Infill Housing

Developers used to use crack houses to bust blocks within established and often historical communities.

Now they use “infill’.

                                                Scott Mckeen june 25, 2017

would suggest  that it might be a good idea to guide homeowners effected by infill on how to protect themselves against the effects of infill.

             Isn’t it the City of Edmonton’s responsibility to protect its citizens?

With community involvement I have no problem with attempting to recreate the density within established communities that once existed a result of “families” with five and ten children in each “home”.

There should however be standards that are set out by each individual community. This with the responsibility  (financially and otherwise) for the planning, construction and effects thereof squarely in the hands of the developers, their peers and ultimately governed by the City of Edmonton.

There is no way on this earth that these developers should be proceeding with an excavation that endangers an individual or existing structure. There is no way on this earth that a new construction should not be bound by a strict set of guidelines to include, but not limited to noise, dust and vibration abatement during both demolition and construction, land stability and the security of the property being developed.

There must be a fair policy for the inspection of adjacent properties before and after construction (similar to that of renting an apartment) to determine what if any problems may exist,  and further to determine what if any remedial actions must be taken. Further if any compensation is due should damage occur, compensation is readily available by virtue of an insurance policy that every developer must  assign to before being provided with so much as a development permit. Interesting to think how that argument from the developers might play out,  while at the same time I would argue it will bring the major enforcement effort onto the developers themselves simply interested in controlling their insurance costs. Should everyone behave the costs would be minimal. The developers along with Edmonton Planning can decide and thus govern how everyone behaves. This with the onus on the developers to police one another. The onus on the city to simply enforce according to bylaw. The risk to community “minimal”.

The photo essay to follow is one derived over the course of a year in Inglewood, in Edmonton. This with all three infill developments completely surrounding Inglewood Elementary School,  and one,  11526-127 street directly adjacent to my home where I care for my now 97 year old mother. Mayor Iveson was provided with these same photos and written submissions regarding the state of these developments over the course of that year.

The first photos are of my yard prior to infill. The Infill located at 11526-127 street began with a load of highly combustible garbage being dumped in the drive way of 11526-127 street coincidentally directly under the bedroom window of my then 95 year old mother. It ends with the eventual purchaser telling me to go and have intercourse with myself after informing this person that my mother was in the house screaming much like she had been often over the course of the past year. The quality of my mother’s life and her condition to include dementia diminished remarkably over that same year.

You are welcome to visit the property at 11522-127 street on request, or please submit any questions that you may have regarding our experience. Including my research I will make every effort to answer any questions that you may have .