Draft Development Regulations to support Envision Municipal Plan

Envision St. John’s, prepared as a result of a comprehensive review, will replace the current St. John’s Municipal Plan (2003). Envision was developed as a result of a comprehensive consultation process and understanding of St. John’s today, and tomorrow.

During the review process, residents told us they want:

  • a place where we enjoy a future of continued economic prosperity and diversity

  • a home where citizens have a strong sense of identity embodied in their understanding and appreciation for their cultural, natural and built heritage

  • a city of active, healthy citizens, living in affordable, accessible, complete neighbourhoods, and

  • a capital that attracts and welcomes investment, residents and visitors from the region, the province and the world.

The draft municipal plan was tabled in Council in July 2014. A series of engagement events followed to share the draft and seek input. Since that time, City staff have been using the plan to write the development regulations to accompany it. Revised development regulations that reflect the new Envision Municipal Plan must be approved to make them a reality in the City’s planning work. Currently, the regulations are in draft.

While the work is not yet complete, we want to show you what has been accomplished - looking at land-use zones, lot sizes, off-street parking, buffers between different land uses, public open space, floodplains, building heights, protection of public views, built heritage, agricultural lands, development in higher areas that have heavy snowfall, and more.

City staff hosted two drop - in open houses on August 29th to provide information on what the development regulations cover, what is proposed, and how it may affect you.

The focus of the engagement was on what is different or new in the development regulations and what is staying the same, allowing stakeholders the opportunity to ask questions, seek clarification and offer input on what these regulations mean to the community.

At a future date, the completed regulations will be brought to Council for consideration.


Envision St. John’s, prepared as a result of a comprehensive review, will replace the current St. John’s Municipal Plan (2003). Envision was developed as a result of a comprehensive consultation process and understanding of St. John’s today, and tomorrow.

During the review process, residents told us they want:

  • a place where we enjoy a future of continued economic prosperity and diversity

  • a home where citizens have a strong sense of identity embodied in their understanding and appreciation for their cultural, natural and built heritage

  • a city of active, healthy citizens, living in affordable, accessible, complete neighbourhoods, and

  • a capital that attracts and welcomes investment, residents and visitors from the region, the province and the world.

The draft municipal plan was tabled in Council in July 2014. A series of engagement events followed to share the draft and seek input. Since that time, City staff have been using the plan to write the development regulations to accompany it. Revised development regulations that reflect the new Envision Municipal Plan must be approved to make them a reality in the City’s planning work. Currently, the regulations are in draft.

While the work is not yet complete, we want to show you what has been accomplished - looking at land-use zones, lot sizes, off-street parking, buffers between different land uses, public open space, floodplains, building heights, protection of public views, built heritage, agricultural lands, development in higher areas that have heavy snowfall, and more.

City staff hosted two drop - in open houses on August 29th to provide information on what the development regulations cover, what is proposed, and how it may affect you.

The focus of the engagement was on what is different or new in the development regulations and what is staying the same, allowing stakeholders the opportunity to ask questions, seek clarification and offer input on what these regulations mean to the community.

At a future date, the completed regulations will be brought to Council for consideration.


Don't see what you're looking for or have questions on the draft regulations, post them here and a staff person will get back to you as soon as possible.

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  • And now that I see I am already registered on the Envision St. John's process, how come you didn't email everyone who is registered to tell us about the open houses? I found out about it today - too late to go - from a facebook post by a candidate in the elections. Not from the city. Hmm.

    catteau asked about 2 months ago

    A: Our open house was promoted though our regular communications channels, including city website, Facebook  and other social media channels as well as traditional media such as the City's weekly ad in The Telegam etc. We typically don't use the engagestjohns.ca platform as a promotional tool. However, we are currently undertaking an evaluation of our engagement policy and process and this could change in the future. Please take a few minutes to complete the evaluation.  

    The Draft Development Regulations page does have the opportunity for residents to provide input. And we're working on having the presentation from the sessions added to the page. Also the draft regulations are posted on the page.  

    If you have any questions from either document post them on the page and someone will get back to you with a reply.   


  • 1) Where can we find the Subdivision Design Policy referenced in the draft?

    Sean asked about 2 months ago

    The Policy is on the City's website stjohns.ca.  If you require further information about the Policy please email engage@stjohns.ca and we will forward your request on to our Department of Planning, Engineering & Regulatory Services.