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Developed Areas Guidebook

The City is in the process of creating Guidebooks that set out land use frameworks and common policies to guide growth and change for Developed Areas in Calgary. The Developed Areas Guidebook is one of two Guidebooks for the areas in Calgary that already have established neighbourhoods – the second is the Centre City Guidebook​ that is specific to the communities in that area.

Draft copy of the Developed Areas Guidebook (PDF)

Information Sessions

We shared information about the influence the Developed Areas Guidebook is having on the planning work being done in Green Line Station areas at two open houses in June.

The next round of open houses are anticipated for October 2016. This page will be updated once more details are available.

About This Project

The Developed Areas Guidebook will form part of Volume 2 of the MDP, where the New Communities Guidebook currently resides. The Developed Areas Guidebook’s purpose is to:

  • Outline a consistent local area plan framework for future development and redevelopment.
  • Provide policy in areas where a local area planning process implements the guidebook to facilitate redevelopment of strategic growth areas.

The Guidebook will only apply to areas where a local area plan, such as an area redevelopment plan, indicates it applies. If the local area plan was created prior to the Guidebook or your community does not have a local area plan, the Guidebook will not apply to your community until a new local area plan is created, or an existing one is substantially amended.

Once approved, the Developed Areas Guidebook will become part of the Municipal Development Plan (MDP). It will establish the land use policy framework for main streets and activity centres, including transit station areas. It provides direction for character areas, the desired built form within these areas, community services, mobility networks and infrastructure requirements.

The current phase of work specifically focuses on Green Line Station areas. Citizens that are interested in how the guidebook will be used on a community-by-community basis can get involved by attending the information sessions noted above.

Other Important Information

  • Frequently Asked Questions: an FAQ has been created to help explain the context of the Guidebook and how/when it applies.
  • Planning for the Future: understand why the guidebook plays an important role in the overall planning of Calgary.
  • Municipal Development Plan: the Guidebook will be part of the Municipal Development Plan, which lays out long-term growth strategies for Calgary.


  • The draft Guidebook is being applied to Green Line planning areas throughout Spring/Summer 2016.
  • The Guidebook, along with Green Line Station Area Plans will go to Calgary Planning Commission.*

* Date to still be finalized, subject to change.

Contact Us

Lisa Kahn
Senior Planner, Planning Strategy
Tel: (403) 268-1456
Denise Carbol
Senior Planner, City Wide & Regional Strategy
Tel: (403) 268-3263

For media inquiries, please call 403.828.2954.