New Residential Units in Mature Areas measures the number of net new residential units in mature areas (Includes CPR Irvine, Gainer Industrial and Griesbach), including downtown as a percentage of new residential units city-wide. This measure is calculated annually using residential permit data. Permits for new residential units less demolition permits in mature areas including downtown are divided by total permits for new residential units less demolition permits city-wide. A unit can be a house, an apartment, a garden suite or a garage suite. This measure monitors progress in directing growth to existing urban areas where there is capacity to accommodate dwelling units and population to achieve a compact city.
This measure reflects reinvestment and redevelopment in existing neighbourhoods. The City supports making better use of its land infrastructure by encouraging growth to existing urban areas. An increased proportion of growth in mature areas, where there is already infrastructure capacity, contributes to a compact, sustainable city.
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
This measure showed a decline from 24 percent in 2016 to
19 percent in 2017. Historically, this indicator has been below
target, with 2016 being the sole year which almost met the target
of 25 percent of new residential units in mature neighbourhoods,
in part due to two large multi-family projects in the core. This
indicator is sensitive to construction cycles and market forces.
Infill housing development within mature areas has led to a net gain
of more than 12,000 units over the past eight years.