Intensive Residential

Chapter 13


All lands located within the Intensive Residential Development Permit Area, as shown on Schedule Q.


Pursuant to section 488(1)(e) of the Local Government Act, these lands are designated as a development permit area for the establishment of objectives for the form and character of intensive residential development. These lands are also designated under section 485 of the Local Government Act as areas in which the municipality may require applicants to provide information on the form and character of the development.


The Intensive Residential Development Permit Area designation applies to the Alpine Meadow South neighbourhood. This is the first intensive residential area in the municipality with infill solutions such as smaller lots and duplex dwellings, using site planning and design guidelines to enhance and strengthen the character of the existing neighbourhood.

Pursuant to section 488(4) of the Local Government Act a development permit is required only in respect of the following:

  • (a) A subdivision that would create one or more parcels smaller than 695 square metres.
  • (b) Development of detached dwellings and auxiliary buildings on parcels smaller than 695 square metres, unless the parcel was created by a subdivision plan deposited prior to January 2009.
  • (c) Development of a duplex dwelling.

The general intent of these guidelines is to illustrate various design elements which should be considered by prospective developers. These guidelines set out the intended character and theme of all development on the lands. They are not intended to be exhaustive; other imaginative design solutions are encouraged provided they meet the general design intent. Each design will be reviewed in the context of surrounding development, and the specific design objectives for the lands.

The following guidelines apply within the Intensive Residential DPA:


  • (a) Buildings should use layout, orientation, window placement, vegetation and landscape screening to provide visual privacy between neighbouring buildings and properties.
  • (b) Front parcel line dimensions may be varied to permit subdivisions resulting in the creation of at least one employee-restricted parcel.
  • (c) Setback requirements may be varied in response to site conditions, for example to preserve vegetation, grades and views, or to optimize solar access.
  • (d) Any variances to front parcel width and setbacks should consider potential impacts on adjacent properties including views and solar access.
  • (e) Buildings and landscaping should be sensitively located and designed to minimize disturbance to natural topography, hydrology and existing vegetation. For example, on steeper sites, the building mass can be modulated and stepped down natural slopes to minimize grading and excavation.
  • (f) Site design should include adequate snow storage areas.
  • (g) Surface parking areas, driveways and garages should be designed to minimize their visual impact on the streetscape. Shared driveways are encouraged for adjacent parcels to reduce driveway width at street.
  • (h) Roof designs which incorporate evolving technology and best practices for stormwater management and energy systems are encouraged.


  • (a) Wherever possible, mature trees and significant specimens should be preserved and integrated with new landscaping for disturbed areas.
  • (b) Landscape designs should preserve existing native vegetation where appropriate, or use plants suited to the local climate, to minimize irrigation requirements.