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  • Newmarket approves Urban Design Guidelines to help shape future development

    Created: Wednesday, September 01, 2021

    ​The Town of Newmarket is pleased to finalize its Urban Design Guidelines (UDG) that will help shape future development. The guidelines were approved by Council at the Council meeting on August 30, 2021.

    “Many residents have expressed their desire for Newmarket to continue to approve buildings and housing that is compatible with the housing in their neighbourhood, while at the same time providing housing opportunities for everyone.” says Mayor John Taylor. “The Urban Design Guidelines is an important planning tool that will support existing policies while ensuring Newmarket continues to be a leader in providing attractive, compatible housing options and public spaces.”

    Newmarket’s Urban Design Guidelines will come into effect immediately and provide a standardized approach to design that will apply to new development and additions to existing buildings in Newmarket. The UDG was established based on the following eight objectives that make a development great:

    1. Fit harmoniously into the established context

    2. Mitigate impacts on adjacent properties

    3. Create attractive, human-scaled buildings

    4. Support walkability and active transportation

    5. Minimize vehicle presence in the public realm

    6. Promote vibrant streets 

    7. Provide amenity space for all residents

    8. Ensure safety and accessibility for all 

    The guidelines will also provide a framework to shape how land can be developed by addressing a range of building typology and scale (low-rise, mid-rise and high-rise). Guidelines for Privately Owned Public Spaces (POPS) were also created to provide context-sensitive design standards within the Yonge Street and Davis Drive Urban Centres. These guidelines build upon the Town’s existing planning policies such as the Official Plan, Secondary Plan, Zoning By-laws and best practices in other municipalities.
     
    The finalized Urban Design Guidelines is a result of an extensive public consultation process while working with Fotenn Planning + Design. This process included two virtual public information centres, a Council Workshop, Council/public presentation and a visual demonstration site survey. The draft guidelines were also sent to Newmarket stakeholders and the development industry for feedback.
     
    For more information on the Urban Design Guideline process, please view the staff report. For more information on Newmarket’s Urban Design Guidelines, please view a copy of the document.