This proposed Pioneer Lands ASP amendment intends to adjust the Plan's Development Concept by relocating an area of a Medium to High Density Residential and to better identify the intended location of the area’s transit station. The residential land use swap is within Lot 2, Block A, Plan 132 4055, and the transit station is on parts of Lot 9, Block 1, Plan 102 7111, and Lot R4, Plan 4743 RS.
The amendment’s residential change would relocate a Medium to High Density Residential land use area westward along the ASP's future Westwind Drive collector roadway. This site is approximately 0.8 hectares in size, and the Low to Medium Density Residential land use that it is displacing will be relocated to the former higher density residential location. This land use swap has no impact on the area's density, and the revised higher density residential site location is viewed as desirable in that it would place more residential units closer to the commercial area and the future transit station.
The transit station part of this proposed amendment defines a physical location for the intended transit facility that was described as being in the area's commercial lands in the Pioneer Lands ASP - 2011 Gateway Land Amendment Bylaw C-797-11 within Section 4.2.4.
Municipal Development Plan
Your Bright Future: Municipal Development Plan, 2010 - 2020 (MDP) is the City’s primary plan for land use planning. The amendment’s proposed residential re-designation is consistent with the MDP’s Figure 8 Future Land Use map that identifies both areas for residential land uses. The proposed transit station location is also consistent with the MDP as it is identified in this general location on Figure 10: Transit System.
Pioneer Lands Area Structure Plan Bylaw C-686-08
The Pioneer Lands Area Structure Plan (ASP) was adopted in February 2009, and it has had four amendments since adoption. This amendment to swap a small area of Low to Medium Density Residential with Medium to High Density Residential will create no conflicts with the ASP’s current land use planning considerations. The change will benefit area planning by placing higher density residential use closer to the future transit station, and moving away from a nearby active traffic circle. As to the location of the transit station, this amendment places it in the Westwinds commercial area as contemplated by the ASP amending Bylaw C-797-11, Section 4.2.4 Transit Station.
Edmonton Metropolitan Region Growth Plan (EMRGP)
This transit station is also noted as a “Park and Ride” location in Schedule 10B: Regional Transit and Trails 2044 of the Edmonton Metropolitan Regional Growth Plan (EMRGP). The ASP's proposed residential amendment is consistent with the EMRGP as it does not change residential density as was approved under the existing Pioneer Lands ASP; however, as the amendment area is within 800 metres of a proposed Park and Ride facility it is required to be referred to the Edmonton Metropolitan Region Board (EMRB) for their review prior to the Bylaw’s third reading. The EMRB approved this REF application on March 18, 2019.