// RIVERS DISTRICT MASTER PLAN
About RIVERS DISTRICT MASTER PLAN
With approval of our 2017–2019 Business Plan and corresponding with the second 10-year term of Community Revitalization Levy (CRL) collection and investment, CMLC is now taking the same placemaking approach that worked in East Village to the neighbouring community of east Victoria Park.
In East Victoria Park, we have the opportunity to infuse new energy and new life. In CMLC, we have a team that can deliver on a vision. And in the Rivers District CRL, we have a mechanism to lay its groundwork.
All that’s needed, we believe, is an imaginative, practical, forward-thinking Master Plan. And that’s exactly what we’re creating.
CMLC is advancing a 20-year redevelopment program for east Victoria Park that imagines the community as a vibrant, high-density, mixed-use neighbourhood that draws on the beauty of its natural surroundings, the strength of its cultural heritage and the spirit of entertainment that resides in its DNA.
This is a major opportunity for a major vision.
A VISION FOR ALL
In late 2015, CMLC assembled a group of stakeholders (including the City of Calgary, Calgary Stampede, Remington Development Corporation, Victoria Park BIA and others) to collaborate on a plan that identified the key infrastructure and community initiatives required to successfully rejuvenate East Victoria Park. The team studied 29 pre-existing plans, concepts and visions, as well as Area Redevelopment Plans (ARPs) and bylaw guidelines, focusing on commonalities and grand ideas.
The Master Plan for East Victoria Park will honor and integrate previous and future plans and projects, including Calgary Stampede’s envisioned expansion, the City’s quest for a viable site for a new arena facility, the Green Line extension of Calgary’s LRT and, of course, the East Village master plan.
For decades, this part of downtown Calgary stood as the city’s entertainment epicenter. Rather than reinventing it as something it simply isn’t, we want to embrace East Victoria Park’s past and dramatically enlarge its future by imagining – and then creating – a revitalized cultural and entertainment district on downtown’s east end.
Integrating the existing urban fabric (including several heritage buildings, the Stampede grounds and the Elbow River) and reshaping east Victoria Park as an active, walkable, accessible community with enhanced connections to adjacent neighbourhoods are among our most important goals.
March 2018 Update
CMLC has completed an initial draft of the Rivers District Master Plan, with assistance from our Design Collaborative and Master Planning Team.
From April - July 2018, we're embarking on joint public engagement alongside the City of Calgary.
A calendar of engagement dates and activities will be posted in mid-March.