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Land Use Bylaw Amendments: food growing, processing and distribution

In 2012, Calgary City Council endorsed Calgary’s food strategy known as the CalgaryEATS! Food System Assessment and Action Plan​. The vision of our city’s food strategy is to create a sustainable and resilient food system, so that every citizen has access to local, healthy and environmentally-friendly food.

The Land Use Bylaw amendment project proposes changes that support urban food production, processing and distribution, with the primary goal of increasing food system resiliency and access to healthy and affordable food for all Calgarians.

Project objectives

  • Evaluate methods and opportunities for local food production and processing and determine appropriate planning rules, definitions and policy;
  • Ensure new food trends can be accommodated in the Land Use Bylaw, where appropriate;
  • Ensure food production, processing and distribution businesses are appropriately located and compatible with other uses;
  • Ensure that the rules clearly communicate the opportunities that are available to grow food in Calgary; and
  • Contribute to a sustainable and resilient food system for Calgary as expressed in the vision and principles of the CalgaryEATS! Food System Assessment and Action Plan.


  • November 2016: Stakeholder engagement sessions took place (further details below)​
  • December 2016 and January 2017: Take stakeholder feedback and amend land use bylaws accordingly
  • Spring 2017: Bylaw amendment internal review

Progress to date

Over the past year, City teams have been reviewing Calgary’s food-related bylaws to find as many opportunities as possible to increase citizen accessibility to locally-grown food.

The first phase of engagement involved reaching out to the community through an online survey to better understand emerging trends and to determine barriers and opportunities for food production, processing and distribution.

Based on our research and the input we received from the community, we came up with 13 ideas/ways to increase food accessibility and integrate sustainability into our current bylaws. In November 2016, we held two open houses where we presented Promoting Calgary’s local food system: Land Use Bylaw amendments and asked for further feedback from the public. To see a summary of the feedback, view the What We Heard report.

The proposed amendments have been drafted and are in internal review. Once this has been completed, a final draft of the amended bylaws will be circulated to stakeholders before presenting them to the Calgary Planning Commission and City Council (date to be determined).


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Kristi Peters Snider
Sustainability Consultant, Office of Sustainability

Laurie Kimber
Senior Planner, Planning & Development