Watching How Edmonton Grows
May 09, 2012
The City of Edmonton is developing a Growth Coordination Strategy in order to responsibly accommodate the growth of neighbourhoods as Edmonton’s population grows over the next 30 years.
The strategy will apply to both the development of new neighbourhoods and infill development of existing neighbourhoods in the city’s core and mature areas.
“Wherever growth happens, in new or existing neighbourhoods, it is important for the City to understand the implications of growth and manage the future financial costs and public obligations of that growth,” says Janet Omelchuk, senior planner with Sustainable Development.
“Coordinating where, when and how growth happens,” adds Omelchuk, “will make it possible for the City to balance the demands for greenfield development of new neighbourhoods with infill development of mature neighbourhoods, the downtown, and around LRT stations and transit centres.”
The City has consulted with several groups over the past year-and-a-half to begin drafting a strategy. The City is now moving into the next phase of consultation by making a draft Growth Coordination Strategy available for review and comment by the public. A draft strategy is available for viewing at www.edmonton.ca/GrowthCoordinationStrategy
It is expected that a draft strategy and recommendations will go to City Council for approval in the fall of 2012.
“The Growth Coordination Strategy is important,” says Omelchuk, “because it will ensure that the build-out of new and existing neighbourhoods happens in a sustainable, efficient, timely and appropriate manner.”
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