The City of Calgary is currently working on an amendment to an area within the West Springs Area Structure Plan in response to a request from City Council to update existing local area plans that have significant remaining development or redevelopment capacity to align with the Municipal Development Plan. The study area for the amendment is located in the southeast corner of the West Springs Area Structure Planning Area. The boundary roads are 9 Avenue SW to the north, Coach Ridge Road SW to the east, Bow Trail SW to the south, and 77 Street SW to the west. Parcels highlighted within the study area will be directly affected.
The proposed amendment would change the land use and transportation concept map for the study area.
The purpose of this amendment is to ensure development in this area supports the goals of Calgary's Municipal Development Plan, which means accommodating a modest increase in density while also incorporating a mix of residential, retail and commercial uses with a focus on transit supportive uses.
This process will take current policy and update relevant components in the existing West Springs Area Structure Plan, a similar exercise to the amendment made in July of 2012 to the plan.
This process is unlikely to affect properties in existing neighbourhoods that have already developed or have been approved for subdivision. Instead, the process will impact parcels in the project boundary that currently do not have land use or subdivision approved (see highlighted parcels on plan map).
- Circulation of amendment information to adjacent residents, community association and other stakeholders: March 2014
- Online survey to collect initial public input: March 2014
- Public information session: April 2, 2014
- Concept plan development and review: April 2014 to December 2015
- Draft area structure plan amendments: First Quarter 2016
- Online survey to collect public input from draft amendments: April/May 2016
- Public information session: April 27, 2016
- Finalize area structure plan amendments: pending further technical review
- Calgary Planning Commission: Q4 2016. Date is tentative and subject to change
- Public hearing at City Council: Q4 2016. Date is tentative and subject to change
How to Get Involved
Contact the policy planner: You can contact the policy planner (contact information listed below) to provide feedback on the proposed amendment to the area structure plan or to get more information about the amendment process.
Complete the online survey: Our online survey will be available until May 4, 2016.
Sign up for email updates: If you would like receive updates about this project please subscribe to our mailing list.
Attend an open house: We hosted an information session on April 27, 2016. To see what was discussed, please read our open house panels.
Public hearing of Council: A public hearing is held by City Council before they make a decision on the amendment. 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.
The public hearing date will be advertised in the Calgary Herald and details will also be posted on this webpage once they are confirmed. City staff's report to City Council on the proposal can be viewed prior to the hearing in the meeting agenda.
The Planning Process
When The City needs to amend an area structure plan, we generally follow this process:
Notices are sent to adjacent landowners, the local community association, the Ward Councillor, various City departments (such as Transportation Planning, Urban Development, Parks) and other external agencies (such as utility companies) to gather their input.
At the same time, The City's planning staff create an amendment based on its urban planning merits and compliance with City plans and policies, including (but not limited to) the Municipal Development Plan and regional plans applicable to the affected area, in this case, the West Springs Area Structure Plan.
After refining the amendment based on feedback, City staff prepare a report for the Calgary Planning Commission and make a recommendation on the proposed plan amendment. The Calgary Planning Commission is a committee appointed annually by City Council to make recommendations to Council on land use planning matters. The Calgary Planning Commission can request changes or forward the report along with their recommendation to City Council.
Once the Calgary Planning Commission has made a recommendation to City Council, the proposed plan amendment is advertised for a two-week period and then goes to City Council for the final decision. Council is required to hold a public hearing on all area structure plan amendments.
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