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Highland Park – Land Use Amendment and Outline Plan Application

Regional Drainage Study Update

The City is conducting a comprehensive regional drainage study for the Confederation Creek catchment area. Once complete, this regional drainage study will mitigate existing drainage issues within the catchment area and inform the proposed development on the former Highland Park golf course lands.

  • Early findings initially identified four possible options. Options 1 and 2 are not viable solutions, while Options 3 and 4 are being further explored and refined.
  • The final report is expected in Fall 2018. The City will have more information once the report and technical analyses have been completed.
  • Construction cannot occur until the appropriate storm water management solutions for the entire catchment area are identified and implemented.
  • Confederation Regional Drainage Study – Early Findings were presented to Council on January 29, 2018.

Crown Ownership Update

  • Water courses can be deemed Crown-owned under the Public Lands Act.
  • Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) has confirmed Crown ownership for a portion of the drainage course (which includes the former Highland Park golf course lands).
  • The Government of Alberta will work with the landowner to identify the Crown-owned bed and shore.

Next Steps

  • Implications for development of the former Highland Park golf course lands are unknown until the Regional Drainage Study is complete, and the Crown-owned bed and shore has been identified.
  • The City is committed to informing communities within the drainage catchment area as the final results of the study are known and their potential impacts on the proposed development are determined.
  • Completion of the report and technical analysis is anticipated late 2018.

Project Background

In December 2014, The City received an application from the landowner, Maple Projects Inc., to redevelop the former Highland Park Golf Course lands. The application proposed a variety of multi-residential buildings of varying heights and forms, commercial retail space, and open space components including parks and pathways. There were two parts to the application: an outline plan and a land use amendment.

  • An outline plan informs the future subdivision of the lands, including infrastructure, road size and location, distribution of open space and the location of various land use districts. Calgary Planning Commission (CPC) is responsible for making a decision on the outline plan. The outline plan was approved by CPC in October 2017.
  • A land use amendment is used to change the existing land use designation (zoning) to accommodate the land use proposed in the outline plan. City Council is responsible for making a decision on the land use amendment. The land use amendment was approved by Council in March 2017.



Date​ Activity​​
November 2013 – Fall 2014 App​licant led public engagement
December 2014
  • Applicant submission
  • Circulation of plans to adjacent residents, Community Association and other stakeholders
January 22 and 24, 2015 City led public information sessions
April 9, 2015 City submits an internal review of the application to the applicant (includes public feedback and technical analysis)
July 17, 2015 Applicant submits revised plans
November 24, 2015 City provides applicant with second internal review
March 1, 2016 Applicant submits revised plans
March 14, 2016 City led public information session
April 21, 2016 Calgary Planning Commission approves the Highland Village Green outline plan.
July 4, 2016 Public Hearing of Council:
  • Council tabled the application and put forward a motion for further public engagement coordination with other City initiatives.
September – October 2016 City staff meet with stakeholders and community members to discuss community concerns
December 8, 2016 Public information session
January 2017 City of Calgary Council:
  • On January 16 and 17, Council held a public hearing on the land use changes.
  • On January 23, 2017, the application returned to the Regular Meeting of Council.
  • Council amended the application and gave second readings to 4 of the 5 proposed bylaws. Council deferred the application to return to Council on March 20, 2017.
March 20, 2017 Public Hearing of Council:
  • Council approved the land use amendment application.
​October 2017 ​Calgary Planning Commission approved the outline plan​​

Supporting documents

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.



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