City Introduces Main Street Public Realm and Built Form Design Guidelines, Seeks Public Input

Details about the Guidelines, which were first presented by City staff and consultants from The Planning Partnership at public open house at the Fredericton Seniors Centre, can now be found on the City’s website at by searching Main Street Urban Design Plan. The deadline to provide comments is December 13, 2017. 

“The re-imagining of Main Street offers a great opportunity to strengthen and link the city’s northside by connecting local neighbourhoods, our trail system, and public open spaces,” said Coun. John MacDermid, Chair of the City’s Development Committee.

Both the Main Street Public Realm Design Manual and the Main Street Built Form Design Guidelines are based on the recommendations of the Main Street Urban Design Plan, adopted in principle by Fredericton City Council in January 2016.

The Public Realm Design Manual will establish a vision for Main Street, how it should look and feel, and includes recommendations for the roadway, sidewalks, crosswalks, trees, lighting, and benches. Key objectives include the introduction of on-street parking for Main Street, establishing a flexible zone for retail and restaurant uses to animate the sidewalk, and more contemporary street furniture.

The Built Form Design guidelines will establish where buildings should be built, how they look, and where parking and servicing should occur. Key objectives include distinguishing Main Street from the rest of Fredericton, with more contemporary and innovative architecture, and creating a ‘front porch’ to the Northside trail by ensuring buildings face the trail in the same way they would face Main Street.

“Public consultation is very important to the success of projects like this. I’d like to remind anyone unable to attend tonight’s open house to visit the City’s website to provide further input,” added Coun. MacDermid.

Need more information? Contact the City’s Community Planning Division at 506-460-2075 or