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We’re moving towards our goal to plan, invest in and create main streets where businesses can thrive and create a destination that all Calgarians can enjoy. Over the past year, we’ve been working with community members to understand the character of these main streets and plan for the future.

This fall, we meet with community residents to gather feedback on two phases of your community’s Main Street project:

  • Land Use Planning
  • Streetscape Master Plan

Streetscape Master Plan

The City is developing a Streetscape Master Plan for 33rd and 34th Avenues S.W., as part of the Main Streets initiative’s investment phase. A streetscape includes all visual and functional elements of a street that collectively form its character. Some areas we are exploring include:

  • Sidewalk features (e.g. street trees, patios, street furniture)
  • Crosswalks and street corner configurations
  • Laneway and park connectivity
  • Street lighting
  • Pedestrian safety features

It is within this Main Streets Implementation Program that we discover, explore and reveal the Streetscape Master Plan. We are producing a detailed plan that provides a blueprint to rebuild 33rd and 34th Avenues S.W. in a way that meets the needs of current and future residents, visitors and business owners.


The discovery phase of engagement focused shaping the vision for 33rd and 34th Avenues and on gathering feedback on design elements to be considered for 33rd and 34th Avenues. To help develop a vision participants were asked to respond to the question “What makes Marda Loop, Marda Loop?” It was important to understand the views and interests of residents’, businesses’, pedestrians’, commuters’ and shoppers’, in relation to the existing 33rd and 34th Avenues streetscape and what it may look like in the future. At the open house we asked stakeholders to use dots to indicate the streetscape design elements that were most important to them. Online participants were able to use a ranking tool to indicate their preferences.

Participants were also asked how they would like to be engaged in the future. The phase 2 storefront engagement is a reflection of the response to this question.

The boards from the February open house can be viewed here.

The What We Heard report from phase 1 engagement is located here.



The streetscape design priorities were developed using a combination of information from the engagement process and the technical experience of the design team. The streetscape priorities will allow the design team to examine how the upgraded street design will best balance issues and opportunities with community needs.

Pedestrian Comfort and Enhanced Landscape: Establishing a vibrant streetscape through enhanced landscaping, repeated elements and design styles.

Parking: Establishing clearly defined parking zones to help prioritize the parking within the corridor.

Public Transit and Automobiles: Upgrades to public transit stops and locations are being explored to improve the riders’ experience. Travel lanes will be maintained at the current spacing to curb line to create a consistent travel experience throughout the corridor.

Bicycles: Bicycle amenities will be considered; however, the pedestrian and parking experience will be a priority as bicycle amenities are explored.

Goods / Services: Large vehicle pick up and drop off will be facilitated through lane access not at curb side.

To review the boards from the Street Front please see them here.

The What We Heard report from phase 2 engagement can be found here.


Phase three of public engagement focuses on the presentation of the streetscape master plan concept for 33 and 34 Avenues S.W., as our project team works towards a final concept. In previous project phases, we explored values and design priorities with community members. The result of this engagement, alongside technical considerations, is the streetscape master plan concept plan in the informational panels. . This document presents the concept and explores how the project team, with input from community members, reached its design conclusions. Please click here to view a detailed timeline for the project. Please click here to view the master plan panel.

We ask that you review the 33 and 34 Avenues S.W. streetscape master plan concept and give your impressions of the concept. What do you like about the concept, what don’t you like and are we missing anything that was discussed in previous rounds of engagement. From gathering feedback on the master plan concept, we will report back to the community with a final streetscape master plan concept in November 2018.
To review the information panels for the in-person events, please click here.

Please click here to view the 'What we heard' report from the Phase Three engagement which took place in Fall 2018.

Land Use Planning

The City is planning the future of Calgary’s thriving main streets. The Main Streets initiative is going to make policy and land use improvements to the 33rd and 34th Avenues S.W. main streets area, to encourage a vibrant public realm, greater variety of retail and small business, and to increase local services and housing choices. Our team will analyze local input, economic information and infrastructure investments, to make proposed land use redesignations and amendments to the local area plans.

Community input has informed and influenced decisions about growth and land use change in your neighbourhood along the 33rd and 34th Avenues S.W main street area.
Our project team reviewed input on the following:

  • Residential and commercial development types along the main street
  • Residential transitioning from the main street to surrounding areas
  • Where retail/commercial development is appropriate and desired
  • Policy to support the retention of historic character homes in the transition area

We are currently reviewing this feedback, as part of our analysis of potential land use changes in this Main Street area. For more information about the land use planning engagement process, please visit our Engage Portal.


The 33 Avenue SW main street runs from Crowchild Trail to 14 Street SW. It is located on the edge of the communities of Richmond and South Calgary, while the community of Altadore borders it to the south.

33 Avenue SW started as an early transportation route connecting the inner-city neighbourhood of South Calgary to the downtown core. Its growth as a main street started when settlement in South Calgary occurred with the Edwardian boom period of development in Calgary, resulting in the construction of houses, commercial buildings, and institutional buildings in this style. In 1911, the Calgary Municipal Railway streetcar line was established, which ran in a loop from 34 Avenue to 26 Avenue SW. Commercial development aligned with this route forming a central commercial district, now known as Marda Loop.

Today, the area contains a mix of modern, multi-use commercial and residential buildings, mid-century, modern-style commercial buildings, residential to commercial conversions, and historic residential architecture.

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