Building Great Neighbourhoods: Malmo Plains - Community Feedback on Draft Design

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Map showing the project area for Malmo Plains Neighbourhood Renewal, highlighting alley and shared-use path connections, roads and project limits.

Thank you for participating in the online engagement for Malmo Plains - Community Feedback on Draft Design. The online survey and Ask A Question tool are now closed.

You can still view the questions and answers that were submitted on this page. The video on the proposed changes will also remain available on the project web page.

The feedback from the online engagement, including emails and phone calls from community members received by the Project Manager, will be used along with technical requirements and City policies and programs, to refine and finalize the draft design for the renewal of Malmo Plains neighbourhood. A report on what we heard will be available online in summer 2020 and provided for the next engagement opportunity in fall 2020.

If you have any questions, you can also contact the Planning and Design Project Manager (see Who’s Listening section for contact info).

Thank you for participating in the online engagement for Malmo Plains - Community Feedback on Draft Design. The online survey and Ask A Question tool are now closed.

You can still view the questions and answers that were submitted on this page. The video on the proposed changes will also remain available on the project web page.

The feedback from the online engagement, including emails and phone calls from community members received by the Project Manager, will be used along with technical requirements and City policies and programs, to refine and finalize the draft design for the renewal of Malmo Plains neighbourhood. A report on what we heard will be available online in summer 2020 and provided for the next engagement opportunity in fall 2020.

If you have any questions, you can also contact the Planning and Design Project Manager (see Who’s Listening section for contact info).

CLOSED: This discussion has concluded. Thank you for participating. Any remaining questions will be answered here or via private response.

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    What percentage of support/consensus is going to be required before for the the more costly, decorative streetlights are installed.

    Helen asked 14 days ago

    An Expression of Interest package will be sent out in September 2020 to all property owners. The package will include a form for a “yes” or “no” indication for responses. 

    To demonstrate support for the decorative option chosen by your community, a sample size of at least 20% of property owners must return their completed form to the City by the deadline noted. If 50% +1 of the received responses are not in support (“no”) the decorative street light Local Improvement will not proceed.

    If less than the 20% of property owners submit their form to the City, initiation of the decorative streetlight Local Improvement process will be at the discretion of the City, based on previous public engagement feedback.

    More information is available on the project web page in the Cost-Sharing Opportunities handout

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    There are severe safety issues in the alleys between 115 and116 st that require immediate repairs. The pot holes in the alleys are hazardous to any kids walking or riding bikes, especially after rainfall as the water does not run away and the potholes remain hidden for up to 2 weeks under water. When will this issue be addressed?

    Xavier asked 16 days ago

    We will forward your concern directly to Infrastructure Maintenance for review.

    Any immediate safety issues should be reported by contacting 311, submitting online at edmonton.ca or you can submit a photo through the 311 App.

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    Covid-19 has changed us all. Pocket park discussion occurred before Covid-19 lockdown, sustainability issues have become even more important. A. Shouldn't we be re-evaluating importance of community gardens now? Certainly City council has discussed this topic. Should not community gardens be mandatory in at least one pocket park? b. There is a national grant for creating community gardens. Just released apparently. Can you obtain that info and share it? c. Can Malmo create community gardens any time in the future if not now?

    Waste-not asked 18 days ago

    At the previous engagement events in January 2020, the project team presented 7 amenities that could be placed or added to any or all of the parks. There was less support for community gardens, boulder play features and game boards. So the project team made sure to consider the top 4 choices as we refined the design for each park which includes new trees, plantings, seating areas and shade structures.

    However, once the feedback from this stage of engagement is reviewed the draft design may be refined to include a community garden if that is a new prevalent theme we hear from the community. 

    Community gardens can be considered at any time within a neighbourhood. We would encourage you to discuss this with your Neighbourhood Resource Coordinator (NRC). They are available to assist residents with community projects and can provide information on any available grants. The NRC assigned to Malmo Plains is Margaret Smith and can be reached through email at margaret.smith@edmonton.ca.

