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How do we plan for a future of one million more Edmontonians? We begin with you.

Thousands of Edmontonians shared their voices to shape The City Plan vision. From workshops and surveys to engagement sessions and open houses, you took part in the conversation. Thank you, Edmonton. We couldn’t do it without you.

Public engagement activities, history and reports helping guide the development of The City Plan.

What We Are Hearing Reports

Executive Summary

Learn about the many ways residents have been engaged throughout the project to help create and refine The City Plan.

The City Plan (Phase I)

Public Engagement for The City Plan began early fall 2018. Here's what you told us in September and October of 2018.

Identifying City Moves (Phase II)

Here's what you told us in November and December of 2018.

Choices for our Future City (Phase III) - City Wide Engagement

Here's what you told us in spring and summer 2019.

Choices for our Future City (Phase III) - Indigenous Engagement

Here's what you told us in spring and summer 2019.

Intentions and Directions for our Future City (Phase IV)

A summary of the results of city-wide engagement for the City Plan that took place between June and December 2019.

What We Are Hearing

Guiding Values and City Building Outcomes

Prior to The City Plan work, more than 4,000 individual engagement records were gathered through engagement for Vision 2050. This information provided a foundation for The City Plan’s Guiding Values and City Building Outcomes.

Since September 2018, The City Plan team has carried out public engagement events across the city to encourage Edmontonians to refine the Guiding Values and City Building Outcomes. 

At all those events we asked Edmontonians to tell us what they love about our city and what the opportunities are as we grow to a city of 2 million people.

Edmontonians commonly describe their vision for our city as a healthy, safe, inclusive, diverse and multicultural with a strong sense of community. Emphasis was placed on being ecologically sustainable, climate resilient and protecting and celebrating our river valley. It’s important to Edmontonians that our city provide affordable housing and diverse and accessible transportation options. Edmontonians are proud of our engaged residents and believe a diverse economy will help attract global investment.

Continuing Conversations

Indigenous Engagement

The City Plan has structured a dedicated program to engage Indigenous communities in and around Edmonton.

In 2018, we contacted the City’s Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) partners including Enoch Cree Nation, the Confederacy of Treaty 6 First Nations, Métis Nation of Alberta Region 4, and the Métis Nation of Alberta. This process is part of the City’s commitment to build and maintain connections with First Nations and Métis communities with historic and cultural connections to the land where Edmonton is now located.

Throughout 2019 we continued working with MOU partners through dedicated engagement events facilitated by The City Plan Team, and recently retained Indigenous Engagement consultants. Read about the feedback and results from those processes in the What We Are Hearing: Indigenous Engagement

Stakeholder Engagement

The City Plan will consider a full range of perspectives to ensure that it is responsive to the needs of the city. We are structuring our engagement to incorporate 4 perspectives:

  • Citizens
  • Public Institutions
  • Civil Society
  • Business

In addition to engagement events that are open to the public, we have invited core stakeholders from local public institutions, civil society and businesses to engage on topics specific to their areas of expertise.

Recent Engagement:

June 11, 2020-Webinar/panel discussion with members of the Urban Design Institute (UDI). Watch the discussion
Read the questions and answers generated from this discussion.

Feedback and results from this process will be reported in The City Plan What We Are Hearing reports throughout the project.

Public Engagement History

Project staff held public engagement sessions or workshops, to collect input on the creation of The City Plan on the following dates:

2019 Engage Edmonton Drop-in Events

The following drop-in events, coordinated by Engage Edmonton, gathered feedback on 3 major projects that are transforming our city: The City Plan, Energy Transition Plan Update, and the Edmonton Bike Plan:

Date: October 19, 2019
Location: Londonderry Shopping Centre 

Date: October 22, 2019
Location: The Meadows Recreation Centre

Date: October 23, 2019
Location: Southgate Centre Court

Date: October 24, 2019
Location: West Edmonton Mall 

Date: October 25, 2019
Location: Edmonton Tower 

2019: Public Engagement Sessions, City Plan Story Walks and Workshops

City Plan and Zoning Bylaw Renewal Workshops

Participants learned about The City Plan and upcoming Zoning Bylaw Renewal, and helped develop the direction of the new City Plan.

