Project Updates

July Updates:

Thank you for your input to the project. You can now view the What We Heard report here.

Verbatim document available in links section or click here.

To view the latest updated FAQ's please click here.

June Update:

Needs Assessment - June 8 (committee) and June 21 (Council)

The Richmond Green needs assessment report is anticipated to be on the agenda of the Priorities and Finance Committee (PFC) on June 8, 2021, followed by Council on June 21, 2021.
The report, which includes land and funding recommendations, will be publicly available around June 02, 2021, here: https://www.calgary.ca/ca/city-clerks/legislative-services/agenda-minutes.html.

Land Use Application - June 17 (Calgary Planning Commission) and July 26 (Public Hearing/Council)

The Richmond Green land use application is anticipated to be on the Thursday, June 17, 2021, agenda of Calgary Planning Commission, followed by the Monday, July 26, 2021, Public Hearing/Council meeting.
CPC will make a recommendation on the application for Council’s consideration, and Council will then make a decision during the Public Hearing after listening to members of the public speak about the application.

Current vs. proposed allocation of land

Subsequent to the May 4 virtual open house, the Richmond Green project team had follow up meetings internally with Transportation and Transit. A portion of the east side of Richmond Green park (widening of Crowchild TR) is required by Transit for a future bus route. A new figure indicating the current vs. proposed allocations of land is attached.

May Update:

We would like to thank everyone who was able to join us for the presentation and Q&A session on Tuesday May 4th. If you were not able to join us the recording of that session is posted on this page for you to watch. As outlined in the presentation, and in the timeline, we are seeking your input on both the Future Use / Needs Assessment and Land Use Amendment / Outline Plan (see tabs below). Although these two scopes of work are intertwined they do follow an individual process. The Land Use process will allow the securing of funding to explore opportunities to develop the overall park space to meet future needs of the community and park users. When looking at the entirety of the lands of Richmond Green Park this process will result in a net gain of green space and provide possibility for enhanced public use. We invite you to review the information provided on this page and then give us your input and thoughts. Thank you.

View May Q&A Presentation (15MB)

The City of Calgary owns ~52 acres of land in south west Calgary between Sarcee Road SW and Crowchild Trail SW, south of 33 Avenue, as pictured below. The land includes the former Richmond Green golf course and operations depot, tennis courts, one large ball diamond, two small ball diamonds, one small office building, a toboggan hill and a child’s playground.


On November 2, 2020, Council directed The City’s real estate division to prepare and submit a land use application to enable the redevelopment of ±5 acres of land on the north-west portion of the site, identified below, and, if planning approval is obtained, continue to the disposition process for selling municipal land.


At the same time, Council also directed administration to complete a City assessment on the remaining ±46 acres to identify existing uses and amenities and determine future uses for the site. Finally, Council directed Administration to implement disc golf as an interim use in 2021 on the former golf lands.
  • In late 2018, The City of Calgary’s real estate division is directed by Council to explore repurposing, decommissioning and disposition of golf course land to support the overall operations of the City’s Golf program.
  • In 2019, preliminary due diligence is completed for over 500 acres of City golf course land.
  • In 2019 Richmond Green golf course is closed by Council.
  • In 2020 real estate provides recommendations for further work at two (2) sites – Richmond Green and Shaganappi golf course.
  • In 2020 Council directs the real estate division to eliminate Shaganappi from the work program and only focus on Richmond Green.

There are three Council directed work streams for Richmond Green:

  1. Submission of a Land Use Redesigination (re-zoning) and Subdivision applications for ±5 acres of land in the NW corner of Richmond Green Park, and if successful, market the property for sale.
  2. Complete a “Needs Assessment” for the remaining land at Richmond Green Park to determine existing and future uses of the land.
  3. Implement Disc Golf as a temporary use on the now closed Richmond Green Golf Course.

