June 20, 2017
As part of the Mature Neighbourhood Overlay (MNO) Review, the City of Edmonton has made changes to MNO regulations after holding multiple public consultation events with residents, community leagues, and the home building industry. These new rules provide clearer direction for residents living or building in mature neighborhoods, including making it easier to determine front setbacks (the distance between the home and the street), driveway access and privacy regulations.
City Council approved New MNO regulations on May 29, 2017. The new regulations go into effect on September 1, 2017. To allow for adequate review time, applications received after July 7 will be assessed with the new regulations to align with the September 1 implementation date. The MNO applies to Edmonton’s mature neighbourhoods and requires developments that better suit older communities with tree-lined streets.
“The changes are intended to make the MNO a more effective tool to support well-designed infill in our mature neighbourhoods and reduce the need for variances,”’ says Colton Kirsop, Senior Planner, City of Edmonton. “Consultation has been streamlined and improved to ensure neighbours have an opportunity to provide input on variances. New flexible design regulations will result in more detailed home designs.”
If applicants want their application to be considered within the existing MNO rules, the City encourages applications to be submitted as soon as possible to account for development review time.
All citizens and companies considering a Development Permit application on a property located in the Mature Neighbourhood Overlay area are encouraged to review the proposed regulations before submitting an application. The regulations affecting neighbourhoods in the mature neighbourhood overlay can be viewed online at edmonton.ca/matureneighbourhoodoverlay. To assist applicants in making applications, the City has created a document of key changes to the rules and processes.