Missing Middle Zoning Revisions - August 26th Public Hearing
To help create more opportunities for medium-scale housing that’s currently ‘missing’ in the City of Edmonton, Zoning Bylaw changes are being proposed to the city’s medium-scale zones (RF3 to RA8). These will be considered at the August 26, 2019, City Council Public Hearing.
Administration has been working with residents, industry, and other stakeholders since early 2018 to look at ways to improve zoning for medium-scale housing and increasing housing choice in the city. The proposed changes will seek to create more flexibility in the types of housing that could be permitted in medium-scale zones. Some of the changes include:
- ● Creating a single “Multi-unit Housing” definition to improve flexibility and variety of housing options that can be developed in these zones, such as cluster housing and courtyard housing;
- ● Allowing garden suites and secondary suites to be built with single-detached houses in the RF1, RF2 and RF3 zones;
- ● Introducing minimum densities while removing maximum densities;
- ● Revising and simplifying the site and setback regulations, including separation space
- requirements, that were identified as barriers to medium-scale housing; and
- ● Introducing design regulations while retiring the Medium Density Residential Overlay and
- Medium Scale Residential Infill Overlay.
- For more information, please visit the project webpage.
Tiny Homes - Zoning Bylaw
The Zoning Bylaw team is preparing a report on tiny homes. With interest growing in the tiny home market, the City was asked to explore the issue and examine ways to enable tiny homes in the city. Currently, the Zoning Bylaw allows tiny homes built on foundations if they can meet the definitions of single-detached housing or garden suites. However, the bylaw also restricts small manufactured homes to mobile home parks and subdivisions. The current barrier to allowing tiny homes on wheels is that building permits cannot be issued due to this housing form not being recognized in the Alberta Building Code.
To expand opportunities for tiny homes on foundations, City staff are proposing some changes to the Zoning Bylaw to remove restrictions for smaller manufactured homes placed on foundations in residential zones and is proposing standards to support requirements that ensure exterior materials are similar or better than surrounding development. The report is scheduled to be presented to the Urban Planning Committee on September 3, 2019.
For more information about this project, please visit: www.edmonton.ca/zoningtextamendments
The Pleasantview Community League book club will start its sixth season on Sept 16, 2019. If you're a Pleasantview resident and have been wondering about joining the book club, this is an ideal year to try it out: this year's theme is classic short novels and novellas (so the readings won't be too time-consuming).
The PCL book club meets at 7 pm on the third Monday of the month, at 7 pm, in the Marshall Centre. We'd love to see you there! Our full 2019-20 schedule is below. (For more information, email me at email@example.com)
Sept. 16, 2019: Heart of Darkness (1899) by Joseph Conrad
(public-domain full text available, in different downloadable formats, at https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/219)
Oct. 21, 2019: Dubliners (1914) by James Joyce
(public-domain full text at https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/2814)
Nov. 18, 2019: Mrs Dalloway (1926) by Virginia Woolf
(public-domain full text at https://archive.org/details/in.ernet.dli.2015.93420/page/n13)
Jan. 20, 2020: Vile Bodies (1930) by Evelyn Waugh
(public-domain full text at http://gutenberg.ca/ebooks/waughe-vilebodies/waughe-vilebodies-00-e.epub)
Feb. 17, 2020: By Grand Central Station I Sat Down And Wept (1945) by Elizabeth Smart
Mar. 16, 2020: The Lathe of Heaven (1971) by Ursula K. LeGuin
Apr. 20, 2020: Sula (1973) by Toni Morrison
May 18, 2020: The Lover (1984) by Marguerite Duras
- ● SpaceFinder helps organizations working in the arts, community, volunteer, small business, and nonprofit sectors efficiently and effectively find suitable users for their space.
- ● Venues can increase the visibility of creative workspaces! Unbooked space is marketed by creating a FREE listing and uploading a calendar. Artists and the public can look for space based on location, price, amenities and up-to-date availability.
