The City of Edmonton is undertaking a new project called "Evolving Infill" where they are looking for input from residents to advance residential infill in the city. Infill essentially means new homes, in old neighbourhoods, but it can be taken a step further to mean increasing population density in old neighbourhoods.
The project has a number of phases, the first of which (Gathering Feedback) ends on Friday. If you'd like to have your say, the easiest way is to visit the Engaging Edmonton web site and contribute your thoughts. City officials have pledged to consider all input in their decision process.
There are many arguments in favour of infill, most of which are agreeable to everyone as long as it's not in their backyard (nimba syndrome). Everyone likes the idea of curbing sprawl, and regenerating run down neighbourhoods, until a mega-modern-mansion shows up on a quaint street made up of character homes and war-time bungalows, or their property taxes spike because their neighbourhood has become so much more appealing.
Over the next 30 years we expect over 500,000 new residents to call Edmonton home. Supporting new housing in established neighbourhoods is a key element of finding homes for a growing population. Infill is one of a number of strategies to support growth and change in our city.
The outcome of the project will be an action plan that will serve as a roadmap for the City’s work to advance infill. We've certainly had our fair share of discussions on this blog on sprawl, skinny houses, infill and more, so why not share your opinions with the city on the Engaging Edmonton web site - just make sure you do it by Friday!