    BGN Malmo Plains Project Team

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    what is the purpose of curb extension ? is it possible to add an area for community vegetable gardens to all the pocket parks?

    aloe asked 21 days ago

    Curb extensions shorten the crossing distance and improve sight lines by preventing vehicles from parking close to intersections for improved comfort and safety of people walking. There are some nearby curb extensions just north of Malmo Plains in Lendrum Place along 114 Street near the Avalon Junior High School. If you are able to visit this area it may help you get a clear picture for what they look like and how they contribute to traffic calming. 

    At the previous engagement events in January 2020, the Project Team presented 7 amenities that could be placed or added to any or all of the parks, including community gardens. There was less support for community gardens, boulder play features and game boards. So the Project Team made sure to consider the top 4 choices as we refined the design for each park which includes new trees, plantings, seating areas and shade structures.

    However, once the feedback from this stage of engagement is reviewed the draft design may be refined to include community gardens if that is a new prevalent theme we hear from the community. Otherwise, the community can pursue this at any time with help from the Neighbourhood Resource Coordinator.

    BGN Malmo Plains Project Team

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    every spring, there is significant drainage issues all over the neighborhood especially in the alleyways, could you address this as well when you have the side walk all torn up ?

    aloe asked 21 days ago

    During Neighbourhood Renewal we look to correct any possible surface drainage issues when renewing the roads and sidewalks. You will see improvements to the surface drainage issues once renewal is complete.

    Alleys are not typically included within a neighbourhood renewal. They are renewed through our Alley Renewal Program, which is a separate program. More information about the Alley Renewal Program is available at edmonton.ca/AlleyRenewal

    That being said, we are proposing to renew the south alley from approximately Southgate LRT to Malmo School (along the Whitemud Drive noise wall) in order to provide a safe connection for people who bike and walk. This is subject to approvals and funding.

    BGN Malmo Plains Project Team

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    If the community were to choose the decorative street lights over the normal lights: •is there any difference in power usage and lighting? •is there an environmental impact between the two? •what would be the cost to an individual homeowner? For sidewalk reconstruction: •what is the added cost to an individual homeowner? •Is the sidewalk reconstruction costs shared within the community and not just the responsibility of adjacent property owners? •is the community able to choose one aspect of the sidewalk reconstruction and not the entire part of the recommended improvement?

    Derrick asked 21 days ago

    There is no difference in the power usage between a regular or decorative light fixture unless the community chooses a renaissance light fixture with a tear drop style. There may be a difference as the light is distributed slightly differently. Additionally, for environmental impact other than the power usage standard galvanized poles only have the zinc coating applied, whereas the powder coated poles have the zinc coating, plus the powder coating applied.

    The option submitted from the Community League was for black octagonal poles with a heritage arm and regular light fixture. Please feel free to view the June 17, 2020 news update posted on the Community League website for additional information.

    The exact cost for decorative street lights and sidewalk reconstruction will be sent to each property owner through a Local Improvement Tax Notice in January/February 2021. Prior to the Local Improvement Tax Notice for decorative street lights, an Expression of Interest will be sent out in September 2020 with approximate costs.

    More information is available on the project web page in the Cost-Sharing Opportunities handout.

    BGN Malmo Plains Project Team

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    Could you confirm that the alleyways will be included in this project ?

    EHP asked 17 days ago

    Alleys are not typically included within a neighbourhood renewal. They are renewed through our Alley Renewal Program, which is a separate program. More information about the Alley Renewal Program is available at edmonton.ca/AlleyRenewal

    That being said, we are proposing to renew the south alley from approximately Southgate LRT to Malmo School (along the Whitemud Drive noise wall) in order to provide a safe connection for people who bike and walk. This is subject to approvals and funding.

