Surplus School Sites
Meeting Edmonton's current and future needs
When new neighbourhoods are planned, land is set in reserve to meet the anticipated future need for schools, and open space. This land is serviced and made ready for development. Later, if a school board determines that land originally set aside for a school is no longer needed, the school board may declare it surplus. (For more information about the school planning process, see School Land Use Planning).
Re-purposing Surplus School Sites
Once the City acquires the surplus land, City Administration considers various options to re-purpose the site, now referred to as an “undeveloped building site.” A new use is determined through a defined process.
Since 2006, the City of Edmonton has acquired 40 surplus school sites. New uses on 31 of these sites have since been approved. Administration is currently developing recommendations for remaining undeveloped building sites the City has acquired.
In 2006 the City launched the First Place Homebuyers Program. This program has helped first-time homebuyers purchase homes at market-affordable prices, filling a recognized need for entry-level housing in the city.
In 2009 the City acquired an additional 20 undeveloped school building sites declared surplus by local school boards. City Council has approved eight as suitable for future seniors’ housing.
When the City acquires a surplus school site, it considers whether the site is required for other civic purposes and if so, how well these civic uses are aligned with Council’s new strategic directions and vision for the future. This can result in recommendations to retain the site for civic purposes or develop the site for other uses aligned with strategic directions. This was the case recently with a surplus vacant school site in Aldergrove. A dry pond was constructed on the site to better manage and control storm water.
City Administration is currently evaluating a variety of considerations for the remaining sites that will ultimately determine recommendations for City Council’s review and decision.
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Surplus School Sites