Centre City Urban Design Guidelines project
The Centre City Urban Design Guidelines serve as a guide and inspiration for future development decisions in the Centre City area. The guidelines build and expand upon the 2007 Greater Downtown Plan. Along with other policies, the guidelines work toward the vision of “making Calgary a more beautiful, memorable city with a commitment to excellence in Urban Design.” (Section 2.4, Municipal Development Plan).
Designers, landowners, developers, citizens, and our municipal government play an important role in building and shaping our city. These guidelines serve as an inspiration for creativity, innovation, and cutting edge architectural expressions, and are intended to further enhance Calgary’s progressive image both nationally and internationally.
Goals of the Centre City Urban Design Guidelines project:
- Consolidate existing Centre City urban design policies and guidelines, identify gaps, and develop a comprehensive design guideline document in a user-friendly format.
- Clarify and outline expectations related to design quality while reflecting current national and international best practices in sustainable and innovative urban design.
- Communicate urban design guidelines both internally within The City and externally to ensure the guidelines are applied consistently.
- Contribute to an efficient and effective development review process while aligning with the 13 Elements of Urban Design included in the Municipal Development Plan.
The guidelines provide flexibility and guidance to support achieving the vision and enhancing existing amenities to create great streets, quality buildings, and memorable places. The overall framework diagram summarizes the project framework. It shows both the structure and the content of the guideline document, and its connection to various existing policies and plans.
Final Draft: Centre City Urban Design Guidelines - October 2015
- Section 1: Introduction
- Section 2: Urban Context
- Section 3: The Streetscape Guide
- Section 4: The Development Guide
- Section 5: Implementation
- Section 6: Supporting Information
Public and partner engagement
What we heard during these workshops has been summarized in our Phase 1 Stakeholder Engagement Report. The report summarizes the issues and gaps that the new guidelines will need to address from a partner perspective, as well as some of the possible solutions identified in the workshops.
Planner, Community Planning