During the 2017-2018 school year the Bankview Community Association was honoured to partner with the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Environmental Design. Masters level students are required to complete a Capstone project in which they analyze an existing neighbourhood and provide a report outlining how to improve the neighbourhood in meaningful ways.
Over a 12-week period from January through April 2018, there were ongoing discussions, meetings and community workshops hosted by the students. These were open to the public and the information gathered was used as research for their final projects. On April 14th, 2018 a final “Community Open House” was held for the students to present their projects.
The final report titled “The Bankview Enhancement Guide – Seven Strategies for Strengthening Community Identity” has already proven to be an invaluable tool for mapping the future of Bankview.
For example the “Introduction to the Community of Bankview” is fascinating to read. Bankview is one of Calgary’s oldest neighbourhoods. In the 1880’s the land was purchased by Richard Nimmons for ranching and farming and was also the site of a sandstone quarry. The “Bankview Community Analysis” section also gives more fascinating details of 2018 community demographics. p. 3
In Summary: The Strategies for Strengthening Bankview Community Identity are:
- A Comparative Area Redevelopment Plan (ARP) Framework (1983)
Bankview’s ARP was placed in a comparative chart to the ARP framework of the neighbouring communities of Sunalta, Richmond and South Calgary (Marda Loop). Excellent information!
- Bankview Land Use Pattern
A “visual survey” of existing land use resulted in identification of eight land use categories:
- Single Family
- Century Homes
- Low/Medium Density Residential
- Open Space
- Social Housing
- Proposed Redevelopment
- Heritage Homes
“Guiding Land Use Growth Options include respect for existing built form along the established patterns, a higher density perimeter, and a commercial neighbourhood centre” p. 11
Bankview Century Homes
“The EVDS report identified and mapped the location of current century homes. A visual survey of the current state of these homes was made to determine which locations should be recommended for conservation.”This will allow for low density residential homes to remain with the addition of sensitive infill housing, added at a similar scale. Specifically this could include allowing for subdivision of “strata title” of lots that contain century homes to encourage laneway housing or backyard suites.” p. 10
- Bankview Complete Streets Guide
Bankview “Street Typologies” are identified in a wonderful visual map. They are Bankview residential streets, sloped streets, gateways, and feature streets. Proposed Amenity changes with respect to these “Street Typologies” include:
- Controlled Intersections
- New Light Posts with historical character
- Banners on light posts to provide wayfaring and community recognition
- Audible pedestrian signals
- Dedicated bike lanes
- Handrail /barrier on sloped streets for safety
- Addition of boulevards and benches on residential streets.
- Plaques outside historically/ architecturally significant buildings
- Traffic calming to encourage traffic to slow down p. 12-17
- Activation of Life Outdoors
The Bankview Walking tour map was created!
Walking safety improvements are many:
- LED Crosswalks
- Lit Alley Entrances
- Intersection Art
- Bankview Dog Park
- Outdoor Exercise Areas
- Children’s spray park
- Ice Bowling
- Barbecue Grills
- Urban forest improvements were assessed and documented, including specification of native plants to increase habitat diversity. p. 21
- @Home in Bankview: Home Ownership Made Equitable
The goals were threefold; identify housing options that attract families, boost home ownership, and compliment community character. What type of housing will be needed to meet the needs of Bankview over the next 15 years? “Eclectic mix, Sensitive Infill, Families, Community, View Lines, Social, Well-Maintained, Aging in Place.”
The project proposal is for 54 units of stacked townhouse, affordable homes over 3 sites in Bankview. Calgary area precedents are Attainable Homes Calgary Corporation, Canmore Community Housing Corporation and Habitat for Humanity.
The affordable home ownership target market is families with an annual income of $60,000-$90,000 a year, Bankview currently has 425 households in this income range. This home ownership model would provide down payment assistance.
- Creating New places to Support Social Connections
There are a eight “lost spaces” in Bankview that can be enhanced through physical design to encourage all-season social interaction including the Nimmon’s Sculpture Garden at 18A St and 22 Ave SW,.
- Creating a Community Festival Space
Imaginative “Winter Site Plans” were drawn for the “Community Association” parcel including a craft market, live music concert, skating, bbq site, food tent, and ice/snow sculpture. The “Buckmaster Park” 3 day “Winter Festival Site Plans” included a LED light “fantasy forest”, toboggan slides, food trucks, a Christmas tree, and ice sculptures.
- Bankview Community Centre Revitalization
Much to contemplate. Potential includes daycare centre, multipurpose space and coffee shop, small office rental spaces, patio area , adaptive stage, outdoor seating area, and small parking lot. These options are referenced by Bridgeland Community, Eau Claire, Remington YMCA and Olympic Plaza. p,36
To conclude, the resources of the EVDS Study are huge! Your Development Committee and Bankview Board of Directors will work together to plan enhancement projects and implementation.
Have a great summer,
Bankview Development Committee