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    Family-oriented
    Development
    Initiatives – Status
    Update

    Recommendation:
    That the September 5, 2012, Sustainable
    Development report 2012SCP032, be
    received as information.
    Report Summary
    This report provides an overview of
    family-oriented initiatives which
    Administration is currently working
    on.
    Previous Council/Committee Action
    At the September 21, 2011, Executive
    Committee meeting, the following
    motion was passed:

    That Administration return to
    Executive Committee with a status
    update on the progress with respect
    to the options outlined in the
    September 21, 2011, Sustainable
    Development report 2011SCP028.
    Report
    At the September 21, 2011, Executive
    Committee meeting, Sustainable
    Development report 2011SCP028
    presented numerous options for
    encouraging family-oriented and multi-
    generational development, (summarized
    in Attachment 1).

    Executive Committee did not pass a
    motion for Administration to pursue the
    options presented in 2011SCP028.
    Instead, Executive Committee passed
    two related motions:
    1) That Administration return to a future
    City Council Public Hearing with
    proposed amendments to the
    Zoning Bylaw for Family Oriented
    Dwellings, and
    2) That Administration return to
    Executive Committee with a report
    outlining options to provide
    incentives (financial and non-
    financial) for building three and four
    bedroom units on multi-storey
    buildings.

    Regarding the latter motion, two
    subsequent information reports have
    been presented to Executive Committee
    including: 2012SCP013 (Incentives to
    Build Additional Bedroom Units in Multi-
    Storey Buildings) on April 25, 2012, and
    2012SHE020 (Easier Implementation
    and Cornerstones Linkages – Third
    Bedroom Incentives in Multi-storey
    Buildings) on June 27, 2012.

    Sustainable Development report
    2012SCP013 resulted in the following
    motion being passed:

    Market Analysis – Multi-unit
    Family-Oriented Housing
    That Administration proceed with
    Initiative 1: Conduct a market
    analysis to better understand what
    conditions would lead to increased
    demand for multi-unit family-oriented
    housing in the City of Edmonton", as
    outlined in the April 25, 2012,
    Sustainable Development report
    2012SCP013 and return to
    Committee with a report outlining the
    results.

    The market study will be presented to
    Executive Committee in the first quarter
    of 2013.

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    Regarding the former motion to amend
    the Zoning Bylaw related to family-
    oriented dwellings, following the results
    of the market study, Administration will
    bring an amendment forward to a City
    Council Public Hearing in 2013.

    In addition, as Administration assesses
    affordable housing programs and
    housing incentives in preparation for the
    2013 budget, family-oriented housing
    may be incorporated into the policies of
    the Business Revitalization Zone
    Development Incentive Program, the
    Central Warehouse Housing Incentive
    Program, and Cornerstones II.
    Policy
    This report relates to the policies in
    Section 4.4 of The Way We Grow,
    Housing Choices.

    The Way We Grow also makes four
    specific policy references to family
    oriented housing:
    • Policy 3.3.1.7 is to consider the need
    for family-oriented housing in the
    preparation of Transit Oriented
    Design plans
    • Policies 3.5.2.5 and 4.2.1.10 are to
    promote family-oriented housing in
    established neighbourhoods
    • Policy 4.2.1.9 states that a minimum
    of 25% of family-oriented housing be
    part of large residential infill site
    projects within the Mature
    Neighbourhood Overlay

    Policy 6.1.1 of The Way We Live states
    that the City of Edmonton designs and
    advocates for complete communities: a
    community that is fully developed and
    meets the needs of the local residents
    through an entire lifetime.
    Policy 5.4 of The Capital City Downtown
    Plan states that initiatives should be
    explored that would make downtown
    Edmonton a more child friendly place,
    including adopting development
    requirements to ensure all downtown
    areas and buildings are welcoming to
    children and families. Policy 6.5
    promotes housing for families with
    children and seeks to provide incentives
    for this type of housing through the
    Central Warehouse Housing Incentive
    Program.
    Corporate Outcomes
    This report relates to the strategic goal
    of improving Edmonton’s liveability
    described in The Way Ahead – City of
    Edmonton Strategic Plan, 2009-2018.
    Budget/Financial Implications
    The cost of the family-oriented housing
    market study will be borne by
    Sustainable Development and will not
    require additional corporate resources.

