Urban Design Guidelines


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395 Mulock Drive P.O. Box 328 Station Main, Newmarket, Ontario
L3Y 4X7

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Newmarket is a growing community where higher density types of development are becoming more common. In anticipation of this growth, the Town is working on new Urban Design Guildlines (UD Guidelines) to promote high-quality design developments that will be compatible with the existing community. These UD Guidelines will encourage creative successful urban design projects for years to come in our community.


The purpose of the UD Guidelines is to guide development, in both public and private realm, to have high-quality design and be compatible with surrounding areas that reinforces a healthy, vibrant and complete community.  The UD Guidelines will address a range of building typologies  including low-rise/density, mid-rise/density, and high-rise/density. The UD Guidelines will also provide clarity to the development community by illustrating the Town's expectations for new development.

The guidelines will help the Town reflect and promote local opportunities, and unique characteristics that define Newmarket, such as the Historic Main Street area and the Urban Centres (Yonge and Davis Drive area).

The guidelines will also address privately-owned public spaces (POPS) for Newmarket's Urban Centres and ensure objectives of the Official Plan are achieved, while building on new development trends and ensuring an accessible Newmarket.  

Urban Design Guidelines Process 

The Town-wide Urban Design Guidelines commenced in January 2020, with completion anticipated for December 2020. The study will be completed in three (3) phases, including:

1st Phase:

  • Review existing Town of Newmarket plans and related studies
  • First Public Information Centre to collect feedback from the community

2nd Phase:

  • Create draft version of the Urban Design Guidelines
  • Second Public Information Centre to present draft and collect feedback from the community 

3rd Phase:

  • Final review of the Urban Design Guidelines
  • Council approval of final Urban Design Guidelines
  • Public release of the Urban Design Guidelines 

Public Input Opportunity 

Public Information Centre No. 1, originally scheduled for April 1, 2020, has been postponed due to the pandemic. Notice of the rescheduled PIC will be posted here once a date is determined. 

Presentation materials from Public Information Centres will be posted here after the meeting.

In addition, this project is features on HeyNewmarket public engagement site. Visit HeyNewmarket.ca to share your thoughts with us! 

Contact Information

For more information, please contact Phoebe Chow, Senior Planner - Policy, Planning and Building Services, at 905-895-5193 or email pchow@newmarket.ca