Established Area Growth and Change Strategy
Work for Phase 2 of the Strategy is underway.
On December 15, Council received our update report (PFC2020-1245) for information. They also directed us to identify growth-related capital investments in established areas as a priority for capital funding (PUD2020-1369) in November 2021 and for the next business plan and budget cycle (2023-2026).
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 City-wide 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 projects. In 2020, Council approved the list of projects that are moving forward into design and construction. These projects will improve the public realm in the following communities:
- Bridgeland Riverside
- Highland Park
- Mount Pleasant
- South Calgary
- Tuxedo Park
- West Hillhurst
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 help confirm how selected projects meet the needs of the community. The project team will then refine the costs and design. The timelines for each project are unique, but we will align them with other projects where possible. Engagement for the projects will begin in Spring and Summer 2021.
As the projects move forward, we will provide updates and links to individual project web pages in this space.
Exploring improvements to support future Transit-oriented Development (TOD)
Kensington TOD Streetscape and Public Realm Improvements
Exploring community-level improvements
Hillhurst-Sunnyside Streetscape and Public Realm Improvements
Exploring streetscape and public realm improvements
West Hillhurst Streetscape and Public Realm Improvements
Creating a quiet space for passive recreation and an attractive and meaning
Balmoral Circus Improvements
Improving pedestrian and wheeling connections over Crowchild Trail
17th Avenue Crowchild Bridge Improvements
Phase 2 work
Phase 2 of the Strategy will go into 2022. It will identify long-term, sustainable strategies and financial and planning tools. They will support growth, change and quality of life for residents in existing 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.
We will research and consider a variety of financial strategies and tools. Stakeholders will assist with this via our working groups. Identifying sustainable funding sources for investments in redevelopment communities is important. Along with identifying funding sources for the Established Area Investment Fund.
Our Utilities Working Group will continue the work they started in Phase 1. They will explore how deep and shallow utilities can support redeveloping communities.
Later in Phase 2, we will repeat and refine our analysis of trends in Calgary’s redevelopment market. This will help us determine which existing communities are most likely to experience redevelopment in the next few years.
In 2022, we will share the recommended next round of public realm improvement projects. They will be part of the integrated City-wide Growth Strategy presentation to Council. These recommendations will help inform the 2023-2026 business plans and budget.
We will share more information about Phase 2 as it comes available.
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 will work with stakeholders to create a method to calculate what property tax uplift from growth will be in the North Hill communities. We’re aiming to have the method defined by the end of 2020.
Through the pilot, we will link the potential for public investment to redevelopment to help us leverage private investments made in growing communities. This will help determine how The City will invest in improvements to support growing communities. The focus of the pilot is for 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.