River Valley Planning Modernization

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Help shape the future of Edmonton’s River Valley. Your input will help create strategic planning guidance for the future of the River Valley and inform how decisions are made for this integral piece of Edmonton’s landscape.


We recently wrapped up Phase 1: Share Your Ideas. We will share a What We Heard Report in the coming weeks.

To receive updates on engagement opportunities, you are invited to sign up for the project newsletter.


About the Project

Edmonton’s City Plan, approved by City Council in 2020, describes the North Saskatchewan River Valley and Ravine System as “the most important feature of our city.” It is a vital ecological corridor, a valued recreation destination, a place of incredible cultural significance and a draw for visitors throughout the region.


The River Valley Planning Modernization Project will renew our strategic planning for the River Valley and the processes and tools for evaluating and regulating development that is proposed within the system.


The question at the heart of the project is this: How will we ensure that the River Valley, the backbone of our open space network, remains vibrant and ecologically resilient as the city grows?


CHECK OUT THE PROJECT VIDEO!


The project includes two streams of work:

  • Completing the Ribbon of Green Plan. Building on the Ribbon of Green SW+NE, we will develop a comprehensive strategic plan for the River Valley and Ravine System to guide appropriate public use and enjoyment while sustaining and restoring healthy and resilient ecosystems.

  • Modernizing the North Saskatchewan River Valley Area Redevelopment Plan (ARP), Bylaw 7188. In this stream we will develop a comprehensive regulatory framework for the River Valley that aligns with the City’s strategic direction, reflects Edmonton’s current planning and development context, and strengthens the City’s ability to protect and preserve environmentally sensitive areas.


Guided by an overarching vision and principles for the River Valley, the Ribbon of Green will define what we are going to do to protect the River Valley and support access and enjoyment. The River Valley ARP will outline how we are going to implement these actions.

Help shape the future of Edmonton’s River Valley. Your input will help create strategic planning guidance for the future of the River Valley and inform how decisions are made for this integral piece of Edmonton’s landscape.


We recently wrapped up Phase 1: Share Your Ideas. We will share a What We Heard Report in the coming weeks.

To receive updates on engagement opportunities, you are invited to sign up for the project newsletter.


About the Project

Edmonton’s City Plan, approved by City Council in 2020, describes the North Saskatchewan River Valley and Ravine System as “the most important feature of our city.” It is a vital ecological corridor, a valued recreation destination, a place of incredible cultural significance and a draw for visitors throughout the region.


The River Valley Planning Modernization Project will renew our strategic planning for the River Valley and the processes and tools for evaluating and regulating development that is proposed within the system.


The question at the heart of the project is this: How will we ensure that the River Valley, the backbone of our open space network, remains vibrant and ecologically resilient as the city grows?


CHECK OUT THE PROJECT VIDEO!


The project includes two streams of work:

  • Completing the Ribbon of Green Plan. Building on the Ribbon of Green SW+NE, we will develop a comprehensive strategic plan for the River Valley and Ravine System to guide appropriate public use and enjoyment while sustaining and restoring healthy and resilient ecosystems.

  • Modernizing the North Saskatchewan River Valley Area Redevelopment Plan (ARP), Bylaw 7188. In this stream we will develop a comprehensive regulatory framework for the River Valley that aligns with the City’s strategic direction, reflects Edmonton’s current planning and development context, and strengthens the City’s ability to protect and preserve environmentally sensitive areas.


Guided by an overarching vision and principles for the River Valley, the Ribbon of Green will define what we are going to do to protect the River Valley and support access and enjoyment. The River Valley ARP will outline how we are going to implement these actions.