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Victoria Park Density and Diversity: A Planning and Policy Guide seeks to develop an understanding of the diversity that exists in Victoria Park. Internally, this will help the Victoria Park BIA identify where and how to best direct assets and resources. For external stakeholders, it will provide a complete picture of Victoria Park and serve as a guide for making informed decisions.
The purpose of the guide is to:
- Assist in describing the complexity of the area
- Identify Victoria Park's assets, resources and strategic leverage points
- Identify policy and process opportunities in order to realize goals and objectives
- Help shape and enhance the character and nature of the area
- Increase vibrancy and animation of the public realm
- Promote greater residential densification
- Promote greater economic development and higher employment rates
- Help refine the Victoria Park BIA's operations and focus
- Act as a comprehensive tool for the Victoria Park BIA to manage and attract future development
The Victoria Park BIA
The guide summarizes the ways in which the Victoria Park BIA has facilitated the area's revitalization. The BIA's major accomplishments and influence include clean and safe initiatives, planning and policy work, research programs, public infrastructure improvements, pilot projects, small-scale interventions, beautification projects, and committee participation.
Victoria Park Area History
The guide addresses Victoria Park's history, and the area's cycles of development which have resulted in the diversity of built form and land uses that exists today.
The guide outlines relevant Victoria Park community information including demographics, residential development trends, commercial development trends and a breakdown of business typologies in the area.
The guide addresses the urban planning and design context through which Centre City development is shaped and influenced, and the current Victoria Park context including recent development trends, residential typologies, land uses and distribution, streetscape conditions and public realm improvement priorities.
Planning and Policy Analysis
The guide consolidates the statutory and non-statutory planning and policy documents that regulate development in Victoria Park, including the Beltline ARP (2006), the Centre City Plan (2007), and the Land Use Bylaw IP2007, in a clear and efficient summary for internal and external stakeholders operating in Victoria Park.
Character Area Analysis
The guide defines Victoria Park as consisting of seven character areas: West Victoria Park, Volunteer Way Area, the Warehouse District, East Victoria Park, Transit-Oriented Development Area, Stampede/17 Avenue Area, and the 1 Street SW Area. Each character area is identified with distinct boundaries, but it is recognized that there are shared features between adjacent character areas.
The character area analysis includes:
- A description of each area and its recent history
- Identification of each area's character buildings, area features and development sites of interest
- Challenges and opportunities of each character area
- Public realm objectives
- Commercial and retail strategies
- Land use strategies
- Density bonusing strategies
Directions and Strategies
The guide establishes a range of directions and strategies to achieve the growth and development of Victoria Park, from large-scale public investment projects to small-scale BIA interventions. Large-scale strategies will require collaboration with the City of Calgary, developers, property owners, businesses, external stakeholders and other interest groups.The Victoria Park BIA's recommended large-scale catalyst projects and small-scale BIA interventions are based on the Beltline ARP (2006), the Centre City Plan (2007) and the character area analysis. All are collaborative strategies that will require involvement among stakeholders.