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What is The City Plan?

The City Plan charts out how we will get to a future city, a city that has the benefits we enjoy today with new opportunities for the future. The City Plan is about our spaces and places and how we move around the city. It is about our community and what we need to do together to grow, adapt and succeed.

  • What kind of city will Edmonton be in the future?
  • What about a future city could make you feel more connected to your friends and family?
  • What is Edmonton’s city story?

The City Plan will replace The Ways documents, including the Municipal Development Plan and Transportation Master Plan.

Developing The City Plan

Development of The City Plan started in August 2018. This is a 2-year project and it is anticipated to come to public hearing in spring 2020. Learn how the City Plan has been advancing and what is still to come.

Step #1

Three future cities with very different land uses and transportation options were created. The 3 distinct cities were used to see how changes to population, employment and transportation would change how the city grew.

  1. Developing Three Distinct Evaluation Cities
  2. Planning Districts: Philosophy and Boundary Rationale
  3. Nodes and Corridors
  4. Mass Transit Backgrounder (10MB)

Step #2

A number of technical studies were initiated on how growth and mobility occurs in the city. These technical studies informed how each evaluation city and the preferred land use concept changed as the city grew.

  1. Technical Studies and Key Findings
  2. Mass Transit - Three Evaluation Cities
  3. Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions and Energy Analysis
  4. Climate Vulnerability Assessment
  5. Economic, Demographic and Market Study
  6. Relative Financial Assessment
  7. The Next Wave: Planning for Disruption

Step #3

Using the technical studies, different land uses and transportation options, each of the evaluation cities displayed different learnings.

  1. Findings From Modelling Evaluation Scenarios

Step #4

The technical studies, combined with the data from the modelling, professional judgment and engagement, helped to develop a preferred land use concept with specific desired outcomes for a future city of 2 million people.

  1. Expected Benefits of Recommended Land Use Concept

Step #5

In order to achieve the recommended draft city concept, a change in transportation and land use is required. The development of policy was started to provide direction and activate the change required. 

  1. Writing Intentions and Directions for The City Plan
  2. Draft Intentions
  3. What We Are Hearing: City-Wide
  4. What We Are Hearing: Indigenous
  5. Advancing Social Equity Through Planning, Design and Investment (10MB)
  6. Edmonton's Current City-Wide Planning Framework: A Diagnostic Assessment

Step #6

Final technical studies will be uploaded to this page as they are completed.

Step #7

A draft City Plan will be brought before Urban Planning Committee in March 2020 and is scheduled for public hearing in spring 2020. The City Plan will be reviewed by the Edmonton Metropolitan Regional Board for alignment with the 2018 Growth Plan.

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.

Get Involved

The City Plan is Edmonton’s plan, and we want you to help write it! 

The City of Edmonton is committed to creating opportunities for the public to contribute to the creation of The City Plan. We’ll show you how we’ll collect and use your input to help City Administration and Council make their decisions in the future.

There will be many opportunities to engage with The City Plan throughout the 5 project phases. Currently, we are in Phase 2. 

Engagement and Decision Process

Phase 1: Groundwork - Complete

Timeline: August 2018
Commitment: We will keep the public informed on what The City Plan is and upcoming opportunities for engagement.

Phase 2: Foundations - Complete

Timeline: September-November 2018
Commitment: We will adjust desired city building outcomes to reflect public input, to the maximum extent possible.

Phase 3: Framing the Plan - In Progress

Timeline: January-June 2019
Commitment: We will work with public to create various scenarios, measures, and trade-offs.

Phase 4: Building Up

Timeline: November 2019-February 2020
Commitment: We will work with the public to create action plans for preferred scenarios, adjusting policy decisions to the maximum extent possible.

Phase 5: Plan Approvals

Timeline: March-May 2020
Commitment: We will inform the public on how their input was used in decision making throughout The City Plan, and provide updates in regard to the approval process. 


2018 - Phase 1: Groundwork - Complete

  1. Initial research and scope
  2. Establish project resources
  3. Establish governance
  4. Detail research planning
  5. Communications and engagement
2018 - Phase 2: City Move/Policy Shifts - In Progress
  1. Set the context
  2. Interpret the vision
  3. Develop goals
  4. Research and analysis baseline (including technical work and policy development)
  5. Communications and engagement
2019 - Phase 3: Framing the Plan
  1. Big moves/policy shifts
  2. Key measures
  3. Scenario setup
  4. Building and testing scenarios
  5. Draft policy and planning framework
  6. Communications and engagement
2019 - 2020-Phase 4: Building up
  1. Draft the Plan
  2. Circulate the Plan internally
  3. Develop Action Plans
  4. Communications and engagement
2020 - Phase 5: Plan Approval
  1. Produce final deliverables
  2. Pulic Hearing preparation
  3. Public Hearing
  4. Follow-up motions
  5. Implementation

It’s been almost ten years since Council approved Edmonton’s Municipal Development Plan (MDP), The Way We Grow (2010) and Transportation Master Plan (TMP), The Way We Move (2009).

A lot has changed since then, including the advancement of LRT planning and construction, major developments in the urban core, catalyst projects like Blatchford, and new strategies guiding Edmonton’s transit, open space, and infill development.

It’s time for a refresh of those plans, especially as we move towards a city of 2 million people. We need to talk about the many challenges and opportunities that come with a changing and dynamic Metropolitan Region.

The City Plan will combine the MDP and TMP into a single, unified plan about the spaces and places in our city.

An icon graphically depicting Edmonton Muttart pyramids.The City Plan will show how we build and grow in a more compact and efficient urban form.



An icon depicting a curled document.All municipalities are required, by the Municipal Government Act, to produce a Municipal Development Plan and Transportation Plan that is approved by City Council.


A icon graphic showing a bar graph indicating growth.The City Plan will establish new and renewed objectives and policies to address the future growth of the city.



Using Council's goals, it will show, through networks, systems and nodes how the city will be built and will grow.



An icon depicting a clock in front of a calendar.We need to align with the Edmonton Metropolitan Region Growth Plan by October 2020.



The City Plan will align with Vision 2050 and leverage the work completed to date on that project.



Edmonton’s The City Plan is part of a larger story. It will be guided by the four goals of Council’s Vision 2050: Healthy City, Urban Places, Climate Resilience and Economic Prosperity. It will also guide the upcoming rewrite of the Zoning Bylaw

The City Plan will detail how we build, grow and move around our city, while Edmonton’s Zoning Bylaw will set out the rules for how buildings are built - the location and shape of the houses and buildings, as well as the amount of parking and landscaping provided. 

Stay Connected to What's Happening

Get the latest news in The City Plan Newsletter.


Previous Newsletters

August 2019- Issue #9

June 2019 - Issue #8

May 2019 - Issue #7

March 2019 - Issue # 6

February 2019 - Issue #5

December 2018 - Issue #4

November 2018 - Issue #3

September 2018 - Issue #2

August 2018 - Issue #1

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