LDA21-0059 Potter Greens Rezoning

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***The discussion has concluded and a What We Heard Report will be made available here when completed.***

City-hosted in-person public engagement events and information sessions continue to be suspended until further notice. This page is to help you find out information and tell us what you think, instead of having an in-person meeting. Please review the information on this page and share your thoughts and ask any questions below, by the end of the day on October 12, 2021.

We will use any feedback that you share to make sure our review of the application takes local context into consideration and is as complete as possible. Feedback will also be summarized in the report for City Council so that they are aware of the public’s perspectives prior to making a decision.

APPLICATION DETAILS

The City has received a proposal to rezone property at 1069 Webber Greens Drive. The application was made by Select Engineering Consultants Ltd. on behalf of Melcor Developments Ltd.

Proposed Rezoning
The application proposes to rezone portions of the site at 1069 Webber Greens Drive NW from:

The application also includes a proposed amendment to the Potter Greens Neighbourhood Structure Plan (NSP) to change the designation of the (RF5) site from Medium Density Residential (Town Houses) to Medium Density Residential (Low Rise Apartment) to facilitate the proposed (RA7) Low Rise Apartment rezoning.

The proposed AP Zone to enable the future development of the school-park site conforms with the Potter Greens NSP, which designates the area for a future school-park site.

Proposed Planned Collector Road Removal
The application also includes an amendment to the Potter Greens Neighbourhood Structure Plan (NSP) to remove a portion of a planned, but currently unbuilt, collector roadway known as Potter Greens Drive and replaces it with a shared-use path.

The City is reviewing the Transportation Review Report (Bunt & Associates - August 3, 2021) submitted by the applicant as part of its analysis of the proposed plan amendment and recommendation to Council.

Area Structure Plan Amendment

This proposal will also require an amendment to the Lewis Farms Area Structure Plan to align the two plans with regards to maps and text for transportation and open space (school / parks).

The City has not yet taken a position of support or non-support on this application. The City’s position will be determined by a thorough analysis of the proposal that includes technical considerations (e.g. traffic and drainage impacts) and alignment to applicable City land use-related plans and policies.

This application is being reviewed for alignment with the City Plan, Lewis Farms Area Structure Plan, and the Potter Greens Neighbourhood Structure Plan. Due to the site’s proximity to the future Lewis Farms LRT Station, it will also be reviewed against the City’s Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Guidelines.

Please see the frequently asked questions and other documentation in the right hand sidebar for more information.

***The discussion has concluded and a What We Heard Report will be made available here when completed.***

City-hosted in-person public engagement events and information sessions continue to be suspended until further notice. This page is to help you find out information and tell us what you think, instead of having an in-person meeting. Please review the information on this page and share your thoughts and ask any questions below, by the end of the day on October 12, 2021.

We will use any feedback that you share to make sure our review of the application takes local context into consideration and is as complete as possible. Feedback will also be summarized in the report for City Council so that they are aware of the public’s perspectives prior to making a decision.

APPLICATION DETAILS

The City has received a proposal to rezone property at 1069 Webber Greens Drive. The application was made by Select Engineering Consultants Ltd. on behalf of Melcor Developments Ltd.

Proposed Rezoning
The application proposes to rezone portions of the site at 1069 Webber Greens Drive NW from:

The application also includes a proposed amendment to the Potter Greens Neighbourhood Structure Plan (NSP) to change the designation of the (RF5) site from Medium Density Residential (Town Houses) to Medium Density Residential (Low Rise Apartment) to facilitate the proposed (RA7) Low Rise Apartment rezoning.

The proposed AP Zone to enable the future development of the school-park site conforms with the Potter Greens NSP, which designates the area for a future school-park site.

Proposed Planned Collector Road Removal
The application also includes an amendment to the Potter Greens Neighbourhood Structure Plan (NSP) to remove a portion of a planned, but currently unbuilt, collector roadway known as Potter Greens Drive and replaces it with a shared-use path.

The City is reviewing the Transportation Review Report (Bunt & Associates - August 3, 2021) submitted by the applicant as part of its analysis of the proposed plan amendment and recommendation to Council.

Area Structure Plan Amendment

This proposal will also require an amendment to the Lewis Farms Area Structure Plan to align the two plans with regards to maps and text for transportation and open space (school / parks).

The City has not yet taken a position of support or non-support on this application. The City’s position will be determined by a thorough analysis of the proposal that includes technical considerations (e.g. traffic and drainage impacts) and alignment to applicable City land use-related plans and policies.

