Neighbourhoods can now request lower speed limits on local roads — provided there is enough documented support within the community.

Under the new policy passed Wednesday by Edmonton city council, community leagues can ask for a speed limit of 40 km/hr if they have a recommendation from city administration and win 60 per cent of support from a city-initiated survey.

Coun. Jane Batty voted against the policy.

"So suddenly you're getting a patchwork of speed limits in communities and I think that's quite disconcerting for the driver," she said.

But Coun. Amarjeet Sohi says the policy gives communities a way to deal with speeding drivers.

"They're the ones who understand the local problems and all we want to do is give them the ability to pursue some solutions," he said.

The policy doesn't apply to arterial roads.