BRENTWOOD COMMONS

About

Co-op, in conjunction with Quarry Bay Developments, has proposed a combined development permit and land use redesignation (re-zoning) for the site located at 4122 Brentwood Road N.W. (the existing Co-op site). The development (as of July 2017) proposes four new buildings, along with a relocated gas bar and new Wendy’s with a drive-thru. The tallest building heights are proposed to be approximately 31 storeys (116 metres) and 23 storeys (78 metres). A total of 501 residential units are proposed and 15,500 square metres (166,840 square feet) of commercial space including office, grocery store, retail and other commercial uses and 1,113 parking stalls.

The land use amendment application is to redesignate the property from C-COR2 f1. 0 h12 to a Direct Control designation that would be based on the C-COR1 designation. The application number is LOC2016-0328.

A concurrent development permit has been submitted with the land use application to redevelop the site. The application number is DP2016-5143.

It is the intent of Co-op to develop the site, with these additional uses, including residential units and offices in multiple phases, keeping the current Co-op store and existing businesses open until each of its replacements spaces are built. It is also a requirement of Co-op to keep an adequate level of parking available for customer use during the construction period.


Map

Below is the area being considered as part of this land use amendment application.

Development Concept

Below is an image of the revised development concept submitted in July 2017.

FAQ

Is the Co-op closing?

No. The existing Co-op grocery store will remain open and operational until the new store is completed and ready to open. There will be no disruption to the operations of the existing Co-op grocery store.


Is the new Co-op going to be bigger?

The new Co-op grocery store is proposed to be approximately 50,000 square feet, while the current store is approximately 44,240 square feet.


What is happening to the gas bar, Wendys and bank? Are they closing?

Like the grocery store, the bank, Wendys and gas bar are proposed to be relocated within the site, but will not cease operations. Each current business will continue to operate until a replacement is constructed.


Are the developers taking a phased approach to development?

Yes, the development is proposed to incorporate several phases. The first phase involves the relocation of the Wendys and gas bar. Phase two involves the construction of a new parkade where the existing surface parking lot in front of the Co-op is, as well as a new 4 storey building incorporating a bank, liquor store and offices above, with associated surface parking. Phase three involves the construction of the new Co-op store and parkade beneath. Phase four will involve the demolition of the existing store and construction of two residential buildings above the new grocery store. Phase five will involve the construction of the remainder of the underground parkade and the construction of a new residential building where the current Co-op is located.

How high will the residential buildings be?

The new buildings incorporate a range of proposed heights. The tallest building is located above the new Co-op (located on the east end of the site, close to University City) and is proposed to have a maximum height of 31 storeys (116 meters). The second tallest building is proposed to be 23 storeys (78 metres) and is also located on the east portion of the site above the new grocery store.


How many residential units will there be?

The development is proposing a total of 501 residential units.


What are the plans to address increased traffic congestion and parking?

The required parking enforced through by-law will be provided on-site (both surface and underground). This will address the basic parking requirements for the residential and commercial uses. A Traffic Impact Analysis, which is looking at congestion concerns, is currently under review. The City of Calgary will also work with the developer to identify key locations for improvements based on the Traffic Impact Analysis.



PROVIDE YOUR INPUT

We are currently in the third phase of engagement for the Brentwood Co-op redevelopment application. Feedback received in the first two phases of engagement has been used to inform the first detailed review of the submission and the applicant has submitted a revised application in response to this review. In this phase we will:

  • Share what we have done with feedback we received in the first phases.
  • Collect input on the revised application from Co-op, which will help inform the second detailed review of the submission.

See below to provide your feedback online and the Key Dates section above for in-person engagement opportunities.


Phase Three

Please complete this form to share your comments about the revised Brentwood Co-op Application. Your input will be reviewed and The City will consider possible recommendations to the applicant. All feedback collected through public engagement will be shared with the community through a “What We Heard Report”.

Detailed information regarding the application, public engagement and the proposed changes can be found here. These information panels will help inform your answers below.


Pedestrian Connectivity and Safety

Community Idea / Concern: Citizens told us they desired an improved journey to and through the site.

Applicant's proposed change: The applicant has created better pedestrian connections across the parking lot, improved the road interface along the park with more pedestrian crossings and removed the driveway on Brentwood Road for pedestrian safety.



Development Fit

Community Idea / Concern: Concern that the new development will not be visually appealing and will be too high for the existing community.

Applicant's proposed change: The applicant has reduced the height of Building #1 by 10 storeys (40 storeys down to 30 storeys).



Vibrant Gathering Spaces

Community Idea / Concern: Community feels there is a lack of local, small-scaled businesses and vibrant places to gather.

Applicant's proposed change: The applicant has relocated the Wendy's and proposed a small cafe with a patio to better activate the plaza facing Blakiston Park.



Road Alignment

Community Idea / Concern: The community would like to have a commercial main street that connects through the station area.

Applicant's proposed change: The applicant has deemed that the commercial main street is unviable due to space requirements for the grocery store and conflicts with the existing store footprint. They have proposed a road alignment along Blakiston Park and have improved the pedestrian interface.



Station Area Redevelopment Plan


An amendment to the Brentwood Station Area Redevelopment Plan may be required along with this land use redesignation. Based on the current amended plans, policies including the maximum height allowed within the site and the orientation and alignment of the commercial main street will need to be amended to accommodate the proposed development.

The maximum height allowed will need to be increased from 90 metres to 120 metres. The orientation of the commercial main street will have to be re-aligned to be along Blakiston Park rather than through the centre of the site. More information on the Brentwood Station Area Redevelopment Plan can be found here.


General Application



Public Engagement


Phase Two

VISIONING WORKSHOP

In May 2017, citizens were invited to participate in a visioning workshop. At these workshops, citizens completed a group exercise where a game board of the Brentwood site was used, and participants were able to lay down tiles that represented the various uses (grocery store, residential space, parking, gas bar, offices, medical clinics, etc.) to demonstrate what layout they think works best for the site.

The purpose of this exercise was to delve deeper into the issues, opportunities and outcomes, and gather more detailed input into what the community would like to see in the development.

To see what information was presented during the workshops, please review the presentation.

A summary of feedback received and verbatim comments received during Phase Two are within the What We Heard Report.


Phase One

ONLINE ENGAGEMENT

In April 2017, citizens were invited to provide their feedback online and share their ideas and concerns about the project. This survey was available from April 7 – April 17. The feedback received from the survey was used to inform phase two of engagement and the first detailed review of the submission.

A summary of feedback received and verbatim comments received during phase one are included in the What We Heard Report.



NEXT STEPS

This isn't the final decision.

City staff will conduct a second review of the revised proposal based on technical feasibility, City policies, public input, and landowner rights and provide feedback to the applicant. Feedback gathered through this phase of engagement will be used to inform this second review.

Changes to the proposal will be negotiated based on The City's review of the proposal and feedback from the public.

Once Administration is ready to make their recommendation for the application, all input gathered through all phases of engagement will also be used in reports provided to Calgary Planning Commission and City Council.