Coming up at council: June 27-July 1, 2022

Coming up at council: June 27-July 1, 2022

· The Pulse

This is city council's final committee week before the summer break. The community and public services committee will meet on Monday and executive committee will meet on Wednesday.

  • By the end of the year, the city projects it will have created approximately 2,843 units of affordable housing since approving the Affordable Housing Investment Plan in 2018. Administration has developed three scenarios for the updated Affordable Housing Investment Plan for 2023-2026 to build and refurbish 2,400 to 3,500 units. The required financial contribution from the city ranges from $163.4 million to $246.4 million.
  • Administration's proposed approach for snow and ice control — to be implemented over three years — promises a faster response to weather events, a 45.2% improvement on the completion of blading residential roads to a five-centimetre snowpack, and better clearing around public squares, paved pathways in parks and playgrounds, and residential driveway openings and curb cuts. If approved, the updated approach would cost $9.5 million for the rest of 2022, and would have a total budget of $89.9 million in 2023, $104.7 million in 2024, and $111.5 million in 2025, for a total estimated tax increase of 3.1% from 2023 to 2026.
  • Hangar 14, which is the only remaining "double wide, double long" hangar in Canada, is currently leased by the Alberta Aviation Museum. The building requires extensive rehabilitation in the next five years, which administration estimates will cost at least $41 million. Given the high cost and other challenges, a City of Edmonton-led rehabilitation is not being considered. Administration's recommendation is to sell the building.
  • The development of an after-hours response system and the designation of a "Night Mayor" are among the options for council to consider to further support the hospitality and entertainment industry.

There are several reports related to affordable housing:

Here are some of the other notable agenda items:

Executive committee will also receive the 2021 annual reports and audited financial statements from all 13 business improvement areas.

Meetings are streamed live on city council's YouTube channel.

Photo: The Tribal Chiefs Ventures Inc. housing project in north central Edmonton was among the affordable housing projects built in the city in 2021. (Government of Alberta)