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Chapter 3: Supporting Growth

The individual communities that make up the Westbrook 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 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 eight 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.

Westbrook Transit Station Area as a Focal Point

Support new transit-oriented development through enhanced public realm, streetscape and amenity spaces to more efficiently service the surrounding community, including upgraded road network and bus routing, wider sidewalks, pedestrian crossings, gathering areas and design for all abilities.   

  • Improved public realm and streetscape.
  • Facilitate efficient and effective transit use.

Diverse Housing Types

Creating great communities by maintaining high-quality living environments, improving housing diversity and choice, and investing in affordable housing and care facilities, while encouraging the protection of local heritage resources and enhancing community character. 

  • Affordable housing in new residential and mixed-use developments.​
  • Co-locate affordable housing units within civic projects.

Safe, Comfortable Mobility Options

Promoting increased mobility choices and active living with a greater emphasis on sustainable modes such as walking, cycling and transit, as well as improving connections between and within communities.

  • Public realm improvements around transit station areas.​
  • East-west and north-south pedestrian and cycling connections.​
  • Traffic calming measures.

Parks and Open Spaces

Investing in enhancing community character and vitality by increasing tree canopy, promoting public art and cultural activities, and upgrades to civic facilities to allow for year-round use and activation.

  • Upgrades to Optimist Athletic Park and Arenas.
  • Diversify uses and improve 17 Avenue SW frontage of Killarney Aquatic and Recreation Centre​.

Environmentally Significant and Historic Natural Resources

The Westbrook Communities will provide opportunities for year-round gathering and diverse recreational activities, while protecting and restoring sensitive environmental areas and steep slopes.

  • Support uses of Edworthy Park and Douglas Fir Trail.
  • Protect and restore sensitive environmental areas.

Commercial Amenities and Local Business

Promoting a greater diversity of commercial amenities and supporting local businesses by ensuring high-quality urban design and public realm renewal along Main Streets, transit station areas and Activity Centres.

  • Invest in high-quality public realm, open spaces, and streetscapes.

Community Identity

Enhancing community character and distinctiveness through activated outdoor spaces and vibrant public places, and programming spaces based on community needs.  

  • Facility and open space programming.
  • Enhance functionality and flexibility in uses. 

Climate Change

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.

  • Green building technologies and low-carbon transportation modes.
  • Urban canopy protection and restoration.
  • Implement stormwater strategies.

This information has no legal status and cannot be used as an official interpretation of the various bylaws, codes and regulations currently in effect. The City of Calgary accepts no responsibility to persons relying solely on this information. Web pages are updated periodically. ​