Calgary City Council has directed City staff to streamline the process of creating area structure plans, which are documents that guide development in new communities. This new streamlined process will reduce the time it takes to produce an area structure plan and will allow for more collaboration between City staff, landowners and developers.
An area structure plan refines and implements The City’s broad planning objectives and policies of the Municipal Development Plan, the Calgary Transportation Plan, local area plans, and other plans and policies by promoting logical, compatible and sustainable development. It guides and directs the specific land use, subdivision and development decisions that collectively determine the form that the plan area will take. These development decisions include the provision of essential services and facilities, land uses, transportation systems, population, jobs and densities, and the sequence of development.
Vision and core ideas for new communities
The City is aiming to foster complete communities in undeveloped, new communities by organizing development around compact activity centres and corridors that are connected and sustainable. These centres and corridors are intended to include higher density residential uses, as well as places for people to work. They will provide a place for local residents to access their daily needs.
New communities will be planned based on the following core ideas:
- Compact development
New communities will make efficient use of land by focusing growth in activity centres and corridors.
- Multi-modal connectivity
New communities will support multiple forms of transportation and provide connections for pedestrians, cyclists, transit riders and motorists.
- Fully serviced
New communities will have a full complement of utilities and social services.
- Open space network
New communities will have an interconnected system of manicured and natural open spaces.
How to get involved
There are several ways stakeholders and the public can provide feedback on this pilot project and the new community plans. You can attend meetings and open houses, contact the project managers directly or complete questionnaires (when available). Your thoughts will be considered by our staff and summarized for developers, Calgary Planning Commission and City Council.
The baseline steps for these projects are as follows:
- Confirmation of priorities and principles
- Circulation of project information to adjacent residents
- Development of community and neighbourhood structure and land use concepts
- Feedback and refinement of the plan area concepts
- Development of school, park and community facility distribution concepts
- Further feedback and refinement of the plan area concepts
- Technical review
- Analysis of policies and the draft area structure plans
- Technical review at the Calgary Planning Commission
- Public hearing of City Council
- For specific dates, please visit the project pages for each of the developer funded area structure plans
Supporting information and documents
Cornerstone Area Structure Plan
Rangeview Area Structure Plan
Nicole St. Arnaud
Nose Creek Area Structure Plan
Haskayne Area Structure Plan
Providence Area Structure Plan
Glacier Ridge Area Structure Plan
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