Vision & Principles

The Connect Bonnie Doon project team has developed a vision and series of principles to help guide the redevelopment process.

Launch Survey


Bonnie Doon will evolve over the next 30 years to become a sustainable, integrated, compact, mixed-use urban community that leverages transit, complements Edmonton's thriving core, and offers a range of public open space, amenities, housing, employment, services, and activities that fosters a high quality of life for all and continues its tradition as an important community hub responsive to the changing demands of the community.


A series of five principles have been established to guide the Bonnie Doon planning process. These principles will help shape decisions ​as ​innovative​ ​solutions​ ​are explored to address​ ​the​ ​complex issues involved in planning a ​​project​ ​of​ ​this​ ​magnitude. These principles speak to the evolving nature of the site and are the cornerstone of the redevelopment focus.

  • Sustainable Development 1

    A variety of building uses and styles creates a dynamic urban village where people can live, work and play
  • Green spaces provide inviting and relaxing public areas that are easily accessed
  • LEED certification ensures all buildings achieve high standards for sustainability and energy efficiency
  • Compact design allows for more green space, and greater walkability across the site

Sustainable Development

Sensitive and compact designs that conserve resources, optimize efficiencies and protect the environment.

  1. Employ a combination of strategies including Low Impact Development (LID) and/or strategies such as on-site rainwater storage, green roofs, permeable landscaping to protect the receiving waterway.
  2. Enhance and protect the environmental quality of the local watershed by separating sanitary and storm sewers.
  3. Use low-maintenance vegetation and landscaping suitable for the local climate that support LID functions.
  4. Employ the use of permeable surfaces to limit runoff and provide groundwater infiltration where practical.


  • Vibrant streetscapes and walkways create an urban environment that is inviting and inclusive
  • Creative design and diverse retail offerings contribute to a safe and welcoming area that supports a variety of mobility options
  • Open spaces and amenities support an active community hub with options for getting around that are inclusive and convenient
  • Close access to public transportation services ensures less reliance on private vehicles

Healthy Streets

Safe and convenient connections, with diverse and inviting amenities that contribute to a vibrant location.

  1. Pedestrian safety is a priority.
  2. The street network will be guided by the Complete Streets Policy and Guidelines and will be configured according to their function.
  3. Use streets to provide a transition between built forms.
  4. Provide a connected network for all modes of transporation.
  5. Ensure streets provide multi-modal accommodation and consideration for end-of-trip modes.
  6. Provide strong links to LRT stops that accommodate all modes of transportation.
  7. Establish modal priority networks within the street hierarchy.
  8. Create thoughtful, sensitive and direct connections to surrounding neighbourhoods.
  9. Minimize traffic signage, while ensuring effective wayfinding throughout the site.
  10. Consider underground parkades and connections as part of the transportation network, and design accesses through, and connecting them accordingly for users - including pedestrians.
  11. Universal accessibility and public access throughout the site, on the network of streets, lanes, and walkways is guaranteed, other than private amenity areas and spaces.
  12. On-street parking is accommodated according to the hierarchy of streets and street typologies.
  13. Active frontages are provided on all new buildings as determined by the street hierarchy.
  14. Streets are living spaces and places for all people.
  • Design choices celebrate the area's history and culture, contributing to a vibrant community hub
  • Diverse and thoughtful amenities attract visitors from across the city while creating a welcoming environment for area residents
  • Vibrant streetscapes showcase diverse retail offerings that create a popular, year-round attraction
  • The creative use of green space ensures a dynamic environment that attracts a wide range of visitors and residents

Distinct & Authentic Design

Innovative, attractive designs celebrate local culture with unique amenities that attract visitors year-round.

  1. Develop the appropriate transitions to the existing built form of the surrounding communities.
  2. Provide a transit plaza for each LRT stop located within the plan area.
  3. Enhance the public realm by providing a human-scale block network that includes a variety of pedestrian routes and innovative street typologies such as woonerfs.
  4. Encourage active street frontages.
  5. The naming of streets, public spaces and other site features reflects Bonnie Doon's community history, heritage, and culture.
  6. Develop a high-quality pedestrian realm by limiting large surface parking lots:
    - Parking will be accommodated on-street, at-grade, below grade, and above grade.
    - Above grade parking structures should maintain an active frontage and/or be appropriately screened.
    - Small at-grade parking areas will be appropriately screened and/or landscaped.
  7. Apply the City of Edmonton's Winter Design Guidelines to create public spaces that respond to all seasons.
  • Unique designs create cultural landmarks that contribute to a dynamic urban village
  • Safe and inviting areas to meet, visit and relax encourage a greater sense of community
  • Creative and adaptable open areas provide welcoming venues for visitors from across the city
  • Thoughtful and inclusive amenities encourage people to relax and enjoy creative, safe and vibrant public spaces

Inclusive Public Spaces

Dynamic and purposeful public spaces that create a thriving and welcoming community hub for all.

  1. Develop LRT transit plazas for public use that respond to the design, architecture and landscaping of LRT stops.
  2. Guide the provision of open space throughout the Plan Area by applying The City's Green Network Strategy and Policy, "Breathe".
  3. Provide the appropriate amount of open space to serve the Plan Area's future population.
  4. Open space will be publicly accessible and useable by visiting public.
  5. Provide a diversity of open spaces in a variety of sizes and functions to accommodate people from all genders, cultures, incomes, ages and abilities.
  6. Recognize and leverage the existing connection to the Edmonton Public Library and health centre.
  7. Consider the regional open space network and provide public spaces that complement and connect to the existing public open spaces and parks in the surrounding areas.
  • Convenient services and amenities are customized to ensure easy access for years to come
  • Attractive design and inviting public spaces ensure a dynamic community that thrives and evolves to meet emerging needs
  • Design and services combine to create a thriving community hub that meets the needs of area residents and visitors alike
  • Sound decision making and thoughtful choices ensure the long-term viability of a creative urban village

Evolve Bonnie Doon

Thoughtful decisions and sound investments that support the local economy and citizens, meeting the needs of today and for generations to come.

  1. Maintain and provide services to the region, community, and local neighbourhoods.
  2. Design the site and structures to be adaptable to the evolution and shifting realities of the world, including the consideration for the conversion of vehicular parking structures to occupiable space, where feasible.

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