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  1. DougR

    Calgary | Courtyard 33 | 22m | 6s | RNDSQR | 5468796 Architecture

    I wish the City was more focused on the long term plans for the city and its neighbourhoods, instead of just reacting to individual projects! As Chair of an inner city CA's Development Committee I saw lots of current opportunities to make our community denser, more complete and more walkable...
  2. DougR

    Calgary | Courtyard 33 | 22m | 6s | RNDSQR | 5468796 Architecture

    I agree that the City acted as "judge" in this case, but they were not an independent judge. When the Provincial Government set up the DP approval process they recognized that municipalities lacked independence on these issues, which is why they provided the opportunity for DP approvals to be...
  3. DougR

    Calgary | Courtyard 33 | 22m | 6s | RNDSQR | 5468796 Architecture

    Time will tell to what extent Courtyard33 turns out to be "a good development", or any better than any of the other mixed-use developments being built in Marda Loop and elsewhere in Calgary these days. The 2nd storey courtyard area may become a great "hidden" public space, or it may end up a...
  4. DougR

    Calgary | Courtyard 33 | 22m | 6s | RNDSQR | 5468796 Architecture

    Except in this case the land use redesignation application was specifically designed to PREVENT the merits of the development permit application from being assessed by "judges" (in this case the SDAB). If both the City and the developer were confident that it was "a good development", then why...
  5. DougR

    Calgary | Courtyard 33 | 22m | 6s | RNDSQR | 5468796 Architecture

    Based on my reading of the SDAB decision I would say that RNDSQR should feel very, very fortunate. The decision appears to completely gloss over how a set of simplified plans, containing no dimensions, attached as a schedule to a Direct Control bylaw that provides except as otherwise specified...
  6. DougR

    Calgary | Lyfe Marda Loop | ?m | 5s | Casola Koppe

    Neither the developer nor the City felt that retail would work in that location, but they were looking at the location in its current "pedestrian desert" state -- they failed to consider the significant stream of pedestrian traffic that will pass along the front of this building once the SWBRT...
  7. DougR

    Calgary | Lyfe Marda Loop | ?m | 5s | Casola Koppe

    The original plan for Lyfe (formerly ML33) had the grade along the front of the building remaining level (rather than rising to the west to match the street as it rises towards the Crowchild interchange), with "bridges" that gave the westmost 2nd storey units "at grade" access from the rising...
  8. DougR

    Calgary | Lyfe Marda Loop | ?m | 5s | Casola Koppe

    I completely agree. Still waiting to see the proposed Streetscape Master Plan for the Marda Loop business district from the City's Main Streets group (they did their public engagement last year and the proposed Streetscape Master Plan was supposed to go to City Council's PUD Committee in...
  9. DougR

    Calgary | Lyfe Marda Loop | ?m | 5s | Casola Koppe

    Not expecting the walk along the front of this project to get to/from the new BRT stations to be much fun.
  10. DougR

    Calgary | Courtyard 33 | 22m | 6s | RNDSQR | 5468796 Architecture

    Don't think there is any way to make it impossible for an appeal to be filed. It will be interesting to see whether the SDAB takes the position that Subsections 685(3) and 685(4) of the Municipal Government Act will apply in this case to limit the available grounds to appeal the approval of...
  11. DougR

    Calgary | Courtyard 33 | 22m | 6s | RNDSQR | 5468796 Architecture

    Actually, the DC bylaw has a simplified copy of the DP plans attached as a schedule and provides that a building that complies with that schedule: (1) qualifies for a 22m height limit (instead of 16m) and an FAR of 4.0 (instead of 2.5); and (2) is a permitted use. This approach was sold to...
  12. DougR

    Calgary | Courtyard 33 | 22m | 6s | RNDSQR | 5468796 Architecture

    Out of curiosity, how long do you have to be a member of Skyrise Cities, or how many messages do you have to post or likes do you have to receive, to no longer be described as a "New Member"?
  13. DougR

    Calgary | Courtyard 33 | 22m | 6s | RNDSQR | 5468796 Architecture

    The land use redesignation application was on the agenda for last Thursday's CPC meeting but we understand that the applicant withdrew it from the agenda at the last minute. We just heard today that it will be added to the agenda for the August 23 CPC meeting. Interestingly, a couple of months...
  14. DougR

    Calgary | Courtyard 33 | 22m | 6s | RNDSQR | 5468796 Architecture

    RKH's population peaked in 1968 at just over 5,000 and then slowly declined over the subsequent 20 years (as is typical for fully built-out residential communities, as children grow up and move out of their parents' homes), bottoming out in the late 1980s at around 3,700. Since then, the...
  15. DougR

    Calgary | Courtyard 33 | 22m | 6s | RNDSQR | 5468796 Architecture

    It is an interesting design that proposes a gamble -- a much more externally massive structure than contemplated in the new ARP in exchange for an internal courtyard and grand staircase that may or may not "work" as public gathering spaces. My sense is that the community would like the "stakes"...
  16. DougR

    Calgary | Courtyard 33 | 22m | 6s | RNDSQR | 5468796 Architecture

    The Courtyard33 site doesn’t really create much of a visual terminus opportunity, and although the building’s exterior looks pretty snazzy in the Vision Brief images, when you boil it down it is a 6-storey box with a slightly stepped back top floor and angled inset balconies. I am not sure...
  17. DougR

    Calgary | Courtyard 33 | 22m | 6s | RNDSQR | 5468796 Architecture

    I never said ML33 was a “shining example of compromise and contextual fit”, I merely included it as one of several examples of projects in the area that still expect to be profitable despite being less than 6 storeys tall and having an FAR of less than 4.0, and as one that has a courtyard
  18. DougR

    Calgary | Courtyard 33 | 22m | 6s | RNDSQR | 5468796 Architecture

    I keep hearing about the design quality of Courtyard33. Can someone explain in what respects the design quality of Courtyard33 is so much better than a typical mid-rise mixed use development? The angled walls on the inset balconies are certainly unusual, but will also make the balconies less...
  19. DougR

    Calgary | Courtyard 33 | 22m | 6s | RNDSQR | 5468796 Architecture

    As far as public amenities go, Garrison Corner, Odeon and Infinity all include MF retail, as Courtyard33 does, and ML33 includes a courtyard space, as Courtyard33 does, although ML33 chose to locate their courtyard at ground level and orient it to the rear, where it acts as a landscaped buffer...
  20. DougR

    Calgary | Courtyard 33 | 22m | 6s | RNDSQR | 5468796 Architecture

    If substantial non-compliance with the applicable statutory plan only amounts to “a teaspoon of negativity”, then what is the point of having statutory plans at all, or any planning policies for that matter? Is it your view that the City should leave the planning of the city entirely to developers?

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