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WHAT HAPPENED AT THE LAST #YEG PUBLIC HEARING

The February 20 public hearing had a total of fourteen rezoning applications (twenty-six agenda items), including ten infill applications.

Five of the infill files passed with no debate: a commercial application to adjust building heights and add more commercial opportunities at the West Block development in Glenora, a small scale mixed use development in Alberta Avenue (rezoned from CN to MU h16.0 f3.5), an application to allow for a variety of commercial businesses in Rideau Park (rezoned from an old direct control zone to CG), large scale housing Oliver (RL h65 rezoning), and modifications to Holyrood’s large scale redevelopment site to allow for shorter buildings without stepbacks.

The rest of the infill files, including Situate’s two applications, were debated and eventually passed 🗣️📜.  One of Situate’s applications—the first to use the new RM h28 zone (which allows for up to eight storeys)—was passed on 111 Avenue close to Kingsway 🛍️. Additionally, Council voted in favour of a mixed-use rezoning in Glenwood, another high rise rezoning in Oliver (RL h65), and a small scale commercial rezoning in Glengarry.

Situate’s McKernan file is profiled below. 👇

CONTROVERSIAL CORRIDORS: DEBATING THE LINES THAT DIVIDE

🏢 Situate’s McKernan application was to rezone an RS zoned lot to RM h16 to allow for multi-unit housing of up to four stories. This was a buzzy application because—though it aligns with City Plan’s direction for densification within the 76 Avenue Corridor—the draft district plan for the area doesn’t consider the site to be within the corridor (it’s a block from 76 Avenue and across from a park).

Much of the Council discussion focused on how to interpret the draft district plans, which are a lot more restrictive than City Plan in how boundaries around nodes and corridors are determined. 🗣️Administration maintains that the draft district plans as written allow for flexibility, and that no plan can take into consideration every single lot in the City.

 

However, many Councillors and community members argue that the plans are misleading and do not recognize the growth that Edmonton is undergoing. 🏘️🚆

⬅️ The tension was so pronounced that it sparked a CTV News story; watch it here.

 

 

 

MEMORABLE QUOTE: RED FLAG ALERT 💬

🚩🚩”I am raising a flag today […] that if the district plans come as they are we are going to be setting up a very unfortunate situation […] Because even in the draft district plan here this location is not identified in the 2 million population. […] There’s always going to be nuance. I get that. But you would want to have some level of understanding that if you’re going to look at these plans you’re going to have a general idea of what can happen in and around you. If you look at this draft plan this [rezoning] is not something we would actually support. But actually that in my mind is a huge issue right now because the draft district plans do not recognize the immense growth that we are seeing in the city of Edmonton. […] if the district plans come in May and don’t actually reflect a change like this they are not going to be good enough.”

– Councillor Andrew Knack

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WHAT’S UP AT PUBLIC HEARING ON MONDAY

The March 11 public hearing has a total of twelve applications (twenty-two agenda items), including six infill applications. 

The six infill files include:

1) turning some farmland in Aster into areas for homes and public services 🌾➡️🏘️; (we know it’s not really infill but it’s technically in the “redeveloping area” because it’s inside the Anthony Henday ring road)

2) changing an industrial part of Ritchie to a business area for shops and offices 🏭➡️🏢

3) making Central McDougall denser 🏙️

4) developing parts of Blatchford for houses and parks 🏡🌳

5) changing other parts of Blatchford for different types of buildings and public services 🏘️🏗️, and

6) allowing for temporary parking spots in Central McDougall 🚗.

 

WHAT WE’RE WATCHING

🏥 We’ll be watching the large scale rezoning application in Central McDougall. Brought forward by Northwest Healthcare Properties REIT, this application will be testing out a high intensity version of the new Mixed Use (MU) zone, with a height of 75 metres and FAR of 7.0. 

🛩️ And finally, we’ll be watching the City of Edmonton’s two applications to get some things done (housing and a park!) in the neighbourhood of Blatchford (maybe to support the yet-to-open Blatchford Gate LRT stop). Given the amount of “turbulence” that neighbourhood has experienced since its inception, it’s sure to be an interesting conversation at Council. 

 

WATCH IT LIVE

Tune in to the City Council meeting on Monday, March 11 starting at 9:30 am on the City’s Youtube channel.

A GOOD WATCH

The latest video from Oh The Urbanity! on YouTube highlights Edmonton as a leader in housing reforms. Highlighting our major initiatives like parking reform, lot splitting, and more, it’s a good watch for anyone interested in Edmonton and urban development! Watch it: Edmonton’s Housing Reforms on YouTube.

NEWS FROM THE CITY

The public hearing for the district planning project hasn’t been announced, but watch for it—we’ll let you know as soon as it is.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Interested in urban planning? Join us at the Connection 2024 Conference, where our very own Chelsey Jersak will be co-leading an infill tour. For more details about the conference and to register for an early bird ticket, visit Connection 2024 Conference.

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