Image of proposed Holyrood development

Proposed rezoning on the east side of 85 Street NW, north and south of 93 Avenue NW to allow for high-density transit-oriented development.

This application was refused by City Council at the August 17, 2021 Public Hearing

A planning application has been received to rezone 8310 93 Avenue NW and 8311 93 Avenue NW, known as Holyrood Gardens.

Thank You for Your Feedback

From November 9-30, 2020, feedback was collected online through the new Engaged Edmonton online virtual engagement tool in lieu of an in-person engagement session.

A What We Heard Report has been created that summarizes the feedback received. This report will be shared with City Council if and when this application proceeds forward to a Public Hearing.

What We Heard Report

Council Motion and Response

At a Public Hearing on May 11, 2021 (item 3.25), City Council passed the following motion with regards to this application:

"That Bylaw 19681 be referred back to Administration to revert the appendices to as shown in DC2.1001 and revert the maximum Height, Density, and floor plate size as shown in DC2.1001, and return to the August 17, 2021, City Council Public Hearing."

In response, the applicant has proposed a revised version of the DC2 Provision that meets most, but not all, of the directions contained in the motion. Most notably:

  • They are still proposing an increase in density above 1,200 dwellings, but this time to 1,450 instead of 1,650.
  • The zoning requirements for the number of 2 bedroom units and family oriented units are also proposed to be increased proportionally to 544 and 145, respectively.
  • They are no longer proposing any built form changes. Building shapes, heights and tower floor plate sizes will remain the same as what is currently approved.
  • Along with adjusting parking regulations in response to Open Option Parking, they are proposing an overall maximum number of parking spaces of 1,425. This is inclusive of residential parking, visitor parking and parking for commercial uses. Only 25 spaces would be allowed as surface parking and the rest would be in underground parkades.
  • The 1,425 parking spaces is effectively the maximum that is allowed for the currently approved 1,200 units, so this means that while they are seeking an increase in the number of dwellings, there would not be an associated increase in the number of parking spaces from what is already approved.
  • The appendices have been updated to more accurately reflect requirements in the text of the zone such as showing the buildings accurately 14 metres apart and matching the size of the Publicly Accessible Private Park to the size requirement in the text.
  • The required size of the Publicly Accessible Private Park is proposed to increase from 1,000 to 1,150 square metres.
  • The required developer-paid improvements to the 93 Avenue Transit-Oriented Development Corridor as was most recently proposed are maintained.
  • Other administrative changes recently proposed are still maintained.
    • There is also one new administrative change proposed, which is the elimination of the Developer-Sponsored Affordable Housing requirement currently required by City Policy C582. There is work underway to repeal this policy and if Council approves it, this would likely occur before this rezoning returns to Council on August 17, 2021.
    • For more information about why this repeal is being considered, you can view the agenda and minutes of the March 23, 2021 Urban Planning Committee (Item 6.1). Of course, if by the time this rezoning goes back to Council, this policy is still in effect, the DC2 Provision will still retain this requirement.