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Ward 1 News: Developments and Projects

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Ward 1 Councillor Ward Sutherland

Welcome to my Developments and Projects page! Collectively, the communities in Ward 1 are embracing a braod range of local projects, improvements and change. Current untertakings include a broad spectrum of projects, ranging from swimming pools to housing projects to athletic parks to brand new communities.


Build Calgary Overview Presentation to Council, January 16, 2015

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Developments in Ward 1

Groves of Varsity
Bowfort Interchange/TransCanada Highway
Calgary West/Shape Properties
Christine Meikle School
Crestmont Phase - Stage 4
Eric Harvie School
Franco Sud School
Greenwich (4200 95 ST NW)
Market Mall Expansion
Montgomery TCH Beautification
North Cross Town Rapid Transit (BRT)
Rock Lake Estates Phase 4
Rocky Ridge Recreation Facility
Shouldice Athletic Park Renovations
Silver Springs Outdoor Pool
Stadium Shopping Centre Area Redevelopment Plan
Stoney Trail/Ring Road
South Shaganappi Study
Tesoro/Homes by Avi
Trinity Hills - East Paskapoo Slopes
University District (West Campus)
Varsity - Attainable Homes

Multiple Projects
Calgary West TransCanada Corridor Study

To view each development in detail, scroll down to the bottom of the page.


Crowchild Trail Study – February and March Open Houses

Throughout 2016, The City will continue working with Calgarians to identify short, medium and long-term upgrades to the Crowchild Trail corridor, by building on and refining ideas gathered throughout the course of the study.

The study is in Phase 3: Concept Identification. Throughout October and November 2015, more than 400 Calgarians attended workshops and drop-in sessions, and many more participated online to share their ideas on possible changes to Crowchild Trail. Since then, the project team has been reviewing the over 500 ideas submitted, and applying them to the Crowchild Trail corridor.

Calgarians are invited to drop-in at open houses in February and March to see what the ideas look like when applied to the Crowchild Trail corridor—what will it take to make them happen? Learn more about why some ideas will not move forward for further consideration, and help evaluate the remaining ideas against the three project key principles.

Visit for event details and other opportunities to provide your input as they become available.

NW Corridor Studies

The City of Calgary is beginning the initial stages of restarting the Crowchild Trail Corridor Study. The study will provide recommendations on how Crowchild Trail from 24 Avenue N.W. to 17 Avenue S.W. can be improved over time, including short-term and long-term roadway upgrades necessary for moving high volumes of vehicular traffic, while supporting all modes of transportation and minimizing impacts to adjacent communities.

The new six-phased study will provide multiple opportunities for public feedback during each project phase, and will incorporate stakeholder and citizen feedback into the decision-making process throughout the study. Stakeholders such as area businesses, land owners, community residents and road users will have multiple opportunities to provide input on future improvements for Crowchild Trail as the study progresses.

Phase 1 of the study will establish an Engagement Design Team to answer the question “How do we have the most effective conversation possible about the Crowchild Trail Corridor Study?” The team will be comprised of a group of citizens committed to participate, and will represent diverse perspectives including neighbouring communities, the broader community of Calgary, and different types of users of Crowchild Trail.

In early February, The City will be inviting Calgarians to participate on the Engagement Design Team. Input from Phase 1 of the study will be used to develop an engagement program that will apply to Phases 2 to 6, from spring 2015 to the end of the study in late 2016.

Want to get involved? Interested in learning more about the new study process and recruitment process for the Engagement Design Team? Visit for the latest news.


Located between 24 Ave NW and 17 Ave SW, the Crowchild Trail Corridor Study is a high priority project, directed by Council Priorities 2012-2014. Originally, the study was started in 2012, however, it was on hold due to a Notice of Motion. The Crowchild Trail Corridor Study effects communities city-wide and involves a river crossing, which will require significant engagement. The project is expected to take between two and a half to three years.

The TransCanada Highway (TCH) Intersections, by Crowchild Trail and University Drive, will be impacted by the Crowchild Trail Corridor Study. It is likely that the redesign, either whole or in part, will include a redesign of these two intersections.

The TCH intersection at the South Shaganappi Trail will likely be redesigned as a result of the Shaganappi Trail South Corridor Study between north of 16 Ave NW to Bowness Road NW. The study will commence in the first quarter of 2015.

The 16 Ave NW Corridor Study, from 10 ST NW to city limits, is not considered a high priority. The study will start between the second and fourth quarter of 2017. The reasons for the study not being a priority are as follows:

  • Improvements for the TransCanada Highway corridor at Bowfort Road and Sarcee Trail (COP access) are already planned and funded for construction.
  • Transit improvements such as the move to four car trains on NW LRT, cross town BRT routes that connect to the NW and Foothills Medical Centre, and the University of Calgary transit hub are all projects that are funded or planned that will help reduce the increasing travel demand on NW Calgary and the TransCanada Highway.
  • Improvements to TransCanada Highway corridor at Valley Ridge Blvd are anticipated.
  • The existing NW Ring Road and completion of the SW Ring Road will significantly reduce increasing travel demand on TransCanada Highway.
  • A primary transit stop is planned for TransCanada Highway just west of 29 ST to improve transit service in the area.
  • Northeast, north and south parts of Calgary are growing at an even faster rate than TransCanada Highway corridor.
  • Over half of the TransCanada Highway, between 10 St NW and Bow River is classified as urban boulevard, thus opportunities to expand road capacity are limited.

