Survey on Proposed Changes to the Mature Neighbourhood Overlay

February 8, 2017


Following direction from City Council on Tuesday, February 7, City Administration is reinstating the Community Sandboxes program. Approximately 150 sandboxes that were previously part of the program will be returned by the end of this week, in addition to the existing Roadway Maintenance yard locations.

The sandbox program was initially reduced to provide free sand at the five Roadway Maintenance yards at the start of the 2016 winter season. This decision was made as part of the budget process in 2015 and was intended to save approximately $300,000 in taxpayer dollars annually. The City saw a savings in January due to a mild month, which means that bringing back the program for the remainder of the winter will not negatively affect the overall budget.

For community leagues that previously requested to manage their own sandboxes, the program will now be administered by the City and community leagues will no longer be required to fill them on their own. The location of those boxes will be evaluated this week to make sure that they are placed at the best location for public access as well as operational considerations. If they are not in a location that is easily accessible for crews, they will be moved.

If there are neighbourhoods that never had a sandbox previously and would like one, we ask that they go through their community league to request them. The community league is then asked to call 311 to make the request on behalf of the neighbourhood. For neighbourhoods with no community league,, those residents can call 311 directly to make the request.

The City is currently reviewing all of its snow and ice control programs for all public spaces including roads, trails, sidewalks and other City owned facilities. From the review we will be proposing changes to the Snow and Ice Control Policy and bringing those to Council later this summer for an indepth discussion on potential changes to the City’s snow and ice control program. That discussion will also include the Community Sandboxes program, and what a complete public program for sand should have.

For questions, please email

Snow in the City - Winter Sidewalk Maintenance

Snow and ice on sidewalks is hazardous for everyone. People with limited mobility, seniors, children and parents with strollers (and even those with no mobility limitations at all) may be severely injured from a fall on ice or snow.

Uncleared walkways can also make it difficult for those who deliver services in our city—mail carriers, meter readers, delivery drivers and emergency personnel—to do their jobs safely. In fact, each year, hospitals and doctors’ offices are filled with people young and old who have slipped and fallen on poorly maintained sidewalks.

What is my role?

Community Standards Bylaw 14600 requires homeowners and tenants to clear snow and ice from every walk and driveway on or beside their property. Don’t forget about any other properties they own, including derelict and vacant buildings--they may have sidewalks that need to be shovelled too.

Use sand or ice-melting products to start the clearing process if you can’t shovel immediately after a snowfall. The fine for failing to clear sidewalks within 48 hours of the last snowfall is $100, so save yourself the money and get it done!

My neighbours haven’t been shoveling their walk. What can I do?

If you have a concern about a neighbour's uncleared walk:

  • Discuss the concern directly with your neighbour.
  • Be a Snow Angel by offering to help them keep it clear if needed. Find out more at
  • Record the address of the violation and a description of the problem if you can't resolve the problem directly with your neighbour.
  • Call 311 or register a complaint online at You will be asked to provide your name, address, phone number and the details of your concern in case your testimony is required in court.*

*Complaints are accepted between November 1 and May 1, and only when it has not snowed for at least 48 hours.

Learn more about sidewalk snow maintenance at

Snow in the City - Winter Roads 101

No matter what the weather does, you have places to go, and the City of Edmonton works hard to help you get there. The City has a comprehensive roadway maintenance program to help keep traffic moving safely in the winter months.

Read on to learn the basics of the winter road maintenance program, and what you can do to help keep Edmonton mobile.

When will streets be sanded?

Sanding is the City’s first line of defense against slippery, unsafe roads. Streets are sanded as required to provide traction.

When will the main streets be plowed?

Plowing begins on main roads when 3 cm of snow has accumulated and more snow is forecasted. Roads are plowed in this order:

  • Highways;
  • Freeways;
  • Main arterial roads;
  • Bus collector routes.

During a major plowing event -- after about 10 cm has accumulated on the ground -- you can check plowing status using the interactive map at

When will my neighbourhood roads be bladed?

Avonmore community roads are always bladed on Thursdays, regardless of which day of the week the blading cycling begins.

Blading of residential roads is initiated once a snowpack of about 5 cm has built up. But, it doesn’t begin until highways, freeways, main arterial roads and bus collector routes have been plowed.

Note that your neighbourhood is always bladed on the same day of the week, similar to garbage pickup. If blading isn’t fully completed on your snow day, crews will be back over the weekend to finish up.

When are parking bans in effect?

Parking bans can be called anytime from November 15 to March 15 on roads with “seasonal parking ban” signs. Parking bans help ensure that City equipment can do the best possible job of clearing the roads so emergency and transit vehicles as well as motorists can get where they’re going.

Parking bans are called with a minimum of eight hours notice. Sign up for email notifications when parking bans are declared at, or watch for information on the fronts of ETS buses, in local media, on, on digital message boards around the city and on social media.

Together, residents and the City of Edmonton help maintain the best possible conditions on our roads and sidewalks all winter long.

Learn more about safe winter travel in Edmonton by visiting

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LRT Expansion.  The Valley Line (Southeast to West Light Rail Transit) is a low-floor urban LRT line that will run from Mill Woods to Lewis Farms, crossing through Avonmore along 83rd street. The line runs a total length of 27 km and its route has been approved by City Council. More information about the project, is available on the City of Edmonton web site, including an option to subscribe to e-mail updates. Major updates and public engagement meetings will be communicated on this web site. 

Mill Creek Ravine Project:  
The City of Edmonton is undertaking several capital improvement projects to the Mill Creek Ravine, and is conducting several other new planning projects, including erosion study, a trails master plan and end of pipe plan. The City has provided this status report and map to keep us informed. 

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