Creating a strong system of nodes and corridors that encourages transit-oriented development is an important part of achieving The City Plan vision. The City Plan envisions a healthy, urban, climate-resilient city where everyone can easily meet their daily needs close to home.

Priority Growth Areas

The City Plan identifies 19 Priority Growth Areas, which are collections of nodes and corridors in the redeveloping area of the city (roughly inside the Anthony Henday) anticipated to experience the most near-term growth.

The City analyzed these 19 areas using a robust technical review and selected 5 for targeted, City-initiated rezonings to help activate and encourage demand and investment in these important areas.

The Priority Growth Areas selected are:

Site and Zone Selection

Not all land within the 5 selected Priority Growth Areas will be rezoned. The City has identified sub-focus areas with lands it believes present the greatest redevelopment potential and would benefit most from proactive, City-initiated rezoning.

The next step is to gather feedback from Edmontonians, which will be used along with technical and policy considerations, to determine which sites within the sub-focus areas should be rezoned and what new standard zones should be applied to the chosen sites.

This will include discussion of factors such as maximum building heights, setbacks and how the buildings transition to the surrounding neighbourhood, and where to require ground-floor commercial opportunities.

Engagement details for the selected areas will be available in mid-to-late July 2024.

Wîhkwêntôwin (Oliver) Node and 124 Street Corridor

124 Street and Oliver Priority Growth Area

Why These Areas?

The Wîhkwêntôwin (Oliver) City-Centre Node and 124 Street Primary Corridor are adjacent to each other and provide the surrounding neighbourhoods with access to a diverse range of homes and businesses. Both areas were selected for the opportunity to leverage existing strong market interest and help increase the population around planned Valley Line West LRT stops.

Sub-Focus Areas

Not all land within the Wîhkwêntôwin (Oliver) Node and 124 Street Corridor will be rezoned. The City recommends choosing sites along Jasper Avenue and 104 Avenue and along 124 Street between Jasper Avenue and 111 Avenue with additional rezoning efforts around the future 124 Street Valley Line West LRT stop to support future mass transit ridership.

About the Selected Areas

Learn more about the Wîhkwêntôwin (Oliver) Node and the 124 Street Primary Corridor

156 Street and Stony Plain Road Corridors

156 Street and Stony Plain Priority Growth Area

Why These Corridors?

Both the 156 Street Secondary Corridor and Stony Plain Road Primary Corridor were selected for their opportunity to increase population around planned Valley Line West LRT stops to support future ridership. The Stony Plain Road Primary Corridor was also selected to leverage existing strong market interest in the area.

Sub-Focus Areas

Not all land within the Stony Plain Road and 156 Street Corridors will be rezoned. The City recommends choosing sites surrounding future LRT stations at 142, 149 and 156 streets as well as sites south of 100 Avenue to align with the Valley Line West LRT route.

About the Corridors

Learn more about the 156 Street and Stony Plain Road Corridors.

University-Garneau Node

University Garneau Priority Growth Area

Why This Node?

The University-Garneau Major Node vacancy rate was between 1.2% and 1.5% in 2023. There is a significant need to increase the amount of available housing, which is one of the key reasons this area was selected.

Sub-Focus Areas

Not all land within the University-Garneau Node will be rezoned. The City recommends choosing sites near 109 Street, along 87 Avenue, and south of 82 Avenue where policy in The City Plan and forthcoming District Plans supports additional housing.

About the University-Garneau Node

Learn more about the University-Garneau Major Node.

Project Overview

Priority Growth Area Selection

The City used a 2-phased process to create the shortlist of candidate Priority Growth Areas for targeted rezonings.

This process involved a technical review to evaluate all 19 Priority Growth Areas based on opportunities to implement The City Plan, existing land use conditions and market factors. 

Following the technical review, targeted engagement with development industry stakeholders, citizen-appointed advisory committees and the Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues (EFCL) helped further refine the shortlist to the final 5 selected. 

Read the What We Heard Report to learn more about the feedback received and how it informed the selection process.

Site and Zone Selection - We Are Here

Now that the 5 Priority Growth Areas have been selected the next step is to:

1. Validate which sites within these areas should be rezoned.

Not all land within the selected areas will be rezoned. The intent is to focus on sites that have the greatest redevelopment potential, such as those located directly along corridors or within close proximity to mass transit.

Through the selection process, the City has identified sub focus areas with lands it believes present the greatest redevelopment opportunity and would benefit most from proactive City-initiated rezoning.

2. Determine which new standard zones to rezone the chosen sites to in order to catalyze demand and investment in alignment with The City Plan direction.

This will include determining what zone modifiers should be applied to guide maximum building heights, setbacks and how the buildings transition to the surrounding neighbourhood  and where to require ground floor commercial space.

Rezoning Application and Public Hearing

The City will apply to rezone targeted sites within the 5 selected Priority Growth Areas once engagement and the required supporting technical studies and analysis are complete.

The most appropriate higher-density standard zones that align with The City Plan and forthcoming District Plans (when approved) will be recommended.

The final rezoning proposals will be presented at a City Council Public Hearing targeted for early 2025.

Edmontonians, industry stakeholders, and business and community groups in the affected areas will be informed when the proposed rezonings advance to public hearing.

They will have the opportunity to share their thoughts directly with Council by registering to speak or submitting written comments.

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Priority Growth Area Project Team

Email pgarezoning@edmonton.ca