Let's Talk Urban Design Guidelines

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The Town of Amherstburg is presently undertaking a number of planning policy initiatives to guide long-term development in the municipality. Centre to these projects is the development of Urban Design Guidelines with a heritage theme. The purpose of this plan is to assist the municipality with enhancing Amherstburg’s downtown core and commercial area through a variety of planning and design strategies.

The Urban Design Guidelines with a heritage theme will work in conjunction with the Community Improvement Plan as it relates to incentives for commercial facade improvements. This document will assist in guiding the evolution of the urban fabric of the Town in terms of commercial developments and streetscapes.

What are Urban Design Guidelines?

URBAN DESIGN is about creating pedestrian-friendly streetscapes, vibrant and engaging meeting places and safe and attractive neighbourhoods. Urban design involves the shaping, appearance and function of buildings, the street, and the spaces in between. Each new building and supporting works and structures contribute to urban design.

What is the purpose of URGAN DESIGN GUIDELINES (UDG)?

  • Encourage higher quality of buildings and facades
  • Provide a manual or guidelines for developers to use in designing their proposals
  • Encourage new development that is supportive of existing building and streetscapes
  • Create a consistent standard to be used when reviewing development proposals
  • To recognize and foster Amherstburg's unique heritage architecture




The Town of Amherstburg is presently undertaking a number of planning policy initiatives to guide long-term development in the municipality. Centre to these projects is the development of Urban Design Guidelines with a heritage theme. The purpose of this plan is to assist the municipality with enhancing Amherstburg’s downtown core and commercial area through a variety of planning and design strategies.

The Urban Design Guidelines with a heritage theme will work in conjunction with the Community Improvement Plan as it relates to incentives for commercial facade improvements. This document will assist in guiding the evolution of the urban fabric of the Town in terms of commercial developments and streetscapes.

What are Urban Design Guidelines?

URBAN DESIGN is about creating pedestrian-friendly streetscapes, vibrant and engaging meeting places and safe and attractive neighbourhoods. Urban design involves the shaping, appearance and function of buildings, the street, and the spaces in between. Each new building and supporting works and structures contribute to urban design.

What is the purpose of URGAN DESIGN GUIDELINES (UDG)?

  • Encourage higher quality of buildings and facades
  • Provide a manual or guidelines for developers to use in designing their proposals
  • Encourage new development that is supportive of existing building and streetscapes
  • Create a consistent standard to be used when reviewing development proposals
  • To recognize and foster Amherstburg's unique heritage architecture




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    Please take a moment to review and provide comments and feedback on the Draft Urban Deisgn Guidelines, in the Information Library, and be a part of the process!

    Please take a moment to review and provide comments and feedback on the Draft Urban Deisgn Guidelines, in the Information Library, and be a part of the process!

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