Developments in Ward 1


The City is developing concept plans for widening 16 Avenue North from four to six lanes between 19 Street N.W. and 29 Street N.W. Currently, this section of 16 Avenue North has only two lanes in each direction. Few impacts are expected because The City owns most of the required right-of-way (land). The project team will work with the community and adjacent land owners to identify and address concerns.

The eventual widening of 16 Avenue North in this section will provide lane continuity and improve road capacity and safety. It will also provide an opportunity for a BRT station next to University Drive N.W. and McMahon Stadium.

Area projects
There are a number of developments and projects along the route, such as the Crowchild Trail Study, Calgary Cancer Centre, University District and others. The project team will work with other City project teams and private industry to share information and coordinate when possible.

West Campus Outline Plan and Land Use Amendment Application
Stadium Shopping Centre Area Redevelopment Plan
Brentwood Station Area Redevelopment Plan
Banff Trail Station (Motel Village) Area Redevelopment Plan


The City of Calgary is collaborating with plan area landowners to develop the area structure plan: Brookfield Residential; Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation; Damkar's; Marquis; Bearspaw Tree Farm and Jenlin Ltd.

South Bearspaw Open House
Information Board
Bearspaw ASP

South Bearspaw - Creating a Community

Bearspaw Contact Information
Developer Contact - Kathy Oberg, Email:
File Manager - Unassigned (June 2014)


Bowfort Road N.W. / Trans Canada Highway Interchange Project and related roadworks

Project Summary
The current intersection at Bowfort Road N.W. and Trans Canada Highway (TCH) is a major highway commercial junction, a well-used stopping place and mustering point for travelers heading west out of the city. Bowfort Road is a major road servicing Canada Olympic Park (COP) to the south and businesses and communities to the north. In July 2014, City Council approved the refined Bowfort Road/TCH Interchange functional plan including the updated roadway plans and property requirements.

Project Scope
Construction of the Bowfort Road/TCH Interchange will be a highly complex undertaking. The project design includes a six-lane cross-section for the TCH and a single-point urban interchange at Bowfort Road with a six-lane bridge accommodating dual left turns in all directions and two through lanes in each direction on Bowfort Road. Bowfort Road will be reconstructed into a four lane road with two roundabouts and 83 Street N.W. will be a two-lane reconstructed roadway. Enhanced pedestrian and bicycle pathways will also be constructed as part of this project.

Trans Canada Highway / Bowfort Road N.W. Interchange Project

As part of the Council approved Investing in the Mobility Plan. The City’s Transportation Department has proceeded with the design of the interchange at Trans Canada Highway (TCH) and Bowfort Road along with related roadwork.

Construction activities will commence in May 2015. The project design includes a six-lane cross-section for the TCH and a single point urban interchange at Bowfort Road with a six-lane bridge accommodating dual left turns in all directions and two through lanes in each direction on Bowfort Road.

The design also includes enhancements to Bowfort Road, 83 ST N.W. and Canada Olympic Drive. It incorporates a new storm water management system, utility relocations, construction of sidewalks and pathways, and landscaping.
83 ST N.W. is being upgraded to change the elevation in order to ensure it is up-to code, to ensure the safety of all drivers and passengers. Please note that the schools were notified and bus drivers’ area will be aware of this inconvenience and its subsequent impact on traffic in the area. Thank you for your patience during this time.

Traffic Closures
• The left lane of westbound 16 Avenue N.W. is closed at Bowfort Road N.W. daily between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. This closure continues until the end of July and is related to the Trans Canada Highway / Bowfort Road Interchange Project.
• The left lane of eastbound 16 Avenue N.W. is closed at Bowfort Road N.W. daily between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. This closure continues until the end of July and is related to the Trans Canada Highway / Bowfort Road Interchange
• 83 ST NW is closed for the next 12+ months.

Bowfort Road Interchange Project Schedule
• Spring 2015 - Completion of detailed design
• Spring/Summer 2015 - Construction begins of TCH detour roads in preparation for building the new bridge at Bowfort Road
• Fall 2015 - Excavation begins of existing TCH
• Fall/Winter 2015 - Bridge construction begins along with relocation of utilities and other associated work
• Late 2016 - Anticipated opening of the interchange
• Summer 2017 - Final completion of project

TCH Bowfort Session Board April 2015

Project Budget
• $71.7 million capital budget

A significant amount of stakeholder and public engagement has taken place from 2007 to the present, and has included land owners, businesses, developers, Canada Olympic Park, community associations, and the general public. Further small group stakeholder meetings have been held in 2015 to provide more details on the construction of the interchange and associated road works.

