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

Transportation

  • 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

 

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Feedback event planned April 12, 2018

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

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.

 

 

 

New vision Bonnie Doon Mall site is under development

Did you know that there are plans to redevelop the 30 acres of land around Bonnie Doon Mall? Morguard, a real estate company, is planning a major “mixed-use transit oriented development” in this location. The project will be phased in over the next 30 years.

They are reaching out to all communities in the area. Morguard is inviting you to share your vision for the land. You can share your ideas at the Inspiration Centre (just outside of the North entrance to Safeway. The first phase of public engagement, can be done in person at the Inspiration Centre, by email (hello@connectbonniedoon.com) or by phone (780-900-8729). For the Internet aficionados, there is also an online survey. For more information visit their website at: http://connectbonniedoon.com.

There are five guiding principles for the redevelopment, which aims to create a community that will draw people from around Edmonton. The principles are: Sustainable Development, Healthy Streets, Distinct and Authentic Design, Inclusive Public Spaces and Evolve Bonnie Doon. Examples of what these principles mean can be found in the Inspiration Centre.

Please share your ideas. Everything from urban design, affordable housing, senior housing, amenities, green space and more is open for discussion. Together we can build a vision for this very important community hub.

 

Open House planned for 9412, 9418, 9424 and 9420 83 Street NW

planning application (map) has been received for a rezoning of four neighbouring sites at 9412, 9418, 9424 and 9420 83 Street NW.

The applicant proposes rezoning the four neighbouring sites from Medium Density Multiple Family Zone (RF6 ), to Site Specific Development Control Provision (DC2). This proposed DC2 zoning would allow for a 5-storey residential building, with a mix of apartment units and rowhouse units.

Date: Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Time: 6-8pm
Location: South East Edmonton Seniors Association, Dining Room
9350 82 Street NW
Documents:

 

Holyrood Gardens update from city councillor Ben Henderson

Councillor Henderson send the following email on the afternoon of December 14, 2017 to update people who messaged him about the Holyrood Gardens proposal.

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Thank you all for emailing me abut the Holyrood Gardens proposal and once again an apology for the group email but there were once again too many to reply individually.

I wanted to let you know what had happened at the public hearing about this proposal and what I believe will happen next.

We ended up taking two days to do the public hearing and I wanted to thank the many people who came out and made presentations to Council. In large part we heard that although people were supportive of a development on the land there were concerns about the details of this particular proposal and a strong feeling that it could be done better. The particular concerns were about the height of the buildings and the way they interfaced with the neighbouring single family properties and worries about traffic spill over and its impacts on the local roads within the community. There were also many who felt strongly that to ensure a quality development the project should go through the Edmonton Design Committee for their response.

Based on this I put forward a motion to refer the project back to our administration with some very specific parameters for improvement. The precise motion is as follows:

That the September 11, 2017, Urban Form and Corporate Strategic Development report CR_5108 be referred back to Administration to return with a proposal that generally meets the large site guidelines for the 35 percent plane, the tower floor plate size, and work with the community on potential road closures to mitigate traffic cutting back into the community including concerns about ramp design and pedestrian access on 93 Avenue and refer the revised proposal to the Edmonton Design Committee.

In simple terms this means that the height of the buildings will have to adjust to make sure that they are no higher than what would be captured from a 35 degree angle from the edge of the neighbouring properties. This angle was worked out as part of our existing city policy to protect the neighbours access to sunlight and sky. The smaller floor plates (basic size of every floor) also means that tall buildings are narrower also allowing for sun and view penetration. The points on the traffic are self explanatory.

The motion passed 8 to 5.

The applicant now has two choices. They can either walk away from the project or they can go back to work on it to come back with something that fits within these parameters. My understanding is that they are interested in doing the latter and that conversations with our planning department and the community should start up again soon. My hope is that at the end of the process we will have a development that can move forward, that will be something the majority will be happy with, can see the site get developed and working as a good transit oriented development, will mitigate the negative effects on the neighbourhood,  and can be a real benefit to the community.

Please let me know if any of you have any questions.

Ben

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