The southeast corner of West Springs (9 Avenue SW to the north, Coach Ridge Road SW to the east, Bow Trail to the south, 77 Street SW to the west) has been the focus of a recent redevelopment/development project by the City of Calgary. The West Springs Area Structure Plan, as its being named by the City, comes in response to a request from City council to update the existing local area plans to align with the Municipal Development Plan.
The Community of West Springs is designed to respect the unique natural features such as wetlands, native grasslands and dense tree stands, both conifers and high quality aspen stands, to protect existing ecosystem function and wildlife habitat and to enable residents to enjoy their natural surroundings. Unique natural features are well preserved through Environmental and Municipal Reserve dedication, innovative grading and landscaping plans, conservation design, tree preservation within private lots and are easily accessed by residents through an extensive Regional and Local Pathway system. [City of Calgary]
This proposed amendment would change the land use and transportation concept map for the area. The City ultimately wants to ensure development in this area supports the goals of the Municipal Development Plan, in accommodating increase in density while incorporating a mix of residential, retail and commercial uses.
Ward 6 Councillor, Richard Pootmans, says an open house for public input will be held in January of 2016. Also, Bri-Mor Developments has submitted an Outline Plan and Land Use Amendment which is currently being reviewed and will go to Council on December 7th of this year.
Bri-Mor Developments proposes a new subdivision of approximately 200 lots on the lands north of 11 Avenue SW. Access to the plan area is currently from the east through Coach Ridge Road SW along 11 Avenue SW. New public roads will be created extending into the plan area from both 73 Street SW and West Grove Point SW, improving connectivity to the area. This will allow the eventual closure of the access from Coach Ridge Road SW. As 11 Avenue SW is currently the only access into the area, it cannot be closed until the 73 Street SW extension is built. As we are only at the Land Use Amendment stage, whether or not building the extension to 73 Street SW prior to construction at this site including grading or building permits is to be determined. The Plans show that 10 Avenue SW will remain closed at Coach Hill Road and traffic will continue to be diverted to 73 Street SW. The proposal for 10 Avenue is that it will become a green-way or a linear park. [Richard Pootmans, City of Calgary]
If you live in the designated area, I would encourage you to attend the open house in January upcoming. In the meantime, feel free to share your feedback with me as a resident of the area.