Monday, May 16, 2011

TOD wants your opinion on Fish Creek / Lacombe Station Area

You might be thinking, “Who is TOD and why does he care what I think?” TOD is The City’s acronym for Transit Oriented Development. Transit Oriented Development is a walkable, mixed use form of development focused around a transit station. Concentrating higher density development near the station makes transit convenient and encourages ridership.

Calgary City Council has approved funding for the completion of a station area analysis and design concept for the Fish Creek / Lacombe area. This non-statutory document will provide planning, design, and transportation guidance for future redevelopment applications of the Fish Creek / Lacombe area.

Identified as a Major Activity Centre in the new Municipal Development Plan (MDP), the Fish Creek / Lacombe Station Area will become a mixed-use node with opportunities for shopping, employment, education, and residential opportunities, as well as acting as a Transit Centre for LRT and local bus routes.

“As this analysis proceeds it is very important that we have citizen input and hear their ideas and concerns regarding development in their communities,” said Senior Planner, Kevin Barton with Land Use Planning. “We need neighbourhood input to make sure we get it right, for those communities.”

Some of the main components of TOD are: getting the land use right for business and communities, promoting density within the 5 minute walk or the 400m to 600m radius, creating convenient pedestrian connections and managing parking.

The planning phase of this project includes community planning and design workshops and summary information sessions. Held June 21 and 22, at the Shawnessy Barn, the workshops require registration and run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Day one the workshop will focus on presentations and site tours and Day two will focus on idea and scenario building and development of alternatives. Registration deadline is June 10, 2011.

If you are unable to attend the workshops, drop-in sessions will be held June 21, 22 and 23 at 5 - 6:30 p.m., 6 – 8 p.m. and from noon to 8 p.m. respectively. These sessions will recap the day’s events and provide discussions of the development.

For more information, and to register, please visit

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