As Calgary has grown our approach to building new communities has gradually shifted. The oldest neighbourhoods in the city were built prior to the automobile and focussed around walkability. Gradually, the way we designed our city shifted towards accommodating the automobile, however there’s recently been a shift back towards designing walkable neighbourhoods. As every journey taken on public transit begins and ends on foot, these new walkable neighbourhoods are ideally suited to incorporate public transit into their design. As Calgary prepares to welcome 1,000,000 new residents over the next thirty years, this style of green-field community will play a key determining factor in whether or not the city achieves the goals set forth in the Calgary Municipal Development Plan. It is a high stakes proposition because the benefits felt from Calgary achieving these goals are huge. It is estimated that successful implementation of the Calgary MDP will allow the city to realize approximately $11.2 Billion in tax savings over the life of the plan.
To date, we have already looked at newer communities such as Riverbend and Douglasdale/Quarry Park, that will require minimal changes to the landscape of their neighbourhoods to accommodate the LRT. We have also looked at Millican Ogden which faces the challenge of reshaping their neighbourhood in a way that will minimize the impact of LRT, while realizing the benefits. In this post, we look to a community in Calgary’s south east, Mahogany, which shares many similarities to the Northern Hills communities at the opposite end of the Green Line. While these communities have been designed with the Green Line LRT in mind, the status quo means they will be waiting decades for LRT to arrive. In the meantime, they will have to cope with the construction of other new communities in the neighbouring Keystone Hills and Seton areas that will bring over 90,000 new people and will be designed around public transit that will not exist. This will lead to unique mobility challenges for residents of these areas moving forward.
While our blog continues to tell the story of the Green Line from the perspective of Community Associations and other large stakeholders, we would encourage individuals to share their stories with us as well. Please use the comment form on our ‘Your Say’ page or tweet using #LRTOTG. You can also help us get the word out by donating to the Foundation using the Paypal link at the top of this page. Check back often as we continue to tell the story of the need for the Green Line and do our best to ensure that construction begins now and not decades from now.
LRT on the Green Foundation
Letter of Support
We, the Operations Committee of the Mahogany Home Owners Association, support the advocacy of the “LRT on the Green Foundation” towards bringing forward the building of the proposed Green Line LRT to South East Calgary.
The Green Line LRT is crucially important to our community and we feel should be a top priority for all Calgarians. As we continue to grow towards the estimated 30,000 residents that will call our community home, Mahogany residents are looking for efficient ways to complete their daily commute. As the current bus options use the same roads as the cars, these choices tend not to be reliable for daily use and offer no advantage over driving. A dedicated transit way for the Green Line would provide much greater predictability of commute times and for the first time would offer a valuable alternative to driving. Not only would this be a real benefit to Mahogany residents, but every car that comes off the road would reduce the congestion on Calgary’s major routes which is a benefit to all Calgarians.
Further to the traffic congestion issue, the Green Line will provide convenient access to the services of Seton. Funding for a new high school has just been announced and along with existing plans for a large recreation centre, a Cineplex theater, significant retail offerings, numerous offices and the existing South Health Campus this area will be a destination for all in South Calgary. Providing easy public transit to this new community hub will clearly be beneficial to many Calgarians.
We look forward to seeing this vital transit network come to fruition and urge all stakeholders to move forward with urgency. The Green Line will undoubtedly benefit hundreds of thousands of Calgarians and will be an integral component of Calgary’s continued growth and development.
Mahogany HOA Volunteer Operations Committee