Parkside Outline Plan
Parkside development is generally defined by the Trans Canada highway on the south, Stoney Trail on the west, the Bowness escarpment on the north and 83rd Street and Bowfort Road on the east The lands are within the Bowness Area Redevelopment Plan (ARP). The area is fairly flat, with the exception of the Bowness escarpment and a depression in the south east portion of the site.
The major landowner within Parkside is Parkside Holdings.
In 2007, Greenbriar Stage 1 lands received Outline Plan and Land Use approval. The proposed development consisted of 17.77 hectares (43.91 acres) of land to accommodate medium density residential development and the preservation of environmentally significant areas. In 2011, Stage 2 of Greenbriar received Outline Plan and Land Use approval for 12.06 hectares (29.80 acres) of land. The uses within stage 2 included a broader mix of multi-residential development forms, neighbourhood commercial, office, retail and open space.
The property is currently undeveloped. The developer is proposing a mixed use community that integrates with the natural topography and the west entranceway into Calgary.
The proposed outline plan will identify a basic subdivision pattern and addresses infrastructure needs, financing agreements and development-related issues. It includes the location and size of roads, the distribution of open space, and location of various land use districts. Outline plans are considered at the same time as applications for a land use redesignation.
The proposal must follow the guidelines of other plans for the area. In this instance, the Municipal Development Plan provides high level policy guidance for the site’s development. There is also an amendment to the Calgary West Area Structure Plan required to facilitate the proposed development. The Calgary West Area Structure Plan will provide more detailed policy direction for the site’s development.
How to get involved
There are several ways you can get involved in the discussion about the future of this area. Your thoughts for the site will be considered by our staff and summarized both for the developer and City Council. Ultimately, The City has to weigh many different things when deciding what to allow on a property but your input is an important piece.
Open house: We will be hosting another open house in the spring. We will post event details here as soon as it is confirmed.
Contact the file manager: You can contact the File Manager directly (contact information is listed below) to provide feedback on the proposed outline plan and land use amendment (redesignation), or to get more information about the application process.
Public hearing of Council: A public hearing is held by City Council before they make a decision on the land use redesignation. You can speak directly to Council at the hearing, or submit written comments. You will have five minutes to speak, excluding any questions Council members may ask you. Comments should be brief and should address land use planning issues. There is no confirmed date for Council Public Hearing at this time.
The public hearing date will be advertised in the Calgary Herald and details will also be posted on this webpage.
In order to facilitate development in this area, there are two key pieces of infrastructure needed including a sanitary sewer and a road interchange at Valley Ridge Blvd N.W. and 16 Avenue N.W. The table below explains when these pieces of infrastructure are scheduled for delivery and who is financing each.
1. Sanitary Sewer
Required prior to occupancy
||2. Bowfort Rd/ Trans Canada Hwy Interchange
To be timed with Stoney Trail south
City and Developers
|Required prior to occupancy|
The planning process
When the City of Calgary receives an application to redesignate a property and create an outline plan (formally called an Outline Plan/Land Use Amendment Application), we generally follow this process:
- When the application is received, adjacent land owners, the local community association, the Ward Councillor, various City departments (such as Transportation Planning, Urban Development, and Parks) and other external agencies (such as utility companies) are circulated a copy of the application to gather their input.
- The City’s Land Use Planning & Policy Department reviews the application on its urban planning merits, a review of the technical aspects of the application including (but not limited to servicing and transportation components), compliance with City planning objectives and policies, including (but not limited to) the Municipal Development Plan and local area plan applicable to the area, in this case, the Calgary West Area Structure Plan.
- At an early stage in the application process, The City conducts public engagement to learn about any issues that exist from a community perspective.
- Following a formal review of the application, and the comments received from the circulation process, City staff prepare a detailed team review document that summarizes the list of outstanding issues with the application. This involves a period of negotiation with the applicant to resolve any identified issues.
- Upon satisfactory resolution of the detailed team review comments, City staff prepare a report for the Calgary Planning Commission, which is a committee appointed annually by City Council to make recommendations to Council on land use planning matters. The report contains a recommendation for the proposed land use redesignation. The commission can request changes to the redesignation proposal or can forward the report along with their recommendation on the proposal to City Council.
At the same time, the Calgary Planning Commission will also review the outline plan that must be followed by the applicant as part of the redesignation. The conditions of approval in the outline plan determine the financial and developmental obligations of the developer once they begin development. The commission is the final approving authority for the outline plan portion of the application and can either approve it or request changes. If they approve the plan the conditions are carried forward to the future tentative plan stage (subdivision).
- Once the Calgary Planning Commission has made a recommendation to City Council on the land use redesignation portion of the application, it is advertised for a two-week period in the Calgary Herald and then goes to Council for the final decision. Council is required to hold a public hearing on all land use redesignation applications before voting.
This entire process generally takes between 9 and 12 months to complete.
Planner, Land Use Planning & Policy
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