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Petition to Edmonton’s City Council


  • In 2009, City Council determined that 40,000 dwelling units needed to be added to Edmonton’s older neighbourhoods by 2041 to meet regional density targets.
  • City Council planned for developers to build 50,000 dwelling units at transit-oriented Blatchford on the downtown airport lands, The Quarters downtown, and Station Pointe on Fort Road.
  • Plans are also in place for sensitive, incremental redevelopment of other areas of the city.
  • Areas without plans rely on zoning bylaws for sensitive, incremental redevelopment.
  • However, instead of adhering to the plans, City Council is encouraging extensive spot-zoning to intensify individual properties of developers’ choosing – including parkland.
  • Council is also rapidly changing zoning bylaws to intensify individual properties in neighbourhoods without plans.

The result:

  • Development is occurring contrary to plans. The most profitable areas are being over-developed. City Council is selling parkland for development while vacant lots sit elsewhere.  The public does not know what zoning changes to expect next.
  • Infill densification, along with continued suburban development, has increased vehicular traffic on main roads, resulting in more shortcutting traffic through existing neighbourhoods. Public transportation is presently ineffective.
  • The 50,000 homes intended for the open land have been forgotten. The areas most in need of development are being neglected.

We, the undersigned, call upon City Council to:

  • Complete the development of transit-oriented Blatchford, The Quarters, and Station Pointe.
  • Suspend densification of neighbourhoods without plans, by deferring zoning bylaw changes and spot-zoning, including lot-splitting and ‘skinny’ houses.
  • Suspend spot-zoning in neighbourhoods with plans – including ‘skinny’ apartments and multiple units on single small lots – and adhere to the plans as written.
  • Address consequences of densification by implementing a revised 2017 Community Traffic Management Plan focused on stopping traffic from shortcutting through existing neighbourhoods, by differentiating between the distinctly different intended uses of ‘public’ (through-traffic) and ‘community public’ (residential) roads; develop an effective system of public transportation.
  • Before beginning any future infill densification, provide verifiable evidence to prove that it is necessary, and collaborate with residents to plan for each existing neighbourhood based on studies of individual neighbourhood needs and capacity, dwelling density, population density, greenspace requirements, amenity losses, flood mitigation, and road and drainage capacity.
  • Ensure that all neighbourhoods are planned and that all plans are implemented, for certainty and in the public interest. Provide civic governance to ensure that development investment goes where it is proven to be needed, to build Edmonton into a world-class city that enhances citizens’ quality of life.
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