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The 1.46 ha vacant school site at  2008-105 Street in Keheewin was declared surplus by local school boards in 2009 and approved by City Council in 2015 for housing development under the Building Housing Choices initiative (Policy C583).

The new homes will only be developed on the 1.46 ha portion of the overall site that was previously set aside for a school building. The remaining 10.55 ha of open space surrounding the housing development will be retained by the City and continue to serve sports, recreation and community uses as identified in the original Neighbourhood Structure Plan.

Project Updates
Property Offering

The deadline for proposal submissions from potential builder/operators to design, build, manage, and maintain the new homes has now closed.  The proposals received are currently under review.

What's Being Built?

To help meet current and future housing needs, the 1.46 ha undeveloped school building site in Keheewin at 2008 -105 Street (north of Keheewin elementary school) will be home to a future housing development under the City’s Building Housing Choices program (Policy C583).

In accordance with Policy C583, the housing development will:

  • Be multi-family housing, with possible options ranging from townhouses to low-rise apartments.
  • Have up to 182 homes, depending on the design chosen
  • Contain a mix of market and affordable units, which are visually indistinguishable from each other.  Mixing market and affordable units into one development will allow the market units to support the affordable units, making the project financially sustainable without the need for ongoing government operating subsidies.

The exact type of housing has not yet been finalized, and will be determined in consultation with the community. Residents will be informed in advance of all upcoming engagement opportunities.

The new homes will only be developed on the 1.46 ha portion of the overall site that was previously set aside for a school building. The remaining 10.55 ha of open space surrounding the housing development will be retained by the City and continue to serve sports, recreation and community uses as identified in the original Neighbourhood Structure Plan.

 

Why Affordable Housing?

Ensuring all Edmontonians have an affordable place to live is an important part of building our city. A sufficient supply of safe, adequate and affordable housing is fundamental to the physical, economic and social well-being of individuals, families and communities.

What is affordable housing?

Broadly speaking, affordable housing is rental or ownership housing that requires government money, in large or small part, to build and/or operate. Affordable housing has rents or payments below average market cost, and is targeted to people from a variety of demographic groups and occupations who make below the median household income and cannot afford market prices.

Why is affordable housing needed?

It’s estimated that approximately 47,000 renter households in Edmonton spend between 30 and 50 per cent of their household income on shelter costs. This is unaffordable for a lot people earning an average wage, including restaurant servers, retail clerks, hair stylists, and people on fixed incomes like veterans, seniors and persons with disabilities.  

This housing project presents an opportunity for the Keheewin community to provide an affordable place to live for their fellow Edmontonians, including existing Keheewin residents, and welcome new neighbours into the community. 

What are the benefits?

Access to safe, adequate and affordable housing is required for a stable and independent life, including finding and retaining employment and connecting with wider communities of interest. It has also been identified as a key pathway out of poverty.

Beyond the major benefits to the people who require affordable housing, these type of housing projects also provide direct and indirect benefits to the local community and economy.  Having a diverse range of housing types, including affordable housing, brings new residents to neighbourhoods which increases the sustainability of schools and contributes to the stability, livability and resilience of your community.  Households who benefit from affordable housing also have more disposable income to support local retailers and engage with community organizations.

Further, the construction and management of such housing projects supports employment opportunities in the sector and stimulates related industries, and encourages a healthy labour market by attracting new workers to the city.

For more information on affordable housing, visit affordablehousingedmonton.ca.

Keheewin Advisory Committee (KAC)

The KAC is a volunteer group of neighbourhood residents that are working with the City to help improve how the City engages with the community and ensure community viewpoints on the Keheewin housing development are heard. The initial objective of the KAC was to provide input and perspective on the pilot engagement process for the Keheewin housing development, but their involvement has since been uniquely expanded by the City to include direct input and participation in the developer/operator selection process. This additional level of input is new. Providing input into the developer/operator selection as an expansion of the pilot engagement process will be evaluated and help inform future recommendations for community engagement with other Building Housing Choices projects.

Meeting Highlights

June 6, 2017 - The KAC met with City Administration to review and provide comments on draft materials prepared for the June 22, 2017 Community Information Session. The suggestions provided were incorporated into the final open house materials.

May 2, 2017 - City Administration met with the KAC to discuss the current status of the project (“for sale” sign and property offering submissions), the information to be provided at the upcoming June information session, and the revised Terms of Reference.

March 7, 2017 - City Administration invited guest speakers to address the KAC’s questions regarding traffic (volume, speed and safety), maintenance and management of the development, and construction safety. The KAC and City Administration agreed to review proposals submitted by potential builder/operators together, with final selection of the successful bidder resting with City Administration.

February 7, 2017 - The KAC met with City Administration to discuss estimated project timelines, draft developer/operator criteria, and City Administration’s upcoming Council report about criteria to help guide community discussions on the types of secondary uses, such as shops or public amenities, that could be incorporated into the residential development to benefit the immediate neighbourhood. There was also discussion on how the KAC could be involved and play a more active role in the developer/operator selection process.

2016

November 17, 2016  - The KAC met with City Administration to discuss the current state of the project. City Administration proposed a revised engagement process, whereby the KAC could provide characteristics of a good developer / operator for the City to take into consideration when choosing the successful bidder. The Keheewin Advisory Committee agreed to this approach and committed to providing feedback.

May 2, 2016 - The KAC met with City Administration to review and provide comments on draft materials prepared for the May 17, 2016 community meeting. The suggestions provided were incorporated into the final open house materials.

March 30, 2016 - The KAC met with the City Administration to finalize the Terms of Reference for the Committee, and to review the communication plan and community meeting schedule and process for the May 17, 2016 community meeting.

