creating a food secure city
All communities in Edmonton should have access to all the necessities of life – that means access to fresh, healthy and affordable food, with grocery stores and pharmacies within walking distance of all homes. In 2015, Edmonton had eight communities that were considered food deserts, meaning there is no grocery store within one kilometre of the neighbourhood centre, including Blue Quill and Malmo Plains. In some cases, these food deserts are the result of restrictive covenants, agreements with now-closed grocery stores that prevent new ones from being opened in the vicinity. In other cases, the city's own parking restrictions prevent new grocery stores from opening, by requiring urban grocery stores to have a disproportionately large amount of parking space.
- Expropriate restrictive covenants on empty grocery sites
- Re-examine parking minimums for grocery stores and pharmacies
affordable, sustainable and responsible infill
Infill is an important part of keeping Edmonton's mature neighbourhoods sustainable. Infill brings down the cost of housing in mature areas, allowing young families and single people to move into older neighbourhoods, keeping schools full and ensuring that the area remains vibrant. However, ensuring that infill is done responsibly, fulfills the needs of the community and doesn't damage existing homes is important to ensuring its long-term sustainability
- Increased opportunities for homeowners to build laneway housing. Laneway housing would be a win for Edmonton homeowners, allowing them to recoup costs and earn income from a rental property on their existing land and provide more affordable housing options to Edmontonians
- Create infill that spans multiple price points, so that single-income families have access to mature neighbourhoods
- Require infill builders to adhere to best practices and provide a detailed plan for preventing damage to nearby homes
- Simplify complaint process for neighbours whose homes are damaged by infill excavation and construction
accessible transit for all edmontonians
Transit planning must take into account the needs of all Edmontonians, including those who work late-night or early-morning shifts, those with disabilities, and those living on low incomes.
- Provide more late-night transit options, including 24-hour bus service in high-demand areas
- Maintain and expand transit access in all communities
- Expand transit access for low-income families
- Increase accessibility of transit for those with low mobility