ABOUT THE PROJECT

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 Bowness Road N.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 Bowness local area plan.

Your input will inform and influence decisions about growth and land use change in your neighbourhood along the Bowness Road N.W main street area.

A public workshop in the spring of 2018 provided input on the use of the Developed Areas Guidebook land use categories, the Building Blocks. This input, along with related economic considerations and city-wide and local planning goals, has led to the proposed draft land use district framework (zoning changes).

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

PLEASE CLICK THROUGH THE TABS BELOW TO SEE THE PROPOSED BUILDING BLOCKS AND MAPS

Full Bowness Road Map

Building Blocks

Building Block Descriptions

Proposed Land Use Districts (zoning) in your Main Street and community.

The Land Use Bylaw, and the individual districts or zones, outline the rules and regulations for development of land in Calgary and the process of making decisions for development permit applications.


R-C2 Residential - Contextual One / Two Dwelling District

R-C2 is a low density residential designation that is primarily for single detached, duplex and semi-detached dwellings. The district contains many rules that are sensitive, or contextual, to the surrounding scale, requiring lower heights and larger setbacks, for permitted use buildings, when adjacent to lower scale buildings. Typically allows an average 50 foot (15 metre) wide parcel to have 2 units.

R-CG Residential - Grade-Oriented Infill District

R-CG is a low density residential designation that is primarily for rowhouses that face a street with a front door. Does also allow single detached and side by side and duplex homes. Only slightly larger buildings then allowed by the R-C2 district. Maximum density is 75 units per hectare (uph) which typically allows an average 50 foot (15 metre) wide parcel to have 3 units, 4 units could be developed on a corner site with two street frontages.

M-CG Multi-Residential - Contextual Grade-Oriented District

M-CG is a multi-residential designation in the developed area of the city that is primarily for townhouses and fourplexes. The district contains many rules that are sensitive, or contextual, to the surrounding scale, requiring lower heights and larger setbacks when adjacent to low scale buildings. Maximum density is 111 units per hectare (uph) which typically allows an average 50 foot (15 metre) wide parcel to have 4 to 6 units.

M-C1 Multi-Residential - Contextual Low Profile District

M-C1 is a multi-residential designation in the developed area of the city that is primarily for low rise apartment buildings (3 - 4 storeys) or townhouses. The district contains many rules that are sensitive, or contextual, to the surrounding scale, requiring lower heights and larger setbacks when adjacent to low scale buildings. Maximum density is 148 units per hectare (uph) which typically allows an average 50 foot (15 metre) wide parcel to have 8 units.

M-C2 Multi-Residential - Contextual Medium Profile District

M-C2 is a multi-residential designation in the developed area of the city that is primarily for low rise apartment buildings (4 - 5 storeys) or townhouses. The district contains many rules that are sensitive, or contextual, to the surrounding scale, requiring lower heights and larger setbacks when adjacent to low scale buildings. Maximum density based on building area (2.5 Floor Area Ratio) which typically allows an average 50 foot (15 metre) wide parcel to have about 12 - 16 units.

M-U1 Mixed Use - General District

MU-1 is a new district, it was developed to support growth in key areas like Main Streets. Characterized by street-oriented building design in mid-rise buildings typically between four and six storeys in height requiring a transition to lower scale residential uses on adjacent parcels through building location, building massing and landscaping. Main floor can be commercial or residential. A height maximum or cap, can be added with “ h “ modifier and density, measured in Floor Area Ratio (FAR) can also be limited with a “ f “ modifier.

M-U2 Mixed Use - Active Frontage District

MU-2 is a new district, it was developed to support growth in key areas like Main Streets. Characterized by street-oriented building design in mid-rise buildings typically between four and six storeys in height requiring a transition to lower scale residential uses on adjacent parcels through building location, building massing and landscaping. Main floor must be commercial uses. A height maximum or cap, can be added with “ h “ modifier and density, measured in Floor Area Ratio (FAR) can also be limited with a “ f “ modifier.

East side of Bowness Road Map

East Bowness Building Blocks Map

Map for questions E1 to E5

West side of Bowness Road Map

West Bowness Building Blocks Map

Map for questions W1 to W5

PROVIDE YOUR INPUT

Click on the East side of Bowness Road map above to view a larger version, then please answer the questions below:

The proposed MU-2 Mixed Use - Active Frontage sections along Bowness Road NW could allow a range of building height from four (16m) to six (20m) floors, will be consistent with the current zoning maximums for height. A slight increase in Floor Area Ratio (density) is proposed to allow more flexibility for mixed use buildings, MU-2 requires that the main floor be commercial use.

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The proposed M-C2 Multi-Residential - Contextual Medium Profile sections along and near Bowness Road NW could provide a range of multi-residential housing options, including apartment buildings of four to five storeys.

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The proposed M-C1 Multi-Residential - Contextual Low Profile sections along and near Bowness Road NW could provide a range of multi-residential housing options, including apartment buildings of three to four storeys.

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The proposed R-CG Residential - Grade-Oriented Infill areas are being considered as a transition area from the higher intensity options along Bowness Road NW and as areas that provide more opportunity for grade oriented housing in the community. This district could provide a range of low density, grade oriented housing options.

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The proposed R-C2 Residential - Contextual One / Two Dwelling District areas are being considered as a transition area from the higher intensity options along Bowness Road NW and as areas that provide more opportunity for single detached, semi-detached and duplex dwelling housing in the community. This district could provide a range of low density detached and duplex dwelling housing options.

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Click on the West side of Bowness Road map above to view a larger version, then please answer the questions below:

The proposed MU-2 Mixed Use - Active Frontage sections along 85 Street NW allow a building height of four storeys (16m) and Floor Area Ratio (FAR) of 3.0. This is an increase allowed height and Floor Area Ratio over the current commercial and residential districts to allow more flexibility for mixed use buildings. MU-2 requires that the main floor be commercial use.

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The proposed MU-1 Mixed Use - General District sections along Bowness Road NW allow a building height of four storeys (16m) and Floor Area Ratio (FAR) of 3.0. This is an increase allowed height and range of uses over the current residential district to allow more flexibility for mixed use buildings.

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The proposed M-C2 Multi-Residential - Contextual Medium Profile sections along and near Bowness Road NW could provide a range of multi-residential housing options, including apartment buildings up to four or five storeys in height.

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The proposed M-C1 Multi-Residential - Contextual Low Profile sections along and near Bowness Road NW could provide a range of multi-residential housing options, including apartment buildings up to three or four storeys in height.

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The proposed M-CG Multi-Residential - Contextual Grade-Oriented District section near Bowness Road NW could provide a range of multi-residential housing options.

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The proposed R-CG Residential - Grade-Oriented Infill areas are being considered as a transition area from the higher intensity options along Bowness Road NW and as areas that provide more opportunity for grade oriented housing in the community. This district could provide a range of low density, grade oriented housing options.

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NEXT STEPS

A What We Heard report back will be shared here once this phase of engagement is complete.

You can also find the report back on what was heard in the first phase of engagement here.

The final proposed land use maps will be shared in the fall of 2018.