Affordable Housing

Affordable Housing and Housing Diversity

What makes a neighbourhood a true community, one that exudes comfort, security, vibrancy
and a sense of belonging? One that welcomes residents and visitors alike as a safe, friendly
and interesting place to be? It is difficult to describe and even tougher to achieve, but surely it is
what most of us want from the places that we live.

First I believe it is important to define “Affordable Housing”.

  • There is government subsidized housing.
  • There is affordable market housing.
  • And finally, there is affordable living which goes beyond the cost of housing and starts to include transportation, taxes, utilities etc.

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Council Pushes Group Home Changes

St. Albert could become more inclusive with a simple text amendment.

On Monday, council decided to push forward a Land Use Bylaw amendment that would make all group homes a permitted use within residential neighbourhoods, despite recommendations by city administration to hold off on the changes.

Under the current bylaw, group homes of up to three people are a permitted use in R1 residential districts, while group homes of up to six people are considered a discretionary use, meaning neighbours have the opportunity to appeal the development permit.

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Growth Plan Sets Out Vision for Metro Region


The capital region could save $5 billion and preserve an area bigger than St. Albert, Sherwood Park, Spruce Grove and Bruderheim combined under a growth plan set to go to a vote next month.

The Capital Region Board received the final draft of its new growth plan Sept. 8. Dubbed the Edmonton Metropolitan Region Growth Plan, it sets out the ground rules for how Edmonton-area communities are to develop in the next 30 years.

Urban sprawl is expensive, said St. Albert Coun. Cathy Heron, who served on the growth plan’s task force. St. Albert will need a new fire hall within five years if it keeps sprawling at current rates, and that will cost everyone.


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