Since the July 5 Calgary City Council meeting, plans for Highland Village Green have been refined. City of Calgary staff have hosted meetings between the reImagining project team, affected City departments and local Community Associations. In addition, the Green Line design charrette in October provided input for consideration.
The previous version of the plan has been updated to include the following changes:
- The two 18-storey towers planned to back McKnight Boulevard NW have each been reduced to eight storeys.
- The amount of green open space has increased to 29.4 per cent of the site.
- 52.6 per cent of the site will be dedicated to residential development, 5 per cent of the site will be commercial development, and the rest will be dedicated to green space, public utility lots and roads.
- Green space has been consolidated and centralized, potential uses have been refined, and a soccer field has been added.
- A townhouse site has been added to provide more diversity in housing options.
- Two parcels along 40 Avenue and Highland Drive NW now allow for ground-floor commercial uses.
- Direct Control Districts have been amended to reflect the proposed plan changes.
- Opportunities to preserve existing trees will be reviewed during future development phases.
Design Guidelines for the plan are still being finalized, but contain the following:
- Density for the redevelopment is capped at 2,070 units
- A minimum of 50 per cent of each parcel’s parking is to be provided underground
- Requirements for the location and size of tall buildings
- Guidelines around shadowing, sunlight access and the sensitive integration with existing homes
- Street-oriented focus that is pedestrian-friendly
- Guidelines for commercial uses
- High-quality design standards for amenity spaces
- Sustainable streetscape and landscape
The full Design Guidelines will be posted on The City of Calgary’s project page once they are complete.