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Land use zoning changes

    37 Street SW

    The 37 Street SW main street extends from Bow Trail to 26 Avenue SW, adjacent to the communities of Rosscarrock, Glendale and Killarney.​


    This main street area is primarily a residential neighbourhood, close to the Westbrook shopping centre and LRT station. The communities of Rosscarrock and Glendale were founded in the 1950s, while Killarney developed earlier in 1906. Populations in the area have stayed relatively stable over the past 10 years.

    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. This main street will have land use redesignations (rezonings) and Area Redevelopment Plan amendments which will be presented to Calgary Planning Commission and City Council for approval.

    Land use

    Rezoning allows for more mixed use and apartment development along 37 Street SW and new housing options such as row- or townhouses, in addition to existing single and semi-detached homes in Killarney and Glendale.

    View detailed information about the
    new Land Use along 37 Street SW.

    Area Redevelopment Plan

    The updated Killarney-Glengarry Area Redevelopment Plan (which includes the areas around the 17 Avenue SW west of Crowchild Trail and 37 Street SW main streets) provides support for mixed-use development, low-rise apartments, row houses, as well as single- and semi-detached homes in the blocks nearby.

    The updates to the Richmond Area Redevelopment Plan include:

    1. Deletions of out-of-date language (for example, references to city-initiated rezonings that were already completed);
    2. 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
    3. 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.
    4. Identification of large sites (such as the Barbara Mitchell Centre and the Glendale Shopping Centre) as future comprehensive development plan areas with specific requirements for application submissions.

    What's next

    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.

    Public input

    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

    17 Avenue SW (west of Crowchild Trail) and 37 Street SW 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.

    View 37 Street SW key findings

    View full report of what we’ve learned​

    Local statistics and growth targets

    Growth potential

    Growth for this main street area is signifi​cantly 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.

    Market outlook

    The LRT station located northeast of this main street provides an opportunity for potential development and redevelopment in the area. This main street area has a high demand for redevelopment in the short-term, with significant market interest in residential units. Approximately 3,208 homes are expected to be built over the next 25 years, starting gradually between 2016 and 2020. The Westbrook Mall site has potential for office and general commercial retail development at a larger scale than most main street sites.