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  • Get involved in the design aspect for future developments in Newmarket

    Created: Wednesday, May 26, 2021

    Give us your thoughts about the Town's draft Urban Design Guidelines at the second virtual Public Information Centre on May 27 at 7 p.m. via Facebook Live/Zoom. At this meeting, we will highlight the main sections of the draft urban design guidelines and provide you an opportunity to share your ideas and thoughts. 


    Send us your questions ahead of time to pchow@newmarket.ca, and learn more at on the project webpage. 

    What is Urban Design?

    Urban Design is about balancing all of the elements like architecture, urban planning, landscape architecture, engineering and other disciplines to create a community that reflects the people and the history of the area. Think about some of the places you have visited in the past and what made it memorable? All those elements are part of Urban Design. 

    Why are Urban Design Guidelines important? 

    Urban Design Guidelines are an important tool that can be used to guide how land can be developed. This can be through diagrams, examples from different communities and best practices in order to achieve a level of design quality for all elements of the physical elements like streetscape and open spaces.

    For example, if your new neighbour decides to rebuild their home, these Urban Design Guidelines will provide guidance on good design objectives and what elements should be considered into the building and site to make sure it fits the neighbourhood character (i.e. building size to lot ratio). 

    Please note that urban design guidelines are not policy. They are meant to build on existing Zoning By-law regulations and the Official Plan to address appropriate heights, setbacks and separation, building massing and building articulation. 

    We want to know what features are the most important to you. Help guide the design for future development in Newmarket by attending this PIC and sharing your feedback! 

    Residents are also encouraged to send questions they have ahead of time, and to provide their feedback on our project site