LDA21-0569 Michener Park Rezoning

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Engagement has concluded

***This engagement has concluded and a What We Heard Report is available.***

Thank you for participating in engagement activities for this rezoning application. Please review the information on this page and tell us what you think or ask any questions below before the end of the day on May 16, 2022.

The City will use any feedback that you share to make sure the review of the application is as complete as possible and to inform conversations with the applicant about potential revisions to address concerns or opportunities raised. Feedback will also be summarized for City Council so that they are aware of the public’s perspective prior to making a decision.

APPLICATION DETAILS

Proposed Rezoning

The City has received an application to rezone the Michener Park site for future redevelopment. The site is located on the east side of 122 Street NW between 51 Avenue NW and Whitemud Drive NW, and includes 101 Michener Park NW and 11731 51 Avenue NW.

The proposed rezoning (map) is from the current (AJ) Alternative Jurisdiction Zone to the following zones:


The applicant has created the Michener Park Redevelopment Master Plan with Urban Design Guidelines document to guide their strategic growth and redevelopment of the Michener Park site, which is owned and managed by the University of Alberta’s Properties Trust. The master plan is an optional guideline that details the applicant’s vision for the area, including residential, commercial, open space and transportation components.

Residential

The residential component is intended to provide a range of residential buildings (approximately 2 to 6 storeys) that can accommodate a diverse population of new residents and that the site promotes walkability and accessibility to surrounding areas. A key objective of the application is to ensure that residential development respects the existing developments to the east of the site by being strategically and contextually sensitive about the zone placement.

Once complete, it is anticipated that Michener Park will provide between 900 and 1,300 units of housing in a variety of forms, including opportunities for semi-detached housing, row housing and apartment housing developments.

Additional details on the proposed residential dwelling types are found within p.30-36 and Chapter 4 - Michener Park Urban Design Guidelines of the Michener Park Redevelopment Master Plan and Design Guidelines document.

Commercial

The proposal includes commercial and retail opportunities along 122 Street and 48 Avenue NW within their site and intends to serve the daily needs of Michener Park residents as well as the surrounding communities. To complement the CB2 zones, Michener Park will offer mixed-use zones adjacent to 48 Avenue to help transition from the main street area to residential use. This area intends on creating a high-quality environment by allowing centralized street-level commercial opportunities while promoting a pedestrian space that is well linked to other features of the site such as the proposed parks and connecting features like internal roads and paths throughout the site.

Additional details on the proposed commercial areas are found within p.37-38 and Chapter 4 of the Michener Park Redevelopment Master Plan and Design Guidelines document.

Open Space Network

Open spaces are proposed for recreational areas within Michener Park that will encourage community interaction. This will include a 0.60 hectare park centrally located on the property and a stormwater management facility along the southern edge of the property. In addition, there will be publicly accessible private open spaces, pathways and amenity areas that will allow pedestrian and bicycle connectivity to surrounding areas such as:

  • 51 Avenue to the north;

  • 122 Street to the west;

  • 46, 48, and 49 Avenues to the east; and

  • the E-W shared use path to the south.

See additional details on the proposed open space network within p.49-50 and Chapter 4 of the Michener Park Redevelopment Master Plan and Design Guidelines document and contents found within the Parkland Impact Assessment.

Transportation Network

The proposed Michener Park transportation network is designed to accommodate various travel modes to and from the area. Vehicles will connect to the area by two main roads: one accessed from 51 Avenue that will intersect with 48 Avenue and one connected to 122 Street. Internal access to developments will be provided through a series of private local roads connected to these collector roads. As highlighted in the open space network for Michener Park, additional mobility and connection points are proposed to link the site with the rest of Malmo Plains by providing key pedestrian and bicycle paths aligning with the 46, 48, and 49 Avenue roadways that currently terminate along the east property line. This network extends to the south where it connects to the broader shared-use path network along the south property line allowing inter-connectivity between surrounding neighbourhoods.

Transit service will continue to be provided at the existing transit stops along 51 Avenue and 122 Street.

