The City Plan has put the need to simplify our policy landscape into sharper focus. Currently, the City has over 100 geographic plans that vary in complexity, many of which are out of date and have resulted in the following:
Less predictability for residents and landowners as existing geographic plan policies become out of date and conflict with higher-order plans like The City Plan
Risk of not achieving, or delaying, city-building outcomes because policies become out of date and conflict with The City Plan
The City has reviewed every geographic plan across Edmonton and will recommend which ones can be retired, changed or kept when district plans go to a public hearing (tentatively May 2024).
Updated Geographic Plans List
At the December 11, 2023 Public Hearing, the Mistatim Area Structure Plan, Yellowhead Corridor Area Structure Plan and Calgary Trail Land Use Study were repealed by City Council. These plans, dating back to the 1980s have fulfilled their purpose. Their retirement helps clear the planning landscape for City Plan implementation. Initially scheduled for retirement in May 2024, these plans have been removed from District Planning’s list of plans proposed for retirement.
There is no immediate impact expected on neighbourhoods or their development. District plans will provide an intermediary plan between Edmonton’s higher-order strategic plan (The City Plan) and the Zoning Bylaw in neighbourhoods that do not have a geographic plan or will have their current plan replaced through this project. District plans will assist with planning processes and decisions across the city, similar to other statutory geographic plans.
In addition to district plans, city-wide planning directions such as policies in The City Plan, guidelines, best planning practices, technical considerations, as well as feedback from public engagement will continue to influence how planning proposals are reviewed and the recommendations Administration gives to City Council.