What we do
From Dirt to Dollars, Vision to Value – We fulfill Calgary’s vision for a great city by stewarding the creation, redevelopment and valuation of vibrant, sustainable communities. This means we develop plans, policies and services that support land development, use and growth management; we also assess all city properties and businesses.
Achieving Council's priority areas
PDA will help to achieve Council’s priority areas by continuing to:
- Pursue improvements in legislation, regulations and by-laws to reflect the leading standards for safe building and communities;
- Lead and coordinate The City’s efforts in implementing the Municipal Development Plan, engage with communities and stakeholders, support Council’s regional interests; and,
- Lead the development of a Growth Management Framework, which more directly links land use planning processes to the costs of growth and municipal financial sustainability.
Highlights of Council’s approval (Nov. 29, 2011)
Council approved the following key changes to PDA’s proposed business plan and budget:
- $150,000 in 2012 drawn from the Fiscal Stability Reserve to fund one position through Livery Transport Services (see report LPT2011-90).
- Add $150,000 in 2012 to the budget of Land Use Planning & Policy, drawn from the Fiscal Stability Reserve.
Funding drawn from the Fiscal Stability Reserve does not impact the municipal property tax rate.
Key trends and issues
- Increasing recognition by citizens that Calgary’s growth needs to be managed in a more sustainable way
- Economic uncertainty and demographic changes affect the dynamics of Calgary’s growth and the availability of funds to support and manage it
- Evolving technologies and increasing use of online services provide opportunities for increased effectiveness and efficiency
- Balancing the regulatory focus with responsiveness to customer expectations
Approved business plan and budget
For more details view Planning, Development & Assessment Business Plan and Budget.
Net operating budget (in $ millions)
The table below shows tax-supported budget amounts.
|Development & Building Approvals* (DBA)
|Land Use Planning & Policy (LUPP)
(*) = Funded by non-tax sources including fees and other revenues.
Department operating expenditures
The chart below shows total spending by this department.
From February to May 2011, more than 23,000 participants provided their input on City services, values, priorities and trade-offs through the Our City. Our Budget. Our Future. engagement process.
Examples of what was heard
- Look at community-focused development, more high-density housing and business revitalization zones
- Stay committed to long-term plans that limit urban sprawl
- Make the permit process simpler, easier to use and more customer friendly
- Communicate and engage citizens and residents in a more proactive, inclusive way
Examples of how input was used
- Continue to lead implementation of the Municipal Development Plan that directs development of complete communities and strategic intensification.
- Re-engineer and simplify the planning process.
- Improve customer experience by engaging with customers, monitoring perceptions of our services and develop responsive action plans.
Examples of how input could not be used
- Consolidation of business units into one unit will not be achieved because the department structure, with three business units, has been designed to maximize effectiveness and efficiency.
Budget increases and reductions
Examples of reducing costs with improved efficiencies
- More efficient allocation between different job types will result in a net decrease of six full-time equivalents in 2012 and a total of $471K in savings over the 2012-2014 period
- Streamlining business processes, use of alternative service delivery and staff deployment models, consistent use of more effective project planning and management tools, and increasing use of technology such as online public engagement
- Total budget reductions due to productivity savings over three years will be $1.2 million.
Examples of budget increases
- Land Use Planning & Policy service increases will augment the implementation of the Municipal Development Planand Calgary Metropolitan Plan through the addition of five full-time equivalents in the areas of land supply and population analysis, heritage planning, urban design, and regional corporate initiativesand Calgary Metropolitan Plan through the addition of five full-time equivalents in the areas of land supply and population analysis, heritage planning, urban design, and regional corporate initiatives
- User fees for land use amendments, local area plan amendments, subdivision, outline plan and miscellaneous development applications are included in the Development & Building Approvals User Fee Schedules. The 2012-2014 fee schedule changes are in support of the Municipal Pricing Index (MPI) plus population growth