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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Decoteau - How Dense Should Our New Suburbs Be?

At the Public Hearing on February 9th, Council voted 6-5 to refer Bylaw 17011 - the Decoteau Area Structure Plan (ASP) - back to our administration to work with the proponents to improve aspects of the plan. I'm glad we did. Since Monday, there has been quite a bit of discussion about this plan, its specifics, and the debate during the hearing. I wanted to share some of my thoughts on the plan and how it reflects the Edmonton we hope to build.

Horse Hill: The Best of Both Worlds

I spent many summers “apprenticing” with my grandmother on our family farm. That experience taught me the importance of how food and agricultural practice can build better communities. Prior to being elected to City Council, I had the privilege to work with farmers from the Horse Hill region. Together, we worked to create opportunities for the citizens of the City to get their hands dirty engaging in urban agriculture and in creating policies to support it.

Explaining the 5.7% tax increase

It was like groundhog day- the movie. Nearly every day since November 26th, Councillors woke up and marched back into chambers to discuss and debate our 4 year $4.3 billion capital budget and our annual operating budget. This was the culmination of a years worth of planning by our administration. Out of these discussions came two budgets - the 2015-2018 Capital Budget and the 2015 Operating budget.

One Year Reflection

A year ago today I was elected to Edmonton city council. I was thrilled after working so hard for so many months to be elected with a very strong mandate from the good people of Ward 10. This mandate was built out of many years of community work, both professionally and as a volunteer, in Ward 10 and across Edmonton. This mandate was also built out of my proven track record of using and building community leadership to solve problems and to make our neighbourhoods and our city more vibrant, sustainable and fair.

Together, We’ve Created A Smarter Bike Plan

I know many would like to see some of the bike lanes removed tomorrow. This has been the dominant view from the residents of my Ward over the past year. These lanes have been irritating, confusing, and not maintained properly in the winter when they disappear beneath the snow for months. Most people tell me they will never use them. They just don’t feel safe. But let’s be honest. It’s not possible to remove them tomorrow. It costs money to do this, potentially a lot. But they could be improved and changed or moved in time.  And I am working hard to make this happen.

Nominate an Everyday Political Citizen

Edmonton is bursting with creative change-makers, tireless organizers, and passionate mobilizers - from entrepreneurs pushing for change, parents working to create stronger neighbourhoods, to engaged students or an invaluable member of your political campaign.  

Talking Infill in Ward 10

Just over a year ago I was on the homestretch of my campaign for City Council. By the time the campaign ended, I had knocked on over 15,000 doors over 8 months. At each door that opened for me, I spoke about my vision for the city, and about my commitment to fairness for mature neighbourhoods.

Utilities - Life under the city

The cost of climate change will be buried but can’t be ignored If you have experienced flooding in your home, you know how tragic it can be. Valuables, sometimes irreplaceable, are lost, while enormous repair bills for uninsured damages are found.  

Neighbourhood Renewal

As a City, we are responsible for the maintenance of roughly 4800 kilometres of collector and arterial roadways, which is roughly the same distance as driving from Edmonton to Mexico City. In order to maintain these roadways, the City invests a major portion of its Capital Budget each year to renewal projects throughout Edmonton.

Update on Petrolia Mall

It’s no secret I have a dream that one day Petrolia Mall will be a thriving shopping centre. But I’m certainly not the only one. Most people who live near Petrolia have this same dream. Over the past couple of years I have been working with an amazing group of community volunteers to make this dream real. A centre we can walk to, letting us live and shop locally.

The Infill Conversation is a Public Conversation

After reviewing the reports related to infill this past Tuesday, and after much discussion and debate, a motion was passed at Executive Committee to permit garage and garden suites in established neighbourhoods, and to allow the subdivision of properties into narrower lots (no less than 25 feet).  

Asking our communities how to get infill right

Why infill is important: Edmonton is growing, and it is growing fast. In 2013, Edmonton welcomed 38,000 new residents. By 2044, Edmonton’s population is expected to reach 1.5 million. With this increase in population comes an increase in the demand for housing. To meet this demand, the City is expected to average 10,820 newly constructed units annually from 2014 to 2023.

Touch the Water and Mechanized Access: Bringing citizens to the valley

I recently wrote an article on the River Valley Alliance (RVA) that detailed its history, and an outline on the RVA’s $90 million Capital Project to improve public access to the North Saskatchewan River. At Tuesday’s Executive Committee meeting, two of the RVA’s major projects -- Mechanized Access and the Touch the Water Promenade -- were presented to Council for consideration.  

A river valley for everyone

Yesterday, an article detailing two of the River Valley Alliance’s cornerstone projects -- mechanized access and the Touch the Water Promenade -- was published in the Edmonton Journal. I, along with Councillor Ben Henderson, sit on the board of the River Valley Alliance representing Edmonton city council. At our Executive Committee meeting on July 8th these two projects will be discussed. But firstly more should be known about the River Valley Alliance and its amazing plan to create greater connections to arguably our greatest asset in the region.  

School Traffic Congestion

If you’re a parent of school aged children you are likely aware of one of the biggest issues facing City Council – school zone traffic congestion and corresponding safety concerns. Families commuting to schools, busy fast-paced lives, big windrows, speeding cars, and increased traffic can all contribute to a tense and potentially dangerous situation during school drop-off and pick-up times.   

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