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In 2006, the vacant school building site at  16350-82 Street in Belle Rive was approved by City Council for development into townhomes under the City’s First Place program .  

The new townhomes will only be developed on the 1.6  ha of land that was previously set aside for a school building. The 12.11 ha of open space surrounding the housing development will be retained by the City and continue to serve sports, recreation and community uses as identified in the original neighbourhood structure plan.


What's Being Built?

Many Edmontonians dream of owning their own home but don’t have the financial resources to make it happen. Young professionals, single parents and residents in middle income brackets can find it particularly tough to break into Edmonton’s housing market, which is one of the most expensive in Canada.

The City’s First Place Program teams with banks and builders to develop vacant surplus school building sites into attractive townhomes.  The homes are market priced, with a five-year deferral on the land portion of the mortgage, making them more accessible to first time buyers.

A public design engagement process involving selected community volunteers helps to shape development in each neighbourhood. This forms the basis for the development permit approval process that follows.

Design Engagement

The design engagement process in Belle Rive is now underway.

Four community members were selected through an open application process to work with the builder to help design the new homes and ensure they are a good fit with the surrounding neighbourhood.  This will include providing input on design elements, such as building orientation and shape, number of homes, rooflines, site access, vistas, and exterior home design details and landscaping.

Updates, including meeting minutes and design options under consideration, will be posted online here following each design engagement meeting. The City will also be preparing a What We Heard and What We Did report at the end of the design engagement process. This report will outline which concerns raised by the community at the April 2015 Open House have been able to be addressed through the design engagement process.

Design Engagement Meeting Notes

Design Engagement Meeting # 1 - May 16, 2017
Design Engagement Meeting # 2 - July 5, 2017 

Once the engagement process is completed, the builder will be applying for a development permit application based on the final design plans agreed upon by the design engagement committee.

This design engagement process was developed for the Greenview and Canon Ridge pilots sites in 2007/8 and has been successfully used for every First Place Program community to date. Construction on the Belle Rive site will not commence until completion of the design engagement process.

What We've Heard

April 2015: Open House
All public input received at the open house and online is reflected in the Belle Rive What We Heard summary. This ‘What We Heard’ document will be used to help inform the engagement process used to design the new homes.

Email Updates

Stay informed about the project by signing up to receive regular email updates. Contact the City at

Frequently Asked Questions

Please refer to our surplus schools and First Place frequently asked questions pages. 

For More Information

First Place Homes


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Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311


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