Stream 1 – Land Use and Subdivision work on ~5-acre parcel where 2 small baseball diamonds reside

Completed:

  • Geotechnical and environmental reporting to determine suitability of land for potential redevelopment
  • Hiring of planning, design, and public engagement consultant to assist City with determining re-development options for the parcel
  • Develop City website and project update email subscription list
  • Land use amendment and subdivision application submitted

Underway:

  • Develop stakeholder registry
  • Introductory project meetings with adjacent Community Associations and adjacent landowners
  • Develop concepts for the parcel
  • Undertake a Virtual Public Open House
  • Open Engage Portal page for input, compile comments and produce a ‘what we heard report’
  • Finalize approval process for Land Use Amendment and Subdivision Application (Q2 /Q3 2021)
  • Attend a meeting of Council with a Public Hearing to seek approval for the Land Use Amendment and Subdivision application (Q3 / Q4 2021)
  • Market the property for potential sale of land (TBD)
  • Implement Disc Golf as an interim use at the closed Richmond Green Golf Course (2021)

Stream 2 – ‘Needs Assessment’ for remaining ~46 acres

Underway:

  • Consider and validate the existing uses at the Park. This includes a review of the pathways, tot lot, tennis courts, tobogganing hill, ball diamonds, etc.
  • Understand and determine the need for the water infrastructure that is located within the park
  • Determine the lifecycle of the City depot
  • Understand the alignment and new road that is extending from Currie Barracks
  • Coordinate approval of report internally and with Council

Upcoming:

  • Public engagement
  • Prepare a report with Recommendations for future use of land

Stream 3 - Disc Golf

  • Implement Disc Golf as an interim use at the closed Richmond Green Golf Course (2021)

Future Use / Needs Assessment

Land Use Amendment / Outline Plan Application

A land use amendment and outline plan application was submitted on March 12 for a portion of 3435 Crowchild Trail SW and a portion of 2539 33 Avenue SW. This application proposes to redesignate the site from S-R Special Purpose – Recreation to MU-1h14 Mixed Use – General District and MU-1h22f2.0 Mixed Use – General District which will allow for a variety of multi-residential building types including townhouses and apartments with the option to include neighbourhood scale commercial. The proposed scale of development is intended to be sensitive to the neighbourhood context. The application proposes to subdivide ±2.21 hectares out of two parcels currently totalling 21.42 hectares, that make up the current Richmond Green park and operations site.

The application proposes to remove 2.21 ha of open space from the western edge of Richmond Green Park and add 4.03 ha of open space by adding the OWC site into the open space network. This results in a net gain of 1.82 ha of open space within the Revised CFB West Master Plan and community. This application is therefore in keeping with Policy 12.3.4 of the Revised CFB West Master Plan that indicates there should be no net loss of open space within the plan area.

Policy Amendment

This application also includes a policy amendment to the Revised Currie Barracks CFB West Master Plan to delete and replace the existing “Figure 4 General Development Concept” to remove this area from Parks and Open Space and to designate it as residential with the potential to offer a limited range of neighbourhood supporting commercial uses. All other figures and tables will be updated to reflect this change.

Existing Figure 4 General Development Concept

Existing Figure 4 General Development Concept

Development Concept

This application also includes a policy amendment to the Revised Currie Barracks CFB West Master Plan to delete and replace the existing “Figure 4 General Development Concept” to remove this area from Parks and Open Space and to designate it as residential with the potential to offer a limited range of neighbourhood supporting commercial uses. All other figures and tables will be updated to reflect this change.

Development Concept

Development Concept

Development Concept

Development Concept

*The concept pictured above is provided for illustration purposes only. If the land use/outline plan application is approved the property would be sold on the open market and the future purchaser/builder would create their own concept plan for review (within the constraints of the approved land use) at the development permit application stage.

Shadow Study

Shadow Study

Shadow Study

Shadow Study

This portion of public input is now closed. Thank you for your interest and please check back on this page for a What We Heard Report and further updates.

As outlined in the timeline provided we conducting two scopes of work within this project. We are looking for your input on the Future Use / Needs Assessment which will gauge interest in future possibilities for consideration in moving forward with park development and the Land Use / Outline Plan Amendment as a piece within the plan to provide a funding source towards that development.


NEXT STEPS

The video from the May 4th event is posted on this page. We are taking the input received during the May 4th session along with input received here to adjust the proposal content and planning process. We also want to provide you with information as available to address questions. Keep checking back here for updates as we have them.

Thank You