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Branch Mandate

The Real Estate and Housing Branch is a strong advocate for the development and maintenance of safe and affordable housing, which helps create diverse and complete communities for Edmontonians both today and into the future.

The Branch also advances economic development strategies and urban renewal initiatives to support Council’s vision for a vibrant and inclusive city. These strategies help attract investment and provide a high quality of life that will ensure Edmonton’s ongoing sustainability and success.

Branch Services

The major areas of responsibility of Real Estate and Housing include:

Civic Property Services

Civic Property Services works to leverage undeveloped and/or unused City land and infrastructure into creative developments that align with Council’s strategic directions and our City’s needs. This allows the City to make better use of existing infrastructure, which increases the City’s fiscal efficiency and performance and helps build a more vibrant, compact, and sustainable city.

First Place Program - develops attractive townhouses on vacant land previously designated for a school, which school boards have now deemed is no longer needed.

Property Sales and Acquisitions

The Property Acquisitions unit is responsible for acquiring land/real estate on behalf of the City in order to support realization of Council approved capital projects, such as the Valley Line LRT and Yellowhead Expansion. The types of property the City acquires ranges from vacant development land to existing sites with significant buildings.

The Property Sales unit is responsible for marketing and selling City properties that are no longer needed for civic purposes to provide financial resources for fulfilling other Council-directed initiatives.  The types of properties marketed and sold include newly serviced residential lots, industrial and commercial lots, surplus infill sites, rented houses and buildings, closed roads, utility lots, excess lands related to transformational projects, and tax recovered properties.    

Housing and Homelessness

Housing and Homelessness delivers programs which create adequate, safe and affordable housing, which is the foundation of vibrant and sustainable communities that support social well-being and economic prosperity for citizens. In addition, the Housing and Homelessness section works alongside developers, communities, and other partners to provide affordable and accessible housing options to alleviate homelessness within Edmonton.

Ensuring all Edmontonians have an affordable place to live is an important part of building our city. Access to safe, adequate and affordable housing is required for a stable and independent life, including finding and retaining employment and connecting with wider communities of interest. It has also been a identified as a key pathway out of poverty.

The team delivers on Council’s vision directed by The Way We Grow and The Way We Live strategic plans. These plans encourage the increased development of affordable housing and emphasize the importance of housing choice and neighborhood diversity and inclusion.

Building and Land Management

Building and Land Management provides space planning, lease administration, property management, building improvement, and renovation project coordination for City-owned and leased office, retail, residential and special purpose facilities. This team is also responsible for leasing out City-owned space and leasing space from the private sector to provide accommodations for City staff and operations.

Enterprise Land Development

Enterprise Land Development manages a land development cycle, similar to that employed by the private sector, transforming raw land into usable and sustainable property for sale. This team’s activities include planning and servicing of land for residential, industrial, commercial and mixed-uses. This team focuses on achieving the City’s vision while striving to improve citizen’s lives and enhance Edmonton’s global reputation. Retained earnings are a diverse income stream for the City, providing a 25% dividend from the net income of land development activities.

Land Governance

The Land Governance section works to enhance policies, procedures and guidelines that govern how the City’s land inventory is managed, including ensuring a corporate perspective is taken when making decisions around how to best leverage City land to achieve City-building objectives. Some of the considerations taken into account to ensure a corporate lens is applied, include: policy implications, risks, timelines, impact on the City’s real estate portfolio, and financial implications.

Business Strategy and Operations

The Business Strategies and Operations section facilitates and supports the diverse lines of business within the Real Estate and Housing Branch.  This team is responsible for leading branch-wide initiatives to enhance organizational capacity and meet branch objectives; creating and implementing branch-wide strategic plans, business-process improvements and other strategic plans; and representing the branch in city-wide initiatives.

The section works closely with the Branch Manager and directors, providing leadership for branch-wide functions related to budget, business and strategic planning, administrative support coordination, employee engagement, business systems and information technology, human resources and other operational or strategic needs.

For More Information

Housing and Real Estate Services

Sustainable Development
10th Floor, Edmonton Tower
10111 104 Avenue NW
Edmonton AB T5J 0J4

Telephone

In Edmonton: 311

Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311

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