Date: June 18, 2019
Location: Chappelle Gardens Residents Association

Date: June 14, 2019
Location: Edmonton Public Library - Jasper Place Branch

Date: June 12, 2019
Location: Pride Centre of Edmonton

Date: June 10, 2019
Location: Abbottsfield Recreation Centre (ARC)

Date: June 5, 2019
Location: Mill Woods Senior and Multicultural Centre

The City Plan Story Walks

Participants learned about the innovative ways Edmonton has changed and evolved, and what might be possible in the future. The City Plan’s Big City Moves gave focus to the conversation as participants strolled or biked around the city.

A Community of Communities - Getting Around by Bike
Date: June 15, 2019
Location: City Arts Centre

Inclusive and Compassionate - Edmonton’s Urban Wellness Plan
Date:  June 14, 2019
Location: Dr. Wilbert Mcintyre Park

A Rebuildable City - Edmonton’s Zoning Bylaw Renewal
Date:  May 4, 2019
Location: The Oliver Exchange

Greener As We Grow - A Sustainability Stroll
Date: May 3, 2019
Location: City Hall

Catalyze and Converge - Ramblings of a Heritage Planner on downtown heritage, investment and urban design
Date: May 3, 2019
Location: Churchill Square 

2018: Public Engagement Sessions and Workshops

City Moves Workshops

Key stakeholders and members of the public dreamed up big, transformational City Moves in a series of model building workshops. Represented at different scales, the suggested City Moves generated by the public have been consolidated into the 5 Big City Moves.

Date: Thursday November 20, 2018
Location: Meadows Community Recreation 

Date: Friday November 16, 2018
Location: Terwillegar Recreation Centre

Date: Thursday November 15, 2018
Location: Edmonton Tower

Date: Wednesday November 14, 2018
Location:  J.A. Fife School

Date: Thursday November 8, 2018
Location: Millwoods Town Centre Mall

Date: November 7, 2018
Location: The Meadows Recreation Centre

Date: Tuesday October 30, 2018
Location: West Edmonton Mall

Date: Thursday October 25, 2018
Location: Londonderry Mall

Date: Thursday October 18, 2018
Location: Northgate Mall

Date: Thursday October 11, 2018
Location: Southgate Centre

Date: Sunday September 30, 2018
Location: Muttart Conservatory

Date: Wednesday September 26, 2018
Location: Edmonton Tower

Date: Saturday September 22, 2018
Location: Rosenthal Playground and Spray Park 

Date: Friday September 21, 2018
Location: Enterprise Square

Date: Thursday September 20, 2018
Location: Terwillegar Recreation Centre

Date: September 17, 2018
Location: Facebook live event (Kalen Anderson with Dr. Karen Lee and Mack Male)

Drop-in Sessions

Participants shared their ideas about the future of Edmonton, considering what needs to be preserved and what bold steps should we take to prepare for the future?

Date: Sunday September 16, 2018
Location: Kaleido Family Arts Festival

Date: Friday September 14, 2018
Location: Commonwealth Recreation Centre

Date: Wednesday September 12, 2018
Location: The Meadows Recreation Centre

Date: Launched September 12, 2018
Location: Edmonton’s Future Is… Contribute to The City Plan on Reddit 

Sixth Grade Science and the City of Tomorrow

Over 1600 kids in 33 different schools across all twelve wards shared their ideas for the choices we should make in The City Plan. This comic tells the story of an intrepid group of kids who build the City of Tomorrow and share their vision of the city they want to live in.

Jane's Walk Story Map

A photo of a map with pins placed on it.Take a virtual walk through Edmonton with The City Plan Story Map. Learn more about the impact of good planning on the development of our city.

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