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    Edmonton is at a pivotal point in its development. Our city’s new Municipal Development Plan envisions a more compact, transit oriented city. To a great extent, community leaders embrace this vision but fear families will flee to the suburbs as houses in established neighbourhoods are replaced by adult-oriented apartments.

    Without sufficient families, established neighbourhoods could be at risk of losing their neighbourhood schools, as well as community league facilities such as, rinks, playfields and playgrounds. Most importantly, without housing which people will want to call home for most of their lives, including while they raise a family, residents will be less likely to be involved in their community and work to make it a great place to live.

    There must be another way to create a compact city. Why not build higher density housing suitable for families. But what features make multi-unit housing family friendly? What makes a neighbourhood family friendly?

    These are the questions which the Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues hopes to answer with your help. Join the on-line discussion, come to the monthly gatherings of an action group, and participate in the June workshop to define features of family friendly multi-unit housing.

    For details contact [email protected], 780-437-2913.


    We meet once a month typically in the first or second week at the EFCL office 7103 105 Street

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    Last edited by IanO; 03-05-2010, 12:01 PM.

  • #2
    The next meeting is Tuesday May 4th, 2010 from 7-9pm

    All are invited!



    • #3
      Sorry, what exactly is this for?
      "A doctor can bury his mistakes but an architect can only advise his clients to plant vines." - Frank Lloyd Wright


      • #4
        it is worthless for me to go cuz I'm deaf, sorry !!
        Edmonton Rocks Rocks Rocks


        • #5
          Originally posted by JOA View Post
          Sorry, what exactly is this for?
          This is for the EFCL group thats studying the issue of how neighborhood redevelopment can attract families back from the suburbs, by developing and maintaining a family friendly environment and amenities within neighborhoods, and multi-unit dwellings.

          We'll be adding more info to the forum and the EFCL website soon, but in addition to meeting monthly, we are also planning a June workshop.


          • #6
            What will stop families from fleeing to the suburbs as Edmonton becomes a more compact city and multi-unit housing replaces houses in central neighbourhoods? What features would attract families to live in multi-unit housing and call it home through all stages of their lives? This is what the Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues wants to discover and promote, for the sake of maintaining healthy neighbourhoods.

            Join the discussion on line. You are also welcome to join the Multi-Unit Family Friendly Housing group at monthly gatherings and the upcoming September workshop. Contact EFCL for details: [email protected] or 780-437-6930.

            The Family Friendly Neighborhood Redevelopment workshop is tentatively scheduled for September 25th. Location TBA

            Next Meeting - Monday, June 7, 7pm at the EFCL Office, 7103-105 St


            City of Edmonton, Mature Neighbourhood Residential Reinvestment - 2009 Report

            High-Density Housing for Families with Children Guidelines: City of Vancouver, 1992
            “The intent of the guidelines is to address the key issues of site, building and unit design which relate to residential livability for families with children”

            Post Occupancy Evaluation of FCN Recommendations, 2007
            "In 2007, a class of graduate planning students set off to find out how the downtown, high-rise, family oriented, mixed-use community of False Creek North (FCN) is meeting the needs of those who call it home: the residents. False Creek North is internationally recognized as a master-planned community development that has been successful in bringing people, and notably families, into the downtown core"

            Vancouver Sun - Summary of the Post Occupancy Evaluation

            Multi-Family Residential Design Principles: City of Sacramento, 2000
            “Establishes design principles for new multifamily projects (containing three or more units). These principles are intended to promote and protect the public health, safety and general welfare of the community.
            The Planning Commission and it staff will use the design principles to review proposed projects but also welcome alternative designs that do not meet every design principle if they contribute positively to the City. “The Commission will re-evaluate the principles annually, with input from members of the community, and make revisions as necessary “

            Family-Friendly Urban Neighborhoods: City of Seattle, 2006
            The initiative is focused on making "Center City neighborhoods more supportive and attractive to families and youth" (1). The FUN! Workbook is meant as a starting point city staff to discuss policy and project opportunities.

            Child Friendly Housing Portland, 2007
            "What is "child-friendly" design? This document is intended to help answer this question by summarizing research and other literature on child-friendly housing design, and also includes advice from practitioners"

            Courtyard Housing: A Catalogue of Design and Design Principles Portland, 2008
            Focuses on solutions for higher density housing which meet the needs of children and families, increases community interaction and contributes to environmental sustainability.


            A good place for children? Attracting and retaining families in inner urban mixed income communities
            "This study, by the Institute of Education and the London School of Economics, examined four inner city MINCs: two in low-income areas (Glasgow and Manchester) and two on regenerated brownfield sites (London). It investigated whether families were living in private sector homes and their motivations for doing so. "

            Housing the New Family: Reinventing Housing For Families
            "This Research and Development highlight presents the results of a survey on the housing needs and preferences of young families. The survey indicates that young families remain strongly attracted to detached single-family homes located in suburbs. However, it also reveals that many young families are interested in communities that combine higher density housing with a variety o family-oriented services and amenities"

            Myths and Facts About Affordable & High Density Housing
            Debunking myths and providing the facts of High Density Housing in California.

            Measuring Up
            “Measuring Up is a 2010 Legacies Now program which supports communities to become more accessible and inclusive for people with disabilities. By improving accessibility and becoming more inclusive, communities are ensuring they are welcoming for residents and visitors with disabilities, as well as older people, people pushing baby carriages or carrying luggage, and those with temporary injuries”

            Making Your Community More Youth and Child Friendly — Getting Started
            This booklet from The Society for Children and Youth of BC suggests guidelines for making communities more child and youth friendly. Covering topics ranging from housing, family support services, arts and culture, health services and media to name a few.


            Radiant City - View Trailer
            Check public libraries for a copy.
            Radiant City is a National Film Board of Canada film released in 2006 at the Toronto Film Festival, about suburban sprawl and the fictional Moss family who live in the suburbs. Winner of Genie Award in 2008 for Best Documentary.


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              Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues

              Family Friendly Multi-Unit Housing Workshop

              Saturday, September 25, 2010
              9:00am to 1:00pm
              Queen Alexandra Community Hall
              10425 University Avenue

              -Define what would make multi-unit housing family friendly

              -Develop strategies to promote family friendly infill housing in your neighborhood

              -Older children/teenagers are invited to participate in the child/youth workshop group. Play leaders will supervise fun activities for children 6 years and older. Snacks provided.

              -To register for this free workshop, forward your name, league, email address and phone #, plus ages of children attending to EFCL: [email protected] or phone 780-437-2913.

              -Additional information will be sent to registrants. Mark your calendar and register now!


              • #8
                ^thanks for posting that Jamie.

                I am very much looking forward to it and what might come out of it.