Main Street Built Form Design Guidelines Presented

The Main Street Built Form Design Guidelines have been presented to members of the City’s Development Committee, for review and consideration, with the recommendation they be forwarded to City Council for adoption.  The Guidelines include policies related to scale, character and design of both public and private building developments.

“The Built Form Design Guidelines provide direction for new developments along Main Street on the city’s northside,” said Councillor Bruce Grandy, Chair of the City’s Development Committee.  “Moving forward, we now have a guide that will allow us to strategically create spaces that reinforce the re-imagining of Main Street, based on principles of good urban design and best practice research.”

The Built Form Design guidelines will establish where building should be built, how they look, and where driveways, parking and servicing should occur.  Key objectives of the Built Form Guidelines include distinguishing Main Street from the rest of Fredericton, with a 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 the Main Street.

The guidelines also include recommendations on how access, parking, and privately owned outdoor spaces should be configured.

The Built Form Design Guidelines are one of the short-term recommendations of Fredericton’s Main Street Urban Design Plan, a joint initiative of Business Fredericton North and the City of Fredericton adopted by Fredericton City Council in February 2016.

Both the Main Street Built Form Design Guidelines and the Main Street Urban Design Plan are available for viewing on the City website at

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