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Program approach - Our process to transform Calgary's Main Streets

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Calgary’s Main Streets are places where citizens come together. They are places where we want to go, we enjoy, and we coalesce as a community. The transformation of our Main Streets will occur jointly through public and private investment, and will empower citizens to travel less and live more by providing the things we need right in our own communities.

Main Streets are resilient, adaptable, and attractive public spaces that:

  • Celebrate the character of the community;
  • Encourage diversity of local business
  • Create a vibrant destination.
​Current Public Engagement
​Bowness Road N.W. (Montgomery) - Design
Open House
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
5-8 p.m. (drop-in event)
Montgomery Community Association (5003 16 Avenue N.W.)
Online Engagement - Open March 14-28, 2019

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*This map and numbering of Main Streets does not indicate sequencing or prioritization.

Active Projects

The transformation of a Main Street happens in stages:

Plan - A plan to bring people and jobs, using land use redesignation

​Design - A plan for placemaking, using a streetscape master plan and design concepts

Build - Public realm transformation, through private and public construction activity

Live - Community activation and enjoyment, through community and private activities

The following projects are currently active. To find out more, please visit each project's page.

Planning

Design

What are Calgary’s Main Streets?

What is a Main Street?

A Main Street is the cultural, social and economic focal point of a community. As the heart of the community, a Main Street is vibrant by design – they allow for a wider variety of uses (eg. Retail space and offices) and mixed housing options, to support the higher density of development necessary to support that variety of uses. Main Streets are places where people in a community can live and come together to enjoy a variety of activities.

Why do we need a Main Streets program?

To reach their full potential, Calgary’s Main Streets need both public and private investment. The Main Streets program is a continuum that goes from changes to land use that will support development opportunities to a streetscape master plan that is designed to support these changes and can be constructed in a coordinated fashion. The increase in development activity will bring more people and new jobs to the community, making the area more attractive to local businesses and residents.

What makes a vibrant Main Street?

A vibrant Main Street is resilient, adaptable and attractive. Main Streets capture the character of a community by being inviting, safe, attractive and memorable. They are diverse streets when it comes to commerce, residents and culture, featuring a mix of old and new and a land use framework that supports this diversity. This diversity is also supported by a multi-modal transportation network.

Due to budget limitation, some of the above Main Streets will be constructed in phases or short-term improvements that address the community’s highest needs may be implemented.

Which Main Streets are funded for design and construction?

Currently there are six Main Streets funded for design and five funded for construction. Depending on budget limitations some Main Streets are only funded for a portion of the design that will address the community’s highest needs.

  • 37 Street S.W. (Bow Trail – Richmond Road)
  • 17 Avenue S.W. (37 Street – Crowchild Trail)
  • 33/34 Avenues S.W.
  • Bowness Road (Montgomery)
  • 1 Avenue N.E.
  • Centre Street N.

Due to budget limitation, some of the above Main Streets will be constructed in phases or short-term improvements that address the community’s highest needs may be implemented.

Why is my Main Street not currently funded for design and construction?

The Main Streets program team has identified five Main Streets as current priorities. Once these Main Streets have been seen through to completion, we will work with Council to determine whether funding can be allocated to the next group of prioritized Main Streets.

Our Program Approach

The Main Streets Program is one of the ways that The City of Calgary is working to achieve our vision “to make our city a great place to make a living, and a great place to make a life.” Our program shares The City’s common purpose of “making life better every day” by implementing a comprehensive process to transform our Main Streets into places people want to live, work and play.

The transformation of individual Main Streets will occur through five steps:

  • Strategize
  • Plan
  • Design
  • Build​
  • Live

Step 1: Strategize - Complete 

Between November 2014 and May 2015, people from across Calgary provided thousands of comments and input at workshops, in surveys, and information sessions, and online, about their hopes and concerns for their Main Street neighbourhoods.


