Bowness Road NW (Montgomery)
The east side of the Bowness Road NW main street is located in Montgomery and runs from 48 Street to 16 Avenue NW.
Like its neighbouring community of Bowness, Montgomery also started out as a town, then a village and was eventually amalgamated by Calgary in 1963. The demographics continue to shift over time as this area grows and is redeveloped. The Bowness Road main street has seen much revitalization over the past several years with mixed use retail, commercial, restaurant and housing shaping a vibrant main street.
Land use (zoning) and policy changes
Through the Main Streets initiative, several main streets have been identified as areas ready for new development and growth. By encouraging new development and increasing the population in main street areas through great housing choice, the vitality of local businesses, amenities and services can grow and be maintained.
By analysing local input, economic information and infrastructure investments, the Main Streets team determined which main streets are good candidates for development and growth in the near future.
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Rezoning has created greater flexibility for mixed use, apartment, or row or townhouse development and create more housing options and business opportunities for Montgomery.
View detailed information about the new Land Use in Montgomery.
Area Redevelopment Plan
The Montgomery Area Redevelopment Plan has been updated to provide support for mixed-use development, low-rise apartments, row houses, as well as single- and semi-detached homes in the blocks nearby.
These updates include:
- Deletions of out-of-date language (for example, references to city-initiated rezonings that were already completed);
- Changes to the map of land uses to introduce land use districts from the proposed Developed Areas Guidebook that align with and support the new zoning
- The introduction of a new Main Streets section with updated objectives, context, and neighbourhood-specific policies informed by public input and analysis undertaken through the Main Streets initiative.
Now that new land use districts and policy changes have been put into place, land owners will be able to build the new building types and uses allowed by the updated bylaw. In main street areas, this will increase the population and sustain a greater variety of local businesses and services as new developments are introduced into these areas. Considering this future growth, The City will calculate the infrastructure investments and local improvements that will compliment the needs of these areas. Programs related to streetscape master planning, heritage and character home retention and parking solutions are already underway and will continue to be looked at for these areas.
Experts from across The City are working together to consider the input provided by Calgarians to identify main street improvements or alignment with existing programs and services. As projects related to main streets reach their design and construction phases, there will be additional opportunities to share input.
16 Avenue and Home Road N.W. upgrades
In response to community input about sidewalks, crosswalks, and intersection traffic flow, we’re improving the 16 Ave and Home Road area to make it safer and more vibrant for people who live and travel in the area.
The planned improvements for this area are meant to improve traffic operations by directing vehicles to follow designated traffic lanes, increase the safety of pedestrians trying to cross 16 Avenue N.W. at Home Road, and prevent motor vehicle and pedestrian accidents from occurring.
To learn more about the upcoming construction stages, the 16 Avenue and Home Road N.W. Upgrades project page.
Listening and learning
Main street users provided their input at workshops, through an online mapping activity, online surveys, and at information sessions. Through the input shared by Calgarians, City staff learned what’s working or needs improvement for each of Calgary’s main streets. Learn more
Comments were compiled from the Main Streets public engagement activities which took place from November 2014 through May 2015. The top issues, opportunities and outcomes were ranked in order of consensus and ratings from citizens. This input will be analyzed to inform the planning strategy for each main street.
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Discussing options and reviewing solutions
Bowness Road NW (Montgomery) and 16 Avenue NW (Montgomery) had additional public input opportunities to review and discuss planning concepts informed by previous public input sessions. Main street users and residents shared input on the tools and techniques that will be used to prepare these main street areas for growth and change.
Calgarians shared input related to:
- Development types transitioning from main street to surrounding streets
- Land use requirements for retail development.
- Considered factors when planning future large redevelopment sites
View a summary of what we heard at these input sessions, summary of what we heard.
What we've learned
To start developing solutions which ensure the future success of Calgary’s main street neighbourhoods, City planners listened and learned from main street users, neighbourhood residents, industry experts and economic specialists to understand the unique challenges and opportunities for growth and development in these areas.
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Local statistics and growth targets
Growth for this main street area is significantly less than the Municipal Development Plan target. The most relevant factors contributing to this are market desire and consumer preference, which haven’t driven redevelopment. Land use districts (zoning) must be in place to enable redevelopment potential to increase to desired population and employment levels, but strong market interest is a key for fueling new construction. Support from City services and infrastructure can have a positive impact on market demand and will contribute to the evolution of this main street.
Both the Bowness Road NW (Montgomery) and 16 Avenue NW main streets, located in the community of Montgomery, have not been overly active locations for new development in recent years. It is considered a stable neighbourhood, and consists predominantly of low density land uses, with a modest amount of retail-commercial space. Additional commercial and retail opportunities in the area will be driven by population growth in the immediate area.