Urban Design Guidelines

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Update: The final Urban Design Guidelines will be considered by Newmarket Mayor and Members of Council at an upcoming Committee of the Whole meeting on August 23, 2021 at 1 p.m. This meeting will be streamed live at newmarket.ca/meetings and an agenda will be published closer to the meeting date.


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 physical elements of neighbourhoods or urban spaces such as buildings, streetscape and open spaces.

For example, if your new neighbour decides to rebuild their home, these 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 Official Plan policies and Zoning By-law regulations to address appropriate heights, setbacks and separation, building massing and building articulation.

The Project

The Town currently has site-specific urban design policies and guidelines prepared for different forms of developments and areas of the Town. The purpose of this project is to create a practical and flexible tool that promotes high-quality design in new developments and redevelopments, which reinforces a healthy, vibrant and complete community.

The Town-wide Urban Design Guidelines will address a range of building typology and scale (low-rise, mid-rise and high-rise). Guidelines for Privately Owned Public Spaces (POPS) will also be created to provide context-sensitive design standards within the Yonge Street and Davis Drive Urban Centres. This project is being guided by Fotenn Planning + Design an award-winning planning, urban design and landscape architecture firm to lead the Town of Newmarket through the preparation of its Town-wide Urban Design Guidelines.

Draft Guidelines


Public Information Centre #2:

With all the feedback gathered from the first Public Information Centre, we are now ready to present some of the main elements of the draft Urban Design Guidelines to the public! 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.

Facebook Live Link: facebook.com/townofnewmarket

Zoom Link: https://townofnewmarket.zoom.us/j/93926505310?pwd=eS9hZWhJWndZeHJtU3VicnEzQmhoUT09

Webinar ID: 939 2650 5310
Passcode: 183793

Help shape future development in Newmarket. Participate in the activity below!

For this activity, you will be presented with three unique, but hypothetical, development scenarios in the Town of Newmarket. These sites will be used to illustrate how the Urban Design Guidelines can be applied to a variety of sites and contexts. Review the development scenarios below (in the blue tab) and let us know what you think is an appropriate type of development for the space. Consider the following aspects when providing us your idea:

  • Land uses (i.e. retail, residential, office, parkland)
  • Building typology (i.e. townhouse, low-rise, mid-rise)
  • Building heights
  • Transition to adjacent properties/uses
  • Building design and features
  • Access and parking
  • New streets (if appropriate)
  • Street interface
  • Pedestrian connections

Following the PIC on May 27, 2021, we will update the Opportunity Sites based on your comments and you will have another chance to provide your ideas!

Update: The final Urban Design Guidelines will be considered by Newmarket Mayor and Members of Council at an upcoming Committee of the Whole meeting on August 23, 2021 at 1 p.m. This meeting will be streamed live at newmarket.ca/meetings and an agenda will be published closer to the meeting date.


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 physical elements of neighbourhoods or urban spaces such as buildings, streetscape and open spaces.

For example, if your new neighbour decides to rebuild their home, these 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 Official Plan policies and Zoning By-law regulations to address appropriate heights, setbacks and separation, building massing and building articulation.

The Project

The Town currently has site-specific urban design policies and guidelines prepared for different forms of developments and areas of the Town. The purpose of this project is to create a practical and flexible tool that promotes high-quality design in new developments and redevelopments, which reinforces a healthy, vibrant and complete community.

The Town-wide Urban Design Guidelines will address a range of building typology and scale (low-rise, mid-rise and high-rise). Guidelines for Privately Owned Public Spaces (POPS) will also be created to provide context-sensitive design standards within the Yonge Street and Davis Drive Urban Centres. This project is being guided by Fotenn Planning + Design an award-winning planning, urban design and landscape architecture firm to lead the Town of Newmarket through the preparation of its Town-wide Urban Design Guidelines.

Draft Guidelines


Public Information Centre #2:

With all the feedback gathered from the first Public Information Centre, we are now ready to present some of the main elements of the draft Urban Design Guidelines to the public! 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.

Facebook Live Link: facebook.com/townofnewmarket

Zoom Link: https://townofnewmarket.zoom.us/j/93926505310?pwd=eS9hZWhJWndZeHJtU3VicnEzQmhoUT09

Webinar ID: 939 2650 5310
Passcode: 183793

Help shape future development in Newmarket. Participate in the activity below!

For this activity, you will be presented with three unique, but hypothetical, development scenarios in the Town of Newmarket. These sites will be used to illustrate how the Urban Design Guidelines can be applied to a variety of sites and contexts. Review the development scenarios below (in the blue tab) and let us know what you think is an appropriate type of development for the space. Consider the following aspects when providing us your idea:

  • Land uses (i.e. retail, residential, office, parkland)
  • Building typology (i.e. townhouse, low-rise, mid-rise)
  • Building heights
  • Transition to adjacent properties/uses
  • Building design and features
  • Access and parking
  • New streets (if appropriate)
  • Street interface
  • Pedestrian connections

Following the PIC on May 27, 2021, we will update the Opportunity Sites based on your comments and you will have another chance to provide your ideas!

Q&A

Have a question about the Urban Design Guidelines or want to connect with the team or share your ideas, please ask us a question below. 

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