    BGN Malmo Plains Project Team

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    Hi, guys! 115 St, 48 Ave. and 49 Ave. are listed to have new wider, shared-path walkways, 115 on one side (West) and 48 ave and 49 ave on both sides (North and South). Is the city going to take care of the snow removal on all these walkways, or just on 115 St.?

    Diana asked 20 days ago

    Snow clearing frequency is guided by the City’s current Snow and Ice Policy.

    At this time, snow removal would not be increased to include the wider sidewalks proposed along key walking routes along Malmo Road, 116 Street, 48 Avenue and 49 Avenue as this is not currently captured in the latest Snow and Ice Policy. Snow removal on sidewalks would still be the responsibility of the homeowner similar to the current situation.

    The City would be responsible for snow clearing the shared-use path proposed on the west side of 115 Street. Currently, shared-use paths are snow cleared to bare pavement and within 48 hours of the end of a snowfall event, clearing starts. 

    BGN Malmo Plains Project Team

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    Some electricity transmission wires pass perpendicular over roads that will be repaved. In case the city decides, in the future, to bury the wires, it would make sense to bury the wires wherever they cross over streets (proposal: they should go underground right where the road begins, run underneath the road, and come back up). Can you investigate this?

    анониман asked 20 days ago

    The mode of electricity transmission and any proposed changes falls to EPCOR, and not the City. We work with utility companies to ensure that any work they are planning is done prior to renewal work done. At this time, EPCOR has not indicated that they would be looking to bury any overhead electrical wires.

    BGN Malmo Plains Project Team

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    Quick question, is the raised crosswalk on 115 st going to be large enough to slow down. Traffic going down 115 .. cause if so ... It is badly needed . Love all the ideas I saw

    Kari Bishop asked 24 days ago

    Traffic calming measures along 115 Street will include curb extensions and raised crosswalks to help encourage slower driving speeds along this important road in Malmo Plains used by school buses, Edmonton Transit and people who bike and walk in and out of the neighbourhood.

    There are some nearby raised crosswalks in the neighbourhoods of Allendale and Queen Alexandra on 106 Street, north of 61 Avenue. If you are able to visit this area it may help you get a clear picture for what they look like and how they contribute to traffic calming.

    BGN Malmo Plains Project Team

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    I like the plans I've seen. It's a bit unclear from the video whether streets and alleyways will be repaved along with sidewalks? Can you clarify whether that is part of the renewal? Lastly, what confidence do you have that the City will press ahead with these plans in light of the fiscal challenges brought on by COVID-19?

    Greg Anderson asked 26 days ago

    In Malmo Plains the Neighbourhood Renewal Program will rehabilitate roads, replace street lights, curb and gutters, repair sidewalks and connect missing sidewalk links where possible. Other opportunities to improve City-owned parks and public spaces will also be explored. The area of Malmo Plains that will experience neighbourhood renewal is shown on the map at the top of this page. 

    While the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted nearly every aspect of daily life, it hasn’t changed the fact that Edmonton is still the thriving city we love. We are continuing to build and better our city because robust and healthy infrastructure is critical to a safe and healthy Edmonton. The Neighbourhood Renewal Program in particular has a long term outlook of providing quality neighbourhood infrastructure. Neighbourhood renewal ensures that neighbourhood infrastructure is maintained, safe, and serves the people who live in that community, and depend on this work.

    While many of us are working from home or in an alternate situation, the Malmo Plains project team is continuing to work on your neighbourhood design to ensure construction remains on schedule to begin in 2021.  

    BGN Malmo Plains Project Team

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    I really like the plans. I am interested in the sidewalk renewal and like the look of all the street lighting options except the galvanized steel. What steps would you require from community members to have these happen?

    MJB asked 21 days ago

    Thank you for sharing your overall feedback on the draft design.

    More information is available on the project web page in the Cost-Sharing Opportunities handout about the decorative street light and sidewalk reconstruction local improvement process.

