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Mixed Housing District for New Communities

​When planning new communities in greenfield areas Calgary’s Municipal Development Plan promotes complete communities that provide a range of housing options. Neighbourhoods with a diversity of housing are better able to meet the needs of people of different ages, incomes and households. Diverse neighbourhoods are also more adaptable to change and tend to be more stable over time.

Single detached houses, semi-detached houses, duplexes and rowhouses are all street facing types of housing that are typically located on the same type of block and street and generally function similarly from one housing type to the next. Currently the R-1, R-1s, R-1N and R-2 Districts used in new communities segregate these housing types into different zones. This way of designating, or zoning, the land works against promoting a mix of housing and may reduce the diversity of housing overall.

Since all these housing types require basically the same type of street, water, sewer and other services it makes sense to group them into a single land use district that then allows a more diverse mix of housing throughout new residential neighbourhoods.

The City of Calgary is currently working on a district that allows single detached houses, semi-detached houses, duplexes and rowhouses all in a single land use district. This is similar to special direct control districts that have already been approved for Mattamy’s Cityscape community in the northeast and Brookfield’s Livingston community in north. It would also be similar to the direct control districts that were approved for the Garrison Woods, Lincoln Park and Currie Barracks communities on the former Calgary Forces Base.

The proposed combined low density residential district would only be used for new communities in greenfield areas and would not change land use designations in communities that are already constructed.

If you would like more information on this project please contact Stephen Pearce at