I have been receiving requests about Charrette’s, and some have requested them in their community. Below is a quick summary of what they are, and their purpose. If you have further questions contact my office.
What is a charrette?
- A charrette is a multi-day, intensive workshop that brings together policy planners from The City of Calgary, urban planners, business owners and community members to design transit oriented development (TOD) around some future Green Line stations.
- Transit Oriented Development (TOD) focuses on creating communities where people can live, work, play, shop and move close to public transit, and where the use of a personal vehicle is an option, rather than a necessity.
Will every Green Line station get a Transit Oriented Development (TOD) charrette?
- All stations on the Green Line will receive a station area workshop, but not a charrette. Station area workshops focus on planning pedestrian, cycling and vehicle connections to and from each station.
- Charrette’s are focused on planning the TOD around stations, which includes looking at opportunities for redevelopment and increased densities in the areas immediately around the station.
- There may be opportunities to hold workshops for communities that were not included in the charrette process to discuss the development around stations and other community aspects in future stages of Green Line. This will be explored once the station locations, route alignment and timelines are better understood.
How are charrette locations selected?
- Areas where redevelopment can be expected or where The City is a landowner or has civic facilities (recreation centres, libraries, etc) were considered an asset for the charrette process. The City can control when city-owned lands redevelop, and can therefore ensure that this development happens in a reasonable timeframe, and is of most benefit to the community.
- Calgary’s current and projected population can only support a certain amount of development. A market study was done to identify which areas would be of interest to developers, and had the population and potential to support new development in the community within the next 10-30 years.
- The market study focused on areas that could support development within 30 years, in order to create the most benefit for communities along the Green Line.
- Mature areas with larger lots and/or buildings that were reaching the end of their life were also ranked higher in the charrette selection process as they would be attractive to developers. Single family detached areas do not generally offer the best opportunity for redevelopment due to their highly residential nature and the challenge of acquiring multiple parcels of land. Developers prefer to focus on larger land parcels, older developments where there is more opportunity for multi-family developments.