Established Area Growth and Change Strategy
Several of the Phase 1 public realm projects have started. Some are undergoing engagement this spring and summer, while others will begin construction at this time. Links to the project web pages for more information can be found below.
The Phase 2 working groups are moving forward with their research and work. More information about the work they are doing is shared in the Phase 2 section below.
About the Strategy
The Strategy will help us achieve a city of two million people. This aligns with the vision of the Municipal Development Plan and Calgary Transportation Plan (MDP/CTP).
The three factors to support decision making related to the Strategy are:
- Alignment with long term MDP/CTP policy.
- Working with anticipated market demand.
- Consideration of financial impacts.
Redevelopment readiness is unique to existing communities. We are using it as another decision-making criterion. Growth within existing communities of the city supports efficient use of land and services. It also provides current and future residents with nearby amenity and employment opportunities.
The Strategy supports our long-term planning goals. It makes investment recommendations in strategic, prioritized areas. It also reconsiders how we use funding and financing tools to support growth through redevelopment. Throughout the project, we are working with local business area representatives and the land development industry to propose strategic planning and budget recommendations to Council.
- 2022: Integrated Citywide Growth Strategy shared with Council
- 2020-2022: Public realm improvement projects go through design, engagement and construction
- December 2020: Phase 2 progress update to Committee (PFC2020-1245)
- October 19: 2020 Growth Strategy Monitoring Report presented to Committee (PFC2020-0962)
- September 2020: Working groups supporting Phase 2 began meeting
- May 2020 into 2022: Implementation of approved Phase 1 actions and Phase 2 work
- May 25, 2020: Phase 1 recommendations approved by Council (PFC2020-0381)
- April 29, 2020: Presentation to committee and Council of Phase 1 recommendations (PFC2020-0381)
- February 3, 2020: Council approved Notice of Motion (PFC2020-0131) to provide $30 million for public realm improvements in the established area
- November 2019 - December 2020: Community conversations about potential improvements to the local public realm
- May 1, 2019: Project update to Committee (PUD2019-0305)
- December 2018 – May 2020: Multi-stakeholder working group meetings
- September 24, 2018: Project Scoping Report to Council (PFC2018-0891)
Phase 1 public realm projects
On May 25, 2020, Council approved the Phase 1 recommendation report. They also committed $30M for public realm improvement projects within the established area. The selected growth areas see the pressures of redevelopment to the greatest degree.
We used input from communities to identify a list of potential public realm projects. In 2020, Council approved the list of projects that are undergoing engagement, design and construction. These projects will improve the public realm in several established communities. The Investing in Growing Communities map shows the benefiting areas and identifies the projects that are underway.
The improvements to the public realm will vary in each community. In general, transportation improvements will focus on traffic calming, improving pedestrian safety and connectivity, and improving intersections and connections to community amenities. Park and recreation improvements may include pathway upgrades, renewing existing parks and improving amenities within parks. In addition, some public spaces will receive programming to encourage residents to spend time in these spaces. More information on the selected projects can be found in this summary.
Project teams are leading the engagement, detailed design, planning and construction over the next two years. During that time, residents will be invited to take part in engagement opportunities. Residents will also help confirm how the projects meet the needs of the community. The project team will then refine the costs and design before construction begins. The timelines for each project are unique, but we will align them with other projects where possible.
If you want to learn more about the projects receiving funding, please click on the project links below. The respective project web pages will provide you with more information about engagement opportunities, project progress and construction updates – depending on what phase of work the project is in.
Phase 2 work
Phase 2 of the Strategy will go into 2022. It will identify long-term, sustainable strategies and financial and planning tools. These tools will support growth, change and quality of life for residents in redeveloping communities.
Alignment with the Transit-Oriented Development Strategy and the Main Streets program will be a focus. Together, they contribute to identifying and delivering growth-related investment in the established area.
Through the Comprehensive Investment Tools Working Group, we will explore financial tools, strategies, and funding sources that can support small-scale public realm investment in communities experiencing growth and change. These small-scale public realm investments can help these communities by providing new or expanded public amenities. This work includes the exploration of ways to replenish the Established Area Investment Fund on an ongoing basis, to allow regular investment in established communities experiencing growth and change.
The Utilities Working Group is continuing the work they started in Phase 1, by exploring how deep and shallow utilities can support redeveloping communities. The primary focus right now is stormwater infrastructure. This work includes investigating the costs and impacts to development, and opportunities to improve planning around stormwater investments in redeveloping communities.
The Market Trends Working Group is updating the data used to guide investment decisions. This work will identify trends in the redevelopment market that will help determine areas experiencing growth and change.
In 2022, we will share the recommended next round of public realm improvement projects. They will be part of the integrated Citywide Growth Strategy presentation to Council. These recommendations will help inform the 2023-2026 business plans and budget.
North Hill Communities Property Tax Uplift Pilot
Details about what property tax uplift is, and information on the North Hill Communities Property Tax Uplift Pilot Project is in this handout we’ve created.
The North Hill Communities Property Tax Uplift Pilot will run through 2022. Through the pilot, we will learn if and how property tax uplift from growth may support sustained growth-related investment.
We have worked with stakeholders to create a method to calculate what property tax uplift from growth will be in the North Hill communities. We are using this methodology to evaluate the effectiveness of using property tax uplift as a tool to fund public space improvements in established communities that are or will experience growth and change.
Through the pilot, we will link the potential for public investment to redevelopment to help us encourage and leverage private investments in communities experiencing growth and change. This will help determine how The City will invest in improvements to support these communities.
The focus of the pilot is growth-related investments and will not include typical lifecycle or maintenance projects. We use other financial tools for lifecycle or maintenance work on existing infrastructure, like parks and roads.
We’ll share more updates here when they are available.