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WHAT HAPPENED AT THE LAST #YEG PUBLIC HEARING

The May 27 public hearing had a total of six applications, including three infill applications.

In a City Council Public Hearing that lasted only 28 minutes (!), all three of the infill files passed with no debate:

➡️ 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. 🏢 We thought this one might have questions since downzoning is unusual, but in the end Council didn’t bat an eye.

➡️ 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.

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WHAT’S UP AT PUBLIC HEARING ON MONDAY

The June 10 City Council Public Hearing has seven rezoning applications and three *other* applications, which include text amendments to Blatchford’s residential zones (again), amendments meant to make it easier to convert downtown offices to residential buildings, and changes to tree requirements in small scale residential zones (more on that below).

The rezoning applications break down like this 👇

The infill rezoning files include:

➡️ Boyle Street (Situate’s file! 🙌): rezoning from the Five Corners High Density Quarter Direct Control Zone (DC1.19550) to a site specific Direct Control Zone (DC) to allow for a mid-rise residential building on an unusual site.

➡️ Cy Becker: rezoning from the General Commercial Zone (CG) to the Medium Scale Transition Residential Zone (RSM h14) which would allow for a range of small to medium scale housing. 🌾🏡

➡️ Glengarry: rezoning from the Residential Small Scale Zone (RS) to the Mixed Use Zone (MU h16.0 f2.0) to allow for small scale mixed use development.

➡️ Summerlea: rezoning from Direct Control Zone DC2.1011 to the General Commercial (GC) zone to allow for a range of businesses.

➡️ Dominion Industrial: rezoning from the Business Employment Zone (BE) to the Business Commercial Zone (CB) to allow for commercial and limited light industrial business.

SAY GOODBYE TO VEGETABLE GARDENS… ONLY TREES ALLOWED IN SMALL YARDS?

One of the (non-rezoning) files at public hearing on Monday is a change to the Zoning Bylaw to require two trees on small residential lots.

It goes without saying that everyone appreciates trees, but the debate on Monday will focus on whether *only* trees should be allowed on small lots (because if Council passes a proposed requirement for two trees, nothing else can really fit).

👈 Check out the City’s site plans showing the issue.

Background: last fall when Council approved the new Zoning Bylaw 20001, they passed a motion for City staff to prepare an amendment to the new bylaw to require two trees on small lots (instead of one tree).

What’s happening now: City staff has no choice but to follow Council’s direction, so they prepared the amendment, even though they don’t support it and are recommending to Council *not* to pass it. Why? Because two trees (plus the requirement for four shrubs) will leave room for little else, which means, say goodbye to that vegetable garden, BBQ space, and any dreams of a summer slip ‘n slide.

NO MORE VARIANCES FOR DOWNTOWN OFFICE BUILDING CONVERSIONS

In addition to the proposed tree requirement, City staff is recommending that downtown office buildings converting from commercial to residential be exempt from floor area ratio, height, setback regulations, etc, so that they won’t need to apply for variances during the development permit process.

WATCH IT LIVE (AND SEND AN EMAIL)

Tune in to the City Council meeting on Monday, June 10 starting at 9:30 am on the City’s Youtube channel.

You can let Council know what you think about the proposed tree requirement (or anything else, for that matter) by sending an email to city.clerk@edmonton.ca with the subject line “June 10 Public Hearing Item 3.12 Zoning Bylaw Text Amendment to Minimum Tree Requirements for Small Scale Residential Development” and a comment along the lines of “Like everybody, I love trees, but two trees on my tiny lot (that I paid a lot of $$ for) is not pragmatic. I need space for my kids to play (and not always in a treehouse), my dog to run around, and to be able grow beets for pickling (Grandma’s Thanksgiving favorite). Please let me keep my very small yard a kid-friendly, beet-growing oasis and let’s instead narrow roads and put those trees on the boulevard!”

(OTHER) NEWS FROM THE CITY

The District Plans public hearing started on Tuesday, May 28… and is still not done. The City is hoping to wrap it up on June 25, but who knows. 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 one of our previous issues from April, which you can review here).

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

Chelsey spoke on behalf of IDEA at the public hearing–you can listen to her and the IDEA team express their concerns in this segment of the Council meeting (IDEA presentations start at timestamp 25:50 of the YouTube video).

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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Chelsey thanks for reading this far! We send this newsletter in the hopes of making it easier and more fun to understand (1) what’s going on at #yeg city council public hearings on land development and (2) zoning, infill, and the land (re)development process in general. If there’s a topic you’d like to know about let us know and we’ll do our best to write about it!

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