    The Business Revitalization Zone
    Development Incentive Program, the
    Central Warehouse Housing Incentive
    Program, and Cornerstones II may
    require additional, new, or reallocated
    funding in order to be implemented.
    Attachments
    1. Summary of Options Proposed in
    Sustainable Development Report
    2011SCP028
    Others Reviewing this Report
    • L. Rosen, Chief Financial Officer and
    Treasurer

    Summary of Options Proposed in Sustainable Development Report 2011SCP028

    The following options for encouraging family-oriented and multi-generational
    development were presented in the September 21, 2011 Sustainable Development
    report 2011SCP028:

    1. Conduct a housing inventory to assess the supply and demand for multi-unit family-
    oriented housing.
    2. Create design guidelines for multi-unit family-oriented housing that focus more on
    functional design and less on dwelling size.
    3. Update the Terms of Reference for statutory plans to prioritize planning for multi-
    generational neighbourhoods.
    4. Draft a Zoning Bylaw definition for child friendly amenity area to enhance child
    friendly design criteria within the Zoning Bylaw.
    5. Create a policy which sets a development ratio for family-oriented dwellings.
    6. Continue current initiatives that enhance the amenities in the Quarters and
    Downtown, including the construction of new park space, new bikeways, and
    enhanced walkability.
    7. Support the Community Sustainability Task Force efforts to enhance the vibrancy of
    core communities.
    8. Review the Zoning Bylaw for opportunities to include Child Care Services as a
    permitted or discretionary use in more residential and commercial zones.
    9. Consider creating a municipal strategy to increase the number of child care spaces
    in high density urban areas.
    10. Include family-oriented housing criteria in the policies and procedures of the BRZ
    Development Incentive.
    11. Initiate research and consult with the development industry in order to quantify the
    value of an increase in Floor Area Ratio in multi-unit development that includes
    family-oriented dwellings.
    12. Continue to develop Transit Oriented Development guidelines.
    13. Consider parking regulations that do not require additional off-street parking spaces
    for units containing more than two bedrooms.
    14. Consider changing the wording in the Surface Drainage Bylaw and the Sewers
    Bylaw to make reference to development type, site coverage and hard-surfacing
    rather than zoning and land use.

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    Zoning Bylaw Review
    of Multi-Unit Project
    Development
    Regulations
    Recommendation:
    That the September 9, 2013, Sustainable
    Development report CR_382, be
    received for information.
    Report Summary
    This report outlines the approach
    Administration will use to review how
    Multi-Unit Project Developments are
    regulated in the Zoning Bylaw.
    Report
    The purpose of this review is threefold:
    1. To standardize requirements for
    multi-unit project developments.
    2. To assess the effectiveness of multiunit
    project development regulations in
    meeting the needs of a variety of
    lifestyle options and demographic
    groups.
    3. To ensure multi-unit project
    developments accommodate a broad
    range of housing types, while providing
    a viable alternative to fee-simple
    housing.
    The focus of the review will be on
    ground-oriented residential multi-unit
    project developments.
    Current Situation
    As defined in the Zoning Bylaw, “Multi-
    Unit Project Developments” includes
    “developments of three or more
    Dwellings, Commercial or Industrial
    uses developed on a Site that includes
    common property, such as, but not
    limited to, communal parking areas,
    driveways, private roadways, amenity
    areas, or maintenance areas that are
    shared.”
    There are two kinds of multi-unit project
    developments:
    1. Subdivided multi-unit project
    developments, which include some land
    that is privately owned, as well as some
    land that is communally owned;
    2. Unsubdivided multi-unit project
    developments, which do not include
    land that is privately owned; all land is
    communal.
    The issue with the current situation is
    that there are more regulations that
    apply to subdivided multi-unit project
    developments than to unsubdivided
    projects. In addition, land that is
    subdivided in a multi-unit project
    development is regulated in the same
    manner as fee-simple lots, which
    reduces the potential for creativity and
    flexibility in site design.
    Further, a majority of multi-unit project
    developments are unable to meet
    current Zoning Bylaw regulations,
    resulting in the need for variances on
    the development permit. The need for
    variances introduces additional time,
    cost and uncertainty to the development
    permit review process, which in turn
    creates a disincentive for this kind of
    development.

