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Established Area Growth and Change Strategy

Project Update

On May 25, 2020, Council approved the Phase 1 Recommendation Report​ and committed $30M for public realm improvement projects within growth areas where we see the pressures of redevelopment to the greatest degree.

Administration used input from communities to identify a list of projects that could be built by 2022. The pre-planning phase of the public realm projects continues and internal project teams have been assigned to lead the detailed design, planning and construction over the next two years.

Through this work, the project teams will be engaging local communities to confirm how each identified project meets the needs of the community, refine costs and design what will ultimately be constructed. Timelines for each project differ, with the earliest engagement activities anticipated in Fall 2020. Construction of these projects will likely be during the summers of 2021 and 2022.

Administration will continue collaborating with stakeholders on Phase 2, working towards another round of investment recommendations to inform the 2023-2026 business plans and budget. The Phase 2 recommendations are anticipated to be shared with Council no later than November 2022.

Overview

The Established Area Growth and Change Strategy (Strategy) is broadly focused on helping growth in established areas of Calgary (see map below) that is aligned with policy, supported by the market, and financially sustainable. This work also seeks to support communities and local businesses where growth and change are happening. The Strategy will do this by connecting planning, financial and investment decisions together.

The Established Area Growth and Change Strategy is focused on the pink area of this map.

The Strategy is intended to advance the vision of the Municipal Development Plan and Calgary Transportation Plan (MDP/CTP).

In developing this Strategy, and building on the New Community Growth Strategy 2018, the three factors to support decision making are:

  1. alignment with long term MDP/CTP policy
  2. meeting existing market demand, and
  3. consideration of financial impacts.

An additional consideration acknowledged in existing communities is the concept of redevelopment readiness. Growth within existing communities of the city supports efficient use of land and services and provides current and future residents with nearby amenity and employment opportunities.

This work advances the implementation of long term planning goals, by making investment recommendations in strategic, prioritized areas, reconsidering how funding and financing tools are used to support growth through redevelopment, and collaborating with communities and Industry to propose strategic planning and budget recommendations for Council’s consideration.

Phase 2 Strategy

Phase 2 of the project will identify long-term, sustainable strategies and financial and planning tools to support growth, change and quality of life in existing communities. Phase 2 will continue to support the creation of the Next Generation Planning System to support implementation of policy. This includes the closer alignment of the Strategy with the Transit Oriented Development Strategy and the Main Streets program, all of which contribute to identifying and delivering growth-related investment in the established area. Alignment on priority area identification, investment recommendations, funding sources and tools and budget recommendations will be pursued.

At a high level, the Phase 2 Work Plan is underway during 2020-2022 and will include:

  • The comprehensive consideration of financial tools, strategies and potential funding sources for investment in redeveloping communities, and the replenishment of the Established Area Investment Fund;
  • The continued work on how deep and shallow utilities can support redeveloping communities;
  • A repeat and refinement of the analysis of trends in Calgary’s redevelopment market; and
  • The delivery of growth-related investment recommendations to Council in 2022 as part of the Integrated City-wide Growth Strategy (that also includes industrial areas and new communities of Calgary). These recommendations will help inform the 2023-2026 business plans and budget.

More information about Phase 2 will be shared as it comes available.

Project Timeline

  • September 24, 2018: Project Scoping Report to Council
  • May 1, 2019: Project Update Report to Standing Policy Committee on Planning and Urban Development​
  • December 2018 – May 2020: Multi-stakeholder working group meetings (community, businesses, development industry, administration, etc.)
  • November 2019 - December 2020: Community conversations and check ins on opportunities related to potential recommendations
  • February 3, 2020: Council approved Notice of Motion (PFC2020-0131)​ to provide $30 million for public realm improvements in the established area. 
  • April 2020: Share anticipated recommendations with stakeholders
  • April 29, 2020: Presentation​ to a special meeting of the Priorities and Finance Committee, where recommendations were amended and forwarded to Council.
  • May 25, 2020: Phase 1 recommendations approved by Council 
  • May 2020 and beyond: Implementation of approved Phase 1 actions and moving the initiative into Phase 2 (2020-2022)

Pha​se 1 recommendations

Project documents

Background/Council Direction

A full listing of previous Council direction can be found in Attachment 3 of the project update report provided to Standing Policy Committee Meeting on Planning and Urban Development on May 1, 2019 and in Attachment 6 of the Phase 1 Recommendations Report​ from April 29, 2020.​

Contact

Lesley Kalmakoff
Senior Growth Management Planner 
Growth & Strategic Services Planning & Development 
403-268-3261
lesley.kalmakoff@calgary.ca​