This application is being reviewed for alignment with the City Plan, Lewis Farms Area Structure Plan, and the Potter Greens Neighbourhood Structure Plan. Due to the site’s proximity to the future Lewis Farms LRT Station, it will also be reviewed against the City’s Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Guidelines.

Please see the frequently asked questions and other documentation in the right hand sidebar for more information.

CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

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    Generally apartment complexes cause increased vehicle street parking. What impact would this large density proposed complex have on street parking alone on Picard Drive and Potter Greens Drive to the west of this complex? Has a study been done to account for the volume of street parking this would create in the area? With the anticipated street parking and traffic flow, how can you ensure the safety of golfers using the crossing path across Picard Drive at the corner of the proposed development? There would be limited vision in seeing the golf carts crossing at this point. How would Emergency Response vehicles get through when the increased apartment vehicles are parked on Picard Drive? Consideration has to be given to this most important service.

    PDR asked 4 months ago

    In July 2020, City Council approved  Open Option Parking. Open Option Parking means that minimum on-site parking requirements have been removed from Edmonton’s Zoning Bylaw, allowing developers, homeowners and businesses to decide how much on-site parking to provide on their properties based on their particular operations, activities or lifestyle.

    Businesses and homeowners know their parking needs best and have an interest in ensuring they are met, making this approach more likely to result in the “right amount” of parking. The type and amount of parking for this development will be determined at the development permit stage in accordance with the new Zoning Bylaw regulations.

    The City understands some residents have concerns about the level of on-street parking pressure in their neighbourhoods. This pressure is not new and the City will continue to work with neighbourhoods as we do now to apply on-street parking management tools, such as time-restricted parking, paid parking, no parking/no stopping zones, and residential parking programs.

    The City’s current approach to managing parking within a specific area is to first gather information related to parking congestion before installing any type of restrictions. This is to balance the supply of parking spaces with the demands of the community.

    Residents that have any questions or concerns about current on-street parking levels  in their neighbourhood can email trafficops@edmonton.ca with the subject line “Proactive Parking” and the name of the neighbourhood that they reside in.

    Crosswalks, including those on Picard Drive used by both pedestrians and golf carts, are governed by the City’s Traffic Bylaw, which requires vehicles to not be parked within 5 metres of the near side of a marked crosswalk to help ensure proper visibility.  The width of Picard Drive is 11.5 m which is wide enough to accommodate parking on both sides of the street, and two way traffic, including emergency vehicles. 

    The City of Edmonton also recently implemented a new 40 km/hour speed limit on local and collector roads in Edmonton, which includes Picard Drive. This is related to the City’s Vision Zero which aims to give drivers more time to react, and reduces likelihood of severe crashes. Roads with school and/or playground zones will continue to be 30 km/hr between the hours of 7:30 am and 9:00 pm.

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    Please refer to bylaw 14580. Within this bylaw it states that "the intent is to develop the site in a 'stepped' fashion, reducing heights and densities incrementally towards lower density areas so that development integrates sensitively " How does turning the RA5 (townhomes) to a RH7 (4 story apartment) meet this requirement when there are single family homes adjacent to the proposed site?

    William asked 4 months ago

    Bylaw 14580 was an amendment to the Potter Greens NSP for City-owned land, part of which facilitated Bylaw 14581 (land to the east of the proposed RA7 site which was rezoned to RF5). That RF5 site abuts land developed under DC2.206 which is developed as semi-detached housing.

    There is no single family (low density) residential abutting the proposed RA7 Site. Single family residential is located across Picard Drive to the west of the proposed RA7 site. Given the low density residential housing is separated from the proposed RA7 by a roadway, the use of ‘stepping’ is not necessary to facilitate appropriate transition. 

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    Why is the connector road not being built?

    William asked 4 months ago

    As outlined in their NSP Amendment report (section 3.2), the applicants stated rationale for removing the unbuilt portion of the collector road is as follows:

    1. Cost of road construction (due to soil composition);

    2. Reduces unnecessary infrastructure cost now and in future;

    3. There is no timeline for development of City land (and therefore no timeline for extension completion);

    4. The extension is not required for transit service;

    5. Storm and water services can be provided without building the road;

    6. Connections can be provided through provision of a shared use path and emergency access (provided through dedication of road row);

    7. A transportation memo submitted with the application supports removal of the collector road extension from the neighbourhood plan.


    The planning merits of the rationale for the proposed road removal, and the plan amendment and rezoning application, are still under review by the City.  The NSP Amendment Report submitted by the applicant will be considered, along with a number of other factors, as part of the City’s analysis and recommendation to Council.