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The City’s Main Streets initiative is launching two projects for the 33 Avenue S.W. main street area:

  • Planning – a new land use framework of City-initiated land use redesignations (rezoning) and amendments to the local area plans.
  • Investment – Streetscape master plan for 33 and 34 Avenues SW including enhancements for mobility, public realm and related infrastructure upgrades.

This is a collaborative process, where conversations are valuable. Please join us at one of three open houses to learn more about these projects and provide input to shape their direction.

Land Use Planning Online Engagement

If you were unable to attend or would like to review the project information again, please take a look at our information poster boards for the land use planning project. 

Online engagement for this project is available at engage.calgary.ca/33AveMS.

Streetscape Master Plan Online Engagement
Online engagement and project information is available at engage.calgary.ca/33Ave​.

 

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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33 Avenue SW Planning – New Land Use Framework

The Main Streets initiative is going to make policy and land use improvements to the 33/34 Avenue SW 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 (Marda Loop, Richmond, and South Calgary/Altadore).

Our project team is in your community currently to collect feedback about this project. If you were unable to attend project open houses or would like to review the project information again, please take a look at our information poster boards for the land use planning project. 

Online engagement for this project is available at engage.calgary.ca/33AveMS​.

City Council adopted the Developed Areas Guidebook in 2017 to provide consistency in the local area planning process for the developed areas of Calgary. The developed areas encompass both the inner city (neighbourhoods developed prior to the 1950s) and established areas (neighbourhoods built out between the 1950s and 1990s). The Developed Areas Guidebook provides a range of policy to guide decision making in the redevelopment of Calgary, including the use of Building Blocks that will be basis of a community framework for all new local area planning. The Building Blocks provide a broad description of what types and sizes of buildings can be built.

Our project team has used Developed Areas Guidebook Building Blocks to propose a new community framework for the 33/34 Avenues S.W. main street area.



 

33 Avenue SW Streetscape Master Plan

The City is developing a Streetscape Master Plan for 33 and 34 Avenues SW, 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 (eg. street trees, patios, street furniture)
  • Crosswalks and street corner configurations
  • Laneway and park connectivity
  • Street lighting​
  • Pedestrian safety features

We are producing a detailed plan that provides a blueprint to rebuild 33 and 34 Avenues SW in a way that meets the needs of current and future residents, visitors and business owners.

Online engagement and project information is available at engage.calgary.ca/33Ave​.

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For more updates about the 33 Avenue SW Main Street project, please subscribe to our Main Streets e-mail update.

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