Building Great Neighbourhoods: Garneau - Community Feedback on Draft Design

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Garneau Neighbourhood Renewal Draft Design

The Garneau Community Feedback on Draft Design engagement is now closed. Please send any questions by email directly to the project manager at becky.redford@edmonton.ca.

We are currently looking for input on the Draft Design plans for Garneau’s Neighbourhood Renewal. Please review the detailed maps and design illustrations and then provide your feedback through our survey until July 15, 2020. You can also ask a question through the Ask a Question Tool below.

The Draft Design for Garneau shows you how the proposed changes for walking, biking, driving, and playing will work together as a system to provide the best neighbourhood experience for all users balancing the needs of today and in the future.

View the design details for Walking, Driving, Biking and Parks and tell us what you think.

Light blue rectangular button with white text and an outline drawing of two stick figures walking together on it that says "Walking Detailed Design." If the button is clicked a webpage with a flipbook of the walking and sidewalk designs for Garneau is opened in a new browser tab. Light purple rectangular button with white text and an outline drawing of a car on it that says "Driving Detailed Design." If the button is clicked a webpage with a flipbook of the driving and traffic designs for Garneau is opened in a new browser tab. Light orange rectangular button with white text and an outline drawing of a bike on it that says "Biking Detailed Design." If the button is clicked a webpage with a flipbook of the biking designs for Garneau is opened in a new browser tab.Lime green rectangular button with white text and an outline drawing of two trees on it that says "Parks Detailed Design." If the button is clicked a webpage with a flipbook of the playing parks and open spaces designs for Garneau is opened in a new browser tab.


You can also review the online event recorded on June 18, 2020 here:






Garneau Neighbourhood Renewal Draft Design

The Garneau Community Feedback on Draft Design engagement is now closed. Please send any questions by email directly to the project manager at becky.redford@edmonton.ca.

We are currently looking for input on the Draft Design plans for Garneau’s Neighbourhood Renewal. Please review the detailed maps and design illustrations and then provide your feedback through our survey until July 15, 2020. You can also ask a question through the Ask a Question Tool below.

The Draft Design for Garneau shows you how the proposed changes for walking, biking, driving, and playing will work together as a system to provide the best neighbourhood experience for all users balancing the needs of today and in the future.

View the design details for Walking, Driving, Biking and Parks and tell us what you think.

Light blue rectangular button with white text and an outline drawing of two stick figures walking together on it that says "Walking Detailed Design." If the button is clicked a webpage with a flipbook of the walking and sidewalk designs for Garneau is opened in a new browser tab. Light purple rectangular button with white text and an outline drawing of a car on it that says "Driving Detailed Design." If the button is clicked a webpage with a flipbook of the driving and traffic designs for Garneau is opened in a new browser tab. Light orange rectangular button with white text and an outline drawing of a bike on it that says "Biking Detailed Design." If the button is clicked a webpage with a flipbook of the biking designs for Garneau is opened in a new browser tab.Lime green rectangular button with white text and an outline drawing of two trees on it that says "Parks Detailed Design." If the button is clicked a webpage with a flipbook of the playing parks and open spaces designs for Garneau is opened in a new browser tab.


You can also review the online event recorded on June 18, 2020 here:






CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

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    Why are 3 boulevard trees to be removed by Garneau School to accomodate a bus layby? Having the bus stop in the existing parking lane to load/unload students works extremely well by causing motorists to slow down as they pass. That seems an even safer solution than opening up the driving pathway by taking the bus off the roadway and giving motorists a better veiw for speeding past it.

    brikro Asked 2 months ago

    Thank you for your question. 

    The single bus bay was one of two options shared during options and trade offs. We heard from several folks in the community as well as from the Principal and School Board Planners that a bus bay is the preferred option.

    By providing a space for the bus to move out of the traffic lane then people who drive do not need to try and maneuver around the bus. It also improves the sightlines for people driving in a congested area. Other traffic calming measures such as the nearby raised crosswalk will further reduce speeds in the area.

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    Has anyone considered the increased traffic on 81 Ave between 109 and 110 due to online delivery service and where will these vehicles will park ( all parking on north side of 81 Ave will be full 99% of the time since parking spaces have been reduced by 50%. Current traffic patterns need to be considered - otherwise cyclists are at risk . Check what currently happens on 80 ave between 106 and 105 Street. Delivery trucks park in bike lanes.

    annabell Asked 2 months ago

    Thank you for your feedback. 

    The project team is exploring locations along 110 Street to add loading zones and parking bays that could be used for deliveries to the homes on the avenue. There may also be an opportunity to create loading zones along the avenue.

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    Cost of sidewalks - am I right in assuming I'll have to pay part or all the cost of replacing the sidewalk along my property? Some sidealks (eg 110 St and 84 Ave) are proposed to be wider - does that mean I'll have to pay even more because the cost of installing a wider sidewalk is greater?

    brikro Asked 2 months ago

    Thank you for your question. Property owners pay 50% of the cost of sidewalk reconstruction based on the length of sidewalk in front of your property, different shaped lots have a different method to calculate the cost (see edmonton.ca/localimprovements). The exact cost for the local improvement will be included on your tax notice the year following the sidewalk construction.  

    The additional width of the sidewalk as well as the construction of missing links are paid for by the City.

