Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Designing for liveable communities: new street designs for future residential communities

Residential street in an established Calgary community
What does your neighbourhood look like? Does it have tree-lined boulevards providing shade in the summer and colors in the fall? Are families enjoying an evening stroll in the neighbourhood?

As directed by the Calgary Transportation Plan and Municipal Development Plan, the new Residential Street Design Policy aims to improve community liveability by including public trees and sidewalks on both sides of the street. The policy provides street design options that will make these features, more prevalent in older communities, available to residents in new communities.

Residential street in a newly developed Calgary neighbourhood
Street designs with public boulevards, trees and sidewalks have many benefits. They make the neighbourhood more accessible for people of all ages and levels of mobility; encourage slower vehicle speed through residential areas; and encourage more people to walk or bike to nearby parks and stores, or just spend time enjoying the neighbourhood.

The policy has been developed in consultation and collaboration with the development industry and many stakeholders.

A report on the policy will be presented to the Calgary Planning Commission for information on September 13, 2012 and is expected to be presented to City Council in October.

If approved, the new policy will replace the current residential street standard with new design standards that will provide improved streetscapes while continuing to make efficient use of land in new residential communities.

Learn more about the Residential Street Design Policy on calgary.ca.

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