Next year might be getting a little busier in the downtown core.
Edmonton City Council’s Executive Committee voted last week on a motion to amend our zoning laws.
In this motion, single-residence 50-foot lots (RF-1) could be subdivided into two smaller 25-foot lots.
They voted unanimously.
But they also asked city council to look at this seriously and prepare a report looking at the possible impacts of skinny homes in Edmonton’s mature communities.
Most of the city’s mature neighbourhoods pepper Central Edmonton. The impact could be huge—especially in areas with higher numbers of historical properties and lands.
But the overall benefit to skinny lots and homes can’t be overstated. Our city suffers from a lack of residential density in its core, and erecting skinny single detached homes or even skinny duplexes would go a very long way. We could see dramatic changes to the inventory of affordable detached homes in our city core within a decade by simply opening up the marketplace to them.
Many of us in the industry are excited by this idea—it strengthens the potential mix of families moving into mature neighbourhoods giving them even more new energy and protecting older schools that may have dwindling student numbers.
Thousands of residents would love to make Central Edmonton home. We know this because they’re already moving here. Building skinny homes is but one of the ways to get that sustainable mix of families and homebuyers into the city core without having to put maturing in-laws into seniors care.
We think it’s a win-win for the city, and we hope that the rest of our fine city understands how good it will be for us.
If you’re keen to get involved in the conversation, here is the list of council and committee meetings throughout the year.
Whether you are looking to buy or sell a home in the Edmonton real estate market, the Terry Paranych Team is always happy to have a conversation with you. Get in touch with us to get things started.