On Tuesday December 13th City Council unanimously approved our 2016-18 Supplemental Budget Adjustment. For more information about how we got to the vote on Tuesday you can read this post from a few weeks ago. While the tax increase of 2.85% is the lowest increase in the last 10 years, I want to share my…

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At the November 29/30 City Council meeting, we will be reviewing the proposed supplemental Operating Budget adjustments. You can read the full reports here (item 6.1) but I want to provide an overview of the proposal and my thoughts on it. The City also has a fantastic interactive website that explains all facets of the…

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In an effort to alleviate many concerns Council and residents have regarding infill projects in mature communities, City Council directed Administration to create an integrated inspection and enforcement team to perform proactive inspections at infill sites under construction in mature neighbourhoods. Since this decision on March 22nd, three teams have been established so far with…

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At the June 15th City Council meeting EPCOR Utilities Inc. asked Council to consider transferring Drainage Utilities Services over to their operations. In response to this request, Council passed the following motion “That Administration complete an independent assessment of the EPCOR proposal, and be reimbursed by EPCOR for the cost of the assessment, and return to…

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The City of Edmonton recently released the results of the 2016 Edmonton Census along with the Annual Growth Monitoring Report (which reports on the previous year’s growth). I thought I’d provide a brief summary of the overall growth within the Capital Region, Edmonton and Ward 1. Capital Region Growth: The Capital Region’s expected population by 2044…

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On Tuesday October 11th, City Council unanimously voted in favour of a minimum bike grid for our downtown core. As bike lanes have been the most common issue raised over the last three years, I want to provide some additional information about where we have come from and where we are headed in 2017. Bike Lane…

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At the Tuesday September 27th Executive Committee meeting we received an update about the Walterdale Bridge delay. While this delay is frustrating, what concerned me more was the discussion around deadlines for projects. It was suggested that completion dates may need to be less specific on major projects as they are quite complex. While I…

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It likely comes as no surprise that taxes are a regular topic of discussion with residents. It is also a regular topic of discussion at City Council. The challenge is finding the balance between providing the necessary services for a growing city while trying to minimize the tax dollars required. Although our Administration looks for inefficiencies…

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As you may have heard, the Federal government recently announced they will be contributing $143.9 million towards Edmonton’s transit projects.  This is great news for Edmonton as part of the funding will be spent on LRT expansion, with priority set for the Valley Line Stage 2 West (Downtown to Lewis Farms). These funds, along with…

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Our Administration’s detailed analysis of Northlands Vision 2020 was released today. The full analysis along with the associated working papers can be found here. Generally, I use this blog to write about decisions that have already been made. As this is an important discussion, I thought it would be useful to share this information in advance. Once you…

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