Over the years, I have advocated for smart growth policies to reduce Calgary’s dependence on sprawl, while also bringing investment and public benefit to inner-city communities. Our city’s Municipal Development Plan sets a 60 year target of 50-50 growth between established areas and new communities. This target is not just about density. It is about promoting great neighbourhoods that deliver value to current and future residents.
To strengthen our inner-city, The City of Calgary promotes walkable communities that are well connected by transit. Communities will have vibrant public spaces, strong local shops, and diverse housing options for Calgarians of all ages and incomes. To make these goals a reality, The City is focussing on the Main Streets initiative and Green Line Light Rail Transit (LRT).
Main Streets will rejuvenate Calgary’s historical main streets through redevelopment, heritage preservation, and funding for public spaces. When properties are redeveloped for higher density, The City sees an increase in tax revenue. The City plans to use a portion of this increase to fund traffic calming, rebuilt sidewalks, improved park spaces, and other amenities prioritised by communities during Main Streets public engagement.
Main Streets planning is currently wrapping up along Bowness Rd NW in Montgomery, 1 Av NE in Bridgeland, and 17 Av SW in Killarney-Glengarry. In coming years, Ward 7 Main Streets will include 16 Av N, Kensington Rd NW, 14 St NW, 10 St NW, 4 St NW, Centre St N, and Edmonton Tr NE. Ward 7 residents can expect robust public engagement that helps communities plan for change and identify local priorities for improvements funded through redevelopment.
The Green Line LRT will connect Calgary communities with high-quality transit and promote Transit Oriented Development (TOD). A focus on TOD helps more Calgarians live close to transit and local amenities, with great spaces in between. TOD also enables The City to fund improved streets, parks, libraries, community centres, and recreation facilities.
In the end, successful redevelopment means investing in communities experiencing significant change. I look forward to working through the Main Streets and Green Line processes to help Ward 7 communities identify local priorities and realise public benefits.
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