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New Mixed Use Districts


The City is currently working on two Mixed Use Districts to add to the Land Use Bylaw. These districts would be implemented through local area planning and land use amendment processes along neighbourhood and community scale commercial streets.

This work is based on feedback we received about existing commercial mixed use districts in the Land Use Bylaw, and the needs identified through community planning processes for Green Line and Main Streets. It also references mixed use regulations from other cities, such as Halifax, Vancouver and Toronto.

These two new types of Mixed Use Districts are:

  1. The Mixed Use – Flexible (MU-1) District
    • Intended to be located along commercial streets where a mix of different uses could be located at the street level including commercial, residential or office type uses.
    • Allows flexibility in terms of which uses are located at the street level
    • Accommodates a mix of uses within a single building or within multiple buildings throughout an area.
  2. The Mixed Use – Commercial (MU-2) District
    • Intended to be located along commercial streets where commercial uses are located at grade in order to promote activity at the street level.
    • Requires that every building have commercial type uses, such as shops and restaurants, at street level.

Project details

Development supported in both these districts would typically consist of street-oriented mid-rise buildings between four and six storeys in height and generally not exceeding 10 storeys.

The proposed districts focus regulation on the interface of the building with the street rather than on the floor area of uses. Design standards at the street level include requirements for clear glazing at eye level, maximum frontage length per use, and architectural features to differentiate the base of buildings (or street wall) from upper storeys.

On upper storeys, separation distances for windows, balconies and towers provide access to light and air. When new buildings back onto a lower scale residential property, an angular plane steps the building height down to minimize visual mass and shadowing.

Related Documents

Mixed Use Districts​ (draft until the final in November based on public input)

The districts will evolve based on input and comments received. A final draft will be available at the beginning of November.


Stephen Pearce
Planner, Planning and Development

Jeffry Haggett
Planner, Planning and Development

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