In an attempt to slow urban sprawl, Edmonton City Council approved a new bylaw yesterday, that will allow the sub-division of 50 foot lots in some neighbourhods. Builders will also be able to build homes closer to the street, but not more than 1.5 meters in front of neighbouring homes.
“It’s a small step to look at finding ways to control urban sprawl,” said Mayor Stephen Mandel. “It’s a very small step. I think much more needs to be done. I understand the frustration that people have because it’s complicated, there’s always people having concerns, but this is a small step that is really almost mandated as a result of our municipal development plan.”
For the most part, community leagues wanted tighter restrictions and more time before a decision was made, and developers wanted fewer restrictions and more neighbourhoods on the list.
Many people shopping for homes in Edmonton dream of a newer home on a mature lot, but end up in the ‘burbs when they comparison shop. Those willing to consider a half duplex in an older neighbourhood will have much more to choose from in the near future with this new bylaw. Hopefully more families will choose older neighbourhoods so inner-city schools can stay open and relieve the pressure on over crowded schools in the ‘burbs.
The bylaw will only impact about 20% of lots in mature neighbourhoods – lots that are already zoned for multi-family. There isn’t much specific information out there yet (that I could find), but I did find a list of neighbourhoods deemed “mature” by the city here.
Here are some neighbourhoods where “infill” is already a popular option, and likely to become more so with the new bylaw (links will bring up active listings in each neighbourhood):