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.

    Focus Area

    The Streetscape Master Plan focuses on 1 Avenue N.E. between 4 Street N.E. and 11 Street N.E., and incorporates segments of Edmonton Trail and 4 Street N.E.

    WHAT WE HEARD

    The design concept was prepared based on feedback received through community engagement in the Discovery Phase which included an in-person open house and online engagement. The following represent the five preferred streetscape elements resulting from the engagement:

    WHAT WE DID

    1 Avenue N.E. Project Objectives

    Based on What We Heard in the Discovery Phase, the following Project Objectives were established to guide the design approach:

    Mobility and Function

    Connect: create ease of mobility for all through consistent walkway paving materials and safer roadway crossings

    Protect: review bike routes to reduce potential conflicts, calm traffic and improve awareness between vehicles + pedestrians

    Social & Economic

    Pause: provide people of all ages and abilities spaces to rest and socialize through seating opportunities and benches

    Thrive: support business, attract innovation and stimulate development by implementing a more inviting public real

    Character and Identity

    Breathe: add more trees and vegetation to give shade, comfort and character

    Be Bridgeland: invest in unique character features that say Bridgeland

    Master Plan Zones

    Based on what we heard and analysis of the 1 Avenue N.E. Main Streets project area the following five character zones have been established:


    Design Elements/ Streetscape DNA

    Design Metrics

    The preferred Streetscape Master Plan for 1 Avenue N.E. achieves the following:


    Streetscape Zones

    Typical Streetscape Sections

    Bridgeland Gateway

    Gateway Transition

    Mixed Use Transition Zone

    The Core

    Residential Transition Zone

    Plaza

    Bike Route Options

    NEXT STEPS

    A What We Heard Report from the May 2018 engagement can be found here. A What We Heard Report from the March 2019 engagement can be found here.

    Following the Design Explore phase, the Reveal phase focuses on design strategies that will be carried forward into detail design of this project. The following will be shared: (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. We will be back in your community in Spring 2019 to share the proposed design for this Main Street.