See additional details on the proposed transportation network types within p.41-50 and Chapter 4 of the Michener Park Redevelopment Master Plan and Design Guidelines document and the Transportation Impact Assessment.

MORE INFORMATION

For more information on the proposed rezoning, please visit the application webpage edmonton.ca/malmoplainsplanningapplications.

***This engagement has concluded and a What We Heard Report is available.***

Thank you for participating in engagement activities for this rezoning application. Please review the information on this page and tell us what you think or ask any questions below before the end of the day on May 16, 2022.

The City will use any feedback that you share to make sure the review of the application is as complete as possible and to inform conversations with the applicant about potential revisions to address concerns or opportunities raised. Feedback will also be summarized for City Council so that they are aware of the public’s perspective prior to making a decision.

APPLICATION DETAILS

Proposed Rezoning

The City has received an application to rezone the Michener Park site for future redevelopment. The site is located on the east side of 122 Street NW between 51 Avenue NW and Whitemud Drive NW, and includes 101 Michener Park NW and 11731 51 Avenue NW.

The proposed rezoning (map) is from the current (AJ) Alternative Jurisdiction Zone to the following zones:


The applicant has created the Michener Park Redevelopment Master Plan with Urban Design Guidelines document to guide their strategic growth and redevelopment of the Michener Park site, which is owned and managed by the University of Alberta’s Properties Trust. The master plan is an optional guideline that details the applicant’s vision for the area, including residential, commercial, open space and transportation components.

Residential

The residential component is intended to provide a range of residential buildings (approximately 2 to 6 storeys) that can accommodate a diverse population of new residents and that the site promotes walkability and accessibility to surrounding areas. A key objective of the application is to ensure that residential development respects the existing developments to the east of the site by being strategically and contextually sensitive about the zone placement.

Once complete, it is anticipated that Michener Park will provide between 900 and 1,300 units of housing in a variety of forms, including opportunities for semi-detached housing, row housing and apartment housing developments.

Additional details on the proposed residential dwelling types are found within p.30-36 and Chapter 4 - Michener Park Urban Design Guidelines of the Michener Park Redevelopment Master Plan and Design Guidelines document.

Commercial

The proposal includes commercial and retail opportunities along 122 Street and 48 Avenue NW within their site and intends to serve the daily needs of Michener Park residents as well as the surrounding communities. To complement the CB2 zones, Michener Park will offer mixed-use zones adjacent to 48 Avenue to help transition from the main street area to residential use. This area intends on creating a high-quality environment by allowing centralized street-level commercial opportunities while promoting a pedestrian space that is well linked to other features of the site such as the proposed parks and connecting features like internal roads and paths throughout the site.

Additional details on the proposed commercial areas are found within p.37-38 and Chapter 4 of the Michener Park Redevelopment Master Plan and Design Guidelines document.

Open Space Network

Open spaces are proposed for recreational areas within Michener Park that will encourage community interaction. This will include a 0.60 hectare park centrally located on the property and a stormwater management facility along the southern edge of the property. In addition, there will be publicly accessible private open spaces, pathways and amenity areas that will allow pedestrian and bicycle connectivity to surrounding areas such as:

  • 51 Avenue to the north;

  • 122 Street to the west;

  • 46, 48, and 49 Avenues to the east; and

  • the E-W shared use path to the south.

See additional details on the proposed open space network within p.49-50 and Chapter 4 of the Michener Park Redevelopment Master Plan and Design Guidelines document and contents found within the Parkland Impact Assessment.

Transportation Network

The proposed Michener Park transportation network is designed to accommodate various travel modes to and from the area. Vehicles will connect to the area by two main roads: one accessed from 51 Avenue that will intersect with 48 Avenue and one connected to 122 Street. Internal access to developments will be provided through a series of private local roads connected to these collector roads. As highlighted in the open space network for Michener Park, additional mobility and connection points are proposed to link the site with the rest of Malmo Plains by providing key pedestrian and bicycle paths aligning with the 46, 48, and 49 Avenue roadways that currently terminate along the east property line. This network extends to the south where it connects to the broader shared-use path network along the south property line allowing inter-connectivity between surrounding neighbourhoods.

