By 2025, Calgary West area has become a vibrant and diverse community of over 7000 people. The Community Core is the focus of social and commercial activity where residents can meet their daily needs in an attractive and convenient setting. The basis for this quality of life is a balance between residential neighbourhoods, natural areas, and non-residential land. Together these areas continue to provide a vibrant, mixed use, pedestrian oriented meeting and activity place for the surrounding communities.
The Community Core and immediate area provide for a variety of institutional, employment, retail and residential developments. Calgary West will meet daily needs within comfortable walking distance for many residents where access to wider employment, retail, leisure and cultural destinations is provided by excellent pedestrian, transit, cycling and road connections.
Calgary West is an area for people of all ages and lifestyles. It is a complete community. There are two distinct areas within Calgary West that provide for a mix of housing types, tenures, architectural styles and active street fronts.
The Community Core gives residents the opportunity to live, shop and recreate locally. Calgary West is designed to respect the unique natural features such as protecting the ravines, the steep north and west facing slopes and the preservation of the wildlife corridor.
As this is one of the important transportation connections and Entranceway into the City, Calgary West has many distinctive urban design features, lighting, enhanced vegetation and landscaping, public art, and view corridors which make the experience from the TransCanada Highway a positive one.
The Plan Area seamlessly integrates into the long-term City vision, taking advantage of opportunities to optimize City infrastructure and advance the objectives of the Municipal Development Plan and Calgary Transportation Plan.
The City of Calgary has received an Outline Plan/Land Use Amendment Application to redesignate (rezone) and subdivide lands located immediately to the east of the community of Crestmont, in northwest Calgary on the TransCanada highway.
The application has been submitted by SHAPE properties.
If approved by City Council, this proposal would allow the developer to develop 56.5 hectares of undeveloped land into a mix of commercial, office and residential space, including approximately 1,000 multi-family homes (such as apartments, condominiums and townhouses), 650,000 sq/ft retail/commercial and 100,000 square feet of office space. The developer anticipates the construction would take 3 years to complete. For full details of the proposed development, please refer to the application details.
The property is currently undeveloped. An easement across Shape’s site currently provides access to the Crestmont Community. 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 ASP will provide more detailed policy direction for the site’s development.
The estimated timeline for the project is as follows:
- Third Open House: June 18, 2014
- Application presented to Planning Commission: July 31, 2014
- Public hearing at City Council: September 8, 2014
- Application goes to subdivision: To be determined
- Development Permit applied for: To be determined
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. Valley Ridge Blvd/ Trans Canada Hwy Interchange
Within 7 years
|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 Local Area Planning & Implementation group 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, Local Area Planning & Implementation
Tel: (403) 268-1273
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