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RFD- 3534 Bylaws   Item #   9. c.    
Regular Council Meeting Agenda
Meeting Date: 03/25/2019  
Title:    C-1066-19 - First Reading - East Pioneer Area Structure Plan Amendment - Easton Neighbourhood - Levasseur
Department: Planning & Infrastructure  
Strategic Vision Element: Where People Choose to Live - A dynamic city with an exceptional quality of life Related Goal: The City maintains a constant inventory of available land, both developed and developable, to ensure businesses can find properties that meet their needs.

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Request for Decision Summary
The purpose of this report is to seek Council's support for first reading of Bylaw C-1066-19, an amendment to the East Pioneer Area Structure Plan. The amendment removes the Mixed Use land use from the SE 2-53-27-W4 and replaces it with a mix of Commercial, Low to Medium Density Residential, and Medium to High Density Residential. Other changes include the relocation of a storm water management facility, the introduction of the Easton Natural Area, and the identification of a central Park/Open Space in the Easton neighbourhood.

Although the proposed amendment does create a minor reduction in the overall residential density of the area structure plan, Administration considers that this major amendment is in general compliance with the Edmonton Metropolitan Regional Growth Plan and is requesting first reading to enable official circulation of the bylaw.

Proposed Motion
That first reading be given to Bylaw C-1066-19 - East Pioneer Area Structure Plan Amendment - Easton Neighbourhood.
Background/Analysis
The proposed amendment to the East Pioneer Area Structure Plan (ASP) is focused on the neighbourhood within the SE 2-53-27-W4, proposed to be known as the Easton neighbourhood. The primary amendment is the removal of the future 26.62 ha Mixed Use area that is currently identified along the north of HWY 16A and extending northward into the centre of the quarter section. This Mixed Use area will be replaced with a combination of Commercial, Low to Medium Density Residential, and Medium to High Density Residential.

In addition to the removal of the Mixed Use area, the amendment relocates the identified storm water management facility (SWMF) and introduces the Easton Natural Area. Both these changes came as a result of additional hydrogeological study that identified the proposed natural area lands as unsuitable for the location of the SWMF and uneconomical for development. In light of these findings, and the proposed removal of the Mixed Use area, the open space planning for the Easton neighbourhood has also been revised.

The general road network has not changed, but the plan proposes to allow flexibility in the design of the collector style roadway that would run between the commercial area and the residential lands to the north. Additionally, the amendment would eliminate the identified roundabout at the collector intersection within the Easton neighbourhood.

Municipal Development Plan (MDP)
An associated MDP amendment (Bylaw C-1065-19) has been submitted to remove the Urban Village land use from the subject lands. Bylaw C-1065-19 also reconfigures the identified future land uses to match those proposed in this amendment. If approved together, the East Pioneer ASP and the MDP will be in compliance with each other.

Edmonton Metropolitan Regional Board (EMRB)
Through the provisions of the Regional Evaluation Framework, the EMRB reviews qualifying plans and amendments for consistency with the Edmonton Metropolitan Growth Plan. The Growth Plan coordinates long range growth planning and servicing for the region. The plan identifies standards and criteria that new plans and/or amendments must meet. One of the identified criteria for ASP amendments is a no net reduction in residential density. Although the proposed amendment would cause a small decrease in the net residential density for the ASP area, Administration feels that such a minor density reduction is offset by the identified growth in future job potential associated with the proposed land use changes. However, it is the responsibility of Administration to identify the potential conflict with the policy of the  Edmonton Metropolitan Growth Plan so that Council can proceed with an understanding of the discrepancies. 

If approved by Council, proposed Bylaw C-1066-19 will be submitted to the EMRB for review following second reading, before consideration of third reading.
Options/Alternatives
N/A
Consultation/Engagement
A public open house was held on February 5, 2019 at the Golden Age Club. The meeting was attended by approximately 15 people. Concerns expressed at the meeting included the potential development of higher density residential behind the existing Lakewood area; request for a walkway or linear park at the rear of the existing Lakewood residential lots; a walkway to Jubilee Park; retention of the small wetland near Lakewood; a reduced property value in Lakewood when development occurs; and concerns regarding drainage from the rear of existing lots in Lakewood.

In addition to the public open house, a statutory public hearing will be held prior to consideration of second reading.
Implementation/Communication
If approved, the amendment will be uploaded onto the City website.
Impacts
This amendment will eliminate the Mixed Use area as currently identified in the East Pioneer Area Structure Plan. The area was meant to be a developed as an Urban Village that would act as an activity hub for the neighbourhood featuring a mix of higher density residential, commercial, civic, business, public space and other uses. The amendment will enable the development of standard highway commercial development along HWY 16A with higher to lower density residential uses to the north of the proposed commercial area.

The amendment would result in a minor reduction in the projected residential density, down from 34.2 units per net residential hectare to 33.1, and a minor increase in estimated jobs.
Attachments
Bylaw C-1066-19
Approved Land Use Concept
Proposed Land Use Concept

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