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Bow to Bluff Urban Design Framework

Overview

Bow to Bluff is an independent, citizen-led initiative focused on transforming the public corridor along the Northwest LRT line between the Bow River and McHugh Bluff into a great public space. The Bow to Bluff Urban Design Framework provides an overarching, long-term, citizen-centered vision and functional framework to guide future development throughout the Bow to Bluff corridor. It identifies a set of priority projects necessary for the corridor to be experienced as both a functional and cohesive space. It is important to note that the projects identified in the Bow to Bluff Urban Design Framework are reflective of the community’s aspirations as expressed during the public engagement process.

Purpose

In 2012 July, City Council directed City staff to review the Bow to Bluff Urban Design Framework and where appropriate, prepare amendments to the Hillhurst/Sunnyside Area Redevelopment Plan for Council’s consideration. The City is currently undertaking a comprehensive review of both documents to identify appropriate amendments to the Hillhurst/Sunnyside Area Redevelopment Plan in order to enable the implementation of the community’s vision. 

The planning process

  • In February 2011, a group of independent citizens approached the Ward 7 Office with an idea to engage their fellow citizens in the revitalization of the public corridor along the Northwest LRT line from the Bow River to the McHugh Bluff. Subsequently, with the support of City staff, the Bow to Bluff partnership was established, with the citizen group comprising members from the Great Public Spaces group of Civic Camp and the Hillhurst-Sunnyside Community Association.
  • In May 2011, Council approved funding from the Innovation Fund in order to not only engage citizens in the reimagining of the Bow to Bluff public corridor, but also to develop a design framework from citizen input and a comprehensive process guide to support other community-driven improvements to public spaces across the city.
  • In March 2012, the Bow to Bluff Urban Design Framework and the Bow to Bluff Process Guide were finalized by the community, consultants and City staff following a high-level review of the documents. 
  • In July 2012, City Council directed City staff to review the Bow to Bluff Urban Design Framework and prepare amendments to the Hillhurst/Sunnyside Area Redevelopment Plan, where appropriate.

How to get involved

There have been several opportunities for input throughout the process of creating the Bow to Bluff Urban Design Framework. Internal and external stakeholder feedback has contributed to the Bow to Bluff Urban Design Framework and appropriate amendments to the Hillhurst/Sunnyside Area Redevelopment Plan are being developed. You can contact the planner for this project (contact information is below) if you have any questions or comments about potential amendments to the Hillhurst/Sunnyside Area Redevelopment Plan as a result of the Bow to Bluff Urban Design Framework. Both the Urban Design Framework and the Bow to Bluff Process Guide are available to the public for downloading from www.bowtobluff.org.

Supporting information and documents

Contact

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