2018 has been shaping up as a busy year ‘policy-wise’ for the Heritage Planning team. Several area redevelopment plan updates and ‘Main Street’ projects are underway, including area redevelopment plan updates for the Inglewood, Ramsay and Bridgeland, as well as Main Street projects occurring in Bowness, and the 33 Ave SW area – all heritage-rich areas. With the proposed density increases in these areas, Heritage Planning has been working closely with our planning colleagues to develop policies and incentives to promote the conservation of heritage and character properties in these areas. Policies and incentives being proposed include bonus systems. Such bonus systems could entail the increase in density (or part of) being provided in exchange for development contributions to community investment funds that will support community-specific restoration grant programs. Such bonus systems could also enable density transfer programs to benefit heritage property owners wishing to retain their heritage properties but sell or transfer their development rights.
2018 has seen the designation (legal protection) of five properties:
Moxam Apartments (1912) 721 13 Av SW
Fairey Terrace (1906) 1111 3 St SE
Church of the Redeemer (1905) 218 7 Av SE
Houlton house (Congress) Apartments (1912) 725 13 Av SW
West End Telephone Exchange (1910) 1010 14 Av SW
Proposed upcoming designations include the 1958 Dome Building (706 7 Av SW), which is scheduled to go to Council in July.
Notable applications which are ‘in process’ include the following:
Moxam Apartments, Houlton House (Congress) Apartments and West End Telephone Exchange: transferring their density via a land use re-designation to two separate development sites in the 500 block of 14 Av SW, and the corner of 7 St and 14 Av SW (LOC2018-0015)
Barron Building (1951), 610 8 Av SW – A development permit to convert the upper floors and build a roof-top amenity & mechanical addition is under review. Given that the previous proposal of a new office wrapping the existing building is no longer desired the Direct Control (DC) zoning will also have to be amended to allow for this new proposal. As such a Land Use Amendment (LOC) will also be required to adjust the wording in the existing DC – that is slated to go to June 28 CPC and July 23 Council. (LOC2018-0113) https://developmentmap.calgary.ca/#property/DP2018-1591
Hillhurst Baptist Church (1907), 1110 Gladstone Rd NW - a land use amendment is under review which proposes legal protection of the building and develops a public plaza, in exchange for shifting the unused density from the church site to the adjacent parcels that will make up the comprehensive project. Commenting on the application is open until June 20: https://developmentmap.calgary.ca/#property/LOC2018-0114
The Governor General’s History Award for Excellence in Community Programming aims to inspire small or volunteer-led community organizations in the creation of innovative programming that commemorates unique aspects of our heritage. Eligible candidates include individuals; project teams; historical societies; and community, heritage, and cultural organizations. Deadline: July 15. Apply now or Read the rules
Calgarians have a lot of complicated feelings bound up with our notions of dwellings. Some of these extend from our self-mythologizing about the Alberta way; others contradict it entirely.
Who lives where and how is a fraught concept, at once simple and complex, fundamental and frivolous, nobody else's business yet irretrievably tangled in our social framework.
It touches on divisive issues, some of which we'd rather not talk about. It informs our sense of ourselves — and of others. Housing and its adjacent questions are often among the third rails of our public discourse.
From secondary suites and alternative housing to infills and fear of change, we have no shortage of tension in our city around the questions of housing.
Those battles have been examined before, some of them to death. But what do the fights themselves tell us about our city? If where and how we live reflects our cultural, social and political sensibilities, what can we learn about Calgary from looking at the fault lines around homes, houses, and the idea of community?
Calgary Heritage Events
Below is a listing of heritage events happening throughout the city. We are always happy to include the events of other organizations in our monthly newsletters. We only ask that you have them to us by the end of each month. Events can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
D-Day: The Canadians at Normandy Part 1
Join military historian Stéphane Guevremont as he presents a multimedia interpretation of this famous battle, focusing on the landing phase.
Tu Jun 26 7 – 9 pm
D-Day: The Canadians at Normandy Part 2
Join military historian Stéphane Guevremont as he presents a multimedia interpretation of the Battle of Normandy, highlighting Canada's critical contribution.
Th Jun 28 7- 9 pm