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Commercial/Industrial Land Development

Commercial and industrial businesses contribute to our city’s economy in a number of ways. They employ many Calgarians and are diverse in nature, which contributes to the economic stability.

Examples of these businesses include manufacturing and construction operations, warehouses, transportation and distribution companies, and e-commerce.

Jobs and Economy

Industrial lands in Calgary supported 200,000 jobs in 2016 which equaled to roughly 28% of all jobs in Calgary. These businesses are diverse and contribute to the economic stability in the city. They provide  by contributing stable jobs and local goods into the Calgary economy.

Conversion of these lands to non-industrial uses are a result of the affordability of industrial areas (more affordable) relative to other lands in the established areas of the city. Industrial lands are still appealing to businesses who need them, but they are becoming increasingly popular for non-industrial uses as well. These areas contribute to the city’s economy and changing these uses (to something other than industrial) can have a negative impact on the overall economic health of Calgary.

Calgary's Transportation Advantage

Calgary’s freight, transportation and distribution businesses support many other industries: the industrial sector manufactures goods that use our transportation network, and we are home to businesses that are part of delivering the highly efficient supply chain network (like transportation companies).

Calgary has two intermodal rail terminals and an expanded international airport. We have many trucking routes- within one day trucks can reach markets of 16 million in western Canada and the Pacific Northwest. The city on the crossroads of the TransCanada and CanaMex highways, which provides business with easy access to getting their goods to market. Calgary is a significant inland port, and designated Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ), which means that businesses are seeking out Calgary as a good location to set up and contributes to job growth and stability.

Municipal Industrial Land Policy

The Municipal Development Plan (MDP) is our vision for Calgary’s growth and development for the next 30 to 60 years. The goal is to “create a globally competitive city that protects and enhances the key drivers of the economy and supports ongoing business investment and expansion while attracting a growing workforce.” Calgary is expected to grow by 1.3 million people by 2077; planning for our city’s future is extremely important.

The MDP policy states the City’s intent to:

  • preserve industrial lands from ongoing encroachment of non-industrial uses.
  • offer flexibility in industrial areas to support a variety of uses (both existing and future) required in industrial areas.
  • support employee intensive areas in locations next to the existing or planned Primary Transit Network-while supporting primarily industrial uses.

Land use regulation helps preserve core industrial areas for industrial uses, while minimizing the impact on non-industrial neighbours. It also attempts to optimize use of Calgary’s road system with higher intensity employment areas closer to transit nodes and road corridors.

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