Historic East Calgary Communities Local Area Plan

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THE DRAFT PLAN

The new Draft Historic East Calgary Communities Local Area Plan (also known as an Area Redevelopment Plan) is ready for your review.

It is the long-term vision for growth and redevelopment in the Ramsay and Inglewood communities, and surrounding areas. The policies in the new Local Area Plan (LAP) enable and support future planning and growth, so your communities can continue to thrive in the coming years and decades.

The draft LAP builds on the 2018 draft of the Historic East Calgary Area Redevelopment Plan and considers a number of references:

When reviewing the new draft LAP, it must be read with the Guidebook for Great Communities (Calgary.ca/guidebook). The Guidebook provides the foundational framework and policies for creating great communities, while the LAP offers additional local-specific guidance. If you’re interested, you can see the final proposed North Hills Communities Local Area Plan.

The draft LAP respects the unique features of the area and supports development and growth. Its goal is to allow the area to further thrive for generations to come:

  • Supports intensification and economic viability, while integrating existing heritage and industrial development
  • Provides inclusive and diverse housing options, focusing along 8 Street SE, 9 Avenue SE and areas adjacent to the Primary Transit Network
  • Promotes walking, cycling and transit use to access local employment, commercial and amenities, focusing on 9 Avenue SE and 11/12 Street SE
  • Encourages social interaction in parks and open spaces for all ages and abilities.

The Guidebook includes policy that exclusively focuses on protecting heritage resources. Heritage resources are defining characteristics of several communities that should be retained or protected, while balancing the ability to redevelop. You can read more on pages 100 and 113.

As part of a separate initiative, The City is undergoing a Council-directed review of available heritage conservation tools and incentives.

ABOUT THE PROJECT

The aim of this project is to create a local area plan for the communities of Ramsay, Inglewood and the surrounding local area. The local area plan will outline a long-term vision for how land could be used and redeveloped in the area – building on the vision, goals and policies outlined in Calgary’s Municipal Development Plan and the Guidebook for Great Communities.

An overview of the project history (including previous draft plans and engagement summaries) can be found within the “Previous Plans & Engagement” tab.

A local area plan identifies and guides where and how future growth and (re)development should happen within a specific area. A local area plan aims to integrate and enhance the existing fabric of the area and ensure the area is vibrant and thriving in the future.

A local area plan includes the following sections, aiming to answer the accompanying question and includes the associated key components:

  • Visualizing growth – What is the vision for the area? (vision and core ideas)
  • Enabling growth – What type of growth makes sense where and what local/custom direction is needed to realize great development in this area? (future growth concept and development policies)
  • Supporting growth – What investments are needed to support growth? (future infrastructure and amenity goals/objectives).
A local area plan is a statutory document, adopted by Council as an Area Redevelopment Plan.

When a neighbourhood reaches an age and stage when revitalization and redevelopment naturally starts to happen, a local area plan is a helpful tool to have in place. A local area plan encapsulates a future vision for the area and provides development direction that residents, landowners, builders/developers, City Planners and Councillors can commonly refer to as new development ideas are proposed by property owners and landowners within the area.

PREVIOUS PLANS & ENGAGEMENT

2021 Draft Plan

The new Draft Historic East Calgary Communities Local Area Pan (Feb 2021) utilizes the refined Guidebook for Great Communities and provides additional local-specific guidance and direction.

This latest version of the draft local area plan builds on the 2018 draft of the Historic East Calgary Area Redevelopment Plan and considers numerous opportunities for feedback that have been gather over the past years including:

Engagement Session Details (January 2019):

When reviewing the new draft LAP, it must be read with the Guidebook for Great Communities (Calgary.ca/guidebook). The Guidebook provides the foundational framework and policies for creating great communities, while the LAP offers additional local-specific guidance. The draft LAP also aligns with the template developed as part of the North Hill Communities Local Area Plan pilot.

Draft Historic East Calgary Communities Local Area Plan (February 2021)



2018 Draft Plan

In May 2018, the Draft Inglewood Area Redevelopment Plan and Draft Ramsay Area Redevelopment Plan were merged. This version of the draft plan was based on the Developed Areas Guidebook (now superseded by the Guidebook for Great Communities). The planning and engagement process undertaken in both communities up to the decision to merge had been consistent. Prior to the merge, the draft content for each plan began to share many similarities and common policies. Merging the two plans into one came with many benefits including:

  • Creating stronger linkages between communities and to key amenities and infrastructure.
  • Allowing for better identification of common issues, opportunities and solutions.
  • Enabling a more holistic discussion about where and how new growth should happen across a larger geographic area.
  • Including a broader citizen and stakeholder perspective in each plan.

Input that informed changes and updates to the 2018 version of the plan:

Draft Historic East Calgary ARP (May 2018)



2017 Draft Plan

In 2016 The City of Calgary started work on new Area Redevelopment Plans (ARPs) for the communities of Ramsay and Inglewood (along with other communities that will be home to Green Line LRT stations). Area Redevelopment Plans were initiated for these communities as they are expected to see increased development in the future due the natural life cycles that buildings and communities go through as well as due to the addition of the Green Line. Input received through the Green Line engagement (2015) was reviewed and expanded upon through subsequent public engagement in 2016 (below).

The public input collected in both 2015 and 2016 helped inform the initial draft Area Redevelopment Plans for Inglewood and Ramsay.

Draft Inglewood Area Redevelopment Plan (ARP)
Draft Ramsay Area Redevelopment Plan (ARP)



2015 – Initial Discussions

Three public information sessions were held in January 2015 connected to the Green Line Project. The purpose of these sessions was to inform interested stakeholders and citizens about:

  • the upcoming engineering and design work to be done
  • land use studies to be conducted (i.e. the future/forthcoming Inglewood Area Redevelopment Plan and Ramsay Area Redevelopment Plan projects)
  • outline how interested citizens can be involved in the process.

Green Line engagement summary:

In addition, a design charrette was conducted as part of the transit-oriented development (TOD) study focusing on the Inglewood-Ramsay and 26 Avenue S.E. station areas. Documentation from the design Charette can be found below:

AREA MAP

local area plan boundary

PROVIDE YOUR INPUT

Online engagement will be open until March 11, 2021 and will be complemented by virtual public information sessions: Feb 23 & Feb 25. Please click here to register for one of the sessions.


Thank you to for your time and input.