• When construction activity and utility relocations begin, this project will result in some road restrictions and closures. Detours will be established for both local businesses and commuting traffic.
• A six-lane detour roadway will be built adjacent to and north of the current TCH and will be used while the interchange is being constructed. This detour will accommodate traffic for approximately 12 months. Access to Bowfort Road north of the TCH will be maintained during this time, while access to COP and other southerly lands will be detoured through a temporary intersection, 500 metres west of the current intersection. Speed limit on the Trans Canada Highway detour will be 50 km/hr.
• During reconstruction of Bowfort Road, there will be lane restrictions, however, access onto Bowfort Road from the TCH will be maintained.
• 83 Street N.W. will be closed for approximately 9 – 12 months to allow for the reconstruction of that roadway. During this closure access will be maintained for residents of Greenwood Village.
• Details road restrictions and closures will be publicized during construction.

The City of Calgary is studying possible future land uses along the Trans-Canada Highway (16 Avenue N.W.), west of Canada Olympic Park. The area is partially developed with the communities of Valley Ridge, Greenwood/Greenbriar and Crestmont, but it also contains a significant amount of undeveloped land.

Please note that this development is contingent on the upgrade of the Valley Ridge Interchange. Only with the upgraded infrastructure on Stoney Trail will there be development. At this time, the Alberta Government has not confirmed a date for construction of the interchange.

There are currently three development proposals being considered by The City that – if approved – would result in significant retail and residential development in the area. The City also has a desire see more jobs on the west side of Calgary to produce a better balance between the number of jobs and number of homes.

View Trans Canada Corridor Development Flyover
Proposed West Area Structure Plan
Preliminary Minutes of the Calgary Planning Commission, July 31, 2014
CPC 2014, July 31 Item 16 Shaganappi Trail NW & 32 Ave NW
Revised Calgary West Area Structure Plan
West Region Context Study

Contact Information
File Manager - Shawn Small (403) 268-5914

On March 26th, 2015 the Government of Alberta announced that the Southwest Calgary Ring Road (SWCRR) is going ahead. However, the West Calgary Ring Road (WCRR) is not expected to begin construction until 2020-2021. Here is what this new direction means to the work that The City has undertaken:

Calgary West Ring Road
At this point in time, there is no confirmation from the Alberta Government when the west part of the ring road will begin construction. The west part of the ring road in interlinked with the Valley Ridge Interchange. The Calgary West/Shape development is contingent on the upgrade of the Valley Ridge Interchange by Alberta Transportation.

More Information
The ring road is owned and managed by the Government of Alberta. You can find information on their role for the SWCRR: and the WCRR:

The Province of Alberta hosted the first of eight information sessions on the Southwest Calgary and West Calgary ring roads. The sessions were scheduled from October 21 to November 20th 2014 at various locations within the communities along the future southwest ring road route. Six of these sessions are intended for City of Calgary communities, while the remaining two are intended for Rocky View County (November 18 at Elbow Springs Golf Course) and MD of Foothills (October 28 at Spruce Meadows) residents. The information sessions showed the functional plans of the ring road alignment, interchanges, bridges and their locations.

The City participated in the six City information sessions and was on hand to answer questions about the 11 connections to the ring road, which they are designing, and in many cases, constructing. The City sought feedback on citizens’ interests in the ring road project; specifically on traffic flow in their communities and during their commutes. Feedback will be considered while we study future traffic patterns and volumes as we prepare for the ring road opening.

The following topics and responses are as followed, categorized by geographical area:

• Area 1- Highway 1 and 16 Avenue N.W. (Ward 1)
• Area 2- West of Sarcee Trail and the Sarcee Trail area (Ward 6)
• Area 3- Glenmore Trail and the Sarcee Trail area (Ward 6 and Ward 11)
• Area 4- 90 Avenue S.W./Southland Drive/Anderson Road (Ward 11 and Ward 13)
• Area 5- Highway 22x/Macleod Trail (Ward 13 and Ward 14)

Take a virtual view of the West Calgary Ring Road
Frequently Asked Questions - Calgary Ring Road
TransCanada Highway and Valley Ridge NW
West Calgary Ring Road

 Alberta Transportation - Background on the West Calgary Ring Road
 Alberta Transportation - Southwest Calgary Ring Road Project
 City of Calgary - Stoney Trail/Calgary Ring Road

By 2025, Calgary West area will become a vibrant and diverse community of over 7000 people. The Community Core is the focus of social and commercial activity where residents can meet their daily needs in an attractive and convenient setting. The basis for this quality of life is a balance between residential neighbourhoods, natural areas, and non-residential land. Together these areas continue to provide a vibrant, mixed use, pedestrian oriented meeting and activity place for the surrounding communities.

The Community Core and immediate area provide for a variety of institutional, employment, retail and residential developments. Calgary West will meet daily needs within comfortable walking distance for many residents where access to wider employment, retail, leisure and cultural destinations is provided by excellent pedestrian, transit, cycling and road connections.

Calgary West is an area for people of all ages and lifestyles. It is a complete community. There are two distinct areas within Calgary West that provide for a mix of housing types, tenures, architectural styles and active street fronts.

The Community Core gives residents the opportunity to live, shop and recreate locally. Calgary West is designed to respect the unique natural features such as protecting the ravines, the steep north and west facing slopes and the preservation of the wildlife corridor.

