Ogilvie Ridge Building Housing Choices Developer / Operator Criteria

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Due to public health concerns, the City is not hosting in-person public engagement as we normally would. Instead, we are using Engaged Edmonton to gather community feedback until 11:55 PM on June 6, 2021.

How to participate:

  1. Watch the video below to learn more about the project

  2. Click here to fill out a survey on the Developer / Operator criteria summary

  3. Ask a question about the project in the tool below


Learn more about the history of the Ogilvie Ridge surplus school site and the City’s efforts to build more affordable housing in Edmonton.


Read the FAQ to learn more about the developer / operator selection process and how your input will be used.

Due to public health concerns, the City is not hosting in-person public engagement as we normally would. Instead, we are using Engaged Edmonton to gather community feedback until 11:55 PM on June 6, 2021.

How to participate:

  1. Watch the video below to learn more about the project

  2. Click here to fill out a survey on the Developer / Operator criteria summary

  3. Ask a question about the project in the tool below


Learn more about the history of the Ogilvie Ridge surplus school site and the City’s efforts to build more affordable housing in Edmonton.


Read the FAQ to learn more about the developer / operator selection process and how your input will be used.

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    Will my property taxes come down If i live directly across from the structure? Will my HOA fees come down due to additional members in the neighborhood?

    Zkharadi asked 4 months ago

    The concern that property values will go down as a result of affordable housing development is a common concern shared by residents. 


    We have no evidence to suggest non-market housing negatively affects surrounding property values. Studies have consistently found that if non-market housing is well-designed, fits in with the surrounding neighbourhood, and is well managed, property values of neighbouring homes are not negatively affected. 


    Residential real estate values, both for home assessment and sale value, are primarily driven by local and global economic factors, rather than the introduction of new non-market housing in the community. The same is true of commercial properties. 


    With regards to the HOA fees, it is outside of the City’s purview. The Whitemud Creek Homeowners Association is responsible to create its operating budget and set membership fees.  

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    Have there been studies conducted on placement of the unit close to power lines and substations?

    Zkharadi asked 4 months ago

    The City has conducted a Noise Impact Assessment (NIA) for the site. Following the approval of the alternative site, an update to the NIA is currently underway. Proper site noise mitigation will be implemented based on the results of this assessment. 

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    Will the city help upgrade the existing park and its amenities due to additional members and its impact on the existing space?

    Zkharadi asked 4 months ago

    In terms of changes to the open space, the sport fields will be impacted by the proposed development.  The City is exploring options for field realignment to enhance or create different opportunities for sport user groups as well as the community.

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    Hello, I live directly behind the new proposed units, will there be considerations on height of structure, distance from road, any additional foliage or beautification to the building and considerations of shadows on my yard?

    Zkharadi asked 4 months ago

    The Zoning Bylaw is the rule book for all developments in our city. It determines where buildings can be located and what type of activities can take place. It also outlines requirements such as height, setbacks from property lines, and landscaping requirements to mitigate concerns with respect to sun-shadowing and privacy.

     

    The developer that is chosen for the Ogilvie Ridge site will be required to meet the regulations set out by the Zoning Bylaw for the proposed development. The developer will also share a development concept plan for community awareness and feedback prior to construction.

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    Have you studied the use of this park before destroying the ball diamonds and soccer fields? Other communities have much larger green spaces with less use.

    notyou asked 4 months ago

    The relocation of the building site to the southeast corner will allow the soccer field to be preserved. 


    This decision was informed by feedback from the community during earlier public engagement. We heard from the community that the soccer fields were used more than the baseball diamond. This was supported by the City’s review of the bookable hours data for all of the fields. 


    The fields were intended to be temporary, as the space was always intended for development.

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    Will building materials adhere to the current building covenants in this community? Will these units appear as high quality as houses in the neighbourhood?

    notyou asked 4 months ago

    The City is committed to following the architectural guidelines to the fullest extent possible. The Developer will also undertake engagement on design and so the community will have a chance to review the concept and provide feedback before construction.

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    Will the land pocket for the building site be tailored to the existing ground elevations for the alternate SE corner location at Ogilvie Ridge Community site? The information brochure shows the land pocket intruding into the existing sports fields on the North and leaving an empty space on the West side of land pocket. It would be a major intrusion into the existing sports fields if building site was not modified, there appears to be enough area to fit the entire 0.8 h on the existing elevated SE corner.

    TMReynolds asked 4 months ago

    At the June 21, 2018 Community Conversation at Earl Buxton School, community members expressed a strong preference for the development to be moved to an alternate building location within the surplus school site. In response, the City explored the technical and economic feasibility of moving the development from the approved north-central portion to an alternate portion on the southeast side. 


    The re-siting of the building envelope was approved by the Executive Committee in November 2020.  


    There will be impacts on the existing soccer fields. City staff are looking into ways to minimize these impacts as much as possible. This includes exploring options for field realignment to enhance or create different opportunities for sport user groups as well as the community. 

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    Will owners be required to contribute in full to the HOA as other members of the community are required to do so annually? If so, why would this be a good location for affordable housing? Also why cut the bus route to a neighbourhood you are putting this in?

    notyou asked 4 months ago

    The City is committed to increasing the supply of affordable housing in every area of Edmonton. 


    One way we can achieve this goal is redeveloping City-owned surplus school sites into mixed-income housing. Up to 50-75% of units will be offered at 80% of market rates (or what is known as “near-market”) for individuals and families who need a bit of financial support. The rest of the units will be offered at market rates. Our intent is for the operator to cover the cost of HOA fees for the non-market units. 


    The City prioritizes developments that are located close to amenities and services for residents, like transit, grocery stores, child care, schools, and community recreation facilities and parks.


    Under the bus redesign, there will be 30 min service into Ogilvie Ridge during peak hours (morning/evening) during the weekdays on route 724. The rest of the time the patrons would need to walk to Rabbit Hill Road to catch route 706 which provides all day service during the week and weekends. As the units are a mix of market and near-market, it’s likely that residents will have vehicles.