The Greenfield Tool Box

Calgary Regional Partnership

All Greenfield Tools

Here are all the tools available to download below.

Design Tools – Site Configuration

Low-impact development (LID) techniques use green infrastructure to reduce upfront stormwater infrastructure capital costs, minimize long-term utility costs, provide spaces for recreation opportunities, and improve the aesthetics of the urban form.

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Complete Streets increase transportation network capacity by providing a physical environment that facilitates mobility by car, transit, bicycle, and foot.

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To address impacts of traffic on neighbourhoods (typically with regards to traffic speed) to promote a more walkable and bikeable community.

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To reduce the use of water, fertilizers,
and pesticides in gardens, parks and open spaces through plant selection and planting area design.

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Design Tools – Site Context

Ecological infrastructure modelling (EIM) is used at a regional or sub-regional scale to identify ecologically sensitive areas. For a new greenfield community, this information can help to determine the extent of a greenfield development site and shape the site plan within the natural context.

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Transit-Ready Planning (TRP) is a site planning and design strategy that considers opportunities to plug into existing and future planned transportation networks, which informs the infrastructure framework and land use configuration of the greenifield
19 site.

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Design Tools – Site Framework

To inform the physical configuration of a neighbourhood to create synergies among land uses, activate the public realm, and create opportunities for housing and mobility choice, all resulting in a community with a clear place identity.

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To address the connectivity, safety, and traffic issues of greenfield street networks, while helping to incorporate public space and green infrastructure elements into an overall site plan.

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A greenway and open space network of natural and improved public spaces can define the physical framework of a new greenfield community, provide mobility
and recreation opportunities, and supplement natural and constructed
green infrastructure systems.

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Block and lot standards set a framework for the physical structure and massing of future development and intensification that is integrated with the local context and considers the needs for civic investment in infrastructure and the public realm.

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Process Tools – Evaluation Metric

To identify potential concerns for pedestrians related to the access, comfort, convenience, destination and safety of the walking environment, and provide alternatives or solutions to improve pedestrian activity in a neighbourhood.

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To identify potential concerns for cyclists related to access, comfort, destination, facilities, and safety in the cycling environment, and help to create a physical environment that encourages cycling.

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A walkable catchment is a map of the area within a five- to ten- minute walk of a neighbourhood destination that provides daily needs.

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To estimate the major public and private costs of a development over the long term, and to identify potential cost savings.

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Process Tools – Evaluation Process

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design – Neighbourhood Design (LEED-ND) evaluates and guides the planning and development of new or existing neighbourhoods that incorporate principles of smart growth, New Urbanism, 79 green infrastructure, and green building.

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To provide incentives to promote development projects that meet growth
and development goals established by
the community.

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Process Tools – Public Consultation

To illustrate how a community will
look, feel, and function as it ages and evolves, both on site and within a larger urban context.

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A Charrette is a multiple-day multidisciplinary collaborative design workshop, as well as a general project management methodology for eliciting feedback and approvals from multiple stakeholders in an open community planning process.

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The Visual Preference Survey is intended to engage the public in developing community designs by measuring preferences for specific design scenarios and urban design elements.

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To communicate the scale, look, and feel of a proposed development to the community.

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Implementation Tools – Form

Form-Based Codes are regulations used by local governments to emphasize the physical character of development and de-emphasize the regulation of land use.

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The Smart Code is a model form-based code that is open source; it requires local calibration or customization by professional planners, architects, and attorneys.

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Implementation Tools – Land Use

Transfer of Development Credits (TDC) is a policy tool used for preserving ecologically or culturally sensitive areas while permitting the development potential from those areas to be transferred to other sites.

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These tools help new greenfield developments grow and transition to more urban patterns of development over time.

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Implementation Tools – Transportation

Car and bike sharing programs provide a means of accessing vehicles on an "as needed" basis. This can provide transportation for households when required, while reducing car ownership and total vehicle miles traveled. Bike sharing can also promote active transportation.

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