City sets bold new direction, moves on new growth priorities mapped in The City Plan
December 7, 2020

After more than two years, 10,000 conversations, and hundreds of hours planning, research and study, The City Plan has been adopted by Edmonton City Council.

The City Plan combines a Municipal Development Plan and Transportation Master Plan, and includes strategic direction in environmental planning, social planning and economic development.

"The City Plan brings forward a vision for Edmonton that will allow it to become a healthy, urban, climate-resilient city that supports a prosperous region," said Mayor Don Iveson. "It ensures that as our city grows, we’re building a fiscally and environmentally viable future for generations of Edmontonians to come."

Over two years of engagement, The City Plan team spoke to diverse groups of Edmontonians from all parts of the city. The result is a plan that responds to what Edmontonians said they want to see in their future city. It is a bold, visionary document that puts equal importance on building on our existing strengths and undertaking the transformational work required to achieve our future city for the next generations. 

"It’s not enough for cities to look a few years down the road and think they are planning for the future," said Interim City Manager Adam Laughlin. "In order to adapt to our rapidly changing times and the demands they place on our citizens and economy, we need to think far into the future. We need to be bold and flexible and plan for the city we want while also caring for the city we currently enjoy."

After three days of Council public hearings in September, featuring 33 speakers, The City Plan was sent to the Edmonton Metropolitan Region Board (EMRB) to ensure the plan was aligned with the existing metropolitan growth plan. This recommendation for approval was received on November 24, 2020.

The City Plan articulates the need for intentional efforts in the areas of climate change, housing choice, transportation and ensuring our continued growth happens within the city’s current boundaries to support financial and environmental sustainability.
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