ABOUT THE PROJECT

The Developed Areas Guidebook is part of the Municipal Development Plan (MDP). It is the tool that helps create a local area plan, and provides consistent guidance for development and redevelopment in developed communities. It is a how-to guide to be used in the creation of future local area plans, creating consistency in the approach, interpretation and application of common policy across the Developed Areas.

The guidebook facilitates efficiency in the process of creating local area plans, as many of the issues that come up in local area plans are the same – so the guidebook contains these policies in one guiding document. This allows the local area plans to focus on the unique, local area policies developed and contained in the local area plan that cannot be broadly applied to all areas.

The Developed Areas Guidebook is one of three guidebooks that help implement the broad vision of the Municipal Development Plan (MDP). The Developed Areas Guidebook is intended to provide consistent guidance for development and redevelopment, and be used to help create consistency in the Local Area Plan processes.


BACKGROUND

Work on the Developed Areas Guidebook began in January 2016, in partnership with the new mixed-use districts and the Green Line and Main Streets community planning teams. City Council adopted the guidebook on April 10, 2017, both CPC and Council supported the Developed Areas Guidebook unanimously.

New districts were also created as part of this process to help implement a better mix of uses and to ensure retail requirements where needed.

It is one of two guidebooks for the Calgary areas that already have established neighbourhoods; the second is the Centre City Guidebook, specific to the communities in the Centre City neighbourhoods and downtown core. The Developed Areas Guidebook is intended to be read in combination with a Local Area Plan.


DEVELOPED AREA

The developed areas encompass both the inner city (neighbourhoods developed prior to the 1950s) and the established areas (neighbourhoods built out between the 1950s and 1990s).


DRAFT PROPOSED DEVELOPED AREAS GUIDEBOOK

Please click here to view the proposed draft Developed Areas Guidebook policy document. Some sections are more advanced than others, but the document is being shared for your information and feedback.

PROVIDE YOUR INPUT

The online feedback forms are now closed. Thank you for your contributions!

Please click here to view the 'what we heard' report.

Please click here to view the Draft Final version of the Developed Areas Guidebook.

Background

The Developed Areas Guidebook provides guiding direction on Local Area Planning and how communities will grow and become more complete communities as they redevelop over time

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Residential Infill Development

What are the most important elements to make new infill development compatible with your neighbourhood?

Mix of infill development building forms

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Sensitive scale of building (i.e. building mass, building height)

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Rear yard amenity space

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Front yard amenity space

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Balcony amenity space

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Residential buildings closer to the street to allow for larger rear yard amenity space, and smaller front yard space

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Soft landscaping (i.e. grass, gardens)

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Hard landscaping (i.e. patios, concrete walks)

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Secondary suites (basement)

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Backyard suites

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(eg. single & semi-detached, secondary suites, apartments/condos, seniors residents and assisted/supportive living)

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Transition Areas

An appropriate transition of building height, scale and massing between higher and lower intensity development should happen by:

  • Stepping down height between buildings
  • Avoiding abrupt changes in building scale
  • Arranging multiple buildings so that height decreases throughout the block
  • Ensuring that buildings of complementary height, scale and massing face each other on facing streets
  • Use of setbacks and landscaping to create space between higher and lower intensity development
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    Parking

    When driving to a restaurant, retail shop, or to busy commercial street, how challenging is would you rate commercial parking stall availability (lack of commercial parking spaces)?
    When driving to a restaurant, retail shop, or to busy commercial street, how challenging is would you rate the availability of convenient parking spaces (availability of parking located near destination)
    When driving to a restaurant, retail shop, or to busy commercial street, how challenging is would you rate wayfinding (ease of finding available parking)
    When driving to a restaurant, retail shop, or to busy commercial street, how challenging is would you rate the ability to find safe parking? (parking is located and/or designed in a way that makes you feel safe)
    When visiting a community by vehicle,please rank your comfort level with parking in public stalls:
    When visiting a community by vehicle,please rank your comfort level with parking in on-site parking:
    When visiting a community by vehicle,please rank your comfort level with parking in above ground parking:
    When visiting a community by vehicle,please rank your comfort level with parking in below ground parkade:
    When looking to park for a few hours, how many blocks are you typically willing to walk?

    Please rank the following in order of most to least challenging (1 being most challenging, 4 being least challenging):

    1. On-street space availability #
    2. Increased noise, traffic, and congestion due to out-of-community traffic #
    3. High volume of residential visitor parking and/or parking for people shopping, eating at restaurants, or parking to go to work #
    4. Not enough parking stalls for residents of an apartment building (residential parking spills over into the street) #
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    NEXT STEPS

    City Staff are seeking input from citizens, communities, industry, and other stakeholders on the proposed DRAFT amendments to the Developed Areas Guidebook. You are asked to provide comments through the feedback form. Feedback will close on June 11. Feedback will be reviewed and considered, and further amendments will be drafted through the end of June. A DRAFT FINAL circulation will occur June 25 for final comment.