Edmonton Minute: Regional Planning, Heatwave Havoc, and K-Days Cancelled Again

Edmonton Minute: Regional Planning, Heatwave Havoc, and K-Days Cancelled Again


Edmonton Minute - Your weekly one-minute summary of Edmonton politics


This Week In Edmonton:

  • This morning at 9:30 am, there will be a City Council meeting to discuss a 16-item agenda that includes a Spring 2021 Supplemental Capital Budget Adjustment and a report on the updated funding strategy for the 170th St. footbridge. There will also be a verbal report on "Emerging Financial Items" - we're pretty curious about that one!

  • On Tuesday at 9:00 am there will be an Agenda Review Committee meeting, followed at 9:30 am by a meeting of the Emergency Advisory Committee to hear a verbal report on COVID-19, and a City Council Public Hearing on zoning on at 1:30 pm.

  • On Wednesday at 9:30 am, Monday's City Council meeting will be continued, if required. Last week's City Manager and City Auditor Performance Evaluation Committee will continue on Friday at 8:00 am as well.


Last Week In Edmonton:

  • Although there was some good news for the City last week as the Province moved to Stage 1, the organizers of K-Days said that, for the second year in a row, they would not be going ahead with the event. There's always next year we suppose, but we're definitely jealous of Calgarians who will be enjoying Stampede.

  • The Edmonton Metropolitan Region Board will be concluding their public engagement session this week as they release their draft Master Agricultural Plan which aims to strike a balance between preserving productive farmland and allowing the economic development that the Edmonton area will need over the next 40 years. We have serious concerns about how new restrictions on development will affect housing affordability.

  • Some Councillors raised frustrations with the City after many of Edmonton's spray parks weren't ready in time for the heatwave. About 30 parks opened last Tuesday but 43 more need about a month's worth of remedial repair work. It does beg the question, why this wasn't done earlier in the year, say April or May? Only in Edmonton would we fix the snowplows in the winter and the spray parks in the summer!




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