February 5, 2016 - The City held their first meeting with the KAC. The intent of the meeting was to further discuss the purpose of the housing initiative and to develop an understanding of the committee’s role and responsibilities as outlined through the Terms of Reference.

What We've Heard

Be a part of the Keheewin community conversation.

2017

June 22, 2017 - The City held a community information session at Keheewin School, the third in a series of public meetings on this project, to provide residents with an update on the progress of the development, including: the status of the selection of the builder/operator for the site; efforts being undertaken to address community concerns raised around traffic, parking, and ongoing maintenance and operation of the housing development; and next steps in the process. The meeting also provided residents with an opportunity to get engaged and ask questions about the project.

Thank you to everyone who filled out the feedback form on the information session.  This feedback will be used to help the City understand how it can improve future information sessions and increase awareness and understanding about the Building Housing Choices development in Keheewin. Feedback will be compiled into a What We Heard document, which will be posted online here by July 31, 2017. 

2016

August, 2016 - All public input received from the May 17, 2016 open house and online is reflected in the Keheewin What We Heard II Summary.  The feedback received, along with other important criteria, such as technical and financial considerations is being to used to narrow down the five development scenarios into some more detailed initial development concepts.  These concepts will be presented to the community in Winter 2017, once a developer/operator has been selected and is on board.

May 17, 2016 - A Community Conversation was held at Keheewin School, the second of a series of public meetings on this project, to provide feedback from last public meeting held in fall 2015, share information, receive input, and answer questions.

May 2016 community bulletin
Edmonton housing affordability snapshot
Display boards

2015

October 2015 - A Community Conversation at Yellowbird Community Hall, the first of a series of public meetings on this project, was held to share information, receive input, and answer questions. The results of the feedback gathered are reflected in the Keheewin What We Heard summary.

September 2015 community bulletin
Keheewin community snapshot
Display boards
Keheewin Questions and Answers

 

Council Reports

May 23, 2017 - City Administration brought an information report forward to Executive Committee on the ‘ancillary use’ provision in Policy C583 (item 6.9)  The intent of the provision is to allow housing developments on former school sites that fall under Policy C583, including the site in Keheewin, the opportunity to include secondary uses that might complement the development and/or benefit the immediate neighbourhood.

Executive Committee received the report for information, which included a refined ‘ancillary use’ definition and a proposed set of parameters for guiding community discussions and planning decisions around the types of ancillary (or secondary) uses that could be incorporated into the housing developments.

Examples of secondary uses that align with the City’s refined ancillary use definition that could be considered include personal service shops (such as hair salons), special food services (such as coffee shops), and convenience retail stores.  The exact type of secondary use that may be incorporated into the Keheewin housing development has not yet been finalized and will be determined in consultation with the community once a builder/operator for the site has been selected. It will also need to meet the requirements of the specific property zoning and the Edmonton Zoning Bylaw.

April 19, 2017 -  On Wednesday April 19, 2017 City Administration brought an information report forward to Urban Planning Committee (item 6.3) containing a status update on the Keheewin and Ogilvie Ridge Building Housing Choices  pilot developments. Urban Planning Committee received the report for information, which included an overview of the work done to date with the Keheewin Advisory Committee and outlined next steps in the process.

2016

September 2016 - On September 13 2016, Administration brought a report forward to Executive Committee (item 6.4) identifying HomeEd (the City’s non-profit housing corporation), as a potential builder/operator .  

Reasons for recommending HomeEd included:

  • HomeEd is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the City
  • HomeEd has the capacity to both develop and operate the market and affordable choices required under Policy C583
  • HomeEd has a demonstrated track record of maintaining its properties to a high standard

At that meeting, Executive Committee asked the City to include HomeEd as a potential builder/operator in the community engagement to allow residents more time to weigh in, and return to Committee with a recommendation in the first quarter of 2017.

2015

July 2015 - City Council approved a new policy (C583) that said future developments on undeveloped building sites will include both market and affordable housing.

Next Steps

*Please note that timelines are tentative and may be subject to change

Summer 2017 - Builder/Operator Selection
The City has solicited proposals from potential builder/operators to design, build, manage and maintain the new homes. Proposals from potential developer/operators were accepted until July 31, 2017 and the property offering has now closed.  Selection criteria for determining the successful builder/operator has been based on the input provided by the Keheewin Advisory Committee (KAC), and the KAC will be involved in the review of submissions.  The final selection of the successful bidder will be made by City staff.

You may have noticed that a “for sale” sign was recently installed on the future housing development site. This sign is part of the City’s process to solicit proposals from potential developer/operators. Selection criteria for determining the successful builder/operator is based on the input provided by the Keheewin Advisory Committee (KAC), and the KAC will be involved in the review of submissions.

Winter 2017 - Initial Development Concepts
The next community engagement session following the June 2017 drop-in community information session will likely take place in Winter 2017, where the chosen builder/operator will share some initial development concepts with the community. The concepts presented will take into account input received on the development scenarios presented at previous Community Conversation events. Feedback received will be used to refine the initial development ideas into a final development concept.

Early 2018 - Final Development Concept and Rezoning
A final development concept will be shared with the community for feedback in early 2018.  A proposal to rezone the site based on the final development concept will then go before Council for a decision. There will be opportunity for residents to share their views with Council when the proposed rezoning goes forward to Public Hearing.

Community Design Engagement and Construction (Developer Led)
Once rezoning of the site is approved by Council, a group of neighbourhood residents will be recruited through an open application process to work with the builder/operator to help design the new homes and ensure they are a good fit with the surrounding neighbourhood.

Frequently Asked Questions

Questions?
Please refer to our Keheewin frequently asked questions and the What We Heard summary from the last community meeting in May 2016.

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