In 2005, the world's largest community visioning process, called imagineCALGARY
, engaged over 18,000 Calgarians. Calgarians began the process of shaping our city's future and creating a 100-year vision for Calgary.
In 2007, City Council directed that an integrated land use and transportation plan be created that aligned with the vision and goals of imagineCALGARY. The process for developing an integrated Municipal Development Plan (MDP) and Calgary Transportation Plan (CTP) was called Plan It Calgary.
The goal of Plan It Calgary was to set out a long-term direction for sustainable growth to accommodate another 1.3 million people over the next 60 years. It was grounded in the values of SMART growth and Council adopted sustainability principles for land use and mobility. These principles focused on a compact city form that cultivates walking, cycling and transit, and preserves open space, parks and other environmental amenities.
Plan It Calgary involved the engagement of over 6,000 Calgarians and conducted an extensive amount of research during the two year process.
On September 28, 2009 City Council approved a new MDP and CTP that were created through the Plan It Calgary process. These plans describe the vision for a long-term pattern of growth and development in Calgary over the next 60 years and provide policies that will start to create that form of city over the next 30 years. These policies will guide decisions that will continue to integrate social, economic and environmental objectives.
The integrated MDP and CTP focuses on intensifying and diversifying urban activities around transit stations and premium transit routes, in urban activity centres and along corridors with housing choice, mixed land-uses, strong local employment bases, and comfortable, safe, walkable streets, public spaces and amenities.