City wins award for mature neighbourhood planning,
thanks Edmontonians
October 2, 2018

The City’s Mature Neighbourhood Overlay (MNO) Review project won the Alberta Professional Planners Institute 2018 Award of Merit. Winners were announced at an awards ceremony held yesterday.

"We're excited to have this innovative work recognized by the Institute," says Colton Kirsop, Senior Planner with the City's Zoning Bylaw Team. "We are grateful that so many Edmontonians made this review one of the most extensive and effective public engagements done by the City."

The MNO Review aimed to improve and modernize Edmonton’s 16-year-old zoning regulations for development in mature neighbourhoods. The review helped support better infill by streamlining processes and creating opportunities to support improved infill outcomes, while also ensuring new housing in mature neighbourhoods remains sensitive to the community. 

Edmontonians were instrumental in shaping the new regulations. The project team received over 7,800 responses from nearly all ages and all areas in the city. This feedback culminated in several changes, for example, allowing for taller basements so builders can install larger windows that bring more natural light into basement suites.

The MNO came into effect September, 2017, and was Action 17 on Edmonton’s original Infill Roadmap, a two-year work plan created in 2014 developed collaboratively by Edmontonians, builders and the City to advance residential infill in Edmonton. 

The annual Institute awards acknowledge meritorious plans and projects undertaken, in whole or in part, by members of the Institute that significantly contribute to the livability of communities in Alberta, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. An Award of Planning Excellence is granted only to submissions that are outstanding, distinguished and demonstrate extraordinary merit.
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