South East Voice

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.

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Storm and Sanitary Servicing Feasibility Study

stormandsanitaryRegency Developments retained the consultant Stantec to conduct an assessment of storm and sanitary servicing associated with the Holyrood Gardens Proposal. This study was signed off by Stantec on July 19, 2017 and received by the HDC on August 1, 2017.

This report indicates the site is proposed to be redeveloped with 7 high density residential buildings with a maximum of 1,200 units at an assumed 2.17 people per unit for medium rise apartments and 1.89 people per unit for high rise apartments, for a total estimated population of 2,435.

The report recommends that all new sanitary services tie in to the existing combined sewers in the alley to the east of the development, that stormwater runoff control for the development be restricted to 20 L/s/ha and that the storm services connect into a new storm sewer to be constructed along 93 Avenue. This new storm sewer will be constructed within public road right of way, is planned to service this development only, and will tie in to the existing 1,050 mm trunk on 85 Street. Coordination with LRT construction will be required to accommodate the new storm sewer line proposed along 93 Avenue.

Download Report: Storm and Sanitary Servicing Report

Transportation Impact Assessment

trafficreportBunt and Associates were commissioned by Regency Developments to produce a Transportation Impact Assessment associated with the rezoning proposal of Holyrood Gardens. The July 31, 2017 report models the anticipated traffic impacts for Holyrood.

The report indicates the proposed site development will generate 305 new two-way trips in the peak hour of the morning and 338 new two-way trips in the peak hour of the afternoon and 4,858 net two-way daily trips.  The Connors Road/85 Street and 95 Avenue/85 Street intersections are anticipated to represent congestion points during peak hours for vehicle travel.

Download report: 2017-07-31 Holyrood DC2 TIA Final Report

 

 

 

Email to community – July 31, 2017

HDC opposes proposed over-development of Holyrood Gardens.

The following email was sent to the Holyrood Community League’s electronic mailing list on July 31, 2017.

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Subject: HDC Open House report, observations and next steps

Guided by feedback from the community, the Holyrood Development Committee (HDC) has taken the position of opposing the proposed over-development of Holyrood Gardens. This email explains what we’ve been doing, what we’ve observed, what we’ve decided, what happens next and how you can be heard.

What We’ve Been Doing

The Holyrood Development Committee (HDC) was formed in March 2017 and ratified by the Holyrood Community League in April. The HDC helps the community assess development proposals like Holyrood Gardens. The HDC has met about once a week since May 3, 2017. We have had three joint meetings with the City Edmonton and Regency Developments and we promoted and participated in an Open House. We have exchanged many emails and phone calls with the City and developer seeking information.

On July 12, 2017, a formal Open House regarding rezoning of Holyrood Gardens was hosted by the City. Many of the 317 registered visitors shared detailed feedback with the City through post-it notes and comment forms. Over 200 people completed the HDC’s exit survey. The City’s report and the HDC’s report outlining what was heard are attached to this email.

What We’ve Observed

The HDC has been unable to obtain all of the information needed from the City and developer to provide meaningful feedback. The Open House did not provide residents with a genuine picture of the impacts of the proposal or an opportunity to provide informed input. While residents are supportive of improving Holyrood Gardens, the HDC’s report exit survey shows over 75 per cent of survey respondents strongly or somewhat oppose the development as currently proposed. Residents raised concerns about density, traffic and the size of the development. Many people echoed our concerns about the lack of information provided and poor disclosure of the project’s intentions, traffic impacts and design solutions.

On July 26, 2017, Stantec presented an updated development proposal to HDC on behalf of Regency Developments. While we acknowledge that small changes were made after the Open House, the current proposal still includes a high-density development of 1200 units and most high-rise towers have increased in height. Regency Developments has provided no rationale for exceeding the City’s recommended design guidelines for transit oriented development and they have refused to submit their proposal to the Edmonton Design Committee. Regency Developments also refused to submit their proposal to the Edmonton Design Committee as requested by the HDC, Councillor Ben Henderson and the City Planning office. The cumulative impacts of the development on Holyrood have not been identified or addressed.

What We’ve Decided

HDC has concluded that this proposal is being fast-tracked to City Council and that residents’ values and concerns have been inadequately acknowledged and acted upon. Very careful consideration of the cumulative impacts of this proposal is required because it will set a precedent for infill densification along other LRT corridors passing through mature neighbourhoods. More active involvement is needed because projects like this have a high need for social acceptance. We envision a process involving the City’s Public Engagement Office that includes a range of workshops, roundtables and charrettes that involve residents.

For these reasons, the HDC has taken the position of opposing the proposed over-development of the Holyrood Gardens site.

What Happens Next

The HDC will ask the City and the developer to honour their commitment to community engagement by postponing the rezoning application until after the upcoming municipal election. The application is currently scheduled to go to City Council on September 11, 2017. We are asking Regency Developments to open a more meaningful, transparent community engagement process. Finally, we will ask that the final proposal be submitted to the Edmonton Design Committee. This panel of independent experts will advise the developer and the City about how this proposal fits within the urban fabric, demonstrates design excellence, and models appropriate scale, design elements and fit with our neighbourhood.

What You Can Do

We will share additional details with you over the coming weeks. We will also call on you to:

  • Write to City Council.
  • Speak at the City Council meeting in September (as currently scheduled).
  • Spread the word with your neighbours and on social media.

Email hdc@holyroodcommunity.org to be added to the mailing list. Find more information in the following links:

HDC requests postponement of rezoning application and referral to Edmonton Design Committee

The HDC formally requested Regency Developments to honour their commitment to community engagement by postponing the September 11, 2017 public hearing with City Council until the fall of this year. This will create space for a more collaborative versus informative community engagement process.

More active involvement is needed because this project has a high need for social acceptance. The HDC envisions a process involving the city’s Public Engagement Office that includes a range of workshops, roundtables and charettes.

The HDC also requested that the final proposal be submitted to the Edmonton Design Committee. This is a panel of independent urbanism experts who will provide oversight on how this unique site proposal fits within the urban fabric, addresses the natural environment, models design excellence, and demonstrates the appropriate mass, scale, and design context to fit within the intent of the Transit Oriented Development, Neighborhood Station and Winter City policies.

Holyrood Gardens: July 12, 2017 Open House Reports

202 visitors completed the HDC exit survey!

ExitSurveyBoxOn July 12, 2017, a formal Open House regarding rezoning of Holyrood Gardens was hosted by the City at SEESA. Many of the 317 registered visitors shared detailed feedback with the City through post-it notes and comment forms. Over 200 people completed the HDC’s exit survey. The City and the HDC both produced reports outlining what was heard (see City’s Report, see HDC’s Report). Photos are also available.

The HDC’s report exit survey indicates over 75 per cent of survey respondents strongly or somewhat oppose the development as proposed. Residents raised concerns about density, traffic and the size of the development. Many people echoed our concerns about the lack of information provided and poor disclosure of the project’s intentions, traffic impacts and design solutions.

See here for photos.