The Village at Griesbach is on the site of the former Canadian Forces Base Edmonton (also known as Griesbach Barracks) which provided housing for military personnel. The property was acquired from the Department of Defence in 2003.
Today, the Village at Griesbach is a multi-award-winning development offering north Edmonton’s most beautiful character homes. Using innovative development practices and principles of smart growth and new urbanism, the Village at Griesbach has been master-planned to be a family-friendly and innovative neighbourhood while maintaining traditional community character and a profound respect for the land’s military legacy. Streets and parks have been named after military heroes and battles in which local military units participated. As well, statues have been erected to commemorate the former base’s namesake, Major-General William Griesbach, and his wife, Janet.
There are currently three affordable housing sites where three successful proponents have been selected through Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation’s Federal Lands Initiative.
A school for kindergarten to grade nine has been constructed while another school site has been identified in the master plan. There are several daycares in the Village at Griesbach’s commercial centres with opportunities for more in future development stages.
The Village at Griesbach is being designed with sustainability as a priority. The community is home to a large central park, four beautiful lakes that also function as stormwater management facilities, numerous walking trails and paths, and a two-acre community garden. In recognition of its sustainability, a section of the community received LEED-ND (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design – Neighbourhood Design) Gold Certification – the first project in Edmonton to receive this prestigious international designation.
The northeast lands (64.7 hectares/160 acres) will be the final portion of the former Canadian Forces Base Edmonton to be developed. The planning process and public engagement is called “Growing Griesbach”. The process was launched in January of 2022. Development is expected to include a range of housing types, including rental and affordable forms, as well as open spaces and pathways. The public engagement process to inform the Master Plan wrapped up in May 2023. The formal planning application (Neighbourhood Area Structure Plan (NASP)) was submitted to the City of Edmonton and is expected to go to public hearing in February 2024 for approval and bylaw enactment.