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In the spring of 2012, following a competitive Request for Proposal process, the City selected two award-winning home builders: Rohit Communities and Landmark Group of Builders, to continue development of the First Place Program sites. A large part of the criteria to select these new home builders was their public consultation expertise and experience working with communities on new developments.

Get Involved

Michaels Park

The City plans to build, we want your input into which two sites will work best for your community.

Drop-in Session - November 2019 

The City will host a public engagement drop-in session to introduce the project and gather input from residents regarding the two sites. Additionally, the City will accept volunteers for the Design Committee. The committee, which will be made up of community volunteers, City staff and partner builders, will determine the design of new homes and their fit within Michaels Park.

Michaels Park Map

Drainage Impacts

EPCOR Drainage has engaged with the community addressing the concerns regarding potential drainage impacts downstream from the development. The City has moved forward with capital improvements and EPCOR Drainage has continued to monitor the site.

If you have further concerns regarding flooding or drainage, email EPCOR Drainage at epcordrainage@epcor.com.

Design Engagement Process

Public information sharing and engagement is required. The City will share information and listen to community concerns, questions and insights that will help make the development the best possible “fit” in the neighbourhood.

Council Discussion and Direction

In 2006, City Council approved a plan to develop First Place housing on 20 sites declared surplus by school boards. Due to a sense of urgency around providing more housing choices for Edmontonians, a Provincial Order-In-Council enabled all sites to be rezoned at one time without the public hearing process normally attached to rezoning applications.

City Council directed administration in 2014 to place notification signs on all surplus school sites showing clearly the location and size of the building site, the adjacent open space, and other associated features.

Engagement Sessions

Residents of neighbourhoods with approved First Place Program sites are invited to attend Information Events or Public Engagement Events to review or provide feedback on site development plans.

Various subject matter experts (such as Drainage Engineers and Parks Planners) from the City of Edmonton, other agencies and the builder organization are available at these events to answer any questions residents may have about the development plans.

City Staff, the builder organization and agency staff (when applicable) will each have a table at the events based on subject matter, which will be organized in an ‘open house’ format.

Residents will have the opportunity to apply for the Design Engagement Committee at these events as well. Selected Committee Members provide feedback on site design details, conceptual site plans and final site plans during a series of meeting Successful applicants will be contacted following the events.

Further public meetings will be held as necessary to ensure community questions and concerns are answered as fully as possible.

Design and Construction

The Design Engagement Committee meets directly with the builder organization over a series of working sessions. In these sessions, consensus is developed around the structural footprint, access to sportsfields, parking, security, fencing, landscaping, trees and architectural details such as rooflines and trim that help the development “fit” with the neighbourhood.

The final step is for the builder to apply for development and building permits and begin construction.

Potential Future Developments

Dunluce

Dunluce has 2 surplus school sites between Dunluce Road and 162 Avenue. 1 site (shown in blue) was approved by City Council for First Place housing in 2006. The other site (shown in yellow) was developed as medium density housing, ranging from townhouses to low-rise apartment buildings under the City's Building Housing Choices (BHC) program.

Dunluce Map

Design Engagement

There was opportunity for residents to provide input into the design. At the end of 2017, the City recruited residents to work with the builder, Landmark Homes, to help ensure the homes are a good fit with the surrounding community. This provided input on design elements, such as building orientation, number of homes, massing and rooflines, site access, vistas and exterior home design details and landscaping.

Meeting Notes - April 16, 2016

Implementation Timeline
Building Site Map
First Place Backgrounder
Design Engagement Process

Sifton Park

The Sifton Park site at 13404 43 Street was approved by City Council for First Place housing in 2006.

Sifton Park Map

Environmental site assessment (ESA) and Soil testing on the site is complete. Residents of Sifton Park will be informed about all opportunities for public engagement.

As of August 22, 2016, City Council approved Sifton Park rezoning application (Bylaw 17724) and rezoned the parcels west of the First Place program building site and school from CS3 to AP, which reflects the existing parks and sport fields and is consistent with the site plan.

City Council Public Hearing - August 22, 2016 (Item 3.1)

Skyrattler

The Skyrattler site at 1055 Saddleback Road was approved by City Council for First Place housing in 2006.

City Council - November 14, 2013
Skyrattler Map

In response to the 2014 motion passed by City Council, the City is investigating alternative site locations.

Executive Committee - April 12, 2016 (Item 6.5)
Executive Committee - February 18, 2014 (Item 7.1)

There were 2 potential alternative site locations being investigated:

In 2017 the Taylor College site was removed from further consideration. The alternative site at 119 Street NW and 23 Avenue NW is being reviewed to determine whether it is feasible for development. If the alternative site is determined to not be feasible for development of a First Place Program site, design engagement and development will proceed on the original Council-approved building site at 1055 Saddleback Road.

Completed Developments

Bearspaw

In 2006, the vacant school building site at 1404 105 Street in Bearspaw was declared surplus by local school boards and approved by City Council for development into town homes under the City’s First Place program.

