More City and Town Centre or Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) “Place Types”
The proposed approach for growth in the Calgary Metro Region is based on a mix of six different “place types”. Each “place type” reflects a variety of buildings, streets, and amenities, and represents a different type of development with different levels of density for residential and employment use.
The City and Town Centre or Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) “place type” is like Marda Loop in Calgary (check out the pictures below for a visual of this). This “place type” is characterized by medium-density mixed use development with many day-to-day services within walking distance. These areas have a variety of housing types, employment types, and retail land uses within them. New growth in these areas create value while minimizing associated congestion, environmental, and infrastructure impacts. They are designed to create a sense of place and encourage a vibrant pedestrian environment. The average density is 20 dwelling units per acre and 15 employees per acre.
City and Town Centre or Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) “place types” are not currently seen in rural parts of the Calgary Metro Region.
The proposed approach for managing growth in the Calgary Metro Region would see more City and Town Centre/TOD-type development happening in all Towns & Cities in the Region. This type of development is a key part of the proposed approach that encourages transit-ready corridors between Towns & Cities in the Region, as well as in parts of Rocky View County. This type of development is not being proposed for Wheatland or Foothills County.
We heard in the first phase of public engagement that community members wanted to see more infill/redevelopment, but weren’t generally interested in high rise towers to achieve this. Encouraging more City and Town Centre/TOD-type developments that are a few stories high with both residential and commercial use helps to meet this interest.
Based on your thoughts and experiences in the Calgary Metro Region, what do you see as the benefits and drawbacks of City and Town Centre/TOD-type development?
If more of this type of development came to your community, how do you think your way of life might be affected, for better or worse?