As this is one of the important transportation connections and Entranceway into the City, Calgary West has many distinctive urban design features, lighting, enhanced vegetation and landscaping, public art, and view corridors which make the experience from the TransCanada Highway a positive one.

The Plan Area seamlessly integrates into the long-term City vision, taking advantage of opportunities to optimize City infrastructure and advance the objectives of the Municipal Development Plan and Calgary Transportation Plan.

The City of Calgary has received an Outline Plan/Land Use Amendment Application to redesignate (rezone) and subdivide lands referred to as “Crestmont Stage 4” located immediately to the west of the built community of Crestmont, in northwest Calgary on the TransCanada highway.

The application has been submitted by Qualico communities. If approved by City Council, this proposal would allow the development of 35.74 hectares of undeveloped land into residential space, including approximately 439 homes including, single-detached, semi-detached, and townhouses. The developer anticipates the construction would take 3 years to complete.

The property is currently undeveloped. An easement across Shape’s site currently provides access to the Crestmont Community. The developer is proposing a mixed use community that integrates with the natural topography and the west entranceway into Calgary.

The outline  identifies a basic subdivision pattern and addresses infrastructure needs, financing agreements and development-related issues. It includes the location and size of roads, the distribution of open space, and location of various land use districts. Outline plans are considered at the same time as applications for a land use redesignation.

The proposal must follow the guidelines of other plans for the area. In this instance, the Municipal Development Plan provides high level policy guidance for the site’s development. There is also an amendment to the Calgary West Area Structure Plan required to facilitate the proposed development. The Calgary West ASP will provide more detailed policy direction for the site’s development.

Get Involved
There are several ways you can get involved in the discussion about the future of this area. Your thoughts for the site will be considered by our staff and summarized both for the developer and City Council. Ultimately, The City has to weigh many different things when deciding what to allow on a property but your input is an important piece.

Open house: To see what has been presented and what feedback we have received at our open houses.

Contact the file manager: You can contact the File Manager directly (contact information is listed below) to provide feedback on the proposed outline plan and land use amendment (redesignation), or to get more information about the application process.

Public hearing of Council: A public hearing is held by City Council before they make a decision on the land use redesignation. You can speak directly to Council at the hearing, or submit written comments. You will have five minutes to speak, excluding any questions Council members may ask you. Comments should be brief and should address land use planning issues. There is no confirmed date for Council Public Hearing at this time.

The public hearing date will be advertised in the Calgary Herald and details will also be posted on this webpage.

Timeline/next steps
•  Land use was approved by Council
•  Build out is tied to the Valley Ridge Interchange upgrade
•  The Valley Ridge Interchange upgrade is provincial (i.e. not muncipal) and is tenatively scheduled for 2012.

In order to facilitate development in this area, there are two key pieces of infrastructure needed including a sanitary sewer and a road interchange at Valley Ridge Blvd N.W. and 16 Avenue N.W. The table below explains when these pieces of infrastructure are scheduled for delivery and who is financing each.

When the City of Calgary receives an application to redesignate a property and create an outline plan (formally called an Outline Plan/Land Use Amendment Application), we generally follow this process:

1. When the application is received, adjacent land owners, the local community association, the Ward Councillor, various City departments (such as Transportation Planning, Urban Development, and Parks) and other external agencies (such as utility companies) are circulated a copy of the application to gather their input.

2. The City’s Local Area Planning & Implementation group reviews the application on its urban planning merits, a review of the technical aspects of the application including (but not limited to servicing and transportation components), compliance with City planning objectives and policies, including (but not limited to) the Municipal Development Plan and local area plan applicable to the area, in this case, the Calgary West Area Structure Plan.

3. At an early stage in the application process, The City conducts public engagement to learn about any issues that exist from a community perspective.

4. Following a formal review of the application, and the comments received from the circulation process, City staff prepare a detailed team review document that summarizes the list of outstanding issues with the application. This involves a period of negotiation with the applicant to resolve any identified issues.

5. Upon satisfactory resolution of the detailed team review comments, City staff prepare a report for the Calgary Planning Commission, which is a committee appointed annually by City Council to make recommendations to Council on land use planning matters. The report contains a recommendation for the proposed land use redesignation. The commission can request changes to the redesignation proposal or can forward the report along with their recommendation on the proposal to City Council.

At the same time, the Calgary Planning Commission will also review the outline plan that must be followed by the applicant as part of the redesignation. The conditions of approval in the outline plan determine the financial and developmental obligations of the developer once they begin development. The commission is the final approving authority for the outline plan portion of the application and can either approve it or request changes. If they approve the plan the conditions are carried forward to the future tentative plan stage (subdivision). 
Once the Calgary Planning Commission has made a recommendation to City Council on the land use redesignation portion of the application, it is advertised for a two-week period in the Calgary Herald and then goes to Council for the final decision. Council is required to hold a public hearing on all land use redesignation applications before voting.

This entire process generally takes between 9 and 12 months to complete.