- ● The Edmonton Community Development Corporation is hosting a 10 week series in fall 2019 to help people and organizations that want to test their social enterprise ideas.
- ● Working in a collaborative environment, you’ll develop all the pieces for testing the feasibility of your social enterprise idea, including workshopping your ideas for social change, conducting market research, and building financial models to determine whether or not you should proceed with a formal business plan. You will leave with a clear framework and the tools needed to evaluate and develop a sustainable social enterprise.
- ● Registration is limited. Cost is $395 (discounts for multiple registrations from one org).
- ● Electric bicycles are a great way to make cycling more accessible, assisting you during the tough parts of your ride and extending the distance that you can cover. Most importantly, active transportation (such as cycling) saves greenhouse gases, which in turn means you are reducing your impact on climate change.
- ● To enter to win a Trek Verve+ Lowstep e-bike from United Cycle, join the Change for Climate movementand tell us at least three actions you've done from our spectrum of actions. The spectrum provides over 30 ways to reduce your greenhouse gas emissions at home, in your commute and in your lifestyle. The actions are organized by impact and link to available rebates to help you get started.
- ● Read the full contest details. Contest closes September 15, 2019.
Love parks? Check out what Edmonton has to offer!
Did you know that Edmonton has the largest expanse of urban parkland in North America with over 460 parks? The number of activities for you to enjoy in City Parks and the River Valley is endless. From flying a kite in Hawrelak Park, to taking off in a hot air balloon at Buena Vista Park, Edmonton’s green spaces are constantly in motion.
There are over 875 park areas within 388 City neighbourhoods, and the list grows every
● As the largest urban park in Canada, with more than 160 kilometres of maintained pathways and 20 major parks, the River Valley is a natural wonder for all Edmontonians to be proud of.
- ● Did you know that two thirds of Edmontonians live within a ten minute walk of a natural area park?
- ● These parks are different from conventional, manicured parks. They are managed in a way that puts nature first, by protecting native wildlife habitat and natural processes.These parks also let us learn about nature right in our own backyard.
- ● To learn more about parks in your area, check out this list of Edmonton’s natural areas.
- ● Looking to get active outdoors? We can help you with that.
- ● The City of Edmonton has installed outdoor fitness areas across the city, and some you can use while watching your kids in the playground. Get out, get active and enjoy!
● Be cool in the summer sun at one of the public spray parks between 9am and 9pm.
● Edmonton has over 40 designated areas where your dog can run and play without having you on the other end of the leash. You too, can get physical and emotional benefits from exercise and by socializing with other dog owners.
Safe Battery Disposal- Not in the garbage!
- ● When batteries enter the residential waste stream, they can leak toxic chemicals into
- the air, soil and water. They can also interact with other items in the trash and explode
- or catch fire.
- ● Avoid the risk by dropping off used batteries — big and small — at an Eco Station for
- safe recycling at no cost. Retailers that recycle used batteries: Best Buy, Home Depot,
- London Drugs, Lowe's, Staples (contact each company for details).
- ● If it makes noise, lights up or connects to the Internet, it probably contains a battery.
- Don’t forget about items like remote car locks, watches, musical greeting cards and cell phones!
- ● Do pizza boxes go in the garbage or recycling? Now you can have the answer at your fingertips with the City’s free app, WasteWise.
- ● Download WasteWise for free on iTunes or Google Play stores, or visit edmonton.ca/waste.
- ● Who likes big mutts and they cannot lie?! Help keep Edmonton's dog parks safe and fun for all by becoming an Off-Leash Ambassador!
- ● Ambassadors visit the off-leash park(s) of their choice with their trusty canine companion on a regular basis and act as a welcoming host at each site to answer questions, note maintenance concerns, and redirect any user questions to the appropriate City section.
- ● Ambassadors also provide park users with information on City events, upcoming projects in off-leash areas, and contact details for City services like Bylaw and Animal Care and Control.
Farmers Market Ride Along
- ● Join the City of Edmonton’s Bike Education Outreach team on a free guided bike tour of Edmonton’s south side and downtown protected bike routes.
