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Land use zoning changes

    33 Avenue SW

    The 33 Avenue SW main street runs from Crowchild Trail to 14 Street SW. It is located on the edge of the communities of Richmond and South Calgary, while the community of Altadore borders it to the south.

    33 Avenue SW started as an early transportation route connecting the inner-city neighbourhood of South Calgary to the downtown core. Its growth as a main street started when settlement in South Calgary occurred with the Edwardian boom period of development in Calgary, resulting in the construction of houses, commercial buildings, and institutional buildings in this style. In 1911, the Calgary Municipal Railway streetcar line was established, which ran in a loop from 34 Avenue to 26 Avenue SW. Commercial development aligned with this route forming a central commercial district, now known as Marda Loop.

    Today, the area contains a mix of modern, multi-use commercial and residential buildings, mid-century, modern-style commercial buildings, residential to commercial conversions, and historic residential architecture.

    Current Status

    Active Projects

    33 Avenue SW Planning – New Land Use Framework

    The Main Streets initiative is going to make policy and land use improvements to the 33/34 Avenue SW main streets area, to encourage a vibrant public realm, greater variety of retail and small business, and to increase local services and housing choices. Our team will analyze local input, economic information and infrastructure investments, to make proposed land use redesignations and amendments to the local area plans (Marda Loop, Richmond, and South Calgary/Altadore).

    Citizen input will inform decisions about growth and change in the 33/34 Avenues SW main street area. We want citizens to consider and discuss:

    • Residential and commercial development types transitioning from main streets to surrounding streets
    • How much of the length of 33/34 Avenues SW should be considered for improvements
    • Where retail development is most appropriate and desired along the Main Street

    Our project team will in your community on February 26 (see below – Engagement Opportunities) to introduce this project. We will begin public engagement in the 33/34 Avenues SW main street area in April 2018.

    33 Avenue SW Streetscape Master Plan

    The City is developing a Streetscape Master Plan for 33 and 34 Avenues SW, as part of the Main Streets initiative’s investment phase. A streetscape includes all visual and functional elements of a street that collectively form its character. Some areas we are exploring include:

    • Sidewalk features (eg. street trees, patios, street furniture)
    • Crosswalks and street corner configurations
    • Laneway and park connectivity
    • Street lighting
    • Pedestrian safety features

    We are producing a detailed plan that provides a blueprint to rebuild 33 and 34 Avenues SW in a way that meets the needs of current and future residents, visitors and business owners.

    Engagement Opportunities

    The City is planning the future of Calgary’s thriving main streets. We invite you to attend an information session about your main street area and learn about the projects affecting the future of your community.

    The City’s Main Streets initiative is launching two projects for the 33 Avenue S. main street area:

    • Planning – a new land use framework of City-initiated land use redesignations (rezoning) and amendments to the local area plans
    • Investment – Streetscape master plan for 33 and 34 Avenues SW including enhancements for mobility, public realm and related infrastructure upgrades.

    This is a collaborative process. We want to work with the community to discover what makes the Marda Loop area unique and what opportunities exist for improvement. Please come out and learn more about these projects and future opportunities to provide input.

    • Information Session – February 26, 2018
      6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
      Marda Loop Community Hall (3130 – 16 Street SW)

    Find Out More

    For more updates about the 33 Avenue SW Main Street project, please subscribe to our Main Streets e-mail update.

    What's Next

    Coming soon

    Past Project Information

    Previous Public Engagement

    Between November 2014 and May 2015, Main streets users provided input at workshops, through an online mapping activity, online surveys and at information sessions. They identified their top issues opportunities and outcomes. This input will inform the planning and streetscape master plan projects for this main street.


    As part of this public engagement, 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 for 33 Avenue SW.

    View 33 Avenue SW key findings
    View full report of what we’ve learned city-wide

    Existing Local Planning

    33 Avenue SW is guided by the Marda Loop Area Redevelopment Plan, approved by City Council in 2014. Public engagement, policy creation and internal City of Calgary review was directed by the goals and objectives of the Municipal Development Plan. The boundary of the Area Redevelopment Plan, however, does not fully align with the Municipal Development Plan boundaries of the main street areas. The plan is mostly limited to parcels that front 33 Avenue SW from Crowchild Trail SW to 18 Street SW. As a result, there is no policy direction to address development transition into the adjacent residential communities which have lower density. The current land use districts from 18 Street SW, east to 14 Street SW remain so res​idential redevelopment has been underdeveloped and unable to support the redesign of the roadway and a higher quality streetscape.

    33 Avenue SW is the heart of Marda Loop. Current zoning does not allow for the achievement of the vision set out in the Marda Loop Area Redevelopment Plan. If fully built out, current zoning would barely allow for population and employment to reach Municipal Development Plan targets for main streets. Current zoning allows for a variety of mixed use development along 33 Avenue itself (west of 19 Street SW) and provides for a mix of apartment housing in the blocks to the south. To the north there is little to no transition from mixed use or apartment housing and on either side there are few opportunities to develop row or townhouses. Rezoning could help implement the vision set out in the Marda Loop Area Redevelopment Plan and allow for more choice and diversity in housing, while enabling more residents and businesses to choose Marda Loop.