    Part of the first step of the decorative street light process is the community must submit their choice of decorative lighting (colour, pole, arm and light fixture) to the City for consideration by July 2, 2020. The Malmo Plains Community League put in effort to develop and submit a decorative street light option for the neighbourhood by the deadline. The option submitted was for black octagonal poles with a heritage arm and regular light fixture. Please feel free to view the June 17, 2020 news update posted on the Community League website for additional information.

    Property owners will receive an expression of interest notice this fall and will be given the opportunity to support or not support the decorative option as submitted by the Community League. For the decorative option to proceed to the next steps in the local improvement process those who support it must be 50 +1 % of the votes. If you are eager to see this happen you could contact the Community League to offer support and also encourage your friends and neighbours to complete and submit their expression of interest forms.

    BGN Malmo Plains Project Team

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    What is the measured width of wider sidewalks proposed for 49 Avenue?

    Peggy asked 23 days ago

    To align with the City of Edmonton Complete Streets Design and Construction Standards the project team would target widening the sidewalk to 1.8 metres, from its existing approximately 1.2m width today.  

    A detailed review will be completed as the design progresses to determine the final width while keeping in mind impacts to private landscaping and working within other space constraints. Typically, in a mature neighbourhood it is often not possible to widen sidewalks to the new standard in all areas as there are established trees, utilities or other constraints. Therefore, the project team proposed widening sidewalks along key walking routes along Malmo Road, 116 Street, 48 Avenue and 49 Avenue to improve accessibility for people walking of all ages and abilities. 

    BGN Malmo Plains Project Team

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    How does it make any sense closing the alley behind Malmo school grounds while still keeping the fence up? The person who originally suggested this option wanted the whole area to be open with the school grounds i.e. they suggested the fence should come down and if that part of the alley was closed off it would create one open area. I know this because I talked to the individual at the event. You have established it is not possible to remove the fence so why persist with the idea that closing this small portion of the alley is still a good idea? What possible use could it have? People and bikes can use the shared use path so why close the alley? People would have expressed their preference for the whole idea not just half of it so you've chosen to keep one half of an idea. I think this decision should be reversed.

    MR asked 24 days ago

    Through previous engagement we heard feedback for Malmo Park to improve safety for people walking and biking on the shared-use path at the south end and maintain the fence along the perimeter of the school yard. The project team considered this feedback, including from the School Board and Principal, to refine the design.

    The draft design proposes upgrading the existing fence with a more visually appealing fence and increasing accessibility by creating a more practical opening to the shared-use path. This will help create a more welcoming and open environment, similar to if the fence were removed. However, the project team considered that maintaining a fence would help provide a barrier between people using the alley and the sports fields and assist with staff supervision of students.

    Given the amount of different users in the area - people who walk and bike, students and sports field users - the project team considered that removing vehicle traffic would be beneficial. We also reviewed the impact to connectivity for people driving and the alley connections on the nearby side streets of the school will remain open.

    BGN Malmo Plains Project Team

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    I am wondering who is going to clean sidewalk in alley from LRT to 111a street. You can't walk there in winter to icy. Also what about two houses with garages that enter off alley. Their garages face alley that is closing to traffic

    Shirley asked 20 days ago

    For the south alley near the Southgate LRT (south of 49 Avenue), we are proposing to close the short section of the east-west alley to people driving and construct a shared-use path for people walking and biking. People who drive can still travel north-south along the alley, and use it to access the garages that face onto it.  The shared-use path would connect to the sidewalk to access 111 Street and be maintained clear of snow by the City to improve accessibility for people of all ages and abilities in all seasons.

    BGN Malmo Plains Project Team

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    Might there still be an opportunity to look at traffic calming on 49 Avenue between Malmo Rd. and 111A Street? Its a very long straight strip enjoyed by some who like to accelerate.

    Peggy asked 23 days ago

    The draft design has a curb extension at one of the intersections of 49 Avenue and Malmo Road.  The other intersection will be realigned to narrow the driving lane and improve sightlines for people driving along Malmo Road and 49 Avenue.  This will lessen confusion at the intersections, help slow traffic down and shorten the distance for people crossing the street. At this time no other traffic calming is planned for the area.

