Edmonton council votes to reconsider Holyrood development

City council voted 8-5 after their second public hearing to continue studying a bylaw that would bring significant development to Holyrood Gardens.

Councillor says 'specific issues' like traffic, building heights need further study

A developer wants to put a combination of seven medium-rise and hi-rise buildings at the Holyrood Gardens site in southeast Edmonton. (City of Edmonton)

Edmonton city council has voted to defer its decision on a major development in the Holyrood neighbourhood.

Council voted 8-5 Monday in favour of referring the Holyrood Gardens redevelopment plan back to staff for further study.

Coun. Andrew Knack said the redevelopment plan was sent back to study "specific issues" including mitigating traffic impacts, reconsidering building heights and incorporating existing homes into the new development.

The initial plan proposed building three 22-storey towers and four mid-rise towers that would include up to 1,200 living units, street level commercial space, underground parking and public green spaces.

Area residents at two public hearings this month have expressed concerns about the development's size and fit with the community.