more than 0.3 m.

  1. The development of the abutting public realm shall be in accordance with the standards outlined in the Urban Design Framework for Downtown Streets within the Capital City Downtown Plan, Bylaw 15200.

  2. Public Amenity Area

Bylaw 15735

June 20, 2011

  1. Yards, including useable outdoor spaces, shall continue the public sidewalk paving materials, finish, and pattern.  In addition, soft landscaping may be required at the Discretion of the Development Officer.  

  1. Street Wall Design

Bylaw 17062

July 9, 2015

  1. The building façade that comprises a portion of the Street Wall shall range in Height from 9m to 26m. The Development Officer may vary street wall Heights in consideration of the following:

  1. The visual, sun/shadowing, and other microclimatic impacts on adjacent residential development; and

  2. The recommendations, and mitigative measures specified in any required technical studies.

  1. Infill developments shall ensure that the Height of the building façade or podium base is within 7m of the adjacent buildings façade or podium.  

  2. Entrances and Corners

  1. Ground level retail Uses shall open to the street rather than an internal atrium.

Bylaw 16733

July 6, 2015

  1. In mixed-Use buildings, Residential Uses shall have access at Grade that is separate from the commercial premises.

  2. Buildings at corners shall provide courtyards, major entry ways or distinctive architectural features consistent with the style of the building or influences on the other corners of the intersection to enhance pedestrian circulation and, where applicable, enhance axial views.

  3. Buildings shall be designed and oriented to face the front property line with entrances that are clearly visible, except on double fronting streets where the building shall be designed to front both the street and the avenue.

  1. Tower Floor Plate, Stepbacks, and Spacing

  1. Buildings greater than 26m in Height shall be allowed in the form of a podium plus Tower composition or other configuration that ensures design treatments are compatible with the façades of adjacent buildings in the immediate area.

  2. The mid-level of Towers shall employ building Stepback, Tower spacing and sculpting to reduce building mass and augment views, light and privacy.  

  1. Towers shall Stepback from the front podium wall a minimum of 4.5m.

  2. The minimum space between non-residential Towers shall be 20m.

  3. The minimum space between a residential Tower and any other Tower shall be 25 m.

  4. The Development Officer may vary the Tower spacing in consideration of the following:

  1. The visual sun/shadowing, and other microclimatic impacts on adjacent residential development; and

  2. The recommendations, and mitigative measures specified in any required technical studies.

  3. Towers, whether in the form of freestanding independent structures, or a number of associated structures within a complex shall be designed, oriented and constructed to maximize views, articulate the downtown skyline, and allow sunlight penetration at the street level, in public spaces, plazas, parks and amenity areas.

  4. Developments less than 26m in Height on sites 700m² or less, may not be required to provide Floor Plate reduction.

  1. Building Façade, Materials, and Exterior Finishing

  1. Building façades shall incorporate architectural design details or features that recognize the predominant urban character of the street, as identified in the Urban Design Framework for Downtown Streets within the Capital City Downtown Plan, Bylaw 15200.

  2. Building façades must be strongly articulated at regular increments to add variety, rhythm, and a human scaled dimension along the block face.  

  3. Building design and façades shall incorporate treatments such as awnings, canopies, window openings, reveals, offsets, multiple entrances, arcades, columns, quality materials, interesting design, fenestrations, double Height entrances, parks, plazas, appropriate landscaping, colour, and other architectural features.

  4. Buildings shall emphasize horizontal and vertical elements as well as finer grain elements including windows, balconies, shadow lines and textures to distinguish between residential and non-residential buildings.

  5. Building materials shall be sustainable, durable, high quality and appropriate for the development within the context of the Commercial Cultural Core district. The contextual fit, design, proportion, quality, texture and application of various finishing materials shall be to the satisfaction of the Development Officer.

  6. All exposed building facades shall have consistent and harmonious exterior finishing materials,

  7. Infill developments shall be sensitive to the rhythm, articulation, design character, scale, façade and materials colours and textures of the block face.

  1. Roof Tops and Skyline Effects

  1. The top level(s) of Towers shall contribute to the ’signature’ of the building and the City’s skyline through sculpting of the upper floors and roofs.

Bylaw 17934

April 10, 2107

  1. Rooftops of Towers shall be designed with penthouses to accommodate mechanical penthouses, reduce the heat island effect, facilitate energy efficiency and contribute to a distinctive and unique Downtown skyline.  The design of the roof may include a combination of green roofs, Solar Collectors, patios, and public or private open spaces.

  2. All minor mechanical equipment on a roof of any building shall be concealed by screening in a manner compatible with the architectural character of the building, or concealed by incorporating it within the building.  

  3. Wherever podium roofs are visible from adjacent developments, the development shall provide enhancements to improve rooftop aesthetics.  Enhancements may include patios, gardens, green roofs or additional Amenity Area.

Bylaw 17832

November 28, 2016

  1. The Tower Floor Plate(s) of the top 4 floors shall be reduced a further 10% to 15%, to the satisfaction of the Development Officer, through Stepbacks to create the articulation, visual interest, and reduced massing effects.

6.              Additional Development Regulations for Specific Uses and Streets

Bylaw 16224

September 10, 2012

Bylaw 16733

July 6, 2015

Bylaw 17488

January 25, 2016

  1. For new buildings, Residential Uses shall not exceed 90% of gross Floor Area and shall not be developed as stand-alone buildings or at Grade.

  1. Notwithstanding the requirements of subsection 910.5(4)(a), Hotels shall be allowed an additional Floor Area Ratio of 4.0 where the Development Officer is satisfied that new developments fit within the urban context of the area and that adverse environmental impacts, such as sun shadow and wind are minimized.

Bylaw 17959

May 29, 2017

  1. Notwithstanding the requirements of Section 910.5(4)(g), Minor Digital On-premises Signs shall:

  1. be prohibited when the Copy of the Minor Digital On-premises Signs faces the Civic Precinct area on Sites abutting 103A Avenue to the north, 102 Avenue NW to the south, 99 Street NW to the east, and 100 Street NW to the west.