Archive for the ‘Planning & Development’ Category

Community-building in action!

September 1, 2010 Leave a comment

Bownesians are taking action in response to key issues identified in Voices of Bowness: Creating a Vibrant Neighbourhood, the report from the 2009 Vital Signs project led by the Bowness Community Association. Many activities have emerged out of interest areas identified in the Vital Signs Action Plan Community Workshop Report. Read more…


Is bigger better?

September 1, 2010 Leave a comment

WHO COULD HAVE KNOWN that Calgary would grow by leaps and bounds so quickly? Who would have thought that Bowness, once considered the edge of the wilderness, would become part of the inner city? Next time you’re driving around in your car or travelling by bus through Parkdale, West Hillhurst or Point Grey, take a good look at the way properties have been subdivided to allow for massive infill, duplex and townhouse developments. Montgomery is experiencing this now, too, and Bowness is beginning to see more and more of the same type of development. Read more…

A good plan for a great park

September 1, 2010 Leave a comment

TAKE A WALK through Bowness Park any weekday morning and you’ll find it pretty much as you like. A quiet, reflective, Class A greenspace—the crown jewel in our landscape, and a calling card to the greater northwest to come on down and stay awhile. Problem is, every weekend between May and October, that invite is accepted in spades. Visit the park at high noon on any given Sunday and you’ll wonder when picnicking became a strictly drive-in experience. It’s bumper to bumper, packed to bursting, and suddenly the park is the last place you’d ever want to be on a stat holiday. Read more…

Planning and Development: A report from the BCA Planning & Development Committee

September 1, 2010 Leave a comment

Bowness is a special place, rich in natural beauty and local history. The BCA Planning and Development Committee represents the interests of Bowness residents in helping to shape the future of our community, by seeking a balance between conserving the landscape and heritage of Bowness and building for tomorrow. In these pages, we explore several pressing issues now before the committee.

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Main Street makeover

September 1, 2010 Leave a comment

The Bowness Business Revitalization Zone (BRZ) has been hard at work for the past year setting the stage for streetscape/urban design improvements that were envisioned through the 1997 Bowness Area Redevelopment Plan. Read more…

Bownesians are taking action!

July 1, 2010 Leave a comment

YOU MAY HAVE HEARD about the Bowness Vital Signs project or the Voices of Bowness report that came out at the end of last year. Led by the Bowness Community Association, the Bowness Vital Signs project conducted research and engaged the community to better understand the quality of life of Bowness residents. The research led to the identification of 12 issue areas and vital actions that could be undertaken to improve the quality of life in the community. Read more…

Get involved!

July 1, 2010 Leave a comment

The Bowness Community Association has a brand new Planning and Development Committee formed from the merger of the Society of Bowness Residents with the BCA.

It’s a wonderful step forward, giving ­Bowness a single strong voice. Any member of the BCA is welcome to join this committee and get involved in looking at develop­ment permits, subdivisions and other planning and transportation issues that affect Bowness.

Meetings are held the second Wednesday of each month at the Bowness Community Hall from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. You don’t need to be an expert to be involved. Your voice as a resident of Bowness matters!

For more information, contact me at ­403-282-8203 or

—Niki Smyth, BCA Planning & Development