Proposals Summary
Municipal Development Plan
Calgary West Area Structure Plan
West Regional Context Study
City of Calgary Land Use Redesignation Process
City of Calgary Subdivision (Outline Plan) Process
Calgary Land Use Bylaw

City of Calgary Planner, Local Area Planning and Implementation
Jyde Heaven (403) 268-1273
Crestmont Stage 4 - Outline Plan June 24, 2014


Contact Information
City Planner - Angelique Boire
City Transportation - Tom Hopkins
Developer - N. Darrell Grant

7. GREENWICH (4200 95 ST NW)
TransCanada Bowfort Drawings
A revised plan was received September 15, 2014. A public utility lot was added, as requested by The City of Calgary. The major landowners within Greenbriar include the Greenwood Mobile Home Park, Melcor Developments Ltd and Parkside Holdings. 
Greenbriar Circulation Package
Greenbriar Stage 1
Greenbriar Stage 2 Outline

The Community of Greenbriar is generally defined by the TransCanada highway on the south, Stoney Trail on the west, the Bowness escarpment on the north and 83rd Street and Bowfort Road on the east. The lands are within the Bowness Area Redevelopment Plan (ARP). The area is fairly flat, with the exception of the Bowness escarpment and a depression in the south east portion of the site.

Stage 1 & 2 combined proposes approximately 670 multi-family homes (such as apartments, condominiums and townhouses), 195,000 sq/ft retail/commercial and 200,000 square feet of office space. A Master Plan for the area is currently being undertaken by Melcor Developments and will be submitted for review with the first development permit application. Development of the area is limited due to the Access constraints imposed by the timing of the Bowfort Road/TransCanada Highway interchange construction. 
Greenwich Development

The property is currently undeveloped. The developer is proposing a mixed use community that integrates with the natural topography and the west entranceway into Calgary.

The outline plan identifies a basic subdivision pattern and addresses infrastructure needs, financing agreements and development-related issues. It includes the location and size of roads, the distribution of open space, and location of various land use districts. Outline plans are considered at the same time as applications for a land use redesignation.

The proposal must follow the guidelines of other plans for the area. In this instance, the Municipal Development Plan provides high level policy guidance for the site’s development. There is also an amendment to the Calgary West Area Structure Plan required to facilitate the proposed development. The Calgary West ASP will provide more detailed policy direction for the site’s development.

Contact Information
City Coordinator - John W.R. Hall (403) 268-2896

The Groves of Varsity

Contact Information
City of Calgary Planner - Amber Osadan-Ullman (403) 268-8067


Project overview

The North Crosstown BRT is a key part of Calgary Transit’s primary transit network and is identified as a high priority in RouteAhead.

The new BRT will operate mainly in regular traffic lanes, with potential for bus-only or High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes on 52 Street N.E. Transit vehicles will be given signal priority at intersections along the entire route. This is known as curbside service and has minimal infrastructure requirements while supporting active, pedestrian-friendly streets.

Project benefits
The North Crosstown BRT will benefit transit customers by providing more reliable, direct, faster service and an overall improved customer experience. The new BRT will benefit all Calgarians by providing sustainable, affordable transportation that helps accommodate current and future growth. The BRT service also supports Area Redevelopment Plans for several bordering neighbourhoods (please see the related links section at the bottom of this page for details) by providing a transportation service to accommodate growth and vibrancy in those communities.

The North Crosstown BRT route will improve:
•East-west connectivity across the city as an efficient, reliable alternative to other routes
•Service to major destinations like Foothills Medical Centre, Alberta Children’s Hospital, SAIT, University of Calgary, McMahon Stadium, North Hill Centre and the Genesis Centre
•Service to numerous schools, recreation/sports facilities and shopping centres
•Connectivity between Brentwood and Saddletowne LRT Stations without going downtown, reducing the number of downtown transfers to cross the north side of the city
•Transit service reliability and passenger capacity in north Calgary and along 16 Avenue North

Transit priority
Transit priority typically describes any improvement to the transportation network that improves transit performance. Giving transit vehicles priority improves speed and reliability, making transit more efficient and convenient for customers. Transit priority is most often implemented at intersections in the form of signal priority or queue jump lanes because it is effective and cost efficient. Other types of transit priority include HOV lanes, bus-only lanes, or separating transit vehicles from general traffic with transitways.

Public engagement and communications
While the general route is fixed, there are some opportunities for public and stakeholder input into the route along certain segments. The North Crosstown BRT will use existing stop locations for much of the route, but where new stations are required The City will ask for feedback on locations and station amenities.

The City is committed to keeping the public and impacted residents and businesses informed before and during construction.

Please sign up for email updates (by ticking the "Crosstown BRT" box on the sign up page) to stay informed about engagement opportunities and construction impacts.

105 Rock Lake Drive NW, 201 Rock Lake Drive NW, 219 Rock Lake Drive NW, 25 Rocky Ridge Place NW, 9 Rocky Ridge Place NW, 12 Rocky Ridge Place NW  10515 Rocky Ridge Rd NW, 10585 Rocky Ridge Rd. NW

Rock Lake Estates COA
DP2015-0256 COA Rock Lake Public Notice
DP2015-0256 Decision Letter
Retaining Wall #3 Location

Contact Information
City of Calgary  Planner - Marcus Henry



The Rocky Ridge Recreation Centre, located on 11300 Rocky Ridge Road NW, is estimated to open in 2017. Described as a "building within a park", the centre features views of the mountains and faces a wetland. The 285,000 sq. ft. facility will sit in the middle of a natural park. The building, including its curving roof structure, is designed to complement the surrounding rolling landscape, including the hill that reaches Calgary's highest natural elevation.