    As we move forward through the design the project team can discuss to see if there are any other locations along 49 Avenue where curb extensions could be added.

    BGN Malmo Plains Project Team

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    what would be the exact cost to homeowners for upgraded/fancy lighting and sidewalks

    elizabeth asked 25 days ago

    The exact cost will be sent to property owners through a Local Improvement Tax Notice in January/February 2021. Prior to the Local Improvement Tax Notice for decorative street lights, an Expression of Interest will be sent out in September 2020 with approximate costs.

    More information is available on the project web page in the Cost-Sharing Opportunities handout.

    BGN Malmo Plains Project Team

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    If you add an additional planting bed to green space B it will prevent people playing catch and kicking balls together which I see as the most often use of this space. Can the open space be left as is? Could a bench be added facing northeast near the existing planting bed.?

    neila asked 25 days ago

    Since June 2019, the input received through public engagement, along with technical requirements and City policies and programs, helped us refine and create the draft design for the Malmo Plains neighbourhood.

    We looked at all the pocket parks in Malmo Plains as we heard they are important green spaces to the community but not well used. Each pocket park has unique qualities and park C being the largest is where the team looked to maintain open space for the activities you are describing. 

    The design for park B focused on the natural aspects and the desire to encourage positive use of the park. Additional planting is proposed to help enhance the greenery that is already within the park. The size and location of the additional planting and potentially a new bench will be reviewed by the project team as the design progresses.  

    BGN Malmo Plains Project Team

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    First, saw the presentation for Malmo. Everything looks really good. Quite happy with most everything. 1. Wondering about shared use path on 115 St. and crossing 51 Ave. How does the path meet up with the crosswalk? 2. Just wanted to put out a thought for 49 Ave by Michener Park. The area is very congested with parking and I have noticed bigger trucks often have to back up the entire length of the street since there is not enough room to make the corner into the back alley. Could we put in some side walk berms (like the other ones on 115 St.) so that people can not park so close to the turn?

    VMT asked 26 days ago

    The shared-use path proposed on the west side of 115 Street and considering how people who walk and bike cross the busy arterial road of 51 Avenue is an important design consideration for accessibility for people of all ages and abilities. The existing marked crosswalk and pedestrian flasher at 51 Avenue and 115 Street is on the east side to align the existing north-south sidewalk. We are proposing a new pedestrian and bike activated signal at this location, similar to what exists at Malmo Road and 51 Avenue. This upgrade is subject to further assessment by the City. The project team will continue to review the design and consider how the shared-use path connects people to infrastructure north and south.

    The concerns about congestion along 49 Avenue near Michener Park is feedback we also heard in previous stages of engagement. The project team reviewed one option to improve the ability to turn around in this area by increasing the size of the road near the alley. However, there are space constraints and utility conflicts. We will continue to review other options, including your suggestion to add curb extensions to help limit people from parking too close to the alley. 

    BGN Malmo Plains Project Team

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    Based on the drawings, it is not clear if 115 Street will have parking on both sides. Will there be parking on the east and west side of this street?

    outdoorswoman asked 26 days ago

    The draft design for 115 Street includes proposing a shared-use path on the west side of the street, curb extensions and raised crosswalks. Existing parking will be maintained along 115 Street on both sides. 

    Curb extensions will provide a physical barrier so people will adhere to City Traffic Bylaw 5590 which states that unless a traffic control device permits or requires, a vehicle shall not be parked at an intersection within 5 metres. We heard feedback that we should ensure people can travel safely within Malmo Plains, regardless of age, ability and mode of transportation. Adding traffic calming measures, such as curb extensions, helps address this feedback by eliminating people’s ability to park too close to the intersection to improve visibility and safety of people walking.  

    BGN Malmo Plains Project Team