3.131 MRC - Marquis Retail Centre Zone

To allow for a mix of multi-tenant and stand alone Commercial Uses. Large format stand-alone retail should be located towards the outside edges of the Town Centre, and transition to smaller format Commercial, service, and mixed uses towards the Mass Transit Station.

Commercial Uses
4.1. Body Rub Centres must comply with Section 6.20.
4.2. Cannabis Retail Stores must comply with Section 6.30.
4.3. Liquor Stores must comply with Section 6.70.
4.4. Vehicle Support Services and Uses with Drive-through Services must comply with Section 6.110.
Community Uses
4.5. Child Care Services must comply with Section 6.40.
4.6. Special Events  must comply with Section 6.100.
Agricultural Uses
4.7. Urban Agriculture
4.7.1. With the exception of outdoor display areas of products for sale, Urban Agriculture Uses must be located within or on a building.
4.7.2. The Development Planner may consider a variance to Subsection 4.7.1 based on the recommendations provided in an Environmental Site Assessment in compliance with Section 7.140.
Sign Uses
4.8. Signs must comply with Subsections 3 and 6 of Section 6.90.
4.9. Signs must be designed and located to complement the architectural theme and context of the Marquis Town Centre.
4.10. A Comprehensive Sign Design Plan consistent with the overall intent of Subsection 3 of Section 6.90, must be prepared for the development and submitted with the Development Permit application, to be approved by the Development Planner.
4.11. Despite Section 6.90, the following regulations apply:
4.11.1. The maximum permitted Height for Freestanding Signs is 10.0 m, except where located adjacent to Manning Drive, the maximum Height is 12.0 m.
4.11.2. A maximum of 10 Freestanding Signs are permitted adjacent to Manning Drive, as shown in Appendix I.
4.11.3. Freestanding Signs, limited to On-premise Advertising that are less than 2.0 m in Height and with a Sign Area of 10.0 m2 or less do not require separation distance when located at access points to the Town Centre, as generally shown on Appendix I.
4.11.4. Temporary Freestanding Signs, limited to On-premises Advertising must not exceed a maximum Sign Area of 1.5 m2.
4.11.5. The maximum Height is 12.0 m for Signs with Digital Copy are part of the same Freestanding Sign structure adjacent to Manning Drive.
4.11.6. The maximum Sign Area for Major Digital Signs is 20.0 m2.
4.11.7. All Major Digital Signs must be oriented inwardly on the Site, facing areas such as public open space. Major Digital Signs must not be oriented towards a Street.
4.11.8. Consultation with and approval by Alberta Transportation is required for all sign permit applications for Minor Digital Signs adjacent to Manning Drive.
4.11.9. Projecting Signs have a maximum Height of 16.0 m.


5.1. Development must comply with Table 5.1:
Table 5.1. Site and Building Regulations
Subsection Regulation Value
5.1.1. Maximum Height 26.0 m
Floor Area Ratio
5.1.2. Maximum Floor Area Ratio 0.25
Setbacks Abutting Streets
5.1.3. Minimum Setback 4.5 m
Setbacks Abutting Sites that allow for Multi-unit Housing as a Permitted Use
5.1.4. Minimum Setback 3.0 m
Setbacks Abutting Manning Drive
5.1.5. Minimum Setback 6.0 m
5.2. Despite Subsection 5.1.5, Setbacks Abutting Manning Drive must be increased as required in Appendix III for the following Uses
5.2.1. Child Care Services
5.2.2. Community Services
5.2.3. Emergency Services
5.2.4. Hotels
5.2.5. Major Indoor Entertainment
5.2.6. Minor Indoor Entertainment
5.2.7. Offices
5.2.8. Schools


Site Planning and Design
6.1. Large format buildings with Commercial Uses, with Floor Area of 5,000 m2 or greater, must be generally located within Area A as shown in Appendix I.
6.2. Commercial Uses, with Floor Area of less than 5,000 m2 must be generally located within Area B as shown in Appendix I.
6.3. Surface Parking Areas must be screened from Streets, with methods such as, but not limited to, Commercial Uses, Landscaping, or berming.
Building Design and Architectural Standards
6.4. Exterior finishing materials must include a mix of complementary, high quality materials such as a combination of brick, stone, concrete and stucco, or a combination of concrete fibre board, wood, and complementary window and trim treatment.
6.5. Building Facades facing Streets must be articulated with Architectural Elements such as columns, ribs, pilasters or piers, changes in plane (e.g. recesses and projections), changes in building finishes, materials and textures, or features so that no one portion of the Facade is longer than 15.0 m.
6.6. Buildings must have consistent or complementary materials, colours, and architectural design elements to establish an architectural theme.
6.7. Main building entry points must be clearly identifiable through the use of recesses, outdoor patios, display windows, planters, walls, or other similar design elements.
6.8. Buildings must incorporate exterior and decorative lighting to enhance building architecture and landscaping elements.
6.9. The roofline of buildings must consist of: 
6.9.1. sloped roofs of varying pitches which may be finished in any combination of materials such as but not limited to metal, wood shakes, asphalt shingles, clay tiles, or roof materials having a similar texture and appearance; or
6.9.2. flat roofs where they are concealed by parapet walls that include articulation and use of design elements that are in harmony with the principal architectural theme that reduce any perceived mass and linearity of large buildings and add architectural interest.
Pedestrian Environment
6.10. Direct pedestrian connections and linkages must be provided to sidewalks, in general accordance with Appendix II.
6.11. Direct linkages must be provided within the Marquis Town Centre for pedestrians utilizing clearly demarcated Pathways, lighting, and signage systems.
6.12. Buildings must incorporate features to improve pedestrian comfort, with techniques such as, but not limited to, linear transparency at ground level, wall niches, seating areas, overhead weather protection, and distinct entrance features.
6.13. Pedestrian connections to building entrances, amenities and transit must be convenient, safe, and well lit, with distinct paving, or Landscaping to define the connections where practical.
6.14. Site amenities such as public art, seating areas, street furniture, small parks, squares, or plazas must be provided in general conformance with the Potential Amenity Area locations in Appendix I.
6.15. Sidewalks in front of main entrances of large format buildings must be developed to a minimum width of 3.7 m to reduce pedestrian conflict.


Parking, Loading, Storage and Access
7.1. Loading, waste collection, storage, and service areas must be located towards the rear or sides of the principal building(s) and screened from view from an Abutting Street or non-industrial Zone.
7.2. Any surface Parking Area that has 40 or more parking spaces must provide a minimum 10.0 m2 Landscaped island every 40 stalls, to provide interruption of the view of the parking lot.
7.3. Parkades must be screened from view where visible from a Street, through methods such as public art, architectural screening, Landscaping, Residential Uses, Commercial Uses, or Community Uses.
7.4. A staged Access Management Plan must be provided at each Development Permit stage to the satisfaction of the Development Planner, identifying the proposed access locations to the site. Through each Development Permit submission, the Access Management Plan must be updated resulting in an overall access plan at the final Development Permit stage.
7.5. A Landscaped Buffer must be provided along Manning Drive and the northeast edge of the Town Centre.