Teams, individuals and families of all ages and abilities will come together to enjoy this unique outdoor and indoor recreation experience. The list of indoor proposed amenities includes leisure and sport ice rinks and pools, gymnasiums, a fitness centre, an open-concept self-service library, a theatre, art studio and exhibition space.

Update - March 22, 2016

Rocky Ridge Recreation Facility
YMCA Calgary is the facility operator for Rocky Ridge Recreation. Over the next year, The City and YMCA Calgary will work together to develop the program and service model.  Prior to opening, the YMCA will ensure that key stakeholders are consulted and processes for ongoing collaboration and engagement are established. In the fall of 2016, YMCA will provide presentations in the community for anyone who is interested.

Ward 1 Q&A with YMCA
Q: When will YMCA put programming into place at the Rocky Ridge Facility?
A: The City has informed the YMCA that the facility will be ready to open in the third quarter of 2017. The YMCA will start offering programs once they are open.  No firm date will be given until the YMCA receives possession. Typically, it is a month after the possession date that the YMCA would open.

Q: When will hiring happen?
A: Hiring is estimated to begin 10 months after the YMCA hires a general manager.  All the jobs will be posted on the YMCA Calgary’ website.

Q: What is the current progress of the new YMCA in Rocky Ridge?
A: The recreation centre and YMCA is on schedule and will be open in the third quarter of 2017.

Q: Will the new YMCA in Rocky Ridge have any effect on Crowfoot YMCA?
A: There may be some impact on the Crowfoot YMCA. However, YMCA believes the population in the NW can support both facilities. In fact, the Rocky Ridge facility will help alleviate the crowd problem at Melcor YMCA at Crowfoot.

Past Updates

• The City presented the final designs and plans for the Rocky Ridge recreation facility at a public information session on January 23, 2014 at the Silver Springs Community Centre. The event provided an opportunity for residents to see the building design and plans for the surrounding landscape.
• Groundwork, including stripping and grading, is currently underway. This work includes the redevelopment of the wetlands. When complete, the enhanced wetland will provide an improved habitat, including groves of healthy trees, for wildlife to come home to. Nature Calgary and CAUAC (Calgary Aboriginal Urban Affairs Committee) supports the site’s vision and the wetland enhancement plan that ensures the natural areas are protected and well managed.
• Building construction is expected to start this fall with completion of the facility projected to be in 2017.

For more information on the operator, the Calgary Public Library, stakeholder engagement, prior research, amenities, and facility information, please visit the Rocky Ridge recreation facility website.




Proposed Design
Proposed Design



The Silver Springs Outdoor Pool has been a well-loved fixture in the community since 1974. The City of Calgary and the Silver Springs Community Association (SSCA) work diligently each season to ensure the pool is accessible, reliable and safe for users.

In 2013, The City of Calgary and the SSCA brought forward a design for the redevelopment of Silver Springs Outdoor Pool. Available budget did not allow for replacement of the dive tank, which is at the end of its useful life. Instead, the design included plans for a wading pool in place of the dive tank, and replaced the existing lap pool basin and supporting mechanical systems.

At an open house on February 7, 2013, community members expressed their desire to retain the diving tank. A second open house held on June 20, 2013 confirmed the community’s willingness to fundraise for the dive tank and the Silver Springs Outdoor Pool Fundraising Foundation (SSOPFF) was formed. The City and the SSOPFF agreed to a deadline of April 30, 2015 to raise the funds, after which time The City would proceed with redevelopment of the pool to ensure the continued use of this asset.

Proposed Design Solution

Over the past two years, The City, members of the SSCA and the SSOPFF have worked together to consider options for redeveloping the pool based on expressed community needs for deep water activities.

The proposed design extends the width of the lap pool basin to better accommodate lane swimming and extends the length of the pool to include a deep end with diving features.

Silver Springs Outdoor Fundraising Campaign


Silver Springs Open House Invite

Silver Springs Outdoor Pool Information Sheet

Silver Springs Open House Boards

The Stadium Shopping Centre Area Redevelopment Plan was approved by City Council on July 29, 2013.

Western Securities - January 21, 2016 Slide Presentation to University Heights Community Association

February 4, 2016 Update

On January 21st, Western Securities provided an update on the redevelopment of the Stadium Shopping Centre at the University Heights Community Association (UHCA) AGM.  The developers for Western Securities have now submitted the development permit application for the redevelopment. The City of Calgary will take between three to six months to process the formal application.

I would like to address UHCA’s transportation and traffic concerns as the proposed development is moving forward. The City has listed 14 conditions of traffic that must be satisfied before the build-out can occur. The City has the funds to complete the necessary infrastructure and will meet the 14 conditions before Western Securities begins construction. Western Securities estimates that the construction could start as early as the end of 2016.

