On July 15, the Standing Policy Committee on Planning and Urban Development (PUD) was presented with the proposed Guidebook for Great Communities.
After hearing a presentation from administration, listening to submissions from members of the public, and discussing the Guidebook, the Committee voted to forward the recommendations of administration to Council. Those recommendations directed administration to revise the Guidebook for Great Communities, based on feedback received from stakeholders, and return back to PUD no later than January 2021.
The Guidebook will next be heard next at the Public Hearing of Council on July 27. Please note, it will be part of the consent agenda of the public hearing, meaning the Guidebook may not be debated by Council, unless Council votes to debate it. If Council votes to debate the Guidebooks, there could be further changes to the recommendations. Regardless, the Guidebook will not be open for public submissions.
BackgroundOn Wednesday, March 4, PUD directed the Guidebook for Great Communities and the North Hill Communities Local Area Plan to the public hearing of Council on April 27, 2020. This direction was carried out prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. At the following Council meeting on March 16, 2020, Council gave Administration the authority to defer items until Q4 2020, or later, in response to the state of local emergency and the currently unknown duration of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Heritage and the communities of Ramsay and Inglewood
The Guidebook helps to highlight and manage many aspects of a community’s Identity and Place. As part of a separate initiative, The City is undergoing a Council-directed review of available heritage conservation tools and incentives.
The project team has been working on developing an updated draft of the Historic East Calgary Communities Local Area Plan (LAP). Following the discussion and direction at PUD on July 15, the draft LAP will continue to be updated.
A draft has been shared with the Community Associations, Business Improvement Area, and Industry for their initial feedback. We expect to release an updated draft LAP to the full Ramsay and Inglewood communities in late 2020.
At that time, citizens who live and work in these areas will also have the opportunity to participate in a public engagement exercise. This feedback will help further refine the LAP. The final draft LAP is scheduled to be ready in 2021, once the Guidebook is approved by Council.
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 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
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.
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.