The City is planning the future of Calgary’s thriving main streets. The Main Streets initiative is going to make policy and land use improvements to the 33rd and 34th Avenues S.W. main streets area, to encourage a vibrant public realm, greater variety of retail and small business, and to increase local services and housing choices. Our team will analyze local input, economic information and infrastructure investments, to make proposed land use redesignations and amendments to the local area plans.

Your input will inform and influence decisions about growth and land use change in your neighbourhood along the 33rd and 34th Avenues S.W main street area.

The "Discussing Opportunities" phase in the process is looking for input on the following:

  • Residential and commercial development types along the main street
  • Residential transitioning from the main street to surrounding streets
  • How far out from 33rd and 34th Avenues S.W. should be considered
  • Where retail/commercial development is appropriate and desired

The "Reviewing Outcomes" phase in the process will review and discuss the planning solutions created by considering all of the input collected during our first session.


Proposed Map of Building Blocks

Building Blocks

City Council adopted the Developed Areas Guidebook on April 10, 2017 as part of the Municipal Development Plan (MDP) and provides consistency in the local area planning process for the developed areas of Calgary. The developed areas encompass both the inner city (neighbourhoods developed prior to the 1950s) and the established areas (neighbourhoods built out between the 1950s and 1990s). The Developed Areas Guidebook (DAG) provides a range of policy to guide decision making in the redevelopment of Calgary, including the use of Building Blocks that will be basis of a community framework for all new local area planning. The Building Blocks provide a broad description of a buildings use and form that can be altered within a local plan or local area redevelopment plan.

The Marda Loop Area Redevelopment Plan (approved by City Council in 2014) was created using the goals and objectives of the Municipal Development Plan (approved in 2009). The boundary of the Area Redevelopment Plan, however, does not fully align with the Municipal Development Plan boundaries of the main street area. The Marda Loop plan is mostly limited to parcels that front 33 Avenue SW from Crowchild Trail SW to 18 Street SW.

As a result, there is no policy direction to address a transition into the adjacent residential community. Developed Areas Guidebook Building Blocks are proposed to be incorporated into the existing area redevelopment plans (Richmond, South Calgary/Altadore) with no significant amendments to the Marda Loop plan. New land use districts will include the Marda Loop Area Redevelopment Plan boundaries, and meet guidelines within the current plan.New land use districts will also be applied to the Building Blocks areas determined by this workshop process.


Discussing Opportunties

During phase 2 we discussed opportunities for proposed land use redesignations and amendments. The What We Heard Report that summarizes the input from the Storefront Engagement and online opportunity in May 2018 and includes the verbatim comments can be found here.


Phase 3 - Reviewing Outcomes Fall 2018.