ABOUT THE PROJECT
The City of Calgary is starting the process of amending the Beltline Area Redevelopment Plan (ARP) to create policies that will guide future development of the Rivers District area – a 286 acre portion of land in downtown Calgary’s east end (which includes east Victoria Park). The Beltline ARP was adopted by City Council on May 15, 2006. Over the last 12 years, the area has experienced significant growth, transforming into a vibrant diverse community. A number of projects are contributing to the need for ARP amendments, including a new Rivers District Master Plan being created by Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (CMLC), the 17 Avenue S.W. extension project and the arrival of the Green Line.
This area is envisioned to become the cultural and entertainment district of Calgary. The goal of the Beltline ARP amendments are to realize the vision described by CMLC’s Rivers District Master Plan, and to put in place the policies and framework to help guide the development of this cultural and entertainment district.
What is an ARP?
An Area Redevelopment Plan (ARP) is a long-range planning document that is developed collaboratively between City staff and stakeholders. A statutory plan which is approved by City Council, an ARP outlines a vision and policy for a specific community, and provides alignment with regulations set out in the Municipal Government Act. An ARP also directs the redevelopment, preservation or rehabilitation of existing lands and buildings, generally within developed areas of the city.
What is the Rivers District Master Plan?
In 2017, CMLC embarked on a master plan process to create a cohesive, forward-thinking vision for what is envisioned as Calgary’s cultural and entertainment district. Ultimately, CMLC imagines the district as a vibrant, high-density, mixed-use community that will see more than 8,000 new residents move into the community and approximately four million square feet of development over the next 20 years. The master plan vision respects the beauty of the Rivers Districts natural surroundings, its cultural heritage and the spirit of entertainment that is active in the area today. The master plan seeks to integrate the existing urban fabric, including several historic buildings, Stampede Park and the Elbow River, and reshape the community into an active, walkable, accessible community with enhanced connections. The Rivers District Master Plan will guide and accommodate a variety of entertainment and cultural amenities.
Study Area Boundary
Draft plans of the Beltline ARP are now available for review:
- Part 1: West Beltline Area (existing plan)
- Part 2: East Victoria Park Area (new - amended proposed plan)
Feedback from the first phase of engagement has been incorporated in the proposed plan, where possible. We are working to further incorporate input from the fall engagement. The plan shared here is still in draft state. The final proposed plan will be shared prior to Calgary Planning Commission and Council.
The City has collected feedback from citizens about Calgary’s future cultural and entertainment district and draft concepts for the amended Area Redevelopment Plan. In our first phase of engagement this past Spring we engaged with citizens to learn about their vision for the future of this area. In phase two we were seeking your feedback into draft proposed concepts for the area.
Feedback collected through our engagement program will be used and considered by The City as we finalize our draft amendments to the Beltline Area Redevelopment Plan. The draft plan is available above for your review.
Please check back in the coming weeks for a What We Heard and What We Did Report summarizing the feedback received and responding to how feedback has been addressed in the plan and if not, why it couldn't be addressed.
Phase Two Engagement
PROVIDE YOUR INPUT
Phase One Engagement
The City will share a summary of feedback received with the community through a What We Heard and What We Did Report. This feedback will also be used to inform the final proposed plan. All engagement results collected through our engagement program will be provided to Calgary Planning Commission and City Council prior to final decisions being made.
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