- ● Ride alongs will depart from the Old Strathcona Farmers' Market every Saturday at 10am between June 1 and September 28.
- ● All ride alongs are free and last approximately 1.5 hours.
- ● Register at Vision Zero to secure your spot!
- ● Look at this tree-rific yegTreeMap for a database of trees in our city! Add existing trees in your yard, near your home or in your neighbourhood and help us create a more complete inventory of trees in Edmonton.
- ● Did you receive an Arbor Day Tree when you were in Grade 1? Upload a photo and tell your story about your Arbor Day Tree using yegTreeMap. See examples of others’ tree stories.
- ● This database not only maps trees in Edmonton, but also lists the many eco benefits to having a city full of trees.
- ● Do you enjoy gardening? Is there a natural area you would like to steward? Edmonton’s parks are full of plant life that needs tending. Become a Partner in Parks and share your passion for plants with all Edmontonians!
- ● By maintaining a flower bed, a cul-de-sac island, or a bit of parkland you can help to keep Edmonton a beautiful, green and clean place to live.
- ● This initiative focuses on increasing tree planting within the city through continued partnerships with businesses, individual residents, and community groups.
- ● The annual target of this initiative is to plant an additional 45,000 trees.
- Supporting you to make the most of your neighbourhood
- ● Celebrate trees at our special events and participate in our tree planting initiatives.
- ● Some of the cool programs/activities you can get involved in include:
- ● The City of Edmonton is happy to provide wood chips free to citizens for their yards. Please note the program is dependent on availability of mulch. The wood chips are local, disease free, and a great way to keep moisture in your planting beds.
- ● Pick up locations include:
- ○ Ambleside Eco Station - 14710 Ellerslie Road SW
- ○ Kennedale Eco Station - 5355 127 Avenue NW
- ● Please call 311 to ensure there is an adequate supply before making your trip.
- Priceless Fun Guide - Spring & Summer 2019
- ● Find FREE or low cost arts and culture, sport and recreation, events, and leisure opportunities.
- ● Paper copies available at recreation & leisure centres, public libraries, and City offices. Downloadable PDF version will be available soon at edmonton.ca/programguides.
- ● Abundant Community Edmonton (ACE) is a grassroots initiative fostering neighbour to neighbour relationships. The goal - to cultivate a culture of care and connection, increased sense of belonging and inclusion, and ultimately create a more healthy and livable city - one block at a time.
- ● Are you interested in finding out more about Abundant Community and how you can start it on your block? Attend one of the following workshops for new participants:
- ● To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Refreshments provided.
Pleasantview has been chosen for neighbourhood renewal beginning construction in spring 2022 with anticipated completion in 2023.
Neighbourhood reconstruction of its aging roadway surfaces and sidewalks are part of the City’s Neighbourhood Renewal program. The program is dedicated to renewing Edmonton’s roads, sidewalks, curbs, gutters and street lights, as well as any missing sidewalk links. During the Neighbourhood Renewal process, the redevelopment of other City-owned areas within the community such as parks and green spaces will also be explored.
Please note that alley renewal and arterial roads are not a part of neighbourhood renewal.
Date: Saturday June 8, 2019
Time: 11am—2pm (drop-in)
Location: Mount Pleasant School, 10541 60a Avenue
Let’s get to know each other! Come meet the team and share what Pleasantview means to you.
- Community Gardens Handbook
- ● If you're a green-thumbed Albertan looking to start or improve a community garden, you're in luck! https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/nutrition/Page10982.aspx#Healthy%20Eating%20in%20the%20Community
- ● Alberta Health Services Registered Dietitians are pleased to share the updated Community Gardens Handbook: How to Start and Maintain a Garden.
- ● The handbook provides guidance to groups in Alberta who wish to start and maintain a community or school garden.
- ● Connect with the City when you're on the go using these mobile apps.
