Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Rundle 2.0: Planning for redevelopment at Rundle Station

The City is planning for development in the Rundle LRT station area to help Calgary grow in a more sustainable way. Redeveloping areas within a 10 minute walk of CTrain stations allows people to move around our city in a fast, affordable and convenient way. This type of development is commonly referred to in the urban planning world as Transit Oriented Development (TOD). TOD focuses on creating more complete communities that attract a broad range of housing choices and services to established communities, almost creating mini cities within the city itself.

The Rundle Station Area has excellent potential for TOD; there are large sites available for new buildings, there are existing amenities like schools and employment centres in place and there is housing in need of redevelopment. However, the area needs a policy plan and some improvements before TOD can really take off in the area.

In September 2016, The City launched the Rundle Station master planning process. A Master Plan is a document that guides future development in an area. The City is developing a Master Plan for Rundle to create a shared vision for the area and plan for future growth by identifying what improvements are needed and where new development should occur. The master planning process is the first step in planning for TOD by providing a full picture of what work is needed in an area in order to realize TOD.

These are early days for planning TOD in Rundle and there are other factors at play, like market demand, that determine when development could occur. Having said that, it’s never too early to start planning for the future and this is the opportunity we have in Rundle. Between fall 2016 and 2017, we have been working with community members, landowners and developers to shape a Master Plan for the area.

We will be coming back to the Rundle community on May 30, 2017 to share development concepts and potential public improvements to the area at an open house. Join us to learn what we’ve heard so far and understand how we are using public input, provide feedback on the draft vision and core ideas of the Master Plan and review the potential Rundle Station area improvement projects that have been identified.

Event details:
Date: May 30, 2017
Time: Drop-in any time between 5 and 8 p.m.
Location: Rundle Community Association, Upper Hall
2409 50th St N.E.

For more information on the Rundle Station Master Plan visit calgary.ca/rundle.

About the Author: Mike Davis is an Urban Planner with the City of Calgary. Mike’s career has focused heavily on urban redevelopment with experience in cities across Ontario and more recently here in Calgary.

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