On September 16 2013, Council approved the Mill Woods Station Area Redevelopment Plan (Bylaw 16408). It recognizes the area's strategic location within southeast Edmonton and will guide its transition from a primarily low-density, auto-oriented environment toward a more vibrant, mixed-use community. This future development will complement the surrounding neighbourhoods and establish a true urban centre for residents in southeast Edmonton.
The goals of the Station Area Redevelopment Plan are to:
Determine a vision for transit oriented development in Mill Woods
Facilitate appropriate development in the station area
Respect the unique character and history of the Mill Woods area
In November 2013, City Council approved the Valley Line Southeast LRT Final Preliminary Design. In alignment with the Mill Woods Station Area Redevelopment Plan, the design included an LRT stop at Mill Woods Town Centre.
In December 2015, the City received a proposal to rezone the Mill Woods Town Centre Mall. Two open houses were held in May 2016 and March 2017 to collect feedback and provide information on the rezoning application. A total of 900 people attended these two events. The open houses included information on the proposed transit centre concept plan.
The rezoning application and the Mill Woods Station Area Redevelopment Plan were amended in April 2017. This amendment included the relocation of the Mill Woods Transit Centre to foster better integration with the future Valley Line Southeast LRT. The rezoning application and accompanying amendment to the Mill Woods Station Area Redevelopment Plan was approved at a City Council public hearing on July 10, 2017.