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Bowness Road N.W. (Montgomery)

Montgomery Main Street Visioning Session

Please join us at our Visioning Session to share your thoughts on what you value about your community, and how you imagine it should look and feel in the future. Your input will help us develop design concepts for further input in the next stage of engagement.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Drop in from 5 – 8 p.m.
Montgomery Community Association (5003 16 Avenue N.W.) 

Everyone is welcome at the Visioning Session. We’ll have light refreshments and activities for kids.

If you’re unable to attend the Visioning Session, please visit engage.calgary.ca to provide your feedback online from March 22 to April 4, 2018. Please also subscribe to our email list for project updates.

The east side of the Bowness Road N.W. main street is located in Montgomery and runs from 48 Street to 16 Avenue N.W. Like its neighbouring community of Bowness, Montgomery 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 continues on in its development. The Bowness Road N.W. main street has seen revitalization over the past several years with mixed use retail, commercial and residential buildings shaping a vibrant main street.


Montgomery Main Streets – Bowness Road N.W.

The City of Calgary is creating a Master Plan for streetscape and transportation improvements on 43 Street N.W., 46 Street N.W. and Bowness Road N.W. The first phase of the Main Streets engagement focused on land use changes to allow the community to grow in the coming decades. This phase will result in a Master Plan that will shape how people travel within Montgomery, and how the community will look over the next several decades.

The Master Plan will align with the Complete Streets Policy and Guide and include safety and operational improvements for people walking, cycling, taking transit, and driving. It will also define the overall street character including plants, sidewalks, seating and lighting.

As part of regular road maintenance, Bowness Road N.W. is scheduled for repaving in 2019. The road surface will be removed and replaced which presents an opportunity to redesign the road so it functions more effectively for all users. As a result, the projects will be combined and implemented together, providing significant improvements on Bowness Road N.W. while reducing construction costs and minimizing impacts on businesses, residents and road users.

Our investment in Montgomery starts in 2019.


Please note, this image is only intended to illustrate the general location of the improvement areas and is not a proposed cross section for the street.

The project limits for the transportation improvements extend from 52 Street N.W. to 43 Street N.W. (a continuation of the recent upgrades on Bowness Road N.W.), and the streetscape upgrades begin just west of 49 Street N.W. and end at 42 Street N.W.

 

Project goals

  • Improve safety, mobility and comfort for all road users (people who walk, bike, take transit and drive)
  • Address community traffic issues while also enhancing the pedestrian and cycling realm
  • Improve pedestrian and cycling connections between key destinations within Montgomery
  • Implement streetscape improvements that comply with new land uses
  • Connect existing pathways and future connections determined in adjacent project plans, particularly those proposed as short-term improvements for the South Shaganappi Study and the Bow River pathway
  • Coordinate improvements with other area projects, including recent updates to 16 Avenue N.W. and Home Road N.W.

 

Project background

Main Streets

A Main Street is a corridor that is considered ideal for redevelopment and revitalization because it has existing mixed use residential, commercial and retail space. It is also a main road that accommodates all types of traffic (people walking, cycling, driving and taking transit). 

The Montgomery community participated in Main Streets public engagement activities between November 2014 and May 2015 for both the Bowness Road and 16 Avenue N.W. Main Street projects via workshops, online mapping activities, online surveys and information sessions. The City sought input related to land use and zoning changes and streetscape improvements.

Complete Streets

Complete Streets are safe, comfortable and efficient for all travel modes. This means that people of all ages, physical ability or income levels have safe, comfortable and efficient travel options. Complete Streets contribute to communities in several ways:
  • Planning for growth by providing alternatives to driving to manage congestion and traffic flow as population increases
  • Improving health and the environment by making active and sustainable transportation options appealing
  • Increasing street vibrancy and aesthetics, which contributes to the local economy and community pride

The City of Calgary began implementing Complete Street improvements on Bowness Road N.W. in 2014, starting at 48 Avenue N.W. Visit the Phase 1 (48 Avenue N.W. to 70 Street N.W.) and Phase 2​ (70 Street N.W. to 52 Street N.W.) project websites for information about the improvements that were made.

Engagement opportunities

The public engagement for this project will include a Key Stakeholder Group and three formal public engagement opportunities in Phases 1 – 3. Each public engagement opportunity will include an in-person event and an opportunity to provide feedback online.

The Key Stakeholder Group is intended to help the project team hear from as many perspectives as possible to develop the best street design for all road users. The Key Stakeholder Group will meet in advance of each public engagement event, and is comprised of representatives from the following organizations:

  • Active / sustainable modes groups (cycling, walking and taking transit)
  • Advisory Committee on Accessibility
  • Alberta Motor Transport Association
  • BILD Calgary
  • Calgary Board of Education – Transportation
  • Calgary River Valleys
  • Community members representing senior and youth demographics
  • Community Liaison Officer – Calgary Police Service
  • Livery Transport Advisory Committee
  • Montgomery Community Association (MCA)
  • Montgomery on the Bow Business Improvement Area (BIA)
  • Neighbourhood Partnership Coordinator (The City of Calgary)

Montgomery Main Street Visioning Session

Please join us at our Visioning Session to share your thoughts on what you value about your community, and how you imagine it should look and feel in the future. Your input will help us develop design concepts for further input in the next stage of engagement.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Drop in from 5 – 8 p.m.
Montgomery Community Association (5003 16 Avenue N.W.)

Everyone is welcome at the Visioning Session. We’ll have light refreshments and activities for kids. 

If you’re unable to attend the Visioning Session, please visit engage.calgary.ca to provide your feedback online from March 22 to April 4, 2018. Please also subscribe to our email list for project updates.

Adjacent projects

There are several other projects occurring in the Montgomery community. The project team will work with other City project teams to share information and coordinate when possible.

 

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Council policies

This project aligns with several Council-approved policies and programs:

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