ABOUT THE PROJECT

The Main Streets Program is one of the ways that the City of Calgary is working to make our city “a great place to make a living, and a great place to make a life.” Our program shares The City’s common purpose of “making life better every day” by implementing a comprehensive process to transform our main streets into places where people want to live, work and play.

Vision

Main Streets are places where citizens come together. They allow us to travel less and live more by providing the things we need right in our own communities.

Core Principles

Main Streets are resilient, adaptable, and attractive places that:

• Celebrate the character of the community;

• Encourage diversity of businesses, buildings and residents;

• Create a vibrant destination, and;

• Improve public health.

What is a Streetscape Master Plan?

A Streetscape Master Plan is more than improved accessibility, safety and beautification. It is about place-making, creating vibrant places that put a priority on sociability, access and linkages, comfort and image, and uses and activity.

ENGAGEMENT PROCESS

Within the Main Streets Master Plan process we engage the public in three phases; Discover, Explore and Reveal to better understand community’s values for their street.

In the Discover Phase we Listen & Learn; stakeholders and The City listen to and learn about public views, plans, concerns, and expectations.

In the Explore phase, public feedback is obtained through consultation to review preliminary design ideas and options developed from input input discussed at the Discover phase. We ensure issues and concerns are understood and considered prior to design resolution of the Master Plan.

The Reveal phase focuses on communicating the short and long term strategies that will be carried forward into detail design of the project. The information communicated will include: (a) the proposed design; (b) what is different from existing; (c) why it is different, and; (d) how engagement input influenced the design, and; if not, explaining how the input was considered and why it could not be incorporated into the design.

How we use your input?

Feedback gathered from public and stakeholder engagement is reviewed with City of Calgary policy and standards, site conditions, and technical design analysis then refined for the next stage of engagement.

17 Avenue S.W. Planting Pilot

The City of Calgary is implementing a planting pilot in the boulevard at several locations along 17 Avenue SW (see map below).

We are exploring opportunities in your Main Street’s public realm to:

  • Increase biodiversity
  • Adopt sustainable and resilient planting design
  • Provide pollinator and other wildlife habitat that is appropriate in our urban areas
  • Beautify the street

Plant species were chosen based on their ability to withstand drought, salinity and silt deposition. The pilot will help determine which planting strategies and species work best in our challenging boulevard environments.

This portion of 17 Avenue SW will undergo construction in 2020 as part of the Main Streets Program. Successful planting installations from the pilot will become permanent and the strategies will be used in other Main Street and downtown projects

Map of planting locations

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Streetscape Master Plan

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PROVIDE YOUR INPUT



I understand how community feedback informed the design.

Social & Economic

1. Improves pedestrian comfort and provides high quality public realm

Does the design achieve the Project Vision, Goals and Objectives?

2. Increases the number of trees for a healthier environment

Does the design achieve the Project Vision, Goals and Objectives?

3. Creates space for more social interaction

Does the design achieve the Project Vision, Goals and Objectives?

Mobility & Functionality

4. Increases the number of crossings and improves safety and accessibility for pedestrians

Does the design achieve the Project Vision, Goals and Objectives?

5. Maintains the traffic functionality and flow along 17th Ave.

Does the design achieve the Project Vision, Goals and Objectives?

6. Provides safer crossings, wider pathways, and access for cyclists

Does the design achieve the Project Vision, Goals and Objectives?

Character & Identity

7. Creates space for public art and community gateway features at major intersections

Does the design achieve the Project Vision, Goals and Objectives?

8. Provides opportunity to reflect the diversity of the community

Does the design achieve the Project Vision, Goals and Objectives?

9. Incorporates durable, high-quality materials

Does the design achieve the Project Vision, Goals and Objectives?

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NEXT STEPS


  • Master Plan approval by City of Calgary Transportation
  • Detail design and cost estimating for budget confirmation
  • Review of other City projects in the area to determine construction schedule and priorities
  • Ongoing communications and updates through community associations and info sessions