A Complete Streets Guide is being created to foster an understanding of the application of the Calgary Transportation Plan and Municipal Development Plan. Its purpose is to supplement the policies contained in the plans and facilitate the implementation of their concepts. It will provide guidance to City Administration and the Development Industry on how to incorporate Complete Streets concepts into the planning, design, and construction of streets, including reconstruction of existing streets
2011 Interim Complete Streets Guide
The 2011 Interim Complete Streets Guide is currently available while work on Final Guide is completed for the end of 2013. The 2011 Interim Guide provides detailed design standards for the higher classification (Arterial) and lower classification (Local) streets, and conceptual designs for the new (Liveable) street classifications – Urban Boulevard, Neighbourhood Boulevard, and Parkway. These detailed design standards differ from the current standards contained in the 2012 Design Guide for Subdivision Servicing to better accommodate pedestrians, cyclists, transit, street trees, and low impact development (storm water control practices) while maintaining the existing right-of-way requirements.
City of Calgary Transportation Department staff have been directed to use the 2011 Interim Guide for City-built transportation projects. The development industry is also strongly encouraged to use the 2011 Interim Guide for developer-built roads.
Final Complete Streets Guide
The Complete Streets Guide will be finalized and published in 2013. This Final Guide builds upon and improves the 2011 Interim Complete Streets Guide. Here are the significant additions/improvements:
- Street reconstruction (retrofit) design guidance.
- Content around the retrofit design process.
- Calgary specific before/after case studies.
- Plan views to supplement conceptual cross-sections.
- Relocation of the detailed design standards into an updated 2013 Design Guide for Subdivision Servicing.
For more information
Joe Olson, Complete Streets Project Lead