Envision St. John's Municipal Plan and Development Regulations

Envision St. John’s, prepared as a result of a comprehensive review, will replace the current St. John’s Municipal Plan (2003) and Development Regulations (1994). Envision was developed from a comprehensive consultation process and the comments of many interested citizens, community groups, property owners and businesses, with the direction of Council and the professional input of City staff.

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 Envision Municipal Plan was tabled in Council in July 2014 for public review and a series of engagement events followed to share the draft and seek input. The draft Municipal Plan was updated and adopted-in-principle in July 2017 and was recently edited to ensure that all standards proposed in the new draft Development Regulations are enabled by the draft Plan.

Following public review of the draft Municipal Plan in 2014, City staff have been using it to write the draft Development Regulations, which are now complete. This document reflects a wide range of public interests and includes such items as revised land-use zones and lot sizes, new affordable housing forms, off-street parking, buffers between different land uses, public open space, floodplains, building heights, built heritage, agricultural lands, and more.

Take a look at our new Envision documents.


Envision St. John’s, prepared as a result of a comprehensive review, will replace the current St. John’s Municipal Plan (2003) and Development Regulations (1994). Envision was developed from a comprehensive consultation process and the comments of many interested citizens, community groups, property owners and businesses, with the direction of Council and the professional input of City staff.

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 Envision Municipal Plan was tabled in Council in July 2014 for public review and a series of engagement events followed to share the draft and seek input. The draft Municipal Plan was updated and adopted-in-principle in July 2017 and was recently edited to ensure that all standards proposed in the new draft Development Regulations are enabled by the draft Plan.

Following public review of the draft Municipal Plan in 2014, City staff have been using it to write the draft Development Regulations, which are now complete. This document reflects a wide range of public interests and includes such items as revised land-use zones and lot sizes, new affordable housing forms, off-street parking, buffers between different land uses, public open space, floodplains, building heights, built heritage, agricultural lands, and more.

Take a look at our new Envision documents.


  • Envision Development Regulations Adopted in Principle

    3 months ago
    CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

    After a period of extensive writing and review, the Envision St. John’s Development Regulations are complete and were presented at Council on March 4, 2019 for adoption-in-principle. With the formal adoption-in-principle, the draft Municipal Plan and Development Regulations documents will be sent to Municipal Affairs for provincial review and release.

    Guided by this and previous Councils, the City has devoted considerable effort to preparing these documents. The draft Envision Municipal Plan was published for public review in 2014, edited in 2017, and updated to the present date with some changes to ensure that all standards proposed in the draft Development Regulations are enabled by the draft Municipal Plan.

    The public can continue to comment on the draft regulations until they are enacted, sometime in the near future.

    It’s policies on heritage and its ongoing protection and future use. Many of the standards and regulations in the current St. John’s Development Regulations will be transferred to a new St. John’s Heritage By-Law, currently in development, which will made available for public review and comment before final approval.

    After a period of extensive writing and review, the Envision St. John’s Development Regulations are complete and were presented at Council on March 4, 2019 for adoption-in-principle. With the formal adoption-in-principle, the draft Municipal Plan and Development Regulations documents will be sent to Municipal Affairs for provincial review and release.

    Guided by this and previous Councils, the City has devoted considerable effort to preparing these documents. The draft Envision Municipal Plan was published for public review in 2014, edited in 2017, and updated to the present date with some changes to ensure that all standards proposed in the draft Development Regulations are enabled by the draft Municipal Plan.

    The public can continue to comment on the draft regulations until they are enacted, sometime in the near future.

    It’s policies on heritage and its ongoing protection and future use. Many of the standards and regulations in the current St. John’s Development Regulations will be transferred to a new St. John’s Heritage By-Law, currently in development, which will made available for public review and comment before final approval.

  • Public Information Session

    3 months ago
    CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

    Envision St. John’s, Council’s policy document and regulations for planning and land use over the next 10 years will shape the future of St. John’s. Council has voted to approve-in-principle the Envision St. John’s Municipal Plan and Development Regulations.

    A public information session will take place on Wednesday, April 17, 2019, at 7 p.m., H.G.R. Mews Centre, 40 Mundy Pond Road, Multipurpose Room. This meeting is open to all.

    During the session the public can review the new Envision Development Regulations and there will be a quick overview of the Envision Municipal Plan. Anyone planning to attend who wishes...

    Envision St. John’s, Council’s policy document and regulations for planning and land use over the next 10 years will shape the future of St. John’s. Council has voted to approve-in-principle the Envision St. John’s Municipal Plan and Development Regulations.

    A public information session will take place on Wednesday, April 17, 2019, at 7 p.m., H.G.R. Mews Centre, 40 Mundy Pond Road, Multipurpose Room. This meeting is open to all.

    During the session the public can review the new Envision Development Regulations and there will be a quick overview of the Envision Municipal Plan. Anyone planning to attend who wishes to register in advance can do so by email: planning@stjohns.ca or by phone: 709-576-8220. The session will be chaired by an independent facilitator.

    Envision deals with existing and new neighbourhoods; building heights (especially downtown); new types of residential development; new zones; areas along transit routes where larger buildings may work; ensuring that parks and open spaces are central to neighbourhoods; and other matters. Please note policies regarding the City’s built heritage remain in the Envision Municipal Plan. A new Heritage By-Law will soon be brought to Council and the public for consideration.