The City Plan charts how we will build our future city to a population of two million people. It describes the choices we will make about how we build and move around the city. It is a plan for how, together, we will adapt, prosper and succeed as we grow from a big small city to a small big city.  
December 2018 - A third City Plan report will come to Urban Planning Committee (UPC) on February 12, 2019. The focus of this report will be on 'City Moves'. The report will be available to the public on February 7, 2019.

Developing The City Plan requires attention to two distinct concepts: The Essential City and the Future City. The Essential City highlights those aspects of today's Edmonton that residents' cherish and feel must be valued and sustained in the years to come, no matter what changes are ahead. The Future City identifies the transformational shifts - the City Moves - that take our city boldly into a future where two million people call Edmonton home.

Since September 2018, The City Plan team has engaged with the public and stakeholders through approximately 25 drop-in and more in-depth workshops. There have also been numerous opportunities through social media and digital formats to provide input.

This input has been analyzed, themed and used in the development of the City Moves coming forward in February.  A detailed What We Are Hearing report of all the engagement data will also come forward to the UPC in February.



City Move = A bold, visionary and foundational direction to advance Council's four goals. It will be transformational, rooted in our built environment, and responsive to changing social conditions, both current and future.


Since The City Plan project was initiated in August 2018, two reports have come forward to UPC, with a third coming in February 2019. In these reports guiding values and city-building outcomes (see page 16 and 21) were established. These were developed using the Vision 2050 engagement as well as current engagement conducted by The City Plan team. These values and outcomes are the voice of Edmontonians and serve as the foundation of the upcoming City Moves and future policy development work.  

In addition to public engagement, technical studies, policy reviews and modelling are required for the development of The City Plan. Research is advancing over the next 12 months and will be available online as it is available.  

Many Edmontonians have spent time with us and imagined what Edmonton might look like 30 years from now. To date, The City Plan team has spoken one-on-one with approximately 1200 residents, and many more through social media such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Engagement will continue in 2019 as scenarios and choices are developed for consideration. Watch here for upcoming dates and details as they are posted.

During engagement, residents were asked to work together and build a model of a future city of two million people and the choices we might need to make. Here are some of the themes that were shared by residents:
  • Let's make a city with a multi-modal, interconnected transportation network
  • Let's make a city with identifiable urban villages/districts/neighbourhood hearts
  • Let's be a Treaty city
  • Let's identify nodes and corridors to focus our activity and investment
  • Let's create flexible policy that accommodates innovation
  • Let's increase the density of our city
  • Let's make buildings, blocks and streets for people
  • Let's focus on the river valley
  • Let's be a food city
  • Let's be fiscally responsible
  • Let's be a city of climate refuge
This is just a snapshot of some thoughts shared with The City Plan Team. Pick up the February UPC report to read all the detailed engagement data and themes from sessions completed during November and December.

An example of one of the 3D models built by residents. This depicts a Future City of two million people.


What We are Hearing Report - Phase II
City Plan Playbook
Transforming Edmonton Blogs


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Annual emissions have grown in Edmonton by 600,000 tonnes,
from 18.3 megatonnes in 2016 to 18.9 megatonnes in 2017.
That's equivalent to 128,000 cars driven for one year.


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