Urban design is about the placement and design of new buildings and the spaces between them. The Beaumont Urban Design Guidelines ensure the ongoing development of attractive buildings that reflect Beaumont’s French heritage and our evolving role as an urban center. The guidelines provide direction on how traditional and contemporary French character can be encouraged as our city grows.
The Beaumont Urban Design Guidelines
The Beaumont Urban Design Guidelines replaced the French Village Design Guidelines providing a clear and direct implementation approach for urban design elements in Beaumont. The Beaumont Urban Design Guidelines incorporates winter design principles and considers various building typologies such as mixed uses, commercial, civic and institutional built forms. It also allows for a more streamlined approval process that integrates the design elements with the development permit applications.
The Beaumont Urban Design Guidelines (BUDG) includes three documents:
Outlines the purpose, goals and design principles of the design guidelines. It lays out the traditional and contemporary French character and how these are applied in Beaumont. It also explains how BUDG is being applied and implemented in Centre-Ville and Beaumont-wide.
Beaumont-Wide Urban Design Guidelines:
Provide guidance on all lands and building typologies within the City of Beaumont except Centre-Ville, as established in the Municipal Development Plan.
Centre-Ville Urban Design Guidelines:
Provide guidance on all lands and building typologies within the Centre-Ville area established in the Municipal Development Plan and the Our Centre-Ville Area Redevelopment Plan.
- How are the Beaumont Urban Design Guidelines applied?
- The Design Review Committee
- What applications are subject to review by the Design Review Committee?
- Submission requirements for Design Review Committee
- Committee members for 2021-2023
The design guidelines are applicable city-wide, but the required elements are different depending on whether the development is located within Centre-Ville or outside of Centre-Ville and what type of building is being constructed. The guidelines are based on the form of the building itself and not the type of uses within the building or the zoning of the development.
Beaumont-wide Design Guidelines (outside of Centre-Ville)
This section of the guidelines applies to all developments outside of Centre-Ville, with an emphasis on contemporary French architecture in civic/institutional buildings and contemporary architecture in other building types. See here.
Centre-Ville Design Guidelines
This section of the guidelines applies to developments within Centre-Ville. Centre-Ville is the heart of Beaumont, and has an emphasis on traditional French architecture along our main street area (50 Street and 50 Avenue) and in civic/institutional buildings. Other buildings within Centre-Ville may use more contemporary forms of architecture, although traditional French architecture is encouraged. See here.
The Design Review Committee is an external advisory committee that provides expert opinion and input on development applications. There are five external members on the committee, which is made up of:
- urban designers
- landscape architects
- members of the development industry
- the community at large
The Design Review Committee makes their recommendations to City staff, who then incorporate the recommendations into their decisions. The Design Review Committee may also provide feedback on new and revised urban design policy in City-led initiatives.
The Design Review Committee meets the second Wednesday of each month.
The committee reviews applications that:
- do not meet a minimum of 75% of the essential design elements, as defined in the guidelines; or
- are unconventional and require a variance from the guidelines and the Land Use Bylaw.
- Urban Design Brief
- Municipal address and zoning for the property
- Site plan
- Landscape plan
- Lighting plan
- Context photos
- Additional information as required
Stephen Yu, Committee Chair