Evolving Infill and Lot Subdivision
In 2014, Edmonton City Council accepted all 23 actions published in Edmonton’s Infill Roadmap
to support and encourage more and better residential infill, including Action 15, to “change the RF1 (Single Detached) zone to allow the subdivision of properties into narrower lots that are half the average width of the other lots on the block (but not less than 25ft wide.)”
To streamline that process, Action 17 revises “the Mature Neighbourhood Overlay (MNO) of the zoning bylaw in order to make it a more effective tool to support infill in our mature neighbourhoods, reduce the need for variances and Class B Development Permits, and improve the approvals process.”
In support of these actions, City Council passed a series of amendments to the Zoning Bylaw in April 2015, including:
3.Notwithstanding the Site Width in the RF1 Zone, the Subdivision Authority may approve the subdivision of the land zoned RF1 within the Mature Neighbourhood Overlay to a maximum of two Lots.
These changes (anticipated by developers but largely unknown to homeowners) have immediately resulted in applications and approvals during summer / fall to subdivide lots in some of Edmonton’s mature river valley neighbourhoods, including Valleyview – each subdivision to make way for two skinny infills. Unfortunately, implementation of the new policy omits any public appeals process and application for subdivision only requires notification of owners of adjacent properties (and in some cases even this has not occurred.)
On behalf of the Parkview Community League, I have been invited to several community meetings in Valleyview organized by neighbours and residents, participated in meetings with Councillor Knack regarding these issues, and have reached out to other community leagues. As a result, the Executive Committee of Edmonton’s City Council has scheduled a day-long public hearing on December 7th to better understand homeowners’ concerns.
Additionally, as president of the Parkview Community League, I have been invited by City Administration to sit on a thirteen-member Community Infill Panel
to bring neighbourhood insights to infill projects and activities, facilitate engagement through community consultation, help improve communication, and build trust between citizens, builders and the City. If you have particular positions and perspectives on this issue and would like me to transmit them to City Council and its Administration, please do not hesitate to share your knowledge and experiences.
I look forward to hearing from you and I look forward to representing your concerns to City Council and its Administration.