Urbis Developments provides information package for the proposed rezoning at 8302-95 Avenue

Urbis Developments and their consultants from Pario Plan proactively met with members of the HDC and representatives from St. Luke’s Church to discuss intentions of developing the site at 8302-95 Avenue. They have provided the following information package for the community.

Site Context Map Holyrood

Urbis Holyrood Zoning Map

HolyroodPre App Notice Urbis Holyrood 03May2018

Holyrood Site Plan May 8

Holyrood Illustrative Rendering May 8

Holyrood Section June 4

Urbis Developments met with city planning to discuss the proposal and have recently submitted the application. Once the application has been accepted, the DC2 will become available on the City of Edmonton’s website.





Update on four development proposals

Holyrood Gardens

The Holyrood Gardens redevelopment proposal was reviewed by the Edmonton Design Committee (EDC) on May 1, 2018. The EDC provided a letter of non-support and pointed to a number of general concerns including: errors in the numerical calculations within the review package, and discrepancies between some of the DC2 text and the graphics. The HDC indicated the revised proposal appeared to be aimed at providing density rather than creating a sense of place or addressing the character of Holyrood. They also felt the revised proposal was a literal interpretation of the City of Edmonton’s guidelines (e.g. angular plane guideline) without exploring a more creative and integrated built form that fit with the existing neighborhood. To review all of EDC’s comments, please visit the minutes of the May 1, 2018 meeting on the City of Edmonton’s website.

Regency Developments presented their revised proposal to the community at a public open house on May 2, 2018. The HDC designed, printed and delivered flyers to homes in Holyrood and Strathearn encouraging community members to attend the open house and provide their feedback. HDC attended the open house and had many conversations with the community. The week following the Holyrood Gardens open house, Regency Developments chose to revise and submit a different version of the proposal for review by the City Planning department. This revised proposal is tentatively scheduled to be presented to City Council at a Public Hearing on July 9, 2018. HDC will continue to keep the lines of communication open with Regency Developments. We hope to have discussions with City Planning and Regency surrounding this newly revised version of the proposal. HDC would like to see any revised proposal be reviewed by the EDC and presented to community for their feedback.

9412 – 9430 83 Street

The rezoning application for 9412, 9418, 9424 and 9430 83 Street went to Public Hearing on Monday, May 7. Bylaw 18389 was unanimously approved by council. No one signed up to speak in opposition of the redevelopment. HDC would like to thank the developer; Stuart Reid of Infinity Capital Developments, who worked together with HDC to understand issues and resolve concerns.

Infinity has also entered into a “Good Neighbour Agreement” with the Holyrood Community League. A Good Neighbour Agreements sets out the expectations the developer agrees to comply with during construction, including adherence to City bylaws. These agreements identify community concerns, establish how issues will be dealt with, and who should be contacted if there are issues. The agreement also states that the developer will communicate timelines, major milestones and in the future, sit down with HDC to have discussions surrounding landscaping and ways to integrate new residents into the community.

8302 95 Avenue

Prior to a pre-application notice being sent to neighboring property owners, HDC and representatives from St. Luke’s Church sat down to discuss a rezoning application for 8302 95 Avenue with Urbis Developments and their consultants, Pario Plan. Urbis Developments, a local company owned and operated by Edmonton architect Rick Ardnt, distributed a thorough and informative notification letter with their intentions to rezone the land from RA3 to DC2 (Site Specific Direct Control). The DC2 will be based off of the RA7 zone with some minor changes. The proposal will take into account the city’s Transit Oriented Guidelines and the Medium Scale Residential Infill Overlay.

The proposed redevelopment would be a 4-story building with townhomes that face 95 Avenue on the lower level. It would encompasses 12 units and provide above ground parking. Urbis and Pario Plan are requesting feedback from HDC and have provided us an information package with the details of the proposal. More information and further details about this redevelopment will be available soon.

Connect Bonnie Doon/Bonnie Doon Mall

An application has been submitted to rezone the Bonnie Doon Centre shopping mall site, and the nearby property at 8715 85 Street and 8420 85 Street. The proposed upzoning would allow for a high-density, mixed-use, transit-oriented development. This would consist of up to 6,000 residential units along with up to 93,000 m2 of retail, office, and commercial space. The proposed development would create a number of districts on the site, including a commercial district, a garden district, a health and wellness district, a retail and entertainment district along with a pedestrian focused boutique district including a unique central park in the heart of the site. Parking for the development will be primarily underground, and new streets throughout the site would provide bicycle lanes and pedestrian priority to the Bonnie Doon LRT stop.

