14.1 Development and Major Open Spaces

An appropriate relationship

The following policies apply to land use areas abutting Major Open Spaces along the Sturgeon River and Carrot Creek. The policies ensure that development near these natural features has an appropriate relationship to them, mitigates or avoids adverse environmental impacts, and protects public access. They should be considered in conjunction with a site’s applicable land use designation policies and apply to proposed development along Major Open Spaces, regardless of land use or density.




Maximize the accessibility and visibility of Major Open Spaces through Area Structure Plans and subdivision plans, which include the provision of single-loaded public roads or trails or both.


Encourage the gratuitous dedication of undevelopable land along Major Open Spaces through site redevelopment.


Locate and design buildings that facilitate public access to Major Open Spaces and to existing and planned trail systems.


Ensure that development along Major Open Spaces facilitates a connected, sensitive, and complementary relationship between buildings and Major Open Spaces.


Require massing that is scaled in a manner that creates appropriate and graduated transitions to Major Open Spaces.


Separate private amenity space from Major Open Spaces with a landscape buffer or by elevating the amenity space by at least one metre or both.


Encourage high quality, visually attractive built form, development standards, and landscaping along Major Open Spaces.


Explore incentives and cost-sharing arrangements that encourage the front-ending of necessary infrastructure for planned development in the west side of the city.


Encourage improvements that protect or enhance the ecological integrity of Sturgeon River and Carrot Creek and enhance public enjoyment of the waterfront.

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Last edited: July 12, 2021