ABOUT THE PROJECT

The City of Calgary is in the early stages of reviewing how three properties (identified below) in East Inglewood are currently utilized. These properties are residual lands remaining from the original plans for Blackfoot Trail. While there is no immediate plan in place, we would like to explore how these lands could be developed and enhanced in the future.

INPUT IS CLOSED. Please click here for the What We Heard report.



Map of site location

In 2017 through a Notice of Motion, Council directed administration to undertake a review of the subject parcels, exploring their potential for development, opportunities for affordable and market housing and potential for open space enhancement.

Notice of Motion 2016-35

Notice of Motion 2017-25 (a,c,d)


Project Background

Blackfoot Trail Residual Lands

Blackfoot Trail originally ran through this area until it was re-aligned in the early 1980’s. When re-aligned, the area was subdivided into City-owned parcels for the purpose of multi-residential development with some areas designated as municipal reserve (generally intended for park or recreational space).

City-Owned Lands and Stewardship

The three subject parcels are City-owned land. At the time Blackfoot Trail was re-aligned, parcels 2255 15A Street SE and 1851 9 Avenue SE were deemed municipal reserve and placed under Parks stewardship. Parcels 1835 10 Avenue SE (now Habitat for Humanity), 2244 15A Street SE (now Jack Long Foundation) and 2230 16 Street SE were identified for redevelopment and placed under Corporate Properties (now Real Estate & Development Services) to steward and develop the land.

Temporary Off-Leash Designation

Temporary off-leash areas exist as exemptions to the City’s Off-leash Area Management Plan 2010.

Both 2255 15A Street SE and 2230 16 Street SE were temporarily designated as off-leash areas. Temporary off-leash areas are at times designated in the city when the desired land is within the City’s inventory and is not stewarded by Parks or is planned for future development. Temporary designations remain until the designated land is needed for its original purpose.


Airport Vicinity Protection Area Regulation and Exemptions

What is the Airport Vicinity Protection Area Regulation (AVPA)?

The Alberta Government enacted the AVPA in 1979 to govern land use development near the Calgary International Airport and to ensure that only compatible land uses are developed that will not interfere with the operations of the airport, including its runway arrivals and departures.

This regulation establishes allowable uses within certain locations, identified as Noise Exposure Forecast (NEF) areas, due to potential noise impacts from aircraft flying over the community as they arrive or depart from the Calgary International Airport.

While existing residences in the area are allowed, subdivision and redevelopment that increases the number of dwelling units is currently prohibited in the NEF 30+ areas, unless an exemption is granted by the Airport Authority and the Alberta Government.

How does the AVPA relate to the subject parcels?

The subject area is located within the NEF 30+ contour, however the parcels located at 2230 16 Street SE and 2244 15A Street SE have been declared exempt from the AVPA regulation. These represent two of 14 exemptions granted city-wide for residential development.


Process Moving Forward

City Administration has been directed to undertake a comprehensive evaluation of the subject parcels and provide a recommendation and report back to Council in spring 2018. The recommendation will be based on the following input:

1. Public Engagement – Workshop and online engagement with residents to learn and understand current use and thoughts on what its future state might be. Please click here to view the story boards that were presented at the public workshop.

2. Planning and Technical Analysis – A review of the sites, including policy analysis, their suitability for development, AVPA restrictions, underground utility implications, and transportation requirements.

3. Development Evaluation – An evaluation of site capacity, opportunities for market and affordable housing, and the potential for open space enhancement.

Provide Your Input

Potential Development

Please share what opportunities and ideas you have for potential development within the study areas?

27 February, 2018

Anonymous says:

“keep them as green spaces”

27 February, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Parcel 3 should remain green space as it ties into the Community Centre land. Parcel 5 should be developed and Parcel 1 residential.”

26 February, 2018

Anonymous says:

“3 is a hub of activity both canine and human! Keep 3 as an off leash area, add more dog friendly features, trees around the perimeter. ”

25 February, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Leave as much needed dog/park space. These are well used by the members within the community as they are. ”

24 February, 2018

Anonymous says:

“I still like to have parcel 3 left alone as a off leash dog park and green space.”

