Measure Description

New Residential Units in Mature Areas measures the number of net new residential units in mature areas within the Mature Neighbourhood Overlay, Downtown, and major redevelopment areas including CPR Irvine, Gainer Industrial and Griesbach, as a percentage of new residential units city-wide. This measure is calculated annually using residential building permit data. Permits for new residential units, less demolition permits in these areas, are divided by total permits for new residential units less demolition permits city-wide. A unit can be a house (single detached, duplex, semi-detached, or row-house unit), an apartment unit, a secondary suite, or a garden suite. This measure monitors progress in shifting growth to existing urban areas to achieve a compact and efficient city.

Measure Importance

This measure reflects reinvestment and redevelopment in the Mature Neighbourhood Overlay, Downtown, and major redevelopment areas including CPR Irvine, Gainer Industrial and Griesbach, compared to development in other, newer neighbourhoods across the city. The City supports making better use of its infrastructure by encouraging growth in already developed urban areas. An increased proportion of growth in mature areas contributes to a compact, sustainable city.

Historical Data

Data source: City of Edmonton, Residential Permit Data. POSSE data collected by Sustainable Development at the time new residential and demolition permits are issued.

Explanation of Performance

In 2018, the City exceeded its target of 25% of net new residential units being developed within the Mature Neighbourhood Overlay, Downtown, and major redevelopment areas including CPR Irvine, Gainer Industrial and Griesbach. From 2010 - 2018, the number of net new dwelling units in mature areas has been increasing overall, from over 1,000 net new units in 2010 to almost 2,500 net new units in 2018. Over 14,500 net new units have been built over these nine years.
Net New Housing Units in Mature Neighbourhood Overlay, Downtown, and major redevelopment areas including CPR Irvine, Gainer Industrial, and Griesbach:
  • 2010: 1021
  • 2011: 1313
  • 2012: 1370
  • 2013: 1393
  • 2014: 1731
  • 2015: 1701
  • 2016: 1951
  • 2017: 1689
  • 2018: 2496
The increase in net new units in mature areas is likely in part related to legislation and communication efforts over this time period. The absolute increase as well as the variation of this measure is also likely due to factors outside of City control. Such factors include the economy, market forces, and construction cycles as they impact both redevelopment in existing neighbourhoods and new neighbourhoods.
Legislative Changes
  • Allowing lot splitting (2013) and reducing lot size requirements (2015) – saw the number of lot splits for single detached housing grow from 22 in 2013, to 104 in 2015, to 214 in 2018.
  • Reduced location restrictions on garage suites (2015) - led to a 96% increase in the number of building permits issued in the following year.
  • Allowing secondary suites in semi-detached, duplex, row housing, and single detached homes on narrow lots (2018) - this change is expected to lead to a considerable increase in the number of building permits for this category.
  • Allowing semi-detached and duplex housing in RF1 and RF2 zones (2018) - this change is expected to lead to a considerable increase in the number of building permits for this category.
Communication and Engagement
  • Creation of a dedicated Residential Infill Website and the Infill Liaison Team in 2016 have provided additional sources of information for citizens concerned with infill development, as well as for those interested in going through the process of development.  An average of 15,800 unique users per year have viewed the website.
  • Consultation is performed with stakeholders in advance of significant changes, such as in the development of the Infill Roadmap or the Zoning Bylaw Renewal.
It is expected that redevelopment within mature areas will increase as the City continues to advance plans and initiatives that support market transformation including: developing the City Plan, progressing Edmonton’s Infill Roadmap, and transit-oriented development planning. Additional growth is anticipated as a result of development in the downtown core and surrounding neighbourhoods (e.g. Blatchford).

Useful Links

Information about the City's strategic plan, The Way Ahead: http://www.edmonton.ca/city_government/city_vision_and_strategic_plan/the-way-ahead.aspx