District Planning is about changing the way we plan and support development by streamlining our planning framework to create a new foundation for local planning and future policy development. Since a plan for every neighbourhood isn’t feasible — Edmonton has over 300 neighbourhoods — District Planning creates an overarching District Policy and a plan for each of Edmonton’s 15 districts. 

Together the new District Policy and plans will help guide growth and change in Edmonton, showing where development, and infrastructure and amenity investment should be encouraged in each district. Existing geographic plans, policies and guidelines were carefully reviewed and analyzed to determine if they should be kept, changed, or retired so they can be replaced by, or incorporated into, the new tool of district plans.

District Plans are intended to move Edmonton towards The City Plan vision of a healthy, urban, climate resilient city where everyone enjoys easy access to amenities and services close to home. The plans aren’t about restricting movement, monitoring people or tracking an individual’s carbon emissions, and nothing will be put in place to do so. People will continue to travel however they choose, to wherever they want in the city with district plans helping to support more transportation options within and between districts.