Land Use Redesignation in South Calgary (LOC2012-0030)
PLEASE NOTE: The public hearing for this proposal will be on February 11, 2013. You may speak at the hearing, or submit a statement for City Council in writing by January 31 at 10 a.m.
The City of Calgary has received an application to redesignate (rezone) the King Edward School site, located at 1720 - 30 Avenue SW in the community of South Calgary. The application was submitted by O2 Planning and Design to allow for a comprehensive redevelopment of the site as well as the preservation and reuse of the existing historic building.
Land use amendment
The proposed land use amendment (rezoning) is intended to allow for:
- preservation and reuse of the King Edward school building and central portion of the site;
- redevelopment of the western portion of the site with a residential development of up to 12 metres in height;
- redevelopment of the eastern portion of the site with a residential development of up 16 metres in height; and
- development of a public park space to the south of the King Edward School building.
The planning process
When the City of Calgary receives an application to redesignate a property (formally called a Land Use Amendment Application), the following process is generally followed
- When the application is received, copies of the land use amendment proposal are provided to adjacent land owners, the local community association, the Ward Alderman, various City departments (such as Transportation Planning, Urban Development, Parks), and other external agencies (such as utility companies) to gather their input.
At the same time, The City’s Land Use Planning & Policy Unit reviews the application for its urban planning merits and compliance with City plans and policies, including (but not limited to) the Municipal Development Plan and Area Redevelopment Plan (ARP) applicable to the affected area.
- If the proposed land use redesignation has implications for applicable ARP, then, the ARP may have to be amended as part of the land use redesignation process. The ARP is a statutory plan adopted by City Council to guide the redevelopment of established communities. Any amendments to an ARP must be approved by City Council.
After reviewing the application, the City Administration prepares a report for the Calgary Planning Commission where we make a recommendation on the redesignation and ARP amendment. The Calgary Planning Commission is a committee appointed annually by City Council to make recommendations to Council on land use planning matters. The Calgary Planning Commission reviewed this application on December 20, 2012, and forwarded it on to City Council (more information on the hearing can be found in the report).
Once the Calgary Planning Commission has made a recommendation to City Council, the proposal is advertised in the Calgary Herald for a two week period and then goes to City Council for the final decision. Council is holding a Public Hearing on the land use redesignation application and ARP amendment on February 11, 2013.
How to get involved
A public open house was held on October 30, 2012, for area residents to learn more about and provide feedback on the proposed amendment to the South Calgary/Altadore Area Redevelopment Plan (ARP) as well as the proposed land use redesignation. Feedback from this open house was summarized in a report to the Calgary Planning Commission and City Council to help inform their decision on the application. To see what was presented to residentas at this open house, please read our open house boards.
A public hearing will be held by City Council on February 11, 2013, before they make a decision on the application. You can speak directly to Council at the hearing, or submit written comments to the City Clerk’s Office by January 31, 2013, at 10 a.m. You will only have five minutes to speak, excluding any questions Council members may ask you. Comments should be brief and should address land use planning issues. Administration’s report to City Council on the proposal can be viewed prior to the hearing in the meeting agenda.
Supporting information and documents
File Manager, Land Use Planning & Policy
Policy Planner, Land Use Planning & Policy
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