1.What is a NSP?
A NSP is a Neighbourhood Structure Plan. The NSP is the stage following the approval of the ASP. The NSP focuses on one neighbourhood at a time and addresses more detailed planning than what the ASP focused on. There are five NSPs within the Horse Hill ASP.
2.What is the difference between an ASP and a NSP?
An ASP lays out an area’s long-term development plan, providing a framework for the development of several neighbourhoods contained within the plan area. The Neighbourhood Structure Plan (NSP) provides for more detailed planning, focusing on individual neighbourhoods within the ASP. The NSP will address planning specifics such as, but not limited to, the type of residential (low, medium or high density), types of commercial (neighbourhood, shopping centre, etc.), and the types of park space (pocket parks, neighbourhood parks, school park sites, etc.).
3. What is the current status of the NSP Process?
Neighbourhood 2 was the first NSP to be addressed in the Horse Hill area. The NSP and supporting technical reports were submitted to the City of Edmonton for review. Numerous City departments, including Planning, Transportation, Drainage, Parks and the Office of Biodiversity, as well as utility agencies, all provided comments. This feedback, as well as comments received as a result of the public consultation meetings were incorporated. The NSP went before City Council in January for a Public Hearing and recieved First & Second Reading. It has now been forwarded to the Capital Region Board for its consideration, and then will be forwarded back to Edmonton City Council. The Capital Region Board review typically takes two months.
4. How will this impact me?
As with the ASP Process, there is a significant amount of consultation and opportunities for public input that goes into the creation of each NSP. The impact to landowners will be dependent on which neighbourhood their lands are within. If your lands are within Neighbourhood 2, your lands will now be designated for a more specific use. For example, if your lands are designated for residential in the ASP, in the NSP they will now be designated for either low density residential (single and semi-detached housing), medium density residential (row housing and low rise apartments), or high density residential (medium and high rise apartments).
This does not mean landowners are required to develop their land; current uses of land can continue until landowners choose to develop the land.
5. My lands are not within Neighbourhood 2, when will a NSP be developed for my neighbourhood?
The creation of a NSP for a given neighbourhood is usually a result of landowner’s wishes to begin the process and develop a new neighbourhood. Typically, landowners will join together and engage a consultant to develop the NSP. It has not yet been determined which NSP will proceed after Neighbourhood 2.
6. What is the expected timing to complete the NSP Process?
The NSP for Neighbourhood 2 is expected to be come back to City Council in the Spring of 2015.
7. How was the order of NSPs determined?
Within the ASP, lands were separated into neighbourhoods based on natural features, such as the Horse Hill Creek, major roadways, and existing features, such as railways. Neighbourhoods are assigned numbers for identification purposes, but they do not have to go through the NSP process or be developed sequentially. Proper access and servicing (water, sewer, etc.) must be proven to the City to ensure that the lands are serviceable and accessible in order for the NSP to move forward.
8. Can any components of the ASP be changed at the NSP level?
Each NSP must conform to the framework of the approved ASP. Just as the ASP conformed to numerous approved plans, policies and strategies, the NSP must also align. However, as the NSP goes into further detail, there are often portions of the ASP which need to be amended to ensure the documents align.
The NSP must also conform to other City policies and strategies. Some of these include:
• Capital Region Growth Plan: Growing Forward
• The Way We Grow
• The Way We Live
• The Way We Move
• The Way We Green
• WinterCity Strategy
• Urban Parks Management Plan
• North Saskatchewan River Valley ARP
9. What happens once each NSP is approved?
Once a NSP is approved, the next steps in the planning process can proceed. First zoning is applied for, followed by subdivisions and permits.
10. When will we see construction activity in the area?
Construction activity will take place throughout 2015.
11. How dense will development be, and what services will be available?
The Horse Hill ASP designates space for mixed density residential in order to create diverse and sustainable neighbourhoods, but greater detail still has to be developed through the NSP process. The density of the area must conform to the Capital Region Board’s density requirement of a minimum of 30 units per net residential hectare.
The area is within the City of Edmonton’s municipal boundaries so as the land develops full City services must be provided. Details on servicing are refined at the subdivision stage (after the NSP process).