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C-1074-19 - First Reading - City Centre Area Redevelopment Plan - Levasseur
Planning & Infrastructure
Strategic Vision Element:
This topic relates to all three of the City’s strategic vision elements contained in Council’s Strategic Plan
Request for Decision Summary
This Request for Decision seeks Council’s first reading of Bylaw C-1074-19 – City Centre Area Redevelopment Plan (ARP), a statutory plan to establish a plan for the effective and managed redevelopment of Spruce Grove’s city centre.
Administration supports this Bylaw.
That first reading be given to Bylaw C-1074-19 – City Centre Area Redevelopment Plan.
City centre revitalization has been identified as an important initiative that supports Spruce Grove as a complete community. Cushing Terrell Architects Inc. was retained in September 2017 to prepare an ARP, supported by several background studies, to create a framework for city centre redevelopment.
The proposed ARP reviews the existing area, identifies challenges and opportunities, and provides a vision and concept for its redevelopment. This concept provides a framework for guiding future redevelopment to facilitate planning that includes policy direction on land use, street and mobility, urban design, built form guidelines, and implementation. Land use precincts are identified in the concept plan that respect the existing commercial, institutional/recreational, and residential land use character and guide it toward a desirable mixed-use future. Commercial redevelopment identifies McLeod Avenue as an activated ‘high street’, and promotes First Avenue for commercial/office uses and as an alluring entrance to the downtown area. These commercial areas will encourage vertical mixed-use developments, and will be supported with phased streetscape and infrastructure enhancements that emanate from the “Main & McLeod’ intersection. The ARP provides transformational direction for the city centre's residential areas to increase density over time to 100 dwelling units per net residential hectare, which is the density target for urban centres required by the Edmonton Metropolitan Region Growth Plan. All other city centre lands will provide direction on urban design enhancements to buildings and streetscape improvements that promote an appealing pedestrian and transit-friendly environment. Contributing to this is an upgraded Columbus Park to create a public square/gathering space that has the flexibility and appeal to host a wide range of events and draw people to the city centre that supports it becoming a gathering space for cultural and community activities.
The city centre is the oldest part of Spruce Grove and it requires major utilities and other infrastructure upgrades to accommodate the new commercial development intentions and the planned increase in residential density. This ARP has identified this need, and is incorporated as part of its implementation plan to effectively design needed upgrades over time.
The process to develop the City Centre ARP has provided numerous opportunities for community and stakeholder engagement and input through various workshops, presentations, design charrettes, and one-on-one meetings. This ARP was managed by a steering committee drawn from various City departments and the City Centre Business Association.
As a statutory plan, the City Centre ARP has followed the noticing requirements of the Municipal Government Act. Through the creation of the ARP, effort has been made to inform the community of its development and opportunities for suggestions from local residents, affected persons, and school authorities were sought. Further opportunity for receiving public comment exists at a future public hearing that is required to be held prior to the Bylaw’s second reading, and this ARP is required to be referred for Edmonton Metropolitan Region Board approval prior to Council's third reading.
If approved, the City Centre ARP will define the policies to be utilized in guiding the future land use and form within the city centre, and it also directs actions required to implement the plan which include making changes to the Land Use Bylaw regulations and undertaking planning for future infrastructure upgrading for ensuring their implementation at the development stage.
The ARP is intended to establish a regulatory land use framework that creates the vision and plan necessary to guide and encourage the redevelopment and revitalization of the City Centre.