Bylaw 16831, adopted June 9, 2014, amends the text of the Edmonton Zoning Bylaw. The Bylaw:
- adds Public Education Services as a Discretionary Use to the (AP) Public Parks Zone
- adds Public Parks as a Permitted Use to the (US) Urban Services Zone
The purpose of the changes is to facilitate the development of parks with a compatible mix of school, community and recreation uses.
The (AP) Public Parks Zone includes Indoor and Outdoor Participant Recreation Services, Community Recreation Services and Public Parks Uses. The addition of Public Education Services (schools) as a Discretionary Use to the AP Zone provides flexibility to accommodate mid-level parks, which often include schools.
The (US) Urban Services Zone includes Public Education Services (schools) and most community needs uses, in addition to a broad range of institutional Uses. The addition of Public Parks as a Permitted Use to the US Zone allows the Zone to accommodate community partnerships that often include institutional and parks uses.
These changes to the AP and US zones will:
- reduce need for rezonings to accommodate complimentary uses on one site (for example, schools, playgrounds, community halls, indoor and outdoor rinks and public parks)
- allow resources to be efficiently shared between park sites, school sites, and community uses
- address changes to boundaries between school sites and park sites that are frequently revised
- reduce timelines for facility construction