In 2013, City Council requested an update to existing local area plans that have significant remaining development or redevelopment capacity, in order to align with the Municipal Development Plan (MDP).
Currently, The City is working on developing a new Area Structure Plan (ASP) for the Springbank Hill area, identified in the East Springbank ASP Appendix 1. The intent of the project is to bring forward a new ASP, to be known as the Springbank Hill ASP. The Springbank Hill ASP will identify areas for increased density while also incorporating a mix of residential, retail and commercial uses, with a focus on an improved road network and better access to transit services.
Springbank Hill will be known for its sensitive urban residential development in harmony with its natural setting. Distinct neighbourhoods will foster a wide variety of lifestyles and offer urban living conveniences that are in close proximity to amenities such as retail, open space activities, educational institutions, transit and other daily services.
Throughout Springbank Hill, the natural landscape is key to development. From slope sensitive development to protection of natural treed areas and ravines, the built form is in harmony with the natural setting.
On January 31, 2017 The City released a draft version of the Springbank Hill ASP.
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In June 1995, over 10 square miles (2,700 hectares) of lands were annexed into the city of Calgary from the Municipal District of Rocky View. The East Springbank Joint General Plan developed in coordination between The City of Calgary, Rocky View and affected landowners was used to provide policy direction leading up to and even after the annexation. Two years after the annexation The City adopted a new Area Structure Plan (ASP) known as the East Springbank ASP that had several appendices in the form of Community Plans inserted to the document from 1997 through to 1999. Appendix 1 of the East Springbank ASP established the framework for the development of new suburban communities for lands bound by the future Southwest Ring Road to the west and south, 17 Ave. S.W. to the north, and 69 St. to the east. In total the Plan Area applies to approximately 554 hectares or 1,369 acres of land.
Currently The City’s project team is working on developing a new ASP that will update the policy framework for Appendix 1: Revised East Springbank I Community Plan. Direction to update the document was provided to The City in 2013 to ensure that future development aligned with Calgary’s key strategic policy documents that include the Municipal Development Plan and the Calgary Transportation Plan.
In recognition that the original document is outdated in terms of content, format and alignment with other City of Calgary policies, and as an alternative to creating a long list of amendments to the original ASP document, City Administration is undertaking the preparation of a new plan. Long term development direction of the Springbank Hill ASP will identify areas for increase in density while also incorporating a mix of residential, retail and commercial uses with a focus on improved road network, better access to transit services and servicing solutions for future development.
Since March 2013 the project team has used the term “Study Area” to concentrate on lands that have the greatest potential for development or re-development. The Study Area also includes lands where landowners have expressed a strong desire to undertake development and opportunities for development are supported by detailed technical studies prepared and reviewed by the city’s project team. Certain new policies and development direction primarily focus on the Study Area, which is centrally located within the Plan Area. For example, Low, Medium and Mixed-Use Areas propose a new development direction and apply largely within the Study Area. Ultimately all policies of the draft document focus on the long term development guidance of the overall Plan Area.
NOTE: The direction provided in the Calgary Transit memo and specifically the attachment is at the conceptual level. A functional planning study has not yet been completed, and any logical conclusions reached from the assessment of the memo and attachment may be subject to change upon further analysis and studies undertaken by Calgary Transit.
Beginning in early 2013, The City has hosted numerous public engagement events and workshops both in person and online. Additional engagement opportunities will be available in 2017. Please take a look below at the materials from previous engagement events and information about upcoming opportunities.
- Springbank Hill Draft ASP Open House (February 6 and 7, 2017): The City developed a draft ASP and updated maps for citizens to review and provide comments on.
- Springbank Hill Information Session (February 2014): City staff responded to questions on the project and a new concept for the area was presented.
- Neighbourhood Design Workshop (November 27, 2013): City staff and landowners south of Aspen Landing reviewed ideas generated through the June 19, 2013 open house. The concept was refined as a result.
- Springbank Hill Choices Open House (June 19, 2013): Options for future development were presented and opportunities for public input.
- Neighbourhood Design Workshop (April 27 to May 7, 2013): City staff and landowners south of Aspen Landing brainstormed ideas to take to the wider community for consideration.
- Springbank Hill Discovery Open House (March 27, 2013): Citizens exchanged information and ideas about the plan area and confirmed which areas they were interested in exploring a new direction for.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why is there a significant increase in densities outlined in the new ASP?
The existing East Springbank ASP, Appendix 1 was developed in 1997 and revised in 2001. It is outdated in terms of content, format and alignment with other City of Calgary policies. The proposed changes to density aim to meet the Municipal Development Plan (MDP) targets that were set out when the MDP was approved by Council in 2009.
There is an increase in commercial development allowed in the area. Have traffic and infrastructure impacts been considered in this plan?
The draft Springbank Hill ASP allows for the north-central portion of the Plan Area, closest to the busy 17 Ave. S.W. corridor, to accommodate for a mix of commercial and residential uses. The increased concentration of commercial activity and population is based on the following factors:
- To take advantage of the functioning arterial roadway (4 lanes of traffic), and the 69 Street LRT station located within 700 metres (6-10 minute walking distance) to the majority of the mixed use area.
- To transfer development potential away from areas impacted by steep grades and identified as environmentally significant, to areas that are easier to develop.
- Provide one central commercial and higher density residential area that allows access to neighbourhood amenities. Access to the area is based on short, direct and convenient travel patterns irrespective of mode (walk, bike, ride or drive).
In addition, Transportation Impact Assessments may be required at the Outline Plan/Land Use Amendment stage to further establish development thresholds.
How are Reserve lands designated?
Allocation and dedication of Environmental and Municipal Reserve lands is determined when reviewing Outline Plan/Land Use Amendment and subdivision applications. The amount of Municipal Reserve is determined by provincial legislation through the Municipal Government Act (MGA). Lands can be taken by a municipality as Municipal Reserve and School Reserve at the time of subdivision. The MGA states that lands cannot exceed 10 per cent of the parcel size. The City intends on taking the full 10 percent as allowed in accordance with the MGA, and this is in alignment with the current draft Springbank Hill ASP.
How was the density and intensity in the area determined? What if I think there is too much density?
Achieving certain intensity and density thresholds provides development guidance and is within the realm of a framework that ASPs provide, as stated in the Municipal Government Act. The City is looking to gather feedback on the policies outlined in the draft Springbank Hill ASP. The City looks forward to working with residents, landowners and Community Association members and getting feedback on what numbers would be more in-keeping with community’s character.
Senior Planner, Planning & Development