Planning to Build in Shaganappi?
In addition to being located close to downtown and the Bow River, Shaganappi features great recreation spaces, local amenities and businesses, multiple quality restaurants, two LRT stations, direct connections to the regional bike network, and a thriving elementary public school. All of these factors make Shaganappi an ideal community to live in. Our community has developed an excellent reputation for working with quality developers and City staff to facilitate consultation that leads to the best outcome for all involved.
Existing Planning Initiatives for Shaganappi
Recently, our community has undergone significant consultation with the City to formulate Area Redevelopment Plans (ARP) for both Shaganappi Point and Westbrook Village, as well as an overall vision and zoning strategy for 17th Avenue and the streets branching off of it as part of the Main Streets initiative. Applications that meet the parameters set forth by these standards already agreed to by the community will be positively received.
The Value of Good Design
We recognize that the Land Use Regulations and Guidelines cannot cover all the possibilities and solutions for achieving a high standard of design and development. As such, we are willing to enter into two-way discussions with proponents to find mutually beneficial solutions for all concerned; we value high quality design that will enhance Shaganappi as a desirable place to live and further a wider community interest.
Engage with Shaganappi
In addition to the notification requirements set forth by the City of Calgary, we would like to make the following recommendations in terms of public consultation when developing in our neighbourhood. We recognize that public engagement is not a requirement set forth by the City; nevertheless, we have had multiple occasions to engage with developers as it is now commonly accepted as a best practice. Based on that experience, we would like to suggest the following:
For In-fills, Duplexes, and Multi-Family developments of up to four units we advise reaching out to the neighbours on all sides of the site (including across the alley and street when applicable). Establishing a relationship early in the project’s timeline and providing a way to connect with project managers should issues arise during construction can lead to a better process for everyone.
Multi-family buildings greater than four units that may or may not have a commercial use have the potential to significantly alter the streetscape and traffic. If you would like to proactively meet with affected neighbours to propose your project and gather feedback on an application, we can facilitate an engagement opportunity. To assist in this, we have a designated monthly evening where our community hall is available for public consultation on development projects. Please contact us at email@example.com so a member of the Development Committee can reach out to you to determine the next availability. We are able to advertise to our members about development engagement sessions via email and Facebook. As not all residents are members of the community association, we recommend you advertise by mail, provide brochures, have a website, and prepare email communication that we can distribute that facilitates direct feedback for adjacent and affected neighbours. We ask that prominent signage on the site be provided to direct those interested to more information.
As a community association, we see engagement with the adjacent residents and businesses that will be most impacted by a proposed project as the highest priority. We expect, and will facilitate, two-way dialogue between residents and developers. Thoughtful developers can articulate the merits of their ideas and how their project will enhance our community, and informed and knowledgeable residents can improve outcomes for a project.
Social Housing in Shaganappi
Successful communities encourage a diversity of socio-economic groups. As our community densifies, we would welcome social housing that seeks to offer affordable housing to a variety of individuals and families. Ideally, there would be a variety of clients within the residence so as to lead to better integration within the community. Because of the excellent local school and closeness to recreation spaces and playgrounds, our area is especially well suited to families. The Barbara Mitchell Centre, operated by The Salvation Army, is an invaluable community resource in Shaganappi for those seeking assistance and programming to develop skills. We are also within walking distance of the Good Companions Centre, which caters to seniors. The Shaganappi Community Association is willing to work with social agencies to increase awareness and potentially find nearby volunteers to help residents integrate with their new community.
We expect that interested social agencies that intend to house high-acuity clients would follow the recommended steps outlined in the Canadian Housing First Toolkit for public consultation. As with any development, our expectation is for honest, transparent, two-way dialogue and a thoughtful approach to articulating the merits of ideas. Public engagement sessions should include affected residents and neighbours, member of the community at large, members of the Community Association, and our City councillor. We require a Good Neighbour Agreement and a residence liaison for larger residences to ensure success of the building as a longstanding part of the neighbourhood. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.