23 February, 2018

Anonymous says:

“1. Seems to make sense to have houses there. 3. Should be kept as a greens pace. 4. I bike on it. But townhouses or retail.”

22 February, 2018

Anonymous says:

“P1 - single or duplex residence. P3 - keep greenspace since some will be lost with new Jack Long development. P5 - more active retail space”

21 February, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Green space, park, playing fields ”

21 February, 2018

Anonymous says:

“For Parcel 5, I would like to see a walk-thru park or small retail to go along with future development plans on those corners. Not resident.”

21 February, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Though I don't use the park (I am a dog owner) I do like it on Parcel 3. Maybe not necessarily an off-leash park. Nice for Elder House too!”

21 February, 2018

Anonymous says:

“I would like to see affordable (not sure if that should also mean low-income, government assisted homes) on Parcel 1. Access to route 411. ”

21 February, 2018

Anonymous says:

“P3 Affordable housing development consistent with existing uses and density on east edge, passie park space in cul-de-sac to west laneway. ”

Please share what issues and concerns you have for potential development within the study areas?

26 February, 2018

Anonymous says:

“1 and 5 are perfect for developing. 5 for work/live and/or retail and 1 for housing.”

25 February, 2018

Anonymous says:

“P1 low-rise affordable housing. P3 greenspace. P5-park with pathway and fruit trees.”

21 February, 2018

Anonymous says:

“P1 or part of P3 low-rise housing or townhomes. The rest of P3 a park not just dogs. P5 treed, lit park with path a gateway off 9th.”

21 February, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Integration and opportunties to compliment approved or existing services such as school & seniors' housing. Keep park/social meeting space”

20 February, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Ensure 3 parking spots per residence. Too much high density already - single family only. Need more retail on 9th”

20 February, 2018

Anonymous says:

“This area of Inglewood is lacking usable green space. Improve it rather than develop it. This is The City's only opportunity do this. ”

19 February, 2018

Anonymous says:

“P3 - We lack off leash dog areas in E Inglewood. I do not want to loose this space (unless another alt. provided). Lack of parking.”

19 February, 2018

Anonymous says:

“(5) is a heavily used walking route from the bus stops into the community south of 9th”

18 February, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Density. Already too crowded. Can't park in front of my own home. ”

18 February, 2018

Anonymous says:

“We have a high percentage of 'affordable housing' compared to other neighbourhoods: Sheriff King, Elder House, Habitat, Alice Bisset, etc.”

18 February, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Many of the streets in this area experience on-street parking congestion. Let's not add to it. ”

18 February, 2018

Anonymous says:

“This corner of the community is dealing with the flight path, the trains and the traffic on Blackfoot. We need any/all green space. ”

Open Space Enhancements

Please share what opportunities and ideas you have for opportunities for open space enhancements within the study areas?

26 February, 2018

Anonymous says:

“More trash bins in 3; plant more perimeter trees to border the off leash area; thoughtful natural path network; central gazebo to anchor!”

22 February, 2018

Anonymous says:

“These green spaces provide wildlife corridor to the Inglewood Wildlands, Inglewood. Rid Sanctuary, Bow River at night. Preserve.No buildings”

21 February, 2018

Anonymous says:

“P1- community garden. P5 cul-de-sac to laneway passive park - if remains off-leash must ensure safety for dogs & non-dog owners ”

20 February, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Develop a garden with plots for rent integrated with a simple park area with trees”

20 February, 2018

Anonymous says:

“This area should be transformed into a meaningful green corridor that links the community with 9th Avenue and the Blackfoot BRT station.”

19 February, 2018

Anonymous says:

“P3- could add fencing, picnic tables, benches, durable shrubs. P5 - nice to keep pedestrian access, if kept more vegetation. ”

19 February, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Angle parking south of the dog park (3) and along 16th south should be considered. Road is wide and drivers too fast and parking congested ”

18 February, 2018

Anonymous says:

“We are a community that likes to commute by bike and/or foot. Parcel #3 is well-used but could use some light. ”

18 February, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Add fencing. (closed off-leash) ”

18 February, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Parcel #3. Re-zone to MR. Keep open. Community meeting space. Perhaps some small enhancements. ”

18 February, 2018

Anonymous says:

“If lot #1 is going to stay undeveloped, a high fence or some trees to create a wind break/sound barrier, from Alyth Road and Blackfoot Tr. ”

18 February, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Perhaps some benches or additional garbage bins. Nothing too costly. ”

Please share what issues and concerns you have for opportunities for open space enhancements within the study areas?