    Rationale for Review
    A regulatory review will be conducted
    with the following three objectives:
    1. To standardize requirements for
    multi-unit project developments.
    This project seeks to add clarity to the
    regulations that apply to multi-unit
    project developments. Added clarity will
    increase certainty on the part of both
    development permit applicants and city
    residents regarding the potential built
    form of multi-unit project developments.
    2. To assess the effectiveness of multiunit
    project development regulations in
    meeting the needs of a variety of
    lifestyle options and demographic
    groups.
    This review will assess how regulations
    can and should accommodate different
    lifestyle choices and respond to
    changes in the neighbourhood life cycle.
    It will also address how to encourage
    creativity and flexibility in site design.
    3. To ensure multi-unit project
    developments accommodate a broad
    range of housing types, while providing
    a viable alternative to fee-simple
    housing.
    This review will assess how multi-unit
    project development regulations can
    enable a broad range of housing
    types. It will also examine the potential
    advantages of multi-unit project
    developments over standard fee-simple
    development, and contribute to efficient
    land use.
    Next Steps
    In collaboration with the City’s Office of
    Public Engagement, an integrated public
    and stakeholder engagement strategy
    will be developed, and a Public
    Involvement Plan will be prepared in
    accordance with City Policy C513.
    Administration will engage a diversity of
    stakeholders to collaborate in
    creating regulatory solutions to address
    multi-unit project developments over the
    coming months.
    Administration will return to a City
    Council Public Hearing with proposed
    amendments to the Zoning Bylaw in
    2014.
    Policy
    The Way We Grow, Edmonton’s
    Municipal Development Plan:
    • Policy 4.4.1.1; Provide a broad and
    varied housing choice, incorporating
    housing for various demographic and
    income groups in all neighbourhoods
    • Policy 4.5.1.1; Work proactively and in
    partnership with others to meet a wide
    range of affordable housing needs in all
    areas of the city
    • Policy 5.1.1; Embrace high quality
    urban design throughout Edmonton.
    Designing New Neighbourhoods:
    Guidelines for Edmonton’s Future
    Residential Communities:
    • Principle 2.1; Provide for and/or build
    attractive and inviting streets, buildings,
    parks and open spaces.
    • Principle 3.1; Provide for a wide
    variety and choice of housing within the
    neighbourhood.
    Zoning Bylaw Review of Multi-Unit Project Development Regulations
    Page 3

    • Principle 3.2; Provide for affordable
    housing opportunities.
    Corporate Outcomes
    The Way Ahead, City of Edmonton
    Strategic Plan, 2009-2018:
    • Improve Edmonton’s Livability
    • Transform Edmonton’s Urban Form.
    Public Consultation
    At the time of writing this report,
    Administration had begun scheduling
    and conducting focus group sessions
    with stakeholder groups to chart the
    direction of this project, and to inform
    the scope and desired outcomes.
    Stakeholders involved in this process
    will include Edmonton Federation of
    Community Leagues, Urban
    Development Institute, Canadian Home
    Builders’ Association, the Edmonton
    Real Estate Board, the Infill
    Development in Edmonton Association,
    builders and architects, as well as
    members of the general public.
    Further public and stakeholder
    consultation will be conducted as the
    project proceeds.
    Others Reviewing this Report
    • L. Cochrane, General Manager,
    Community Services
    • D. Wandzura, General Manager,
    Transportation Services

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