Thursday, May 22, 2014

West Campus development incorporates public input and City's vision for growth

With each planning and development application we receive, comes an opportunity to design better communities and involve Calgarians in the process. We’re currently processing one such application for 75-hectares of prime, mostly undeveloped land, close to transit, amenities and the city’s core.

West Campus Development Trust submitted the application to The City of Calgary’s Local Area Planning & Implementation group for the site located east of Shaganappi Trail between 16 and 32 Avenues N.W., immediately west of the University of Calgary’s main campus. The University of Calgary set up the Trust to oversee the development and it has the intention of building a community that enhances the university experience while harmonizing with the surrounding communities and Calgary as a whole.

The community they wish to build includes a mix of commercial and residential space, including approximately 6,100 multi-family homes (such as apartments, condominiums, townhouses and row houses), 1.5 million square feet of office space and 250,000 square feet of retail space. This kind of development generally aligns with The City’s goals for the area. Indeed, The City is keen to see high job and population growth due to its strategic location. The developer anticipates the construction would take 15 to 20 years to complete.

City planners and engineers have been reviewing the technical and detailed planning components of this application with the developer since July 2013. We’ve also been in communication with adjacent residents and neighbouring community associations and institutions. The City is now ready to host three information sessions next week to present updated plans for this site, the complete traffic impact analysis and invite further public comment.

If you’d like to learn more about the application for the West Campus lands, we invite you to visit our project webpage and attend one of our upcoming information sessions:

Tuesday, May 27 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Varsity Acres Presbyterian Church (4612 Varsity Drive N.W.)
Wednesday, May 28 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Foothills Mennonite Church (2115 Urbana Road N.W.)
Thursday, May 29 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the University of Calgary Campus, EEEL Building, main floor lobby (2500 University Drive N.W.)

Representatives from The City of Calgary and West Campus Development Trust will be available to answer your questions. These are drop-in sessions; attendees can come at any time.

Author: Rick Michalenko is a Senior Planner with the Local Area Planning & Implementation group at The City of Calgary, and the file manager for the West Campus application.


  1. Please ensure that a gondola from Loin's park to Foothills Hosp / Health sci campus to children's hosp / west campus to mac hall / main campus to either university or brentwood station is included as part of this plan. Something required today, and which will be indispensable in the future.

  2. Thanks for your comment. We are currently undertaking the NW-HUB transit enhancement study to identify ways to improve short-term and long-term transit service in the area around the proposed West Campus project between Lions Park and Brentwood LRT stations, University of Calgary, Foothills Medical Centre and Alberta Children's Hospital. These improvements may include traffic signal transit priority, bus-only lanes, better cycling and pedestrian connections as well as proven transit alternatives like trams.

    Your comment has been forwarded to the NW-HUB project team. Please visit our NW-HUB Transit Enhancement Study project webpage to learn more.