Michael Walters Ward 10 City Councillor

Meet Michael

In his first term on City Council, Michael was a Council lead for public engagement, affordable housing, energy transition and climate change adaptation. In addition to his regular duties, Michael also served on numerous Capital Region Board planning committees, the Annexation Negotiating Committee and the Community & Curriculum Advisory Committee for the University of Alberta Planning Program.

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Update: Playground Zones Review Results

Here is a quick update on playground zones. After much debate at the last City Council meeting we passed the following motion to address most of the major concerns that we heard on the topic:

A Focused Housing Plan - With Permanent Supportive at the Top

In 2016 there were over 1700 homeless people and over 48,000 renter households experiencing housing affordability issues in Edmonton. With only 18,000 affordable housing units in Edmonton, there is a severe supply gap of 916 permanent supportive housing units 25,484 social housing units and 21,550 affordable housing units.

Crosswalks, Playground Zones, and residential speed limits.

This week Council will be talking about playground zones and residential speed limits. Improving the safety of road users is paramount - but we need to better understand our priorities and look at the whole picture to find the best way forward.

The Week Ahead - April 16th - 20th: playgrounds zones, secondary suites and cannabis consumption

Here are a few things I have had on my mind this week.

Property Assessed Clean Energy: A Green Financing Tool for the average household

Edmonton’s Energy Transition Strategy Annual Report was presented to Executive Committee this week. While we are well on our way on phase 2 of our strategy: “Implementation of 7-Key Energy Transition Actions” there is still work to do.

Lendrum Housing and the Alternative Approach to Community Consultation

It has always been important to me to provide affordable housing to all areas of the City. We took a big step in that direction yesterday.

Regional Agricultural Master Plan Task Force

Municipalities can be key decision-makers about food security and farmland preservation in Alberta. But if we’re serious, we must collaborate and strategize with our neighbouring municipalities to make sure our prime agricultural land is preserved regionally and that we have an excellent vision for a strong local food and agricultural economy. Development of the new Regional Agricultural Master Plan (RAMP) started just last week and we have the following goals: • Identify a supply of Prime Agricultural land to conserve for future food security • Reduce fragmentation and conversions of agricultural land • Promote the growth and diversification of the agri-economy

The Week in Review February 12 - 16

This week in City Hall: Knees, ankles, ugly parking lots, and smart transit cards.

Keeping Our Waste Management Strategy Bold

The Edmonton Waste Services Audit was recently released and the news is not great. While this audit has revealed problems with current operations, it has also given us the opportunity to refocus our waste management strategy. We must improve this vital service and recommit to excellence.

Transforming Edmonton's Urban Core - The Next Municipal Development Plan

City Council will approve a new Municipal Development Plan (MDP) this term. A broad conversation will be coming to provide you with an opportunity for to engage with planning Edmonton's future growth and development. The new MDP must execute densification thoughtfully, driving growth into core communities, such as the Quarters and Rossdale, around Transit Oriented Developments (TOD), and along arterial roads.

The Week in Review: January 22 - 26

This week at City Council there was a variety of topics ranging from zoning to LRT and even parental leave for current and future councillors. In today's blog we highlight 3 items.

South Edmonton needs both LRT and BRT- not sequentially, but simultaneously and soon

Edmonton needs to stay committed to building LRT. Building permanent, efficient transportation is what great cities do. It creates the dense, vibrant and livable city which I campaigned to help build. In addition to LRT expansion, we can create some complimentary BRT to help improve transit service and reduce congestion. The question is where and why one type of service serves different areas of our city differently.

The Risk of Referral at Holyrood

“Welcome to City Council,” my new colleague Councillor Cartmell said as he grappled, pained look and all, with the decision on the Holyrood Transit Oriented Development (TOD) application. It was a tough and thoughtful decision for everyone. No slam dunks on either side I'd guess.

Playground Zones are important—but fields?

City Council unanimously approved playground zone speed limits based on good research. 50% of injuries involving children and cars occur in these kinds of spaces on our streets.

Better Decisions at Future Capital Line Intersections

Throughout my first term on Council, I have heard from a number of constituents about their concerns and frustrations with the Capital Line LRT, specifically relating to the difficulties experienced crossing the intersections along 111 Street. Yesterday, a report was released that detailed the anticipated performance of the various intersections along the SE portion of the Valley Line LRT and to say this information was pleasing would be false.

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