What is Envision St. John’s?

Envision St. John’s is the City’s new Municipal Plan and Development Regulations, which are designed around 5 key themes: Environmental Systems, Healthy Neighbourhoods, Strong Economy, Urban Design and Transportation & Infrastructure.


What new forms of residential development is the City allowing?

As a way to encourage higher density development, which includes a mix of different forms that are affordable, Envision encourages development of Tiny Homes and Pocket Neighbourhoods, Micro-units, Accessory Dwelling Units, Fourplexes and small Apartment Buildings in multiples Zones throughout the City. 


What changes is Envision proposing for Downtown?

There will be several new Zones which better address building setbacks and design; light angles are removed and building facade setbacks (stepback) are added; additional height is permitted in the west end of downtown and limited, additional height may be considered in the east end of downtown; parking relief is enabled at the Discretion of Council. 


How does Envision support the City’s aging population?

Envision encourages aging in place by including Personal Care Homes in more Residential and Apartment Zones throughout the City; this use has been removed from both the Agricultural and Rural Zones due to limited services (water and sewer infrastructure and local amenities). Adult Day Centres have been added to several Commercial and Institutional Zones and are Discretionary in most Residential and Apartment Zones. By enabling a mixture of residential forms in various zones, Envision creates more affordable housing choices in most existing neighbourhoods.      

What is happening with Heritage?

Heritage regulations are removed from the new Development Regulations and a new Heritage Bylaw will be created. The Bylaw is not yet complete but will contain similar heritage standards as contained in the current Development Regulations. There will not be a gap in heritage protection as the new Bylaw will be adopted on the same date Envision is approved. Public engagement will occur on the Heritage Bylaw.  

What have we done with the feedback so far?

The feedback received from initial consultations has been reviewed and where appropriate, incorporated into the draft Development Regulations. We will continue to collect and consider all submissions pertaining to the draft and will provide recommendations to Council on further revisions during the adoption/approval votes of Council.       

What are the next steps for Envision?

Once the Envision Municipal Plan and Development Regulations are adopted-in-principle by Council, they are sent to the Department of Municipal Affairs and Environment for provincial review. When the documents are released from the Province, they come back to City Council for adoption, followed by a Commissioner’s Hearing and final approval. There will be an opportunity for additional public engagement throughout this process.