The City Plan, Edmonton’s combined Municipal Development Plan and Transportation Master Plan, articulates how land use, growth patterns, and transportation and mobility systems can support an additional one million people. It was approved by City Council on December 9, 2020, after years of technical studies and engagements with Edmontonians, industry and stakeholders.
While The City Plan shares with Edmontonians a big-picture-vision for the city, District Planning and the Zoning Bylaw Renewal Initiative turn their gaze towards implementation. The City Plan identifies districts as diverse, accessible collections of neighbourhoods that contain most of the services and amenities that Edmontonians rely on. District Plans set the policy context (the geography, the systems, and the networks) for the Zoning Bylaw Renewal Initiative’s regulatory changes.
Through District Planning, housing, recreation, schools and employment opportunities are envisioned as being able to be accessed within 15 minutes of one’s home. That is the vision, but where do we start? The first goal post is planning for growth to 1.25 million people and the second is to complete District Plans in parallel with Edmonton’s Zoning Bylaw Renewal initiative.