NEWS AND UPDATES ON THE ANTHEM DEVELOPMENT
The LPCA has taken an active and collaborative role with the developers and city planners on the proposed development bound by Macleod Trail, 25th Avenue, Erlton Road and 22nd Avenue. This development is one of the most important things facing our small community.
Anthem Development Progress
Approval for development DP2014-5213 was published in the Calgary Herald on February 11, 2016 (section A, page 9). Notice of the approval is also posted on the City’s website: http://www.calgary.ca/PDA/pd/Pages/Public-notices/Development-permit-public-notice/Development-permit-public-notices.aspx
The deadline to appeal with the City is February 25th, 2016.
DP2014-4353 (Anthem temporary sales centre @ 2328 Erlton Road SW)
A Development Permit application and plans were distributed for a temporary Sales Centre for the Anthem development. Access to the site will be via Erlton Rd and 22nd Ave. S.W
The Lindsay Park Community Association response is attached.
Lindsay Park Community Association (LPCA) has been issued a set of Development Plans from the City, and any residents wishing to see those plans are urged to contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Lindsay Park Community Association is not planning on submitting an appeal as we feel our voices have been heard and our suggestions incorporated into the design and planning stages.
There were minor changes made to the original plans, which included adding office space facing east (Macleod Trial). Other changes included bylaw relaxations, such as adding additional visitor parking, commercial parking, and bicycle parking, and increasing setbacks. Overall, the look and feel has relatively stayed the same as on the conceptual drawings Anthem showed at the last community engagement meeting. The interface on 25th and MacLeod Trail has improved as further pedestrian improvements have been added.
One of the final requirements before approval was the Special Development Agreement (the agreement between Anthem and the City regarding the pedestrian overpass from North Erlton to the Erlton C-Train station). This agreement has been finalized and includes cost sharing between the city and the developer. The final design is not yet set, but the city may add additional funding because the bridge is in a quite prominent and visible location
LPCA ensured that major tractor-trailer truck traffic must enter and exit the development along Macleod Trail. Northbound tractor-trailers wanting to enter the development must head north of 25th Avenue along Macleod, and then circle back to southbound Macleod to enter the development via the slip road.
LPCA has stressed that significant traffic calming measures will be required in the neighbourhood to reduce shortcutting and traffic speed.
Although necessitated by the development, all LPCA residents should be aware that it is the City that is pushing for a traffic light at Erlton Road and 25th This light will undoubtedly cause an increase in traffic on Erlton Street. The city will not implement a “temporary light” at Erlton Road to help predict and study traffic patterns, as the longer term plan is to coordinate the light with Macleod and 25th. The city representatives stated that without this synchronization, a temporary light would not yield any useful planning information.
There are many issues sitting with the City of Calgary with respect to the intersection of Macleod Trail and 25th. We’ve been advised that nothing significant will be done to further assess that situation until development begins. We’ve had multiple discussions with the City on adjusting the C-Train schedule to better synchronize with the traffic lights. Some improvements have been made and the intersection continues to be studied by the City.
Anthem is starting to move trailers onto the site for a sales centre, which is planned to open in the fall
Stampede parking will be continued on the vacant land this year
We will continue to provide updates as information becomes available. In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns or wish to provide feedback on any matter, please provide them to the LPCA Board at LPCA@telus.net. Also please provide us with your email (if you have not already done so) to ensure you receive all updates, news, etc. in a timely fashion directly to your mailbox.
Proposed zone bylaw:
LPCA has agreed to the expansion of the grocery store (which will be to the benefit of all community residents) and also a reduction in the mandatory allocations of office space (also to our benefit, by reducing come-and-go traffic). The LPCA is also pushing for all commercial truck traffic to enter and exit the development along Macleod Trail. Southbound trucks would enter the development through a slip-road parallel to Macleod Trail; northbound trucks would have to drive north of the Elbow River and turn around to Macleod Trail S to similarly access this southbound slip-road.
We have requested traffic calming measures to minimize or eliminate cars cutting through the neighbourhood to access westbound 25th Avenue. As residents, we know that the Macleod and 25th Avenue intersection is problematic and the city has committed to look at the timing of traffic lights, and the potential of having trains following traffic light signals (especially southbound).
Anthem Development Links
Traffic Calming Measures – feedback requested
Erlton Community Association (ECA) is studying various traffic calming measures for Erlton Street south of 25th Avenue.
One of the proposals is the potential installation of a hammer-head traffic device (cement curb) at the junction of Erlton Street (southbound) and 25th Avenue (please see attached image). This would prevent both left and right hand turns from 25th Avenue onto Erlton Street southbound. Only northbound traffic on Erlton Street (south of 25th Avenue) would be able to exit onto 25th Avenue. Although this may be a benefit to residents south of 25th Avenue, it would be very detrimental to residents residing north of 25th Avenue (Lindsay Park residents). Therefore, the Lindsay Park Community Association will not be supporting this proposal if it should go forward.
Also LPCA is discussing several different traffic calming measures for the streets in Lindsay Park (north of 25th Avenue). We are very interested in hearing your suggestions regarding the type of calming measures you would like to see in our community (e.g. speed bumps, traffic circle, etc.)
We want your input and are thereby requesting Lindsay Park residents to please share your opinions on these two important matters via confidential email to LPCA@telus.net with the subject line: LPCA Traffic Issues. The responses will be tabulated for future discussions with both City Transportation and our alderman.