The City held a public open house on Wednesday, May 16, 2018. Many people from the communities surrounding Bonnie Doon Mall attended the event. There was a substantial amount of information provided for guests and attendees were encouraged to provide feedback. Additionally, Morguard Developments continued to seek public feedback by re-opening their “Inspiration Center” located inside Bonnie Doon Mall on the weekend following the open house. Information from the May 16, 2018 open house is available online at https://connectbonniedoon.com

Note: The Holyrood Development Committee is a subcommittee of the Holyrood Community League. We ask that community members wishing to continue to support the Holyrood Development Committee purchase a 2018/2019 Holyrood Community League membership. Your membership supports the league and provides you with access to community programs and events!  Memberships can be purchased at: SEESA (9350-82 St); efcl.org/membership; Servus Credit Union locations and at most Holyrood Community League events.


News roundup from May 2, 2018 information session for Holyrood Gardens



Here’s the news roundup covering the Holyrood Gardens Information Session on May 2, 2018. The Holyrood Development Committee delivered a flyer to virtually every residence in Holyrood. Thank you to the hundreds of people who came out to share their thoughts.

Do you have things you would like the Holyrood Development Committee to know before this goes to City Council? It’s not too late to add your voice. Share below in the comments section below.

“‘A step backwards:’ Holyrood residents disappointed with developer’s new design”

“Revised proposal for Holyrood Gardens doesn’t win over neighbours”

“‘It looks like a slum’: Holyrood neighbours disappointed at project’s new design”

“Holyrood Gardens revised plan misses mark again, residents say”



Holyrood Gardens Info Session – May 2, 2018

Regency Developments will present revisions to their rezoning proposal for Holyrood Gardens on May 2, 2018 at the Holyrood School from 5:30 to 8:30.

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The Holyrood Development Committee is looking forward to seeing a new proposal that gives consideration to the feedback shared during a joint workshop held April 7, 2018. This feedback included the following:

Community Contribution

  • Desire for affordable and family-oriented housing
  • Creation of a transit plaza (which will help improve pedestrian safety)
  • Support for the bench program


  • Create a predictable traffic flow pattern that minimizes short-cutting through neighbourhood, especially on 93 Ave.
  • Increase pedestrian visibility at parkade access points through changes to design

Open Space

  • Introduce pathways for pedestrians and cyclists
  • Improve access to LRT at both ends of platform

Built Form

  • Honour angular plane guidelines (which will see reduced heights but potential for increased site coverage)
  • Build engaging street environment


Feedback event planned April 12, 2018


Please join us
April 12th
6:30 – 8:30 pm at SEESA for a project
update and the chance to share your

HDC has been working together with Regency, the developer of Holyrood Gardens and City Planning. Our goal is to provide positive, proactive suggestions and ideas that could assist Regency to meet the specifics in the referral motion made by City Council in November. The motion stated that building heights and massing meet COE guidelines and that Regency work with the community to minimize traffic impacts to the neighborhood. HDC has been participating in discussions with Regency and various stakeholders. We will also be participating in design workshops on April 5th and 7th. We need your help! We are reaching out to the community and asking for feedback. We want to ensure that valuable ideas and insights are shared.

Developer and HDC to collaborate on updating the Holyrood Gardens proposal

The Holyrood Development Committee is beginning to together with City Administration and Regency Developments to address the motion made by City Council to refer the Holyrood Gardens proposal back to the developer.

The motion called for the developer to ensure that building heights and massing comply with the City’s guidelines for Residential Infill. The motion also directed the developer to work with the community to address and mitigate the traffic impacts of the development. HDC will be collaborating with Regency and seek to co-create a positive outcome for all stakeholders.

The HDC’s is seeking a thoughtful proposal that addresses these items and recommendations received after review of the proposal by the Edmonton Design Committee. The HDC will be engaging in conversations and design workshops with the developer to provide positive, proactive suggestions to address the specifics of the referral motion.

A community event will be planned in between the design workshops to inform about the design considerations and to secure additional input into the design workshops. The dates for the design workshops are being finalized and the date for the community event will be determined soon. The community event likely be at the end of March or the beginning of April. The hope is to complete the Holyrood Gardens project to June 25, 2018. Stay tuned for more details.