Chapter 3: Supporting Growth

The individual communities that make up the Heritage Communities share common amenities, services, parks and open spaces and public facilities; however, no single community has the amenities and services to provide for all of the daily needs of its residents.

Communities depend on the interconnectedness of their various attributes, whether they include industrial or commercial amenities and services, Main Streets and Activity Centres, recreation opportunities, or the network of multi-use pathways that surround and weave throughout and between neighbourhoods.

Chapter 3 and Appendix A of the Plan include investment priorities for community improvements. These identified priorities do not have associated funding and have no timeline attached to implementation. As future investment priorities, they may be implemented by a variety of groups – including The City, developers, or community organizations – in connection with redevelopment if and when funding becomes available.

The Plan identifies seven goals that align with key planning direction in the MDP and are intended to frame and provide guidance to locally-specific objectives that support the Plan’s vision. These goals are broad, high-level, and aligned with the core values, including investment in parks and open spaces, supporting diverse businesses and housing types, climate resilience, and a connected mobility network. Specific implementation options are identified to achieve the supporting growth goals.

Improve Connectivity Between Communities

Improving connectivity between communities by promoting a range of mobility choice that connect communities to businesses and amenities, as well as prioritizing walking, cycling and transit options. 

  • Improved Pedestrian and Cycling Connections
  • 5 Street SW/Haddon Road SW/Sacramento Drive SW
  • 89 Avenue SW
  • Flint Road SE/Bonaventure Drive SE
  • 90 Avenue SE/Acadia Drive SE

Enhance Macleod Trail South Urban Main Street Area

Prioritizing accessible, safe and convenient pedestrian and cyclist mobility by enhancing the public realm along Macleod Trail South, as well as improved east-west pedestrian and cycling crossings and connections. 

  • Additional pedestrian and cyclist crossings
  • Improvements at key intersections 
  • Glenmore Trail S and Macleod Trail S intersection public realm improvements

Foster Vibrant Transit Station Areas

Create diverse and functional community hubs by fostering vibrant transit station areas and well-connected mixed-use areas. 

  • Transit-Oriented Development
  • Transit Station Area Public Space Plans
  • Potential Future Infill LRT Station

Promote Inclusive and Diverse Housing Choices

The Heritage Communities will support a range of housing forms to welcome new residents and foster inclusive, accessible and vibrant communities.  

  • Affordable Housing

Enhance Civic Facilities, Parks, Open Spaces and Natural Areas

Improvements to the Heritage Communities’ public facilities such as libraries, recreation centres, community associations and parks are needed to support the area’s increasing population.

  • Community Facilities and Spaces

  • Sue Higgins Park and the Bow River Pathway

Support Industrial Area and Commercial Area Vitality

Support the vitality and evolution of industrial and commercial areas by retaining light industrial areas and improving public realm conditions.

  • Improve Industrial Interfaces
  • Enhance the Pedestrian, Cycling and Transit User Experience

Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Improve Community Resiliency

Enhance community resiliency to the impacts of climate change by supporting zero-carbon neighbourhoods, protecting and restoring urban green spaces, and encouraging low-carbon modes of transportation. 

  • Urban forest

  • Stormwater Retention and Mitigation

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