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Developed Areas Guidebook

Current work

Administration is looking into a number of areas of the policy that need to be improved since it was originally implemented. The following areas are the primary updates being considered:

  • Restructure the guidebook to provide the contents of new local area plans and ease comprehension and comparison
  • Refine broad content to address plain language, grammar, flow/formatting, and redundancy
  • Consider and align with new district-based local area plan approach
  • Refine Land Use and Built Form Section to address redundancies and flow
  • Expand policies where gaps exist or additional guidance is needed (i.e. infill development, heritage, industrial, transition areas, and parking)


Targeted in-person engagement is now complete. Administration met with communities already experiencing change as a result of the Guidebooks to get a better understanding of the impacts:

  • Altadore/South Calgary ARP Information Session: April 19, 2017
  • Rundle Station Master Plan Charette and Open House: July 22 and November 1, 2017
  • Inglewood Ramsay Open House: May 7, 2018
  • Millican/Ogden Open house: May 10, 2018
  • South Hill Information Session: May 10, 2018
  • Chinook (Online): April
  • Bridgeland Riverside CAG Meeting presentation, Open house, CAG meetings: January - June 2018
  • Marda Loop/South Calgary (MS) Streetscape information session and Building Block workshop: June 7, 2017 and February 26, May 8, May 10 and May 12, 2018
  • Bowness (MS) Building block workshop, Open house: April 16 and June 11
  • SE 17 International Ave Land Use Information Café: November 29, 2017
  • Killarney Workshop: April 24, 2018
  • Anderson Station: Email circulation

The information presented for feedback at the in-person engagement sessions noted above can view the boards or provide input via the online engagement link above.

At the 2017 April 10 Combined Meeting of Council, direction was given to administration to return to Calgary Planning Commission, no later than Q3, 2018 with a report regarding the implementation of the Guidebook, with amendments as identified through consultations with Stakeholders, Calgary Planning Commission and pilot communities.


The Developed Areas Guidebook is part of the Municipal Development Plan (MDP). It is the tool that helps create a local area plan, and provides consistent guidance for development and redevelopment in developed communities. It is a how-to guide to be used in the creation of future local area plans, creating consistency in the approach, interpretation and application of common policy across the Developed Areas.

The guidebook facilitates efficiency in the process of creating local area plans, as many of the issues that come up in local area plans are the same – so the guidebook contains these policies in one guiding document. This allows the local area plans to focus on the unique, local area policies developed and contained in the local area plan that cannot be broadly applied to all areas.

The Developed Areas Guidebook is one of three guidebooks that help implement the broad vision of the Municipal Development Plan (MDP). The Developed Areas Guidebook is intended to provide consistent guidance for development and redevelopment, and be used to help create consistency in the Local Area Plan processes.


  • February to April 2018 – Researching, Collaborating, and Drafting Policies
  • May to June – Public Engagement, Targeted on specific aspects of new policies
  • July 30 – Amendments to the Guidebook Document Finalized
  • September 20 – Calgary Planning Commission Report
  • October 1 - Standing Policy Committee on Planning and Urban Development
  • November 12 – Council Public Hearing

Developed Area

The developed areas encompass both the inner city (neighbourhoods developed prior to the 1950s) and the established areas (neighbourhoods built out between the 1950s and 1990s).



Work on the Developed Areas Guidebook began in January 2016, in partnership with the new mixed-use districts and the Green Line and Main Streets community planning teams. City Council adopted the guidebook on April 10, 2017, both CPC and Council supported the Developed Areas Guidebook unanimously.

New districts were also created as part of this process to help implement a better mix of uses and to ensure retail requirements where needed.

It is one of two guidebooks for the Calgary areas that already have established neighbourhoods; the second is the Centre City Guidebook, specific to the communities in the Centre City neighbourhoods and downtown core. The Developed Areas Guidebook is intended to be read in combination with a Local Area Plan.

Related documents


Robyn Jamieson, Senior Planner
Planning & Development

David Galoska, Senior Planner
Planning & Development

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