More Masterplanned Community “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 Masterplanned Community is like Panorama Hills in Calgary (check out the pictures below for a visual of this) or Harmony in Rocky View County. The masterplanned community “place type” is characterized by its comprehensive and integrated approach to land use. This “place type” is often designed so residents have retail, commercial, civic, and recreational amenities conveniently located within a short walk of their homes. It is generally designed to emphasize sustainability, community, and convenience to live, work, shop, and play within the masterplanned community. The average density is 10 dwelling units per acre and 5 employees per acre.
Masterplanned communities are not typically seen in rural areas, though have recently become the most common form of suburban development in the Region.
The proposed approach for managing growth in the Calgary Metro Region would see more Masterplanned-type development happening in all municipalities. In rural parts of the Region, these “place types” are proposed specifically within and around Joint Planning Areas that are likely to become more urban as our population grows. In the first phase of public engagement, we heard that community members would like to see less sprawl and more infill/redevelopment. Encouraging more Masterplanned-type developments across the Region will help meet this interest.
Based on your thoughts and experiences in the Calgary Metro Region, what do you see as the benefits and drawbacks of Masterplanned-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?