Fewer Residential Subdivision “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 Residential Subdivision “place type” is like Langdon, or Big Springs in Airdrie (check out the pictures below for a visual of this). This “place type” category represents areas that are predominantly residential and mostly in suburban locations often on the urban edge. Single family homes are the dominant housing type with other housing types often included. This “place type” is generally automobile oriented as the development pattern allows few shopping, employment, and open space destinations to be conveniently made via walking or biking. The average density is 5 dwelling units per acre.
The proposed approach for managing growth in the Calgary Metro Region would see less Residential Subdivision-type development across the Region. We heard in the first phase of public engagement that community members generally would like to see less focus on traditional single use residential development that encourages sprawl. Having less Residential Subdivision-type development 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 Residential Subdivision-type development? If there was less of this type of development in your community, how do you think your way of life might be affected, for better or worse?