DT Differently

 

Final chance to have your say on June 6

Upcoming Public Hearing for Downtown Plan: Our Core Strategy

Thanks to the participation of residents and stakeholders, “Our Core Strategy”, a new Downtown Plan for Airdrie will be presented at a public hearing on June 6, 2022.

Our Core Strategy encourages us to do “Downtown Differently” by looking at the strengths and weaknesses of our core area and proposing municipal actions and incentives to accelerate redevelopment. Our Core Strategy sets exciting and ambitious objectives that will result in between 1,000 and 7,000 new jobs and residents and up to $154M in new assessment value in the next 10 years as shown in these conceptual images:

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Our Core Strategy includes:

  • Background Report on Downtown Policies
  • Supporting Studies on Parking and Servicing Use and Capacity
  • Downtown Area Revitalization Plan (ARP)
  • Redevelopment Incentive Resolutions

The Downtown ARP represents the statutory portion of Our Core Strategy that must be adopted by bylaw. Its vision is to make Downtown Airdrie the place that people love, backed up by redevelopment incentives that encourage private investment, placemaking and activity throughout the downtown.

Read the Downtown Area Revitalization Plan:

At the public hearing, Administration will also provide updated versions of the resolutions based on the public and stakeholder feedback summarized in this What We Heard Report.

Administration will be asking Council to provide two readings to the bylaw and be presented with updated versions of the incentives for information only.

If Council gives readings to the ARP, then Administration will submit it to the Calgary Metropolitan Region Board (CMRB) for regional plan compliance before returning to Council for adoption. Administration anticipates bringing the ARP to Council for final reading(s) on Sept. 6, 2022.

Have your say by reaching out to the project management team or participating in the public hearing.

 

Project Management Team

Stephen Utz, Director of the CAO Office
William Czaban, Senior Planner
downtown@airdrie.ca

For more information on how to participate in a public hearing, please visit Public Hearings or contact public.hearings@airdrie.ca.

 

Why downtown redevelopment is good for residents

Downtown redevelopment will create a place to gather and activate the downtown with exciting events and businesses. Downtown redevelopment will improve land economics by reducing urban sprawl and allowing the City to collect revenue from land that is currently vacant.

 

How incentives will help revitalize downtown

The City has taken a proactive approach in making downtown Airdrie an enticing place to invest by proposing a series of incentives to accelerate downtown redevelopment.
These incentives include examples like, subsidies for parking structures and funding for events, and will build vibrancy in the heart of downtown and make it economical to develop in the core.

The following Downtown Resolutions and Bylaws were presented to Council on Feb. 22, 2022: 

Resolutions

Bylaws

If you have any questions or comments, please send your feedback to downtown@airdrie.ca

 

The downtown revitalization planning process:

To create a plan that resonated with residents and businesses, we asked people what they wanted to see. During extensive public consultation between 2016 – 2019, some important themes were heard over and over. These were translated into the 10 principles of the downtown plan:

  1. Heart of the City
  2. Everyone’s Success
  3. Reimagine Main Street
  4. Think Big
  5. The Place to Be
  6. An Investment in our Future
  7. Lead by Example
  8. The Right Rules and Processes
  9. Connected and Mobile
  10. Putting People First

With Council’s vision, our community’s ideas and administration’s municipal planning expertise, we created Our Core Strategy: Airdrie’s downtown revitalization plan.

In our efforts to be not only transparent, but to also demonstrate the progress and evolution of the Downtown Plan, we have provided several versions of the plan for your reference. Beginning with the most recent: 

 

Public consultation:

In February 2019, Administration launched the development of the new Downtown Plan and undertook a variety of engagement opportunities with the public and stakeholders, including:

  • Open House for Plan Launch (February 2019)
  • Design Charrettes (March 2019)
  • Open House for Design Charrette Presentation/Summary (April 2019)
  • Individual Landowner Meetings (March 2019 - Ongoing)
  • Key Stakeholders/Agency meeting (March 2019 - Ongoing)
  • In-Person Forum with Downtown Property Owners (April 2019 and October 2019)
  • Workshops with Development Incentive Group (December 2019 and February 2020)
  • Presentation to BILD Commercial Committee (January 2020 and January 2021)
 

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