Thursday, May 22, 2014
West Campus development incorporates public input and City's vision for growth
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.