The Complete Streets Policy, approved by Council in May of 2013, describes a shift in roadway design from conventional design standards to a more flexible design approach. Complete Streets design focuses on the roadway users, adjacent land uses and context. Since the approval of the Policy, the City of Edmonton and a wide range of stakeholders have been working towards implementation of the Policy. Greenfield development offers a great opportunity to integrate land use and roadway design.
One component towards implementation was the Greenfield Cross Section project, which was completed in the spring of 2014. The project was developed to generate new example cross sections guided by Complete Streets principles. The City collaborated with utility providers, industry, and community representatives to develop 21 new example roadway cross sections to be added as an addendum in the City of Edmonton Design and Construction Standards. The cross sections, which have been supported by City Departments and utility providers, are currently being formatted for inclusion with the Standards and application of these cross-sections is encouraged.
It is anticipated that these example cross sections be applied at subdivision since the right-of-way widths vary from the existing roadway standards. It is suggested that an optional pre-application discussion be initiated prior to the submission of a subdivision application that includes a Complete Streets cross section. The City of Edmonton is committing to provide a confirmation that a proposed cross section from the set above is appropriate for the land use context and priority users within a week of contact, provided that full documentation is provided. Full documentation will include the cross section design, subdivision plan, and a rationale template.
The City will review applications that include new cross sections developed from Complete Streets Guidelines, however greater review times can be expected, particularly for cross sections which include utility alignments which vary from the existing standards. The additional review time required will depend on the complexity of the changes desired.