22 February, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Keep P3 green but no fencing! Open pathways for max walkability through area. Enhance P3 as space for all with lighting, shrubs, seating.”

21 February, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Balancing concerns raised that not all people feel safe with dogs and the advantages of keeping a dog park for those who use it. ”

20 February, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Many dog owners are irresponsible and do not clean up after their pets. ”

20 February, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Open space should be completed in a manner that improves pedestrian connectivity, promotes walking and provides space for local residents. ”

19 February, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Don't want to loose off leash area. For new developments would they work P5 space? And how not to loose pedestrian access. ”

19 February, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Fencing for the park, a picnic bench and lighting would enhance this well used community off leash area”

18 February, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Let's not allow the cost of enhancing these spaces be a deterrent; it is difficult to put a dollar figure on quality of life. ”

18 February, 2018

Anonymous says:

“In this pocket (high density), flight path, trains, and major roadway we don't have enough open space. Any/all we have is of great value. ”

14 February, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Why are the two areas “exempt”? Is it because it’s worth money to the city, when there are empty condos all over the east village? ”

Affordable Housing and Housing Types

Please share what opportunities and ideas you have for affordable housing and housing types within the study areas?

22 February, 2018

Anonymous says:

“The only kind of affordable housing that is appropriate would be something for seniors. P. #5 near transit. ”

22 February, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Respect existing community standards. No McMansions. Development should be inline with neighbouring homes.”

21 February, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Respect existing density & style. Engage and connect residents to existing. Compliment and further existing services ie school, seniors”

20 February, 2018

Anonymous says:

“If any development single family detached to support families and the school. ”

20 February, 2018

Anonymous says:

“I don't support development of these parcels of any kind. Open space is critical and a green corridor should be the only use considered. ”

19 February, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Agreed more is needed. P1 may be a good fit as its noisy with blackfoot in the back, leaving the P3 as green space (more quiet). ”

19 February, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Yes, more affordable housing is needed in this city, period. ”

18 February, 2018

Anonymous says:

“We have Habitat for Humanity, Alice B and soon Elder House. Perhaps Elbow Park or Sunnyside or other inner city areas have spots available. ”

18 February, 2018

Anonymous says:

“The Jack Long Foundation would be better suited close to transit. Sell them Lot #5 and turn Lot #2 into MR. ”

18 February, 2018

Anonymous says:

“No more affordable housing; there is plenty in this part of the community. ”

18 February, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Town homes or semi-detached mixed family housing would be nice.”

17 February, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Affordable housing in area 5, could be 3 or 4 stories. Townhome Style in any other areas where housing goes in.”

Please share what issues and concerns you have for affordable housing and housing types within the study areas?

22 February, 2018

Anonymous says:

“We don't need a 'project' such as what exists at 17 Street & 17 Avenue SE. The City of Calgary does not make for a good landlord.”

22 February, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Affordable housing has proven to lower nearby property values. Yes, that does sound like NIMBYism, but it is the truth. Ask any realtor. ”

22 February, 2018

Anonymous says:

“No condos or apartments on P1 or P3.”

21 February, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Sensitive to existing & opportunity to join existing Habitat residents with the rest of area residents.”

20 February, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Higher density just drives up land costs which makes it un-affordable - opposite effect of what is desired. ”

20 February, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Development will eliminate the only chance the city has to create a green corridor like the one south of New Street - it's wonderful. ”

19 February, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Parking and traffic flow. Taller buildings may shade neighbours. ”

18 February, 2018

Anonymous says:

“There is a lot of affordable housing in-place already. (Compare these with other communities or other sections of Inglewood.) ”

18 February, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Condos might feel overly crowded in such small space and encroach on existing homes.”

15 February, 2018

Anonymous says:

“No highrises! ”

14 February, 2018

Anonymous says:

“Visibility, traffic flow, the existing residences and visual congruity. Stop abusing Inglewood for your own ends. ”