Bearspaw Map

Design Engagement

The community design engagement process provided an opportunity for the community league and Bearspaw community members to meet with the builder and discuss elements to help ensure the development was a good fit within the existing community – including orientation, building shape, roof design, site access, look and design details.

Meeting 3 - April 28, 2014 (14MB)
Meeting 2 - April 14, 2014 (12MB)
Meeting 1 - March 10, 2014 (11MB)

Blue Quill

2 vacant school building sites in Blue Quill on 112 Street, between Saddleback Road and 25 Avenue, have been declared surplus to school needs by local school boards. One site has been approved by City Council for seniors’ housing, and the other has been approved for development into town homes under the City’s First Place program.

Blue Quill Map

What We Heard - February 2015

Design Engagement

The design engagement process provided an opportunity for the Community league and Blue Quill community members to meet with the builder and discuss elements to help ensure the development was a good “fit” within the existing community – including orientation, massing and roof lines, access, vistas and design details.

Meeting 3 - April 6, 2016

Agenda
Meeting Minutes 
Final Site Plan
Final Landscaping Plan
Entrance Feature
3D Views
Elevation

Meeting 2 - March 17, 2016

Meeting Minutes 
Design Package
Site map with Sports Fields

Meeting 1 - February 24, 2016

Meeting Information (7MB)
Meeting Minutes

Caernarvon

Caernarvon had 2 surplus school sites, 1 approved by City Council for First Place housing, the other for seniors’ housing. Both sites are on 121 Street south of 153 Avenue.

Caernarvon Map

The First Place show home was opened in 2014 after the public open house and the builder’s design engagement was complete.

The town homes have a federal EnerGuide rating averaging 84, just one step below the top category of energy-efficient housing. Annual energy costs for a typical 1,500 square feet house built in 2011 with an EnerGuide rating of 71 is about $1,500, compared to $900 for a home with a rating of 80.

Canon Ridge

Canon Ridge and Greenview were pilot sites developed for First Place housing. An independent consultant evaluated outcomes of the pilot in 2011.

Canon Ridge has 42 units built by Landmark Homes. The Greenview site has 43 units built by Rohit Communities. The builders were chosen for their expertise in consulting with the community on final design and "fit" of the developments.

Community stakeholders reported that the process was very successful and the projects were well integrated into their communities.

Casselman

The Casselman site at 5103 149 Avenue was approved by City Council for First Place housing in 2006.

Casselman Map

The show home opened in September 2014, after public engagement and the builder’s design engagement was complete. All First Place program homes in Casselman have been sold to first time buyers and the development is now complete.

Greenview

Greenview and Canon Ridge were pilot sites for First Place housing. An independent consultant evaluated outcomes of the pilot in 2011.

The Greenview site has 43 units built by Rohit Communities. Canon Ridge has 42 units built by Landmark Homes. The 2 builders were chosen in part for their expertise in consulting with the community on final design and "fit" of the developments. Community stakeholders reported that the process was very successful and the projects were well integrated into their communities.

Haddow

In 2006, the vacant school building site at 2137 Haddow Drive in Haddow was approved by City Council for development into town homes under the City’s First Place Program.

Haddow Map

The town homes were developed on the 0.8 ha of land that was previously set aside for a school building. The remaining 6.43 ha of open space surrounding the housing development were retained by the City and continue to serve sports, recreation and community uses as identified in the original neighbourhood structure plan.

The second vacant school building site in Haddow was reviewed by the Edmonton Public School Board (EPSB) in December 2015 and was not declared surplus. This building site will be held for the EPSB until the next review of vacant building sites. If EPSB were to declare the site surplus at that time, it would be offered to the Francophone and Catholic school boards before being considered for other uses.

Design Engagement

What We Heard - February 2015

The community design engagement process provided an opportunity for the Community league and Haddow community members to meet with the builder and discuss elements to help ensure the development was a good “fit” within the existing community – including orientation, massing and rooflines, access, vistas and design details.

Meeting 4 - May 2015

Meeting Minutes
Final Aerial Photo Site Plan

Meeting 3 - April 2015

Meeting Minutes

Meeting 2 - March 2015

Meeting Minutes
Aerial Photo of Site Plan

Meeting 1 - February 2015

Meeting Minutes
Aerial Photo of Site Plan
Design Options 

Kernohan

In 2006, the vacant school building site in Kernohan at 311 Clareview Road was approved by City Council for development into town homes under the City’s First Place program.

Kernohan

The town homes were developed on the portion of land that was previously set aside for a school building. The remaining 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.

Design Engagement

The community design engagement process provided an opportunity for the Community league and Kernohan community members to meet with the builder and discuss elements to help ensure the development was a good “fit” within the existing community – including orientation, massing and roof lines, access, vistas and design details.

Tawa

The Tawa site at 140 Youville Drive was approved by City Council for First Place housing in 2006. The showhome opened in spring 2014 following a public open house and the builder’s design engagement process.

The design engagement process provided an opportunity for community volunteers to discuss design elements that helped ensure the development was a good "fit" within the existing community.

For More Information

First Place Homes

Telephone

In Edmonton: 311
Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311

Email firstplace@edmonton.ca

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