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Pilot Project

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Pilot Project v2.0

Launched in February 2013, our successful Pilot Project tested new approaches and institutionalized program achievements to the end of 2013. Working with the Pilot team and a larger circle of City staff and external stakeholders, the goal of this program was to incorporate important lessons learned on process and culture – and ensure that the LEARN approach identified by Transforming Planning’s Working Group becomes a standard part of our planning system. 
With the completion of the Transforming Planning project, The Corporate Planning Applications Group (CPAG) Business Office will work to continue implementing the lessons learned from the Pilot Team and incorporate them into the New Planning System. 
By participating in the Pilot Project, stakeholders were able to submit an application for development that was reviewed within a new planning process designed to be user-friendly and results-oriented. Insights learned from the review of these applications helped shape the new planning system outline.
The following five application types were considered:
  • DP – low density residential development in a developed area;
  • DP – multi residential / mixed use development in a developing area;
  • DP – commercial / mixed use (excluding large scale);
  • DP – multi-residential / mixed use development in a developed area; and
  • Combined land use re-designation / DP in a developed area.

This Pilot Project helped to build a better system by both working together and actively testing out our best concepts. The intent was to have the pilot reveal activities that don’t add value in our current system, and shift our focus to those parts of the process that result in better outcomes.

Below: Nazim Virani, president of family-owned developer Sarina Homes, talks about what it has been like to work with Transforming Planning's Pilot Project in testing out a new collaborative approach to reviewing development applications at The City of Calgary.​ Or read more in The Calgary Herald: "Transforming Planning Launches Innovative Pilot Project," February 6, 2013.

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