Sustainable Development has recently received an application to rezone the properties in question 8521 - 91 street NW, 8521 - 91 street NW and 8521 - 91 street NW, or the former Our Sisters of Charity, from its current US (Urban Services Zone) to an RA8 (Medium Rise Apartment Zone). With the RA8 zone being a standard zone and not a DC2 (Site Specific Development Control) there is limited ability for Sustainable Development to influence the design of the development at this (the rezoning) stage.
Sustainable Development will evaluate the suitability of the proposed Zone- intensity, land use, off-site affects including traffic, drainage etc., through its regular application and circulation process. If and when it goes to Public Hearing, Council will have the final say by approving or not approving the bylaw. Through this process, Sustainable Development will inform the surrounding property owners and community league of the application. Once this notice is sent out, residents and the community can contact me to provide their feedback on the proposed development. This feedback will be summarized in our report to Council if and when this application proceeds to Public Hearing. Additionally, if deemed warranted, an Information Meeting will be held by Sustainable Development and the Applicant regarding the application prior to Public Hearing. As always, if and when this application proceeds to Public Hearing (Council), the public has the opportunity to speak to the proposed Bylaw (application).
As mentioned above, RA8 is a standard zone and there are no requirements for detail design work during the rezoning process. The application will be approved or not approved based on the the suitability of the RA8 zone and its corresponding land uses, intensity of those uses, and general development regulations.
To view a copy of the RA8 zone please go here: http://webdocs.edmonton.ca/InfraPlan/zoningbylaw/ZoningBylaw/Part2/Residential/220_(RA8)_Medium_Rise_Apartment_Zone.htm
It is my understanding that the owner and agents have met with the community league prior to submitting this application. It would be my advice to continue this dialogue with the property owner to ensure the community's concerns are addresses.
In summary, there are 2 (possibly 3) formal channels for public feedback into the application process:
1. Responding to Sustainable Development Notice
2. Speak to the application at Public Hearing
3. Possible information meeting (if deemed necessary)
If you need further information, please do not hesitate to contact me,
Current Planning, South East Area
City of Edmonton, Sustainable Development