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    What is the prediction for the traffic volume on 111th St from 87th Ave to Whyte? This is a major source of traffic from shortcutting, especially now that the new Whyte Ave traffic light has been installed.

    BGN Garneau Asked about 2 months ago

    Thank you for your question. When the painted bike lane on the east side of 111 Street is removed parallel parking will be added in its place to narrow the road. Narrowing the road will assist in reducing the speeds at which people travel through the area. A raised crosswalk is also being proposed for the intersection of 111 Street and 86 Avenue to provide better visibility of pedestrians and will also work to slow the traffic. 

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    I wonder about the long table gathering space near the curling club - will it attract people leaving the bars on Whyte after hours in the summer? How will the seating work with the long communal tables? Will someone be able to pull it out for ease of access mid table?

    BGN Garneau Asked about 2 months ago

    Thank you for your email inquiry. As part of the design review process the plans are shared with the police who perform a CPTED (Crime Prevention through Environmental Design) review. They look for design elements that may have unintended causes such as dark areas or blocked sight lines. Usage patterns can vary season by season and calls to 311 to report misuse are what triggers monitoring of an area. 

    There are similar long tables at Holyrood Park (9411 Holyrood Road) in Edmonton. You may have several groups use different sections of the table or one group use the entire table. The tables are anchored down and can not be moved. There are no gaps in the table, and are just one continuous surface.

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    A longstanding irritant is the gateway sign for "Garneau" on 83 Ave at 111 Street. That is not Garneau's boundary - 112 Street is. Will you be moving it to 112 Street and adding another gateway feature on the diverted bikeway (111St to 84Av to 112St) at 112St, the true western neighbourhood boundary?

    brikro Asked 2 months ago

    Thank you for your question. This is a suggestion we have not heard a lot of feedback on from others in the community. The project team can evaluate what the options may be for the relocation of this feature.

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    Early in the program the issue of camping by homeless persons in Garneau Park was raised, as well as the consequential generation of litter and drug/alcohol paraphenalia and risk-to-children activity. Why is this not addressed?

    brikro Asked 2 months ago

    Thank you for your comment. The design for the City Arts Park was the result of a safety audit performed for the centre as well as surrounding park space.  The new design will attract more users to the park increasing the eyes in the area.

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    What has generated the design of proposed changes to Garneau Park centered on a roadway traversing the park between 84 and 83 avenues? The proposed alteration removes useable green space, removes trees (some almost 100 years old) in direct contravention of Edmonton's climate change policy, increases traffic, endangers children while eliminating play space, and totally compromises an already small, but major amenity in the neighborhood. I reject the plan and will do everything in my power to fight it. If it goes ahead it will be a major loss for the neighborhood. I have lived here 47 years; my five children played and now my grandchildren play in Garneau Park. The proposed changes make me weep.

    MSOR Asked 2 months ago

    The proposed changes to Garneau Park have been based on feedback from community engagement and the results of a crime prevention audit done for the City Arts Centre.

    Preservation of the trees, including the 100 year old ones, will be included in the plan as well as retention of open green space. Some trees will need to be removed or relocated to complete construction and several new trees will be planted in the park. The removals are being coordinated by our Urban Forester and all options to retain trees will be reviewed.

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    One-way streets, crosswalks, curb extensions and chicanes may discourage speeding (one-way streets definately DO NOT) but my experience is that they have not discouraged shortcutting by commuters and people avoiding Whyte Ave, 87 Avenue, 109 St and 112 St to get to the university, the hospital, to 114 St, to entertainment & shopping venues, etc. Shortcutting is a problem that has persisted since City Council identified it in the Garneau ARP in 1982. Why has the project not addressed traffic shortcutting?

    brikro Asked 2 months ago

    Thank you for your question. The draft design reduces short cutting by adding in a variety of traffic calming measures that you have listed. One of the more aggressive ways to prevent short cutting is road closures, however those also have an impact on area residents. We have not heard support for road closures during public engagement sessions except for 84 Avenue, which was explored by the project team. Road closures here were not included as it may redirect the traffic to 86 Avenue rather than work to prevent short cutting.


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    I live on the south side of 81 avenue and will be losing parking in front of my house. Is it possible to have a widened sidewalk (like in Belgravia along 76 avenue) on the south side instead of removing parking? Has any consideration been given to placing car ports between the Elm trees on the south side of 81 avenue? I'd like to see an improvement that won't entirely eliminate parking on the south side of 81 avenue. Don't have a problem with biking lane so long as it doesn't completely eliminate parking on south side of 81 avenue.

    Building Great Neighbourhoods: Garneau - Community Feedback on Draft Design Asked 2 months ago

    Thank you for your suggestion of a widened sidewalk. We have heard that from your neighbours as well. We have also heard that people who bike and walk prefer separate spaces which the painted bike lane allows for. The project team is reviewing all feedback as well as technical considerations and city policies and will make a decision to balance the needs for all area users. We will also review a bike activated signal at this location instead of push buttons to cross the street.  

    Parking bays are not being considered for 80 or 81 Avenue. Visitors and residents without on site parking may need to look for available parking on streets close to 80 and 81 Avenue if all the on-street parking on those streets is occupied. If you require accessible parking, please refer to the City webpage on how to apply for a new accessible parking stall.