WAHA Heritage Rezoning 

The Westmount Architectural Heritage Area (WAHA) is a section of Westmount – 125 and 126 Street between 107 and 111 Avenue – that is a designated heritage area. This area is defined by its high concentration of Craftsman and Foursquare style homes that were constructed between 1912 and 1925.

 

Special zoning that is intended to preserve the historic character in the Area has been in place since 1997.

 

On July 15, 2019, City Council approved an updated WAHA zone that went into effect immediately. 

 

The WAHA zone and regulations can be found in the Edmonton Zoning Bylaw.

 

Key changes from the previous zone include:

  • New builds and major renovations affecting the façade of the house facing the Street or Avenue must meet minimum design standards to ensure that the neighbourhood character is maintained. Design standards apply to roof pitch, windows, front porches, and exterior materials.

    • The design standards do not apply to minor renovations, such as replacing an existing window with one that is the same size or maintaining existing siding, alterations to the back of a house, or interior alterations.

  • Regulations are now in place to help protect City trees.

  • Secondary suites and garden / garage suites are now permitted uses.

 

If you have questions or would like to be involved in the ongoing work of the Heritage Committee, please email westmountheritage@gmail.com.

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