Transit service will continue to be provided at the existing transit stops along 51 Avenue and 122 Street.

See additional details on the proposed transportation network types within p.41-50 and Chapter 4 of the Michener Park Redevelopment Master Plan and Design Guidelines document and the Transportation Impact Assessment.

MORE INFORMATION

For more information on the proposed rezoning, please visit the application webpage edmonton.ca/malmoplainsplanningapplications.

Tell Us What You Think About The Application

Please let us know what you like and what could be better about this application. What should Council know as they decide whether or not to approve the rezoning? Others that visit this part of the site will be able to see your comments.

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I am generally in favor of the development as proposed. I like the focus on active transportation connections for the east-west traffic and appreciate the lack of a vehicle traffic connection along 48 Avenue.

I think the park needs to be bigger, especially considering the greenspace that will be consumed with Edgeway Phase II. A commitment to keeping as many existing trees as possible, in particular along the interface between Michener Park and Malmo should be made a priority.

I think it is important to ensure the new development is integrated into the Malmo Plains community and particular attention should be given to ensure the new residents are considered members of the existing Malmo Community League. Consideration to remove references to Michener Park would help, or potentially being replaced with something like "Michener Park at Malmo".

Inclusion of a grocery store into the commercial section would be a significant benefit.

I am concerned about parking. The Edgeway Phase I development caused considerable strain on residential parking on 49 Avenue. Consideration to restricting or discouraging parking along 46, 48, and 49 Avenue to new residents should be considered somehow.

I am strongly opposed to fencing along the east border of the new development. The focus should be to integrate the new development into the existing Malmo community.

Bringing the residents in Galbraith and The Californian into the larger community should also be considered.

Robert M. 9 months ago

I am in favour of this development. I like that the mix of housing types will be attractive to a variety of families and individuals. I’m also pleased that this is open space and biking and walking connections that are integrated within the Malmo neighborhood. I’m pleased that there will be retail opportunities allowed by the zoning. I would really to see public realm improvements leading up to and at the transit stop on 122 street to support greater use of transit. Also ensuring really pleasant walking and biking access to the stop. I would also like to see the builder go above and beyond the building code in terms of energy efficiency of the building envelope. I would love to see this be a net zero development, demonstrating the university’s leadership on climate action. Solar, tight building envelopes and EV charging should be just some features to consider.

howaida 9 months ago

My concerns are: 1) the proposed green space appears to be much smaller than what was in place. 2) losing the mature trees and vegetation on the east border of the development ( from 49th Ave. to the freeway). 3) Is fencing proposed as a divider?

PAS 9 months ago

I generally have no concerns with the plans for development. I think it is excellent to increase density in the space. Concerns I do have revolve around traffic flow. Living in Lendrum we would anticipate an increase in traffic cutting through our neighbourhood as vehicular traffic avoids the 51st Ave. and 111 St. intersection. I would like to see the city be pro-active in introducing traffic calming measures. Despite the fact that Lendrum's main road has a 30 km/hour speed limit, the wideness of them encourage speeding, and I have even experienced being passed if you are doing the speed limit. I would like to see this addressed before it becomes a problem.

Erin Sawyer 9 months ago

Fully in support! Please ensure the commercial site is bike able for all abilities and ages within the site, not just to the site.

d19953 9 months ago

As a current Malmo resident, I am concerned about the low and medium rise buildings proposed in the rezoning applications. For residents on the west side of Malmo, property values will be negatively impacted with the sky line obstruction caused by these buildings. Malmo residents purchased their properties with the current zoning in place that did not include multiple low and medium rise buildings. I am strongly opposed to the medium rise buildings, and would prefer low rise options be excluded as well, but can live with that possibility if this would eliminate the medium rises. Malmo residents should not suffer as a result of this application. In addition, the park space appears small for the number of new residents proposed.

Malmo resident 9 months ago

I would say that generally in terms of making a liveable space for all the parks space provided is too small and should be increased given the density planned.

Jay 9 months ago