- ● Apps are available for both Apple and Android devices.Apps
Keep industry out of Edmonton’s river valley
This spring, and then again this fall, city council will be asked to decide on whether or not to rezone two sections of river valley land from “parkland” to “industrial,” both changes at the request of Epcor. The fall decision would involve the loss of approximately seven acres to allow Epcor to expand the Gold Bar Wastewater Treatment Plant (mostly for parking), even though land is available for expansion outside the city limits.
The spring decision, scheduled for June 6, would involve the loss of 99 acres to allow Epcor to construct a solar power plant next to the E.L. Smith Water Treatment Plant in southwest Edmonton. These proposals reflect the “death by a thousand cuts” urbanist Jane Jacobs described, and they should be rejected. Read more at https://edmontonjournal.com/opinion/columnists/opinion-keep-industry-out-of-edmontons-river-valley
Pleasantview Community League wants your help. Please share your opinion on our community Men's Night Out socials in the survey below. It will help us with our planning. Note: If you are using a cellphone to view and respond to the survey, please turn your phone to landscape mode and scroll down as you answer the questions. Thank you!
Help shape Edmonton, let the City know what you think about:
Phase 2: Let's Talk About the Future of Waste
Time to Talk: Future of Waste
Thank you to the many Edmontonians who came to our public engagement sessions last fall on seasonal yard waste collection and options for garbage carts. It’s time to continue the conversation! Join us to further discuss and refine details about options for carts, waste reduction programs, recycling, and more. We look forward to seeing you at one of our upcoming drop-in sessions. February 10 - April 15, 2019.
For information and updates, visit edmonton.ca/futureofwaste or call 311(780-944-5555 for TTY)
New energy efficiency rebates unlock more savings in your home
January 22, 2019
The City of Edmonton has launched a top-up program that enables homeowners to receive an extra 20 per cent money back on home energy evaluations and retrofits through the new Home Energy Plan.
The Home Energy Plan program, offered by the City of Edmonton and Energy Efficiency Alberta, provides homeowners access to expert advice on energy efficiency and rebates on home retrofits.
“More than 1,250 Edmontonians have participated in the Change Homes for Climate programs so far,” said Robyn Webb, Senior Environmental Project Manager in the Energy Transition Unit. “With this new rebate program we hope even more Edmontonians will take advantage of these incentives to make their homes more energy efficient.”
Homeowners can receive $400 towards the cost of a Home Energy Evaluation. After the evaluation, homeowners are eligible to apply for even greater rebates on a wide range of home upgrades, including insulation, windows, furnaces and more.
Kick start your new year with a more energy efficiency home!
For more information:
Share your feedback on City’s updated accessibility policy for people with disabilities
February 21, 2019
One in seven Canadians have a disability and that number is expected to grow with an aging population. People with disabilities may encounter a range of barriers in their lives that can limit social, political and economic participation and inclusion in the community. The City of Edmonton is working to reduce and remove these barriers to ensure all people are able to participate and contribute, regardless of their abilities.
The City is updating corporate policy on accessibility for people with disabilities and seeks public feedback on a draft document.
Drop-in Public Engagement Sessions:
Date: Tuesday, February 26
Time: 4:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: West Edmonton Christian Assembly, 6315 100 Street NW
Date: Thursday, February 28
Time: 4:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: The Meadows Community Recreation Centre, 2704 17 Street NW
Date: Tuesday, March 5
Time: 5 - 8 p.m.
Location: Edmonton Tower lobby, 10111 104 Avenue NW
Date: Thursday, March 7
Time: 4:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Clareview Community Recreation Centre, 3804 139 Avenue NW
Date: Wednesday, March 13
Time: 4:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Terwillegar Community Recreation Centre, 2051 Leger Road NW
Captioning (CART), ASL Interpreters, children’s activities and light refreshments will be provided at each session. For all other accommodation requests specific to the engagement events, participants are encouraged to call 311.
An online survey will be available February 26 to review the draft policy and provide feedback. The survey closes on March 18, 2019, at 11 p.m.
For more information: