14 Street SW is a main street that reaches from 6 Avenue NW to 33 Street SW. It's a varied main street that spans over the Bow River through the historic
communities of Hillhurst, Sunalta, Beltline, Bankview, and South Calgary. It functions as an important link to Memorial Drive, Bow Trail, 9 Avenue
connecting the downtown and 17 Avenue through the Beltline.
Portions of 14 Street are focused on commercial development, with stretches towards the south being more residential and mixed-use development. This main
street is diverse and carries much historical significance. For example, Mewata Bridge, which runs from 14 Street across the Bow River, was the first major
river crossing built in Calgary since the Louise Bridge in 1922. It was built in 1954 to connect new suburban development after World War Two.
Comments were compiled from the Main Streets public engagement activities which took place from November 2014 through May 2015. The top issues,
opportunities and outcomes were ranked in order of consensus and ratings from citizens. This input will be analyzed to inform the planning strategy for each
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What we've heard
Top comments (ranked in order of citizen rating)
- Library as a more of a community hub
- Improve lot of community centre at 14 Street and 30 Avenue SW
- More shops/restaurants to attract other businesses
- Traffic speed too fast at 14 Street and 33 Avenue SW
- Loss of trees/tree canopy
- Car-centric, no pedestrian appeal
- Safe and vibrant main street sidewalk
- High quality public realm elements
- Mixed use neighbourhood along 14 Street sW
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What we've learned
To start developing solutions which ensure the future success of Calgary’s main street neighbourhoods, City planners listened and learned from main street users, neighbourhood residents, industry experts and economic specialists to understand the unique challenges and opportunities for growth and development in these areas.
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Local statistics and growth targets
Growth for this main street area is above the Municipal Development Plan desired target. The most relevant factors that create this growth are market desire and consumer preferences; there is strong market desire to accommodate development at a level similar to Municipal Development Plan goals. Land use districts (zoning) are in place to enable redevelopment to reach desired population and employment levels. Support from City services and infrastructure can have a positive impact on market demand and contribute to a high quality residential and commercial area.
The 14 Street SW main street area is varied in terms of existing land uses, density and recent development activity. Approximately 3,515 homes are expected to be built over the next 25 years, starting gradually between 2016 and 2020. Additional commercial and retail opportunities may be driven by population growth in this area.
Existing local planning
As one of the longer Municipal Development Plan main streets, with a variety of contexts, 14 Street W was evaluated in three separate sections.
14 Street NW from the Bow River to 7 Avenue NW
14 Street NW from the Bow River to 7 Avenue NW has recent area redevelopment plan policies to guide land use planning. A major addition and update to the Hillhurst/Sunnyside Area Redevelopment Plan in 2009 supports both main street and transit oriented redevelopment.
14 Street SW from the Bow River to 33 Avenue SW
14 Street SW from the Bow River to 17 Avenue SW has recent Area Redevelopment Plan policies to guide land use planning. A major addition and update to the Sunalta Area Redevelopment Plan (2009), West Village Area Redevelopment Plan (2010) and the Beltline Area Redevelopment Plan (2006) supports both main street and transit oriented redevelopment.
14 Street SW from 17 Avenue SW to 33 Avenue S is guided by four area redevelopment plans: the South Calgary/Altadore Area Redevelopment Plan (1986), Bankview Area Redevelopment Plan (1981), Lower Mount Royal Area Redevelopment Plan (1983) and Upper Mount Royal Area Redevelopment Plan (1996). Generally, the Bankview, Lower Mount Royal and South Calgary /Altadore area redevelopment plans provide land use policies that support Municipal Development Plan goals of a mixed use street along 14 Street SW.
14 Street NW from the Bow River to 7 Avenue NW
14 Street NW, intended to be a neighbourhood main street serving Hillhurst and West-Hillhurst, is also an important traffic artery that attracts activity to local businesses. Current zoning does not allow for the types of growth and development set out in the Hillhurst/Sunnyside Area Redevelopment Plan. If fully built out, current zoning would only just meet City of Calgary targets for population and employment. Current zoning allows for mixed use development along 14 Street NW itself, while allowing low-rise apartments to the east and single and semi-detached homes to the west. Rezoning could allow more flexibility for mixed use redevelopment and allow for growth as outlined in the Hillhurst/Sunnyside area redevelopment plan.
14 Street SW from 17 Avenue SW to 33 Avenue SW
14 Street SW from the Bow River to 17 Avenue SW is the boundary between Sunalta/Scarboro and the Beltline, a major transportation artery, and a dynamic main street that is home to a range of local businesses. Current zoning allows for significant redevelopment along and near 14 Street SW. As the current zoning more than accommodates The City’s population and employment growth targets, rezoning along 14 Street SW would primarily address quality and marketability of main street sites and nearby properties.
14 Street SW is the connection between Bankview, South Calgary, and Mount Royal. While current zoning allows for redevelopment in line with The City’s population and employment growth targets, rezoning could create additional opportunities for new development to complement and strengthen the small, mixed use portions of the street and create a more community-oriented streetscape.
The 14 Street W main street runs through the communities of Hillhurst, Sunalta, Beltline (Connaught), Bankview, lower Mount Royal, Mount Royal, and South
Calgary. The north and south sections of the river developed separately until the Mewata Bridge opened in 1954.
North of the river, 14 Street is characterised by mid-century, low-rise commercial development, with mid-rise residential buildings dating from the 1960s
and later. Side streets are almost exclusively single-family homes, and a number of original residences remain in Edwardian, Queen Anne Revival, and Arts
and Crafts (Craftsman) styles alongside newer in-fills from the 1940s and 50s up until the early 21st Century.
South of the river is characterized by light industrial and commercial buildings. From 10 to 17 Avenue SW, 14 Street is lined with mid-to-high rise
residential buildings, including some unique examples of mid-century commercial architecture, like the Condon Building, low-rise commercial and a few
landmark heritage properties, like Sacred Heart church. This stretch of 14 Street once formed the boundary of the Town of Calgary, when it was first
established in 1884.
From 17 Avenue to 24 Avenue SW, 14 Street is lined with mid-century apartment buildings. Fewer apartment buildings exist beyond 24 Avenue SW to 33 Avenue
SW but some examples of Edwardian single-family residences can be seen.
By 1919, there had been sufficient development in Bankview, Mount Royal and South Calgary to warrant the extension of a streetcar line to 34 Avenue SW.
The Number 7 made the area attractive for people to live in the suburbs and commute to work downtown. In 1934, a four block area around 25 Avenue SW was
zoned for local commercial activity and still services the surrounding communities today.
All of the public input and discussion with experts throughout the project included one common concept; focus the effort of the Main Streets initiative work on a few key or strategic streets in the short term to maximize chances of success. By analysing local input, economic information and infrastructure investments, the Main Streets team identified which main streets are good candidates for development and growth in the near future.
Once that success has been tested, it will then be applied to main streets across Calgary as the timing for growth makes sense based on the unique needs of each street.
Based on all the information gathered, a series of proposed solutions have been created which would enable growth in main street areas that have been identified as ready for development. To learn more about the areas with rezoning options and Area Development Plan amendments being reviewed and considered for approval in the near future, visit the Main Streets' rezoning information page.
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