The City’s Evolving Infill initiative acknowledges that while incremental change resulting from small scale infill is an important piece of the City’s redevelopment approach, small scale infill alone is not sufficient to support the urban shift Edmonton requires.
A greater focus on medium scale housing forms, such as townhomes and walk-up apartments, is needed to proactively address the continued growth and change. These types of housing forms, which exist between single detached homes and duplexes (small scale) and tall buildings (large scale), tend to be less common in cities across Canada. That’s why they are often referred to as the 'missing middle'.
The acknowledgement of 'missing middle' housing points to opportunities to enable more diverse housing in Edmonton’s neighbourhoods. This may better meet the needs of residents and the housing market, while also addressing the City’s goals of market affordability, density, liveability and housing choice.
The medium scale residential zones in Edmonton’s Zoning Bylaw establish the parameters for the development of these ‘missing middle’ housing types. These zones have not been substantially reviewed or updated since 2001 and, as a result, there are a number of challenges with the existing rules within these zones.
The City is undertaking a review of Edmonton’s middle density residential zones and associated overlays to identify what regulation changes are needed to reduce barriers that prevent the development of 'missing middle' housing.
The zones and overlays under review include:
- Small Scale Infill Development Zone
- Row Housing Zone
- Urban Character Row Housing Zone
- Medium Density Multiple Family Zone
- Low Rise Apartment Zone
- Medium Rise Apartment Zone
Additionally, a review of Edmonton’s approach to family-oriented housing in comparison to other Canadian cities will also be undertaken.
This project is currently at the information gathering stage.
There are a number of opportunities available for the public to provide input on the different approaches to regulating 'missing middle' housing. Input collected will be weighed with research findings and policy considerations to help inform Zoning Bylaw changes, which will go to City Council for a final decision.
Evolving Infill Workshops
Register for an upcoming Evolving Infill workshop.
Date: Tuesday January 23, 2018
Location: Inglewood School
11515 127 Street NW
Date: Thursday January 25, 2018
Location: Commonwealth Recreation Centre
11000 Stadium Road NW
Date: Monday January 29, 2018
Location: Daly Grove Elementary School
1888 37 Street NW
Date: Wednesday February 7, 2018
Location: Beacon Heights School
4610 121 Avenue NW
A survey will be available for all members of the public to complete online in February 2018.