There has been an increasing movement in recent years that is affecting the way people build homes and office space in the Edmonton area. It is typically known as infill, sometimes also known as land recycling. Some people are taking advantage of it to the full while others are avoiding it for a variety of reasons.
The process of Edmonton infill is quite easy to understand. Throughout the city and surrounding area, there are pieces of property that are either underdeveloped or undeveloped. It is possible, in many cases, to fill those areas with additional housing or office space. It is perhaps a better option than building outside of the city and contributing to urban sprawl.
Of course, some people will argue that you are removing existing green space when you choose to build in such an area. There may some merit to that argument but at the same time, you would have a similar or perhaps even heavier carbon footprint if you were to build in another area. Sometimes, this issue can be overcome but offering to dedicate other areas to natural growth.
Before taking part in any Edmonton infill, it is important to consider all of the possibilities. There may be regulations that would limit future building or growth. The area may not be zoned for the type of building you plan on doing. These are things that should be determined in advance of buying any property.
The existing utilities are also a problem in some cases. Since new construction may not have happened in the area for years, the utilities may have been established to care for the current need. If you were to add any additional homes or offices, it could put a strain on those utilities. It may be necessary to upgrade, which is both costly and time consuming.
There may also be some concern over the existing architecture, and you may be required to match it when you add the new buildings. This would require a considerable amount of planning and work to get things built properly. In most cases, you will need to blend rather than stand out.
Infill offers the area of Edmonton a unique opportunity to care for the unused spaces within the city and in the surrounding area. They are of limited quantity, and when they are used in this way, they can be of benefit to everyone involved.