Regulation Redesign: Simplifying rules for city building

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Drawing of organized zoning document.Image: Drawing of organized zoning document.We want your feedback on proposed amendments to simplify height regulations.

Based on ideas and comments we heard at our June 2019 workshop on floor area and height regulations, we're exploring amendments to simplify, clarify, and make our height regulations easier to understand. The proposed amendments include:

  • Creating new definitions for "height" and "decorative roof".
  • Updating the definition for "base surface".
  • Updating section 10.18 using more modern language and providing more flexibility for roof deck access and rooftop features, and clarifying decorative roof regulations.

Background

Regulation Redesign, a priority project in the City's 2020 Corporate Plan, is a comprehensive review of our land use regulations and related policy documents. The aim of this work is to:

  • Simplify and clarify land use regulations and policies to improve ease of use and clarity in order to reduce permit processing times.
  • Modernize and update the rules, language, and format or land use documents; and the processes to create/amend them.
  • Improve consistency among land use policies and regulations.
  • Improve external and internal communication on the land use planning framework and its systems.
  • Establish a robust and enduring land use framework (including regulations, policies, protocols, and procedures) that is able to adapt well into the future.


Drawing of organized zoning document.Image: Drawing of organized zoning document.We want your feedback on proposed amendments to simplify height regulations.

Based on ideas and comments we heard at our June 2019 workshop on floor area and height regulations, we're exploring amendments to simplify, clarify, and make our height regulations easier to understand. The proposed amendments include:

  • Creating new definitions for "height" and "decorative roof".
  • Updating the definition for "base surface".
  • Updating section 10.18 using more modern language and providing more flexibility for roof deck access and rooftop features, and clarifying decorative roof regulations.

Background

Regulation Redesign, a priority project in the City's 2020 Corporate Plan, is a comprehensive review of our land use regulations and related policy documents. The aim of this work is to:

  • Simplify and clarify land use regulations and policies to improve ease of use and clarity in order to reduce permit processing times.
  • Modernize and update the rules, language, and format or land use documents; and the processes to create/amend them.
  • Improve consistency among land use policies and regulations.
  • Improve external and internal communication on the land use planning framework and its systems.
  • Establish a robust and enduring land use framework (including regulations, policies, protocols, and procedures) that is able to adapt well into the future.
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