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Ward 1 News: University District (West Campus)

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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 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 approval of this application allows 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 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, and anticipates the construction will take 15 to 20 years to complete.

Stripping, grading and deep-servicing are now complete.  The existing road infrastructure, which served to provide access to the Alberta Children’s Hospital and the Ronald McDonald House, has now been enhanced with a new intersection on to  Shaganappi Trail, south of 32nd Avenue.   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.

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