ABOUT THIS PROJECT
The City is developing a Streetscape Master Plan for 33rd and 34th Avenues S.W., as part of the Main Streets initiative’s investment phase. A streetscape includes all visual and functional elements of a street that collectively form its character. Some areas we are exploring include:
- Sidewalk features (e.g. street trees, patios, street furniture)
- Crosswalks and street corner configurations
- Laneway and park connectivity
- Street lighting
- Pedestrian safety features
It is within this Main Streets Implementation Program that we discover, explore and reveal the Streetscape Master Plan. We are producing a detailed plan that provides a blueprint to rebuild 33rd and 34th Avenues S.W. in a way that meets the needs of current and future residents, visitors and business owners.
PHASE 1 DISCOVERY
The discovery phase of engagement focused shaping the vision for 33rd and 34th Avenues and on gathering feedback on design elements to be considered for 33rd and 34th Avenues. To help develop a vision participants were asked to respond to the question “What makes Marda Loop, Marda Loop?” It was important to understand the views and interests of residents’, businesses’, pedestrians’, commuters’ and shoppers’, in relation to the existing 33rd and 34th Avenues streetscape and what it may look like in the future. At the open house we asked stakeholders to use dots to indicate the streetscape design elements that were most important to them. Online participants were able to use a ranking tool to indicate their preferences.
Participants were also asked how they would like to be engaged in the future. The phase 2 storefront engagement is a reflection of the response to this question.
The boards from the February open house can be viewed here.
The What We Heard report from phase 1 engagement is located here.
PHASE 2 EXPLORE
STREETSCAPE DESIGN PRIORITIES
The streetscape design priorities were developed using a combination of information from the engagement process and the technical experience of the design team. The streetscape priorities will allow the design team to examine how the upgraded street design will best balance issues and opportunities with community needs.
Pedestrian Comfort and Enhanced Landscape: Establishing a vibrant streetscape through enhanced landscaping, repeated elements and design styles.
Parking: Establishing clearly defined parking zones to help prioritize the parking within the corridor.
Public Transit and Automobiles: Upgrades to public transit stops and locations are being explored to improve the riders’ experience. Travel lanes will be maintained at the current spacing to curb line to create a consistent travel experience throughout the corridor.
Bicycles: Bicycle amenities will be considered; however, the pedestrian and parking experience will be a priority as bicycle amenities are explored.
Goods / Services: Large vehicle pick up and drop off will be facilitated through lane access not at curb side.
To review the boards from the Street Front please see them here.
PROVIDE YOUR INPUT
A final streetscape design will be presented in Fall 2018.