Planning Strategies & Guidelines

The City of Beaumont is developing several strategies and guidelines that support the City’s directional plans in a variety of theme areas.

We are developing the Age-Friendly Strategy to ensure the City remains an accessible and desirable place to live at all stages of life. We are also developing an Affordable Housing Strategy to support the City’s growth as a complete community, offering a range of housing options for a diversity of residents. 

Find out more about what they are and how you can take part below.

  1. Affordable Housing Strategy
  2. Age-Friendly Strategy

The City of Beaumont is developing an Affordable Housing Strategy to ensure Beaumont grows as an accessible, affordable community of choice for a diversity of residents. The project began in Summer 2020 and the strategy is expected to be complete in Spring 2021.

What is affordable housing?

The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) considers housing to be “affordable” when all its costs (including rent/mortgage, utilities, insurance, condo fees, etc.) add up to less than 30% of a household’s pre-tax income. Housing that is affordable can include both owned and rented housing. It can also include a wide range of housing types, ranging from market-price homes, townhomes and apartments of various sizes; to housing built or operated with subsidies that reduce costs; to housing that includes social supports for its residents.

Why an Affordable Housing Strategy?

In 2016, 39% of renter households and 11% of owner households in Beaumont were spending an unaffordable amount of their income on shelter.   Individuals and families living in unaffordable housing have less money available for other important expenses such as groceries, savings, health care, and children’s needs. Unaffordable housing, and related stress and instability, are linked to ill health, poorer educational outcomes for children, and lower community cohesion.

The Strategy will help implement policy direction in the Edmonton Metropolitan Region Growth Plan and the Municipal Development Plan for the City to promote the development of both market and non-market affordable housing. Doing so will, in turn, support the City’s development as a complete community. Complete communities meet people’s needs for daily living at all ages and provide convenient access to a mix of jobs, local services, a full range of housing, community infrastructure and multi-modal transportation choices.

Groups in need of affordable housing options in Beaumont today include seniors on fixed incomes, adults affected by industry layoffs, single-parent families, and young Beaumont residents leaving the family home for the first time.

What are the benefits of affordable housing?

Individuals, families and communities all benefit when housing is affordable. Affordable housing is associated with better health, financial security, and stability for individual households, and with reduced commuting costs and time. In turn, this fosters greater community engagement, better public health and educational outcomes, and a stronger local economy.

How is the Strategy being developed?

The Strategy will include a comprehensive assessment of housing affordability issues in Beaumont. It will recommend specific actions that the City and its partners can take to address these issues, and set out a plan for implementing those actions.

The Strategy is being led by Beaumont staff and supported by an external consultant with expertise in affordable housing policy and development. It is being guided by a Working Group made up of local service providers and will include a variety of opportunities for public engagement. 

  • A community survey was live from October 21 until November 13. 
  • A public online workshop was held on Thursday, November 19 from 7:00 to 8:00 pm. Check out the presentation recording on our YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/9z5tIEjqklE.

Have Questions?

Please contact Long Range Planning by e-mail at planning@beaumont.ab.ca