The following content was provided to the South East Voice for the August issue. After the article was submitted we determined that HDC will focus our efforts on preparing for the public hearing.
SOUTH EAST VOICE ARTICLE – AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2017 ISSUE
Funding campaign to help Holyrood respond to rezoning application
Guided by feedback from the community, the Holyrood Development Committee (HDC) is opposing the proposed overdevelopment of Holyrood Gardens.
The open house on July 12, 2017 attracted 315 registered participants. Over two hundred participants answered HDC’s exit survey. The results show that seventy-five per cent of respondents strongly or somewhat oppose the proposed rezoning. Residents raised concerns about cumulative effects of the development density and adjacent LRT, and the traffic impacts throughout the neighbourhood. The proposal is simply too big for Holyrood.
Small changes to the proposal were made after the open house, however the proposal retains a density of 1,200 units and buildings have increased in height. There has been insufficient opportunity to explore concerns and solutions because the proposal is being fast-tracked to a public hearing with City Council on September 11, 2017.
HDC has concluded that values and concerns of residents are not being acknowledged and acted on. Careful consideration of large site redevelopment in mature neighbourhoods and the cumulative impacts of this proposal is required. This application will set a precedent for infill densification along all LRT corridors passing through mature neighbourhoods. For all of these reasons the HDC is opposing the proposed over-development of the Holyrood Gardens site.
The HDC has requested Regency Developments to postpone the rezoning application until after the pending municipal election and have asked, for the second time, that the final proposal be evaluated by the Edmonton Design Committee (EDC). The EDC is a panel of independent experts that examine how development proposals fit within the urban fabric of neighbourhoods in Edmonton. The HDC has also called upon the City of Edmonton and the developer to engage in a more transparent, collaborative community engagement process.
We need your help! The Holyrood Community League needs to retain strategic, professional advice to prepare presentations at the public hearing that our community can be proud of. The HDC will soon share information about a potential fundraising campaign and the many ways you can be heard. This will include writing to City Council, speaking at the City Council public hearing and spreading the word with your neighbours and community.
To learn about how to get involved visit holyrooddevcomm.wordpress.com.