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 a fourth team planned for early next year.
Infill Compliance Team:
A Community Standards Peace Officer, Development Compliance Officer and a Safety Codes Officer make up the Infill Compliance team. Since it was established in July, the team has inspected 169 sites and responded to 164 complaints. The most common complaints were:
- Tree protection
- Debris control and cleanliness
- Perimeter and excavation fencing
- Material on sidewalks or roadways
- Tracking mud onto the roadway
- Obstructions and occupying the road right of way
Residents are encouraged to file complaints:
by phone: 311
by email: [email protected]
online: Contact 311 Form
Through app: Edmonton 311 (available for both Android and Apple)
Infill Liaison Team:
Currently two principal planners make up this team but they are in the midst of hiring new staff to fill all roles on the team. Launched in August, this team works to coordinate City infill initiatives, analyze infill issues and complaints, serve as point of contact for all questions relating to infill, and support ongoing policy development.
Residential Infill Development Approvals Team (RIDA):
This team has been in place since 2015 and consists of 6 planners and one principal planner that review and approve infill development permit applications. Due to the complexity of infill applications, ongoing communication between applicants, home builders and community members is very important. This team answers all technical questions regarding interpretation and implementation of Zoning Bylaw regulations. Since 2015, this team has reviewed over 4700 applications.
Development Completion Permit:
Early next year, this team will be responsible for issuing a DCP (development completion permit) once confirmation of a development is in accordance with the approved permit conditions and plans. This will be a requirement before the building or site can be utilized. Six planning technicians and planners will make up the team and will inspect all major and minor development permits including low density residential housing in core and mature neighbourhoods. These inspections will be automatically scheduled if they are not requested by the applicant prior to occupancy.
Here is an updated list of all Infill Construction related initiatives with timelines on completed work and future projects. Also check out the City of Edmonton Residential Infill website where you’ll find great resources for community members, builders and home buyers.
Also check out the City of Edmonton Infill Website where you’ll find valuable information and resources for community members, builders and home buyers. I encourage you to have your say by filling out the Mature Neighbourhood Overlay survey or sign up to receive e-newsletters to learn the latest infill related news and initiatives.