PROJECT UPDATES

The new draft of the Historic East Calgary Communities Local Area Plan (also known as an Area Redevelopment Plan) is nearly finished. It will be posted here the week of February 8.

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

When you read the 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 locally specific guidance. If you’re interested, you can see the final proposed North Hills Communities Local Area Plan.


Join the conversation online – Feb. 12 to 26

We still need some of your time. With the new LAP still in draft form, we’re looking for more information from you:

  • comments on the formal name of the document
  • future investment opportunities for community infrastructure
  • final thoughts on the draft LAP

From Feb. 12 to 26, you can provide your input on these topics. Once the engagement is completed in February, we will continue to refine the LAP. Currently, we expect to take the Historic East Calgary Communities Local Area Plan to SPC on Planning and Urban Development before summer.


Highlights

The draft LAP respects the unique features of the area and supports their development and growth. It will 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.

In summary, the future draft LAP first Visualizes Growth (chapter 1), followed by Enabling Growth (chapter 2), and then Supports Growth (chapter 3). Growth is the foundation on which great communities can thrive in both the short term and long term. It allows communities to be attractive for people who live, work and visit there now. It also positions communities to be attractive to new people who will want to be part of the community in the future.


Heritage and the communities of Ramsay and Inglewood

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 City of Calgary has been working on a new Area Redevelopment Plan (ARP) for Inglewood and Ramsay which will account for the new Green Line LRT stations.

An ARP provides rules and guidance for the type of development that makes sense in a given area – how to complement the local character, what level of density makes sense and how to transition from high to low density, or residential to commercial.

It includes policies on land uses, building forms and densities, buildings heights, parks, transportation, contamination and housing.


In October 2018, City Council approved a request from Administration to defer the Inglewood-Ramsay, Millican-Ogden and South Hill local area plans. The deferral ensures that additional amendments being made to the Developed Areas Guidebook are reflected in the local area plan and that further engagement with communities, planned for later in the fall, can be coordinated.

Additionally, The City of Calgary decided to merge the draft Area Redevelopment Plans (ARP) for the communities of Inglewood and Ramsay. The new plan for Inglewood and Ramsay will be known as the Historic East Calgary Area Redevelopment Plan (HEC ARP) to reflect the historic importance of this area to our city.

As part of this process, facilitated discussions took place to gather stakeholder input on the merged draft document. B&A Planning Group was contracted by The City as an independent consultant to guide the recent public engagement process to collect feedback from all stakeholders.

The goal for the engagement was to gather input to create meaningful recommendations for policy contained in the revised HEC ARP.

DRAFT PLAN

Draft of merged Inglewood-Ramsay ARP available for review

As of Q2, 2018, The City has decided to merge the two draft Area Redevelopment Plans (ARPs) for Inglewood and Ramsay. The new plan area for the merged ARP combines the areas previously covered by the Inglewood ARP and Ramsay ARP. This will allow the two communities to share a basic approach to growth while recognizing individual differences where appropriate. The plans share a lot of common policies and the two communities have been planned as a unit from the start of this process in mid-2015.

Click here to view the draft ARP.


PLAN AREA MAP

MERGED PLAN AREA

boundary area map

PAST ENGAGEMENT

The City of Calgary has been engaging on this project since 2015. To review past engagement summaries and what we have heard. Please click through the reports provided in the Document Library on this page.

Winter 2019 Engagement

A Town Hall was held on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at the Alexandra Centre Dance Hall, 922 - 9th Avenue S.E.

Below are links to the information shared at the first session

To watch the video recordings of the January 23 Town Hall please click through the links below.

Video 1: Introduction, Height and FAR Discussion

Video 2: Heritage conservation and character discussion

Video 3: The path to completing the ARP


Visit The City's Inglewood / Ramsay Area Projects page to learn more about what's happening in these communities and to sign up for email updates.