The Industry/City Work Plan was approved on Jan. 11, 2016 as part of
the Off-site Levy Bylaw. The Work Plan outlines key initiatives that The City and Development Industry have collaborated on in
order to enhance accountability, make improvements, provide opportunities for
feedback and set the direction for future work.
The initiatives of the Work Plan aim to address City and Industry needs
while delivering outcomes that better serve our city and facilitate development
that meets the needs of Calgarians and the principles of more sustainable and
New Community Growth Strategy
The New Community Growth strategy focuses on The City’s implementation of the Growth Management Overlay (GMO), a policy tool introduced to strategically align planning and infrastructure resources.
Growth Management Overlay (GMO) serves to direct development to lands where growth management issues
need to be resolved. The presence of an Overlay suggests that sufficient
transportation, utilities and/or fire response capacity is not yet available in
the "Overlay" area.
This work prioritizes new infrastructure investment to leverage
public funds and drive private investment. During the development of the Off-site Levy Bylaw, issues related to funding and financing growth
infrastructure were identified. Identifying alternative funding options as they
relate to Growth Management Overlay removal is also a key priority.
As part of
this focus, other issues are being addressed, including debt and debt servicing
impacts and cumulative operating cost impacts. This initiative also includes discussion around the Off-site Levy