The 32 Avenue NE main street extends from 12 Street to Barlow Trail NE through the communities of McCall, North Airways and South Airways.
This main street serves as an east-west arterial route, including some airport traffic. There are many large- and small-scale retailers, restaurants, office and commercial uses along this main street as well as the McCall Lake Golf Course.
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)
- Add a bike path to the North side of 32 Avenue NE near existing green space
- More landscaping, especially along commercial strips
- More lighting (potentially solar powered)
- Bike path on South side of 32 Avenue NE: too many driveways and opportunities to get cut off, in poor condition, doesn't connect to anything
- Not a pedestrian friendly environment, the sidewalk is separated but still unwelcoming
- Lack of pedestrian crossings
- New street configuration
- Safe and comfortable multi modal main street
- Enhanced park and open spaces
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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.
In keeping with the industrial nature of the area, the 32 Avenue NE main street has no real estate devoted to housing. Any redevelopment would need to be industrial employment intense or office to meet Municipal Development Plan objectives. This main street area is considered a long-term opportunity for growth and likely requires investment to initiate significant redevelopment.
Existing local planning
There are no approved local area plans for 32 Avenue NE. Any redevelopment would be guided by Municipal Development Plan policies.
32 Avenue NE is intended to be an urban main street, combining a high number of jobs with a significant transit corridor. Current zoning reflects a mix of industrial uses with commercial office and retail uses at the major cross streets (12th, 19th, and Barlow). This zoning allows for a range of uses compatible with the industrial setting and location under the YYC Calgary Airport Authority flight path and is in line with the Municipal Development Plan target for population and employment growth.
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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