The 36 Street NE main street reaches from Memorial Drive to 16 Avenue NE between the neighbourhoods of Franklin and Marlborough.
This area was largely undeveloped until the 1990s and more than a third of residents are new Canadians. Extensive retail and shopping centres, including Marlborough Mall and Franklin Mall, car dealerships, a couple of hotels and the Marlborough LRT Station are located on this busy corridor.
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
36 Street NE 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.
Informed by the public input that started in the fall of 2014 and was completed in the fall of 2016, land use options and policy changes are being refined and will eventually be presented to Calgary Planning Commission, Standing Policy Committee on Planning and Urban Development and City Council for approval.
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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What we've heard
Top comments (ranked in order of citizen rating)
- New intersection design at Marlborough Drive
- More residential development along 36 Street NE - get less people driving
- Convert and rezone large parking lots and strip malls to higher intensity and mixed uses
- Can't get a walk signal heading East to West because lights are not synced and are too short, especially for seniors and children
- Transit station bottleneck - too concentrated in one spot. Bus stops too close to the intersection
- No bike infrastructure - dangerous to cycle, especially along 36 Street NE
- Safe and comfortable multi modal main street
- High quality public transit facilities
- More landscaping
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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.
36 Street NE accounts for about 10,000 homes, or about 2.2% of the Calgary housing inventory. The area has a higher than average share of multifamily units, especially in low-rise apartments and semi-detached homes. Most of the housing stock was built between 1961 and 1980. Given the history of this main street, the overall age of its housing stock suggests that many homes may be reaching the end of their lifecycle and may be ready for redevelopment. The result is a total of some 214 residential units expected to be built over the next 25 years, starting gradually between 2016 and 2020. Many sites along 36 Street NE have potential for larger scale projects including medium-term opportunity for residential, office and retail development.
Existing local planning
The Marlborough Design Brief from 1971 provided policy for growth along 36 Street NE, but generally does not provide the proper framework for transit oriented and main street redevelopment envisioned by Municipal Development Plan policy.
36 Street NE is intended to be an urban main street, serving the neighbourhood and becoming a regional destination. Anchored by Marlborough Mall, current zoning along 36 Street does not facilitate mixed use development and makes more creative use of large commercial sites a challenge. Rezoning could help to encourage investment in these large sites and offer more housing options to the area.