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WHAT HAPPENED AT THE LAST #YEG PUBLIC HEARING

The May 13 public hearing had a total of seven applications (ten agenda items), including four infill applications.

Three of the infill files passed with no debate:

➡️ Gorman: Rezoning from the Small Scale Residential Zone (RS) to the Small Scale Flex Residential Zone (RSF) and Future Urban Development Zone (FD) to allow for a range of small-scale housing and future development 🏡🔄.

➡️ Westmount: Rezoning from the Small Scale Residential Zone (RS) to the Small-medium Scale Transition Residential Zone (RSMh12) to allow for housing with slightly more height (12 metres rather than 10.5 metres) and more site coverage (60% rather than 45%) 🏘️🏠.

➡️ Central McDougall: Amending the Central McDougall/Queen Mary Park Area Redevelopment Plan and rezoning from the Small Scale Residential Zone (RS) to the Medium Scale Residential Zone (RMh16) to allow for low-rise housing 🏢🏙️.

COUNCIL APPROVES REZONING FOR FOOD BANK AMID TRAFFIC SAFETY CONCERNS

The only infill file that Council debated was in Prince Rupert, a rezoning application from the Medium Industrial (IM) Zone to the Business Employment (BE) Zone to allow for the continued operations of the Edmonton Food Bank.

The primary concern expressed was traffic and safety issues, especially on 120th Street, where heavy truck traffic intersects with pedestrians, including families and children. Councillors emphasized the need for proactive measures to improve traffic safety, such as better infrastructure and safe crossings, rather than waiting for accidents to prompt action.

The rezoning was approved unanimously.

MEMORABLE QUOTE

“I am hearing […] a lot of safety concerns along 120th Street. As these employment areas shift over time from heavy industrial to lighter industrial, we do start to see these conflicts between users. Having a really systematic approach to how we do that and how we manage that, not only in this industrial area but the broader employment lands, is a really important question for us to be tackling.” – Councillor Anne Stevenson

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WHAT’S UP AT PUBLIC HEARING ON MONDAY

The May 27 public hearing has a total of six applications (twelve agenda items), including three infill applications.

The infill files include:

➡️ Cy Becker: rezoning farmland in the Agriculture (AG) Zone to the Small-Medium Scale Transition Residential Zone (RSMh14) to allow for various small scale housing types up to 14 metres in height. 🌾🏡

➡️ Belvedere: downzoning from the Large Scale Residential Zone (RLh65) to the Medium Scale Residential Zone (RM h23) to allow for medium-scale housing. 🏢

➡️ Stone Industrial: plan amendment and rezoning from Business Employment Zone (BE) to Urban Facilities Zone (UF) to allow for larger facilities that provide community services.

WHAT WE’RE WATCHING

👀 We’ll be keeping our eyes on the Belvedere application—downzoning is not very common and in this instance might be due to tricky regulations in the RL zone. We’ll let you know in the next edition of Zone In!

WATCH IT LIVE

Tune in to the City Council meeting on Monday, May 27 starting at 9:30 am on the City’s Youtube channel.

SOME GOOD READS

After a sixteen day public hearing and a very close vote (9-6), Calgary approves sweeping zoning changes to allow for more infill. Read up on it in Council approves blanket rezoning – so what happens next?

NEWS FROM THE CITY

The District Plans will be going to public hearing next week starting on Tuesday, May 28. The overview of the final draft plans can be found here and the plans are linked in the Council agenda.

Over the last few months we’ve shared many instances in this newsletter of conflicts between City Plan and the draft plans (including an example in our last issue, which you can review here).

A May 23 Taproot article nicely summarizes the issue: Lack of clarity in district plans could erode trust, Councillors say.

At Situate, we believe the district plans as drafted introduce an unnecessary layer of policy that complicates rather than resolves issues.

What do you think? To let Council know, submit written feedback by emailing the City Clerk at city.clerk@edmonton.ca with the subject line: “Feedback on District Plans (May 28 Public Hearing)” Your input will be included in Council’s correspondence package..

You can also speak (in person or virtually) at the public hearing, to do so register in advance here. The City recommends signing up for the District Policy agenda item (3.1) as this is when the overall project and the policy direction for all districts will be discussed. If you want to speak about a specific District Plan, you can also register to speak for that plan’s agenda item.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Grab your clubs for IDEA’s Edmonton Infill Golf Classic on June 18th at The Ranch Golf & Country Club! Don’t miss out on fun, prizes, and a chance to spend the day in the sunshine. Reserve your spot here!

 

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