The City of Calgary is reviewing a proposal from Maple Projects Inc. to change the type of development allowed on the former Highland Park
Golf Course Lands. If approved by City Council, this proposal would allow for a comprehensively designed
mixed use neighbourhood. The land uses proposed would accommodate a variety of multi-residential buildings of
varying heights and forms, commercial retail spaces and open space components including parks and
The proposed plan:
The plan is proposing:
- Residential: Approximately 2,071 units in a variety of housing types from Vertical Mixed Use (Retail & Residential), Slope Adaptive Terraced
Apartments, Terraced Apartments and Apartments.
- Retail: Approximately 48,491 square feet of retail development primarily located
along Centre Street which is identified as an Urban Corridor.
- Open Space: 1.74 hectares (4.30 acres) of Municipal
The estimated timeline for the project is as follows:
Applicant's public engagement: November 2013 to Fall 2014
Application submission: December 2014
Circulation of plans to adjacent residents, Community Association and other stakeholders: December 2014
Public information sessions: January 22 and 24, 2015
City provided DTR to applicant: April 9, 2015
Applicant submitted revised plans: July 17, 2015
City provided applicant with second DTR: November 24, 2015
Applicant submitted revised plans: March 1, 2016
Public information session: March 14, 2016
Calgary Planning Commission target date: April 21, 2016
Public Hearing of Council: July 4, 2016
How to Get Involved
Maple Projects Inc. (the applicant/developer) began initial community engagement in November 2013
prior to submitting its application to the City. Area residents were invited to provide their feedback
online, via telephone and email, on a community sounding board and at a temporary engagement centre
established at the former golf course clubhouse. Based on feedback from the community and alignment with
City of Calgary policies, the developer presented two concepts to the public for feedback January 2014. This
feedback was used by Maple Projects Inc. in the development of a final concept. The Former Highland Park
Outline Plan and Land Use Redesignation Application was cleared for circulation by the City of Calgary in
December 2014. A report summarizing the community engagement process can be found on the developer's website.
How to get involved now
A public hearing was held by City Council on July 4th. Council tabled their decision on the application, directing administration to return to the January 2017 Combined Meeting of Council. Between now and January, administration will work with the applicant and the community, working toward an application that:
- aligns with transit-oriented development principles;
- aligns with the Green Line project, Main Streets project and the storm water drainage study for the Highland Park area; and
- includes urban design guidelines to supplement the rules in the Direct Control Bylaws.
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The Planning Process
When the City of Calgary receives an application to redesignate a property and create an outline
plan (formally called an Outline Plan/Land Use Amendment Application), we generally follow this process:
- When the application is received, adjacent landowners, the local community association, the Ward
Councillor, various City departments (such as Transportation Planning, Urban Development and Parks) and other
external agencies (such as utility companies) are circulated a copy of the application to gather their
- The City's Planning Department reviews the application on its urban planning merits, a review of
the technical aspects of the application including (but not limited to servicing and transportation
components), compliance with City planning objectives and policies, including (but not limited to) the
Municipal Development Plan and local area plan applicable to the area.
- At an early stage in the application process, The City conducts public engagement to learn about
any issues that exist from a community perspective.
- Following a formal review of the application, and the comments received from the circulation
process, City staff prepare a detailed team review document that summarizes the list of outstanding issues
with the application. This involves a period of negotiation with the applicant to resolve any identified
- Upon satisfactory resolution of the detailed team review comments, City staff prepare a report
for the Calgary Planning Commission, which is a committee appointed annually by City Council to make
recommendations to Council on land use planning matters. The report contains a recommendation for the
proposed land use redesignation. The commission can request changes to the redesignation proposal or can
forward the report along with their recommendation on the proposal to City Council.
At the same
time, the Calgary Planning Commission will also review the outline plan that must be followed by the
applicant as part of the redesignation. The conditions of approval in the outline plan determine the
financial and developmental obligations of the developer once they begin redevelopment. The commission is the
final approving authority for the outline plan portion of the application and can either approve it or
request changes. If they approve the plan the conditions are carried forward to the future tentative plan
stage (subdivision) and development permit stages.
- Once the Calgary Planning Commission has made a recommendation to City Council on the land use
redesignation portion of the application, it is advertised for a two-week period in the Calgary Herald and
then goes to Council for the final decision. Council is required to hold a public hearing on all land use
redesignation applications before voting.
This entire process generally takes between 9 and 12 months to complete.
Related Documents Links
The following City Documents may be useful as you consider your feedback on this proposal:
The following Developer / Applicant produced materials were submitted as part of the application.
The City has not endorsed or verified the information in any of the documents written or provided by the
Developer/ Applicant; we are simply making them available here for your information.