Urban Strategies led a multi-disciplinary consulting team that includes ISL Engineering and Land Services to develop a Corridor Plan for the area surrounding three planned LRT stations on the Valley Line in Edmonton. The plan establishes a framework to guide transit oriented development in the area.
The planning process included a robust consultation component, with frequent meetings with area landowners and stakeholders and a series of public workshops to obtain community input. After performing several background technical analyses to understand existing conditions in the Corridor, soliciting the community’s perspective on the Corridor’s strengths and challenges, and analyzing anticipated demographic and market shifts, Urban Strategies created three “conceptual scenarios” to demonstrate potential outcomes of growth in the Corridor. A preferred scenario was then developed, combining the best elements of each, and supported by a series of mobility, public realm, land use and built form policies.
On July 6, 2015, City Council adopted the 104 Avenue Corridor ARP by unanimously approving Bylaw 17251. Five Direct Development Control Provisions (DC1) now guide the development of the corridor. These new zones provide land use regulation that aligns with the goals, objectives, and policy of the ARP to evolve the corridor towards a compact, well-designed built environment incorporating a mix of uses in support of transit-oriented development.
Urban Strategies is providing urban planning expertise related to master planning, policy, and the regulatory framework.