As I have previously publicly stated – I will ensure the 14 conditions of traffic will be completed before the build-up. If you have any questions or comments regarding the development permit application or the project as a whole, please contact Western Securities at (403) 263-6940. Download the slides for the Stadium Redevelopment Update presentation here.



Area redevelopment plans (ARPs) direct the redevelopment, preservation or rehabilitation of previously developed land in established communities by outlining the big picture of what type of development is allowed in area and what improvements to existing infrastructure are needed to accommodate any change. Area redevelopment plans must be consistent with the Municipal Development Plan.

Now that the area redevelopment plan has been approved, the property owner will have to produce a detailed master plan for the site that will show exactly what they would like to build. Once a master plan has been created, they can apply for development permits from The City. As part of the development permit process, The City will conduct technical reviews of the proposed development.

In the meantime, the property owner has decided they would like to incorporate a public open space (green space currently located along 16 Avenue NW) into the core of the site. Moving this green space into the core of a new development would still leave 10 metres of grass and the sidewalk between 16th Avenue and the development. This possibility was discussed when the area redevelopment plan was created but provisions were not included in the plan at that time because the details of how this would occur had not been negotiated between the landowner and The City. This means that an area redevelopment plan amendment and land use amendment (rezoning) are now required. The amendments propose that the size of open space would stay the same and the maximum allowable floor area ratio (density) would also stay the same as already approved in the area redevelopment plan. Details of this application are outlined in the circulation letter.

City of Calgary Planner - Brad Bevill (403) 268-1735
Developer - Western Securities

Stadium Shopping Centre Redevelopment July 2016 Update

♦ Development Permit approval granted by Calgary Planning Commission May 18,  2016
♦ Direct Control land use District approved by City Council July 5, 2016
♦ Demolition & Site Grading scheduled from June 2017 to Aug. 2017
♦ Excavation & Piling scheduled from Oct. 2017 to Oct. 2018
♦ Construction of Phase 1 (parkade) scheduled to begin June, 2018



The City of Calgary has announced plans to proceed with Phase 3 of the Shouldice Athletic Park Redevelopment Project. This is a long-awaited, highly anticipated achievement as the park is a significant public space for Calgary’s sport community. With funding received through the Alberta Community Partnership (ACP) grant, and thanks to the fundraising efforts of the Greater Calgary Amateur Football Association (GCAFA), The City is able to complete the last phase of the park’s redevelopment. 

The ACP grant, valued at $5.69M, will fund the construction of new multi-sport user and spectator amenities in the Plaza, including additional change rooms, accessible public washrooms, player drop-off zones, improved pedestrian connections, landscaping and lighting. The Plaza will also include provisions for food trucks during high-volume spectator events. The end result is a flagship athletic park worthy of hosting national competitions.

Initial concept plans for redevelopment of Shouldice Athletic Park outlined a long-term (10-year), phased investment strategy. Upgrades began (Phase 1) with the construction of three artificial turf fields in 2009. Development of the Plaza (Phase 2) began in summer 2014 and is being extended to include the build-out of user and spectator amenities (Phase 3).

Designated by Council as the home of amateur football in Calgary in 1986, the park serves an estimated 6,000 football players of all ages and skill levels and is home to several other sport leagues and events. In 2014, bookings for soccer, softball, baseball, lacrosse, rugby and ultimate totalled nearly 7,500 hours. The new amenities will help meet demand and attract larger multi-sport tournaments and events.   

To date, The City has invested $4.1M in the development of the Plaza, which lays the foundation for future upgrades and helps integrate the park by creating a shared space connecting amenities and improving the overall aesthetics of the park. 

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Other Investments at Shouldice
Ongoing upgrades ensure existing amenities continue to serve athletes and spectators. Below is a list of several recent upgrades to existing park amenities:
•Replacement of quad diamond backstop – 2015 – $175K
•Installation of aluminum benching at the quad diamond – 2015 – $33K
•Renovation of the concession for the new tenant – 2014 – $36K
•Renovation of the six field house change rooms – 2013 – $50K
•Repairs to field house roof and baseball dugouts – 2011– $60k

Artificial Turf Restoration Project
The 2013 Flood caused damage to all three artificial turf fields at Shouldice Athletic Park. While interim repairs allowed for their continued use, a longer-term solution is required to ensure the longevity of the fields for future generations of athletes.

In 2014, The City of Calgary hired a consultant to investigate the extent and cause of the damage. Results show that significant groundwater movement during the flood displaced sub base materials, causing sinkholes and surface depressions. The City is currently investigating options to restore the fields and improve resiliency to reduce the potential for future damage.

Construction will create additional dust and noise. To iminimize the impact to neighbouring residents, the Contractor will adhere to The City Community Standards Bylaw, 5M2004 for hours of operation, material storage and construction best practices, including dust mitigation.

Unauthorized people are not allowed in the area during construction. Construction sites adhere to strict safety regulations. A violation could result in a stop work order, which could potentially increase costs and delay completion of the project.

The contractor has extensive experience working with active sites. The City and its contractors will work closely to minimize impacts to park users.

Parking at Shouldice
Construction may create challenges for parking. The City of Calgary's operations staff will work closely with contractors to manage parking as construction moves throughout the park.



