Re St. John’s Site & Peace Garden Park

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Re St. John’s Site & Peace Garden Park

Recently a number of citizens in Oliver received a letter notifying them of a proposal for a land swap between the St. John’s Site (10231 120 St.) and Peace Garden Park to build a 16 storey residential tower. Peace Garden Park is located on City of Edmonton owned land and there is currently no agreement between the City and any other group or individual to sell or swap this land. If such formal negotiations take place in the future for a land swap, the Oliver Community League (OCL) will immediately notify its members and keep the community informed of any negotiation that might affect Peace Garden Park.
OCL in partnership with many other volunteers and groups has worked hard to find, build, and invest in garden space for the community. OCL is committed to preserving this wonderful amenity and is working hard to provide even more gardening opportunities for more people throughout Oliver.
Anyone who is interested in this and other development issues is invited to attend Civics Committee meetings. Meetings take place at the hall, 10326 118 Street, on the second Monday of the month at 7 pm.
Dustin Martin
Civics Director
Oliver Community League

5 Comments

  1. I have been apart of this community for 23 years. What the builder is trying to do is bs. Any high rise that will be built next to the peace garden will not block the sun from this garden. I believe the builder is bsing by saying that. I also think the builder would rather build on the corner than his site. I hope this never goes thru

  2. JOHN KOVACS says:

    A meeting on the second Monday is a little late to respond to the developer’s proposal to re-zone the St John’s land and the swap of the Peace Park land issued through Stantec. This proposal should be stopped BEFORE the developer puts in his re-zoning proposal, not after the re-zoning is completed and negotiation to swap the lands in question has begun.

    Just my 2 bits worth!

  3. KEITH ANDONY says:

    Oliver Lane Condominium
    11909 103 Ave.
    Edmonton, AB
    T5K2Y6

    May 19, 2016
    Stantec Consulting Ltd.
    10160 112 Street
    Edmonton, AB
    T5K 2L6

    Re: File 1161105240 Rezoning 10231 – 120 St.

    Dear Mr. Joshi

    On behalf of the residents of the Oliver Lane Strata we would like to provide our feedback regarding the proposed rezoning of the Peace Garden Park:

    1. We believe rezoning parks for development would negatively impact our community and the entire city. The city should avoid moving or replacing parks once they have been designated. Allowing developers to relocate established parks sets a precedent for all park space in Edmonton.
    2. The current location of the park allows for easy access for neighborhood residents and park users. It should be noted that Oliver is a desirable community for seniors and residents with mobility issues. Relocation of established community amenities can have a significant negative impact on these individuals.
    3. Relocation of the park would likely prevent and restrict park use for the duration of the construction.
    4. The letter noted that the developer “will make contributions towards reconstruction and improvements of the Park in its new location”. How will the full costs of reconstruction and improvements be covered if the developer contributions are insufficient?
    5. This is the only community garden currently located in Oliver and one of the few located in a central location in Edmonton. There is currently a three-year waiting list to use this community garden.
    6. The character of the central portion of neighborhood and streetscape will be significantly changed with the addition of a 16-story tower with 190 units. Buildings of this size have been located along the major roadways and there are no buildings of this scale within the immediate area of this proposed development.
    7. A building of this size will significantly reduce the access to natural sunlight for residents in multiple buildings.
    8. The current zoning for the school site and the park site does not allow for this type of development or a 16-story building. The maximum building height under these zones is 10m. We recognize that this site also falls under the Mature Neighbourhood Overlay and the Medium Scale Residential Infill Overlay. The maximum building height under the Mature Neighbourhood Overlay is 8.6m and the largest building under the Medium Scale Residential Infill Overlay is a 4 story Low Rise Apartment. Neither of these two overlays support a 16 story building.
    9. The current city infrastructure will need to be assessed to see if it can support the addition of a building of this size in our community. We are particularly concerned about impacts to water, drainage and providing adequate parking for the development.
    10. The proposed development does not follow the recommendations of the Oliver Area Redevelopment Plan (ARP). Based on the Land Use policy noted in section 6.5.1, Sub Area 2 is to be comprised of residential development types ranging from single detached dwellings to low-rise apartments.
    11. Limak Investments does not have experience developing a project of this scale or type.
    12. If this area is rezoned and then sold, it could impact any commitments made by the developer during the rezoning process or the viability of the project.
    13. We are not opposed to development on the school site. However every effort should be made to maintain the character of the community and the scale of projects needs to take this into consideration

    In summary, as residents that will be negatively impacted by this proposed development we do not support the rezoning of the Peace Garden Park and will continue to advocate for its preservation through all available options. We also cannot support a 16 Story building in our community without further information on how the Residential Infill Guidelines and Oliver Area Redevelopment Plan will be followed.

    Regards

    President, Dwayne Hanson
    On behalf of the Oliver Lane Condominiums

    Cc: Councilor Scott McKeen
    Oliver Community League

  4. The proposed property swap is not possible. The City Park on the corner lot of 103rd Avenue and 120th Street cannot be moved to the mid-block lot on 120th Street. It could be destroyed and a new park could be built on the inferior property, but in no way could it be construed as moving the beloved, open, well-used park to a new site. That is not possible. The Peace Garden Park has three sides open to the public, including 103rd Avenue, which has high foot traffic. The new park would be open on two sides, 120th Street and the alley, neither of which has any noticeable foot traffic. The new park would be invisible to the public by comparison, and hence would also be less secure for anyone alone in the park.

    The disparity in desirability between the two pieces of property is so great that it is a wonder that the developer had the audacity to propose the swap. The developer’s agent Stantec told the people of Edmonton that a property swap would prevent shadowing on the garden. The proposed swap is represented as a win-win scenario.

    The developer’s rationale does not carry much weight. The sun is high in the sky for a great portion of the day, and not a single carrot would perish even if the City allowed the developer to do as much damage as possible to the garden. And I for one would certainly rather sacrifice some sun on my plot than sacrifice a great City Park. I imagine most of my fellow gardeners would too.

    No proposal at all has been made to the City yet. I learned this from Councillor Scott McKeen recently. The proposal with its supporting Shadow argument has been made to the people of Edmonton through the media. This apparently serves two purposes: influencing and gauging the public reaction. Perhaps if the developer doesn’t hear much opposition noise it will proceed to a more formal stage. However, if it hears a resounding “No Way” from Oliver, it will likely drop its quest for better property for free and start building its infill project on the site it bought for this purpose.

    Why is there so little opposition noise from Oliver? Why has the Civics Committee adopted a policy to be silent until formal negotiations for a swap begin (see the Civics Director’s post at the very top of this page)? We certainly do not need any more information before addressing the people of Oliver. We know that the developer is offering some appealing perks to the gardeners, but these are far outweighed by the overwhelming negative consequence of a swap: the destruction of a thriving City Park.

    Here’s what should happen:
    – The Gardening committee should inform and poll all gardeners now.
    – The OCL should inform and poll Oliver residents. Then contact the City and the media.
    – The OCL should ask for an Oliver referendum if formal negotiations begin.

    We could nip this unseemly proposal in the bud if we get our act together. Let’s save our beloved vibrant City Park.

    Ivan Sundal
    Oliver community gardener

  5. Kamil Issa says:

    the new replaces the old that’s life.
    It should be illegal to oppose infill projects Edmonton need to move ahead and become a true city with more ppl living dtown.

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