The city of Edmonton is over halfway done the review of the Mature Neighbourhood Overlay.
The review looks at the 24 rules that apply to mature neighbourhoods, and says where houses can be placed on the lot, to avoid suburban style homes with a front attached garage.
Senior Planner with the city, Colton Kirsop says 5300 people were surveyed and for the most part the feedback was positive.
“By enlarge people are still very happy with preserving treeline boulevards and having continuous sidewalks, and what that means is they would like to continue not to have front attached garages in mature neighbourhoods. So we got a lot of strong support for those existing rules.”
Kirsop says the amount of feedback they received was surprising, but encouraging.
“That’s fantastic it really makes our job a lot easier, we’re not guessing we’ve actually had direct input from citizens about what they’d like to see.”
He says they heard feedback on the size of yards, the use of cantilevers and privacy, but overall people seemed to be happy with the rules and for the most part those that did respond were from mature neighbourhoods.
“In and around the core and a little bit further out all the way, north of the Yellowhead down to just south of the Whitemud and from 170 street all the way over to Capilano. So pretty good mix of geography and age groups gave us input.”
Kirsop says the city is now drafting changes to the rules and will present those changes this fall.