Strathcona Junction Planning Study
City Council approves the Strathcona Junction Direct Development Control Provision (DC1) Rezoning
At the June 18, 2012 City Council Public Hearing, Council approved the Strathcona Junction (DC1) Direct Development Control Provision and the application of the Pedestrian Commercial Shopping Street Overlay.
Additional information on the approved rezoning, including full text of the bylaws and minutes from the Public Hearing, are available through the City Council meeting agenda and minutes posted on Edmonton.ca.
The Study's background
Redevelopment is occurring in the area around the CPR yards in south-central Edmonton (south of Whyte Avenue to 63 Avenue between 99 Street and 105 Street).
While industrial and rail operations remain prevalent throughout the area, recent trends indicate a transition away from such land uses in favour of more commercial and residential uses.
To ensure that change happens with the benefit of up-to-date land use and urban design guidelines, the Sustainable Development department initiated the Strathcona Junction Planning Study.
Shaping the area's growth
The Strathcona Junction Planning Study included an assessment of the area and led to the creation of a long-term vision and development guidelines to help shape the growth of the area.
Strathcona Junction’s strategic location within the central city provides a great starting point for strengthening the area as an impressive entrance to the central city and a place where commerce, industry, and culture blend to create a vibrant, green, and human-scale environment.
The Strathcona Junction Planning Study led to the creation of a new Strathcona Junction Area Redevelopment Plan (ARP), along with changes to the adjacent existing Strathcona Area Redevelopment Plan (ARP).
March 2012 - Public Open House V - Plan Amendment, Rezoning, application of the Commercial Shopping Street Overlay
Approximately 25 residents attended an open house in Queen Alexandra on March 28, 2012. Residents discussed and provided feedback on the proposed amendment to the Strathcona Junction Area Redevelopment Plan, proposed Strathcona Junction (DC1) Direct Development Control Provision, and proposed application of the Pedestrian Commercial Shopping Street Overlay.
The proposed Strathcona Junction DC1 zone would allow a broad range of uses including commercial and entertainment uses along with continued industrial uses and some housing.
It also contains architectural, urban design and streetscaping requirements to ensure that redevelopment is more pedestrian oriented and urban in its format.
The Pedestrian Commercial Shopping Street Overlay is to be applied to the northern portion of the Strathcona Junction ARP. The purpose of the Pedestrian Commercial Shopping Street Overlay is to maintain pedestrian-oriented commercial areas comprised of shopping streets near to residential areas.
July 4, 2011 - Approved: Plan, Plan Amendments and Zoning
The new Strathcona Junction ARP, changes to the existing Strathcona ARP and related zoning changes for the West Ritchie area within the Strathcona ARP were adopted by City Council at a Public Hearing on July 4, 2011.
As the Strathcona Junction ARP replaces the portion of the existing Calgary Trail Land Use Study north of 63 Avenue, the Calgary Trail Land Use Study was also amended by resolution at the Public Hearing.
The various bylaws and associated reports are attached to the meeting minutes (City Council Public Hearing: July 4, 2011: items 5.6, 5.7, 5.8 and 5.9).
Zoning changes that would implement the Strathcona Junction ARP have been delayed pending further work regarding the design and potential impact of large format retail establishments.
April 2011 - Open House IV
Approximately 60 residents attended an open house in West Ritchie on April 12, 2011. They discussed and provided feedback on the proposed Strathcona Junction Area Redevelopment Plan, changes to the existing Strathcona Area Redevelopment Plan, and zoning changes for the area surrounding the CP rail yard south of Whyte Avenue.
June 2010 - Open House III
Draft planning documents and proposed custom zones (Direct Development Control Provisions, DC1s) for the Strathcona Junction and Strathcona areas were presented at an open house on June 16, 2010 at the Trinity Lutheran Church. Approximately 90 people attended the open house, reviewing and providing comments on the proposed plans and zoning changes.
People attending the open house were asked to complete a comment form after reviewing the presentation panels and asking City staff questions.
A draft Strathcona Junction Area Redevelopment Plan (ARP) and an accompanying amendment to the existing Strathcona ARP were prepared in 2009. The Strathcona Junction ARP in particular is undergoing revision as a result of the decision to run the southeast LRT elsewhere (not on the CP right-of-way as was once proposed).
The key change is that no residential opportunities will be allowed in Strathcona Junction other than live-work units. Both the Strathcona Junction ARP and the Strathcona ARP were reviewed by the Strathcona Junction Advisory Committee in May 2010.
At the February 9, 2009 Executive Committee Meeting, a report was submitted to update Council on the status of the Strathcona Junction project. That report identified a Transportation Study that was scheduled to be finished in the summer of 2009.
However, with budget constraints, this technical study did not go forward. The decision was made to go ahead with the Strathcona Junction Area Redevelopment Plan (ARP) and list the Transportation Study in the plan as an implementation item.
November 2008The Strathcona Junction Planning Study was heard at the November 5/6, 2008 Executive Committee meeting. Administration was directed to conduct Technical Studies for Strathcona Junction and wait to see if an Area Redevelopment Plan for this area is a priority within the context of all established neighbourhoods.
June 2008 - Open House IIAttended by approximately 65 people. Julie McGuire, Andrew Matheson, and Erik Backstrom answered questions. There were presentation boards with details of the draft development concept for Strathcona Junction.
February 2008 - Ideas WorkshopsApproximately 40 people attended the first Ideas Workshop on February 2, 2008 at the Trinity Lutheran Church (10014 81 Ave).
- Reviewing the issues and constraints of the study area
- Breaking into groups based on a geographic zone within the study area and conducting a SWOT analysis (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats) and then a Vision
- Regrouping to review every Vision and idea and prioritizing them.
Approximately 30 people attended the second Ideas Workshop on February 23, 2008 at the Trinity Lutheran Church.
- Reviewing some urban design strategies
- Breaking into groups to look at the entire study area to come up with development concepts and urban design criteria.
Thank-you to everyone who attended the workshops to share their ideas.
November 2007 - Open House I
Attended by approximately 75 people. Susan Holdsworth, Julie McGuire, and Erik Backstrom answered questions. There were presentation boards with basic information explaining the study, how people can participate, and showing the study area.
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