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.