Alberta Mirror

Edmonton achieves to have infill units make up 25% of new houses


Key takeaways: 

  • Edmonton is called a national leader in making new houses in mature areas.
  • Infill has residential towers, garden suites, and medium-density row accommodation.

Twenty-five percent of new housing made since 2010 are infill houses located in Edmonton’s core and mature sites, achieving a goal set by the city when it embarked on its infill roadmap in that year.

Coun. Ashley Salvador said the infill roadmap had shifted the city’s path to development. 

“For a long time — decades — construction has concentrated on suburban, greenfield change,” she said Tuesday after the city council’s urban planning committee differed a roadmap update.

“The infill roadmap was to help us change that course towards more infill redevelopment, which has taken a lot of action and consistent help from the city [administration], council, community, and industry.”

Salvador said measures taken to improve the urban landscape also manage climate change, equity, and affordability.

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achieving a goal set by the city when it embarked on its infill roadmap in that year

“Edmonton is the one to watch,” Mariah Samji, executive director of the Infill Development in Edmonton Association (IDEA), suggested to councilors.

“I get calls from Ontario, in cities outside of Toronto, inside of Toronto, I receive calls from Calgary, Vancouver, Regina, Winnipeg; they’re looking at what we’re doing.”

Salvador said a few elements had fuelled Edmonton’s stature. The city amended zoning rules over the previous few years, stopping single-family-only zoning and minimum parking needs. 

“We enabled an extensive range of accommodation options in our mature neighborhoods — things like duplexes, row housing, garden suites, basement suites — that other cities are only beginning to talk about now,” Salvador said. 

Ten years back, Salvador stated a lot of that kind of housing wasn’t permitted in some mature areas. 

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