Trinity Timeline

The City of Calgary is reviewing a proposed development for the East Paskapoo Slopes, located just east of Canada Olympic Park. This land would have to be rezoned and a new area structure plan would have to be created to accommodate this proposed development. If approved by City Council, this will change what development is allowed on the site.

Area structure plans set the future vision for a community, including what type of development should be allowed and where. They can also include high-level guidance on where buildings should be placed on the site and what design principles those buildings should follow. While the undeveloped land just east of Canada Olympic Park has been open for the public to enjoy for many years, much of it is privately owned. The property owner has expressed an interest in developing the site and is now trying to get The City’s approval.

City of Calgary Planner - David Couroux (403) 268-1392
Developer - Trinity Hills



Lot Map
Contact Information
File Manager - John W. Hall

17. UNIVERSITY DISTRICT (formerly West Campus)
The City of Calgary has approved an Outline Plan/Land Use Amendment Application to redesignate (rezone) and subdivide lands referred to as “West Campus,” located immediately to the west of the University of Calgary's Main Campus, in northwest Calgary. The application was by West Campus Development Trust, a trust created by the University of Calgary to oversee the development.
The approval of this application will allow the developer to develop 75 hectares of undeveloped land into a mix of commercial and residential space, including approximately 6,100 multi-family homes (such as apartments, condominiums, townhouses and row houses), 1.5 million square feet of office space and 250,000 square feet of retail space. The developer anticipates the construction will take 15 to 20 years to complete.

The property is currently mostly vacant. Some road infrastructure exists in the area to provide access to the Alberta Children’s Hospital and the Ronald McDonald House. The developer has the intention of building a community that integrates and enhances the university experience while harmonizing with the surrounding communities and Calgary as a whole.

The proposal consisted of two parts: a land use redesignation and an outline plan. The West Campus project has been approved to redesignate (rezone) the land to various land use districts including: M-G Residential - At Grade Housing District, M-2 (Multi-Residential - Medium Profile District), and Direct Control Districts for the commercial core, park, residential and office.

The outline plan identifies a basic subdivision pattern and addresses infrastructure needs, financing agreements and development-related issues. It includes the location and size of roads, the distribution of park and school sites, and location of various land use districts.

The plans for this area must follow the guidelines of other plans for the area. In this instance, the Municipal Development Plan provides high level policy guidance for the site’s development, which includes identification of the site as a major activity centre, which is an area designated for high job and population growth because of its strategic location. There is also a recently approved (July 2011) local area plan, the South Shaganappi Communities Area Plan, that provides more detailed policy direction for the site’s development.

The West Campus application was presented to the Calgary Planning Commission on July 31, 2014 and City Council on September 8, 2014. Both the commission and council approved the application.

The estimated timeline for the project is as follows:
• Application submission: August 2013
• Circulation of plans to adjacent residents: September 2013
• City’s technical review of application: September 2013 to May 2014
• Public information sessions: May 2014
• Calgary Planning Commission recommends approval: July 31, 2014
• City Council approves application: September 8, 2014

Anticipated Project Development Timelines
• Completion of detailed engineering: 2015 2nd quarter
• Anticipated subdivision construction: 2015 - 2016
• Anticipated development permits and building construction: 2016 3rd quarter
• Anticipated first occupancy: 2017

Contact Information
City of Calgary Planner - Rick Michalenko (403) 268-5167
President and CEO of West Campus Development Trust - James Robertson (403) 910-1101
Community Plan

July 2016 Update

University District - West Campus Development Trust (Dates will be confirmed once contractor is in place.)
♦ Grading now complete.
♦ Phase 1 Deep Utility work is underway and scheduled to go to end of Jul. 2016
♦ Phase 1 Shallow Utilities scheduled from July 30 - Aug. 30 2016
♦ Phase 1 Surface Improvements schedule from Aug. 1 - Oct. 2016
♦ Phase 1 Offsite - South Pond - Upgrades - TBC with Tendering
♦ Phase 1 Offsite - North Pond - TBC
♦ Shaganappi Trail Stage 1 scheduled from July 1 - Oct. 15 2016 (includes Deeps & Surface Improvements)


The City of Calgary is studying possible future land uses along the Trans-Canada Highway (16 Avenue N.W.)  west of Canada Olympic Park. The area is partially developed with the communities of Valley Ridge, Greenwood/Greenbriar and Crestmont, but it also contains a significant amount of undeveloped land.

19. Varsity - Attainable Homes
The City of Calgary has approved the Building Permit for an apartment building on the corner of Varsity Drive and Shaganappi Trail. Construction is progressing nicely. Photos can be viewed on Attainable Homes Facebook page.

As of Saturday, September 12, attainable homes at the Varsity location will go on sale. Details can be found at:

A conceptual rendering of the approved development is coming soon. It includes 26 apartment condos, a garbage enclosure, underground parking, two surface visitor parking stalls, and a bike rack. Access is via the lane. Half of the homes will be sold to hardworking Calgarians who can afford a mortgage but need a little support with the down payment, which is one of the solutions to the current housing crunch in our city. The balance will be market-priced units.
Transportation Review of the Varsity Site
Shaganappi Trail Corridor and HOV Study


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