The municipal, provincial and federal governments, along with local school boards, will have to join forces to prevent the demise of Edmonton’s mature neighbourhoods, concludes a new city report.
"We learned that when confronted with historical and demographic change, it’s not easy to keep communities and schools lively, desirable and vibrant," said former city councillor Michael Phair, chair of the Community Sustainability Task Force.
"(The report) is the result of our examination of community sustainability and offers recommendations as a ‘blueprint’ for the next steps Edmonton can take to achieve ongoing community vitality," he said.
Phair was appointed last year to study the issue of Edmonton's fading communities.
Core neighbourhoods have been fighting school closures and the saturation of social agencies and housing in their communities over the years.
The committee arrived at nine recommendations including:
- Creation of a new urban agenda
- A channel or body that would bring the city, the school boards and the province together to ensure community sustainability
- The development of an asset-based plan for every mature neighbourhood (to determine strengths and needs)
- A collaborative regulatory environment
- The creation of and support for business diversity within communities
- A diversity of housing, and better education within communities around diversity and densification
- The delivery of life-long learning opportunities in all community-driven plans
- Innovative and sustainable funding from the province of Alberta to guarantee that existing and new schools are modern, multi-functional and able to accommodate a diversity of programs
Representatives from the city, school boards and Alberta Education will now begin developing a plan for the recommendations.