Ensuring there are housing choices to meet the needs of everyone is a priority for the City of Edmonton.
Edmonton is growing and transforming as more and more people move here to live and raise families – 60,000 in the two years 2012-2014 alone. It's expected that the city's population will hit one million within the decade and double in 30 years.
One approach taken by City Council to meet current and future housing needs is to repurpose surplus school sites.
Decades ago, the City set aside parcels of land as sites for new schools under a Joint Use Agreement between school boards and the City.
When school boards determined there wasn't a need in certain areas, they returned the land to the City to serve the community in other ways.
Now, the City is using these parcels to create new housing choices in many Edmonton neighbourhoods. More sites will be declared surplus as Edmonton continues to evolve.
With these sites, the City is creating more housing choice in areas with established infrastructure and amenities.
Sustainability for Edmonton means growing in, with more housing choices in existing neighbourhoods, up with higher-density choices in the core, and out with developments in the suburbs.
Growing in with surplus school site development helps keep the city as compact as possible, and supports alternate travel modes such as transit, walking and cycling.