The Richmond Road main street goes from Sarcee Trail to 37 Avenue SW between the communities of Glamorgan and Glenbrook.
This relatively high traffic route offers a variety of large and small scale commercial and retail. The communities of Glamorgan and Glenbrook attract a diverse demographic of residents who enjoy the neighbourhood access to amenities and transportation options.
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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What we've heard
Top comments (ranked in order of citizen rating)
- Focus density on larger sites (ends of main street) with low to medium rise residential buildings
- Traffic calming along Richmond Road - this is needed to create a more pedestrian friendly environment
- Walkability is very important - Richmond Road should be made more aesthetically pleasing and safe.
- Transportation concerns - new development and construction of a ring road
- Loss of transit, not enough transit, poor links to downtown
- Transit along Richmond Road to Marda Loop - there is no public transit along Richmond Road/33 Avenue between 37 Street and 14 Street SW
- Safe and vibrant main street sidewalks
- High quality public realm elements
- More green and open space
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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.
Very little new residential development has occurred along this main street in recent years. The timing of any redevelopment in this area is likely to be long-term. Approximately 360 homes are expected to be built over the next 25 years, starting gradually between 2016 and 2020. Additional commercial and retail opportunities may be driven by population growth in this area.
Existing local planning
Richmond Road SW is a commercial hub for the surrounding communities of Glamorgan and Glenbrook. This main street provides low density, small to large- format commercial shopping centres on each end, with primarily low density residential uses in between. The only local plan is a non-statutory design brief from 1977. This plan does not provide land use policies that support the Municipal Development Plan goals of a mixed use street along Richmond Road SW.
Richmond Road SW is intended to be a neighbourhood main street, serving Glenbrook and Glamorgan. Current zoning allows for development to meet The City’s targets for population and employment growth, but does not necessarily accommodate marketable forms of development. Most intensity is focused at either the Sarcee Trail or 37 Street SW ends of the main street, on large commercial sites that could potentialy be redeveloped as mixed use anchor tenants for the street. Rezoning would primarily need to address height and interface with neighbouring development.
All of the public input and discussion with experts throughout the project included one common concept; focus the effort of the Main Streets initiative work on a few key or strategic streets in the short term to maximize chances of success. By analysing local input, economic information and infrastructure investments, the Main Streets team identified which main streets are good candidates for development and growth in the near future.
Once that success has been tested, it will then be applied to main streets across Calgary as the timing for growth makes sense based on the unique needs of each street.
Based on all the information gathered, a series of proposed solutions have been created which would enable growth in main street areas that have been identified as ready for development. To learn more about the areas with rezoning options and Area Development Plan amendments being reviewed and considered for approval in the near future, visit the Main Streets' rezoning information page.
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