Edmonton Exhibition Lands is undergoing a major transformation.
Bordered by established neighbourhoods, the Edmonton Exhibition Lands accounts for more than 200 acres of prime urban space. The area is the City’s second largest urban infill site located in a premier location. Its proximity to downtown, LRT and transit, and the river valley, creates a wider network with access to more neighbourhoods, other park areas and green space amenities.
With the transfer of the Coliseum back to City ownership, the transfer of the Expo Centre operations to Edmonton Economic Development Corporation, and the closure of the casino and horse track by the end of the first quarter of 2019, the City is working to ensure a smooth and secure site transition and has embarked on creating a new vision for a community at the heart of Edmonton. The City has an exciting opportunity to create a redevelopment plan that will achieve the City’s goals of infill, revitalization and reconnecting neighbouring communities, while recognizing the need to respect the history of the site that was traditionally used as a gathering place bringing people together for commerce, innovation and celebration.
Ideas and Concepts Phases
Based on public feedback during the Idea Generation Engagement, the City assessed the ideas and themed them into five general categories:
This work led to a public “Ideas Review” event at the Expo Centre on June 21 where participants participated in activities to gather feedback on these and ways that they could be combined on the Exhibition Lands site.
The City created a number of concepts using the results from the activities and participant feedback, as well as a number of factors, including: stakeholder input, the Guiding Principles, best practices in land use planning, issues and opportunities analysis, and market feasibility.
The eight Guiding Principles for this redevelopment are:
These concepts were presented at another public engagement session held September 18 and they will be further refined to inform the selection of a preferred development concept.
While we are narrowing our concept down to one preferred option to advance through more detailed analysis and discussion, as well as drafting the policies for the redevelopment plan, there is still opportunity for the public to provide feedback through our Insight Survey edmontoninsightcommunity.ca/c/a/5yPFOavpbBMIE8bhwK4WWs
For more information, visit edmonton.ca/exhibitionlands