Redevelopment rooted in REDUCE, RECONFIGURE, RESTORE approach
On February 11, 2019, Town of Banff Council endorsed a Terms of Reference that formed the basis of the Area Redevelopment Plan (ARP) for the Banff Railway Lands and the proposed Banff Eco-Transit Hub. At 17-hectares/43-acres, the redevelopment is located in the Town of Banff, on CR (Railway Lands) Land Use District and includes the Banff Heritage Train Station, its grounds and adjacent lands.
Development will rely upon Liricon’s “3Rs” guiding principles—reduce, reconfigure, restore.
REDUCE Visitor Impact: Pedestrianize Banff
- Create an integrated green transit model inspired by European mountain towns
- Provide innovative and ecologically friendly transportation options.
RECONFIGURE Station Lands: Visitor and Vehicle Management
- Intercept parking for 2,500 vehicles
- Visitors walk, take shuttles, and public transit to downtown and other points of interest.
- Aerial transit from Transit Hub to Norquay’s high alpine
- Substantial ecological gain by removing vehicles from sensitive wildlife corridor
- Environment enhanced through reduced vehicle congestion through Banff townsite.
- Visitor services to support potential passenger rail from Calgary Airport
- Future passenger rail on dedicated line providing dependable service and high frequency schedule
- High volume of passengers will require dining options and visitor services.
RESTORE Train Station and Surrounding Lands: Leverage Convenient Location
- Return to historic role as the National Park’s Arrival Centre and Transit Hub
- Central and sustainable entrance point for visitors’ Banff National Park experience.
Area Redevelopment Plan: A vision for revitalization
What will a neighbourhood look and feel like? How will transportation be integrated? Will scenic views be maintained? Who can provide input? These are some of the questions an Area Redevelopment Plan (ARP) addresses. An ARP is a guiding policy document that is informed by scientific research, community input and municipal strategic plans to establish a shared vision for revitalization of an area. An ARP does not contain the specifics of a development; it sets a framework for future use.