Through one of the most far-reaching engagement processes completed in our city to date, Calgarians expressed their desired outcomes for Main Streets, which were summarized into six core themes.

Through one of the most far-reaching engagement processes completed in our city to date, Calgarians expressed their desired outcomes for Main Streets, which were summarized

By the end of 2016, City planners and staff established a strategy for each Main Street based on what we heard from neighbourhood residents, area specific market demand research, and area planning and policy reviews.



For more detailed information about the strategy for each of the 24 Main Streets, please view the full report of what we learnedthrough our 2014 and 2015 engagement.

Through conversations and decisions with citizens and Council, from 2014 to 2018, the Strategize process prioritized the 24 MDP Main Streets into 35 areas for implementation, with 20 Main Street areas approved for short term implementation (2017-2022).​

Step 2: Planning - Ongoing

The next step in transforming our Main Streets is to undertake the necessary planning and policy revisions to allow for higher population densities, a greater mix of building types, and more access to transportation options. These planning initiatives will ultimately allow a wider variety of options to live, work and play in our Main Streets communities.

The planning step focuses on implementation of policies, goals and targets contained in the Municipal Development Plan (MDP). The MDP, along with local area plans and the Land Use Bylaw are considered when reviewing planning and policy revisions. Citizen input is also essential when considering these revisions. They are asked to consider what development types are appropriate on Mains Streets and surrounding streets, what are the land use requirements for retail development on the Main Street and what factors are important when planning future large redevelopment sites.

To encourage a vibrant public realm, variety of retail and small businesses, and increase local services, The City then makes policy and land use improvements to Main Street areas.

Step 3: Design - Ongoing

The third step is the design of safe, comfortable, high quality street and sidewalk environments that will transform the area into a place that people want to live, work and play. This design, a streetscape master plan, is a community  driven effort that links the priorities of community residents, business owners, and The City’s urban design and transportation policies and priorities.

Mainstreets process
Each streetscape master plan considers the following design elements:

  • Urban design and placemaking
  • Pedestrian realm improvements
  • Roadway improvements, including transit, cycling, traffic safety, and parking
  • Heritage and community character
  • Parks and public gathering spaces
  • Infrastructure and utilities
  • Public art

Each streetscape master plan consider the following when creating a design solution:

  • Design for positive social and economic impact
  • Mobility and function that will support healthy living and sustainability
  • Recognition and enhancement of the community’s character and identity

Step 4: Build - Upcoming

Once the design phase is complete, the Main Street moves into the build phase. This is the phase where shovels are in the ground. The scope of construction is dependent on funding that is available. Selection of which Main Streets are funded for construction is determined by community readiness, existing conditions, anticipated return on investment and equity.

Main Street construction may be divided into phases, which could include implementation of short-term improvements that address the community’s highest needs. This may include:

  • Pilot transportation improvements
  • Temporary public spaces
  • Temporary traffic calming measures

Step 5: Live – Upcoming

Once short-term investments and permanent construction is completed, it is an opportunity for community members, community associations and businesses to come up with ideas that directly benefit the community and maintain the vibrancy of the Main Street. As part of the program, we will be developing tools that empower the community, including building an on-going relationship with The City.

Program Library

Main Streets Program Documents

Planning and Urban Development Committee Reports

Bowness Road N.W. (Bowness)

Bowness Road N.W. (Montomery)

16 Avenue N.W. (Montgomery)

Kensington Road N.W.

10 Street N.W.

4 Street N.W.

Centre Street N.

Richmond Road S.W.

37 Street S.W.

17 Avenue S.W.

10 Avenue S.W.

14 Street S.W.

33/34 Avenues S.W.

4 Street S.W.

50 Avenue S.W.

Edmonton Trail N.E.

1 Avenue N.E.

32 Avenue N.E.

36 Street N.E.

17 Avenue S.E.

9 Avenue S.E.

MacLeod Trail S.

MacLeod Trail S.E.

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