Chinook Station Area Redevelopment Plan
On March 6, 2019 the Standing Policy Committee on Planning and Urban Development referred the proposed Chinook Station Area Redevelopment Plan (SARP) back to Administration to explore further amendments to the plan to:
- increase the amount of Employment – Industrial Flex opportunities east of the Chinook LRT Station;
- expand the High Street along 61 Avenue east of the Chinook; and
- explore ways to anticipate, as a place-holder, the future development of a 50 Avenue SE LRT Station.
Administration has been directed to return to the SPC on Planning and Urban Development with recommendations that align with:
- work currently underway on the Developed Areas Guidebook and plans for multi-community local area plans; and
- work on the Established Area Growth and Change Strategy.
This plan is currently on hold, pending approval of the Guidebook for Great Communities, further work on the Established Area Growth and Change Strategy, and reprioritization within the Planning and Development workplan.
- In Spring 2017, we conducted phase one of engagement for this project to gather an understanding of issues, ideas and constraints.
- In Fall 2017, we conducted phase two of engagement to collect feedback to inform the vision, core ideas and land use.
- In Spring 2018, we conducted our final phase of engagement to collect feedback on the draft plan.
Learn more about the engagement program and what we heard in each phase by vising the Engage page.
The Chinook Station Area Plan (SAP) sets out a long term vision for the future of the Chinook Station Area and establishes actions to realize the vision. While Chinook Centre, as one of the most productive shopping centres in North America, has been expanding, there has not been major redevelopment in the area east of Macleod Trail S. Through this project, the non-statutory Chinook Station Area Plan and the statutory Manchester Area Redevelopment Plan (ARP) will be replaced with the statutory Chinook Station Area Redevelopment Plan (SARP).
Statutory plans require Council approval and provide policy that all landowners must adhere to. If a landowner wanted to proceed with a development that did not comply with the SARP, they would need to apply to The City to amend the SARP and that amendment would need to be approved by Council. Creating a statutory plan provides more certainty on what can be developed in the plan area.
As part of the development of this new plan, The City explored expanding the area boundary. Based on planning rationale and feedback received, The City will move forward with a new policy plan that aligns with the criteria identified for a Major Activity Centre, as outlined in the Municipal Development Plan.
What is a Major Activity Centre (MAC)?
Major Activity Centres (MAC) are areas of high job and population growth located in strategic areas central to larger residential areas and linked by the Primary Transit Network (high frequency transit services). A MAC has the highest density outside of the Centre City, with a broad range of land uses and amenities. The area around the Chinook LRT station is designated as a MAC in the Municipal Development Plan.
What is a Station Area Redevelopment Plan (SARP)?
A Station Area Redevelopment Plan is a policy plan that provides comprehensive guidance for Transit Oriented Development, focusing on strategic redevelopment opportunities.
Why expand the Chinook SAP boundary?
The expansion of the boundary would provide a more holistic policy framework for the Chinook area to offer direction and increased certainty for landowners as to what types of redevelopment would be appropriate.
Can someone in the area “opt out” of a policy?
No. All landowners, including land owned by The City, must follow policy for the area.
What about sites that are contaminated? Will you require landowners to remediate?
Any application would need to meet City standards for development, which may include an Environmental Site Assessment and remediation.
Will this be another “cookie cutter” transit-oriented development (TOD) area?
Chinook has a unique context with no existing residents in the current plan area boundary. The new Chinook SARP would take that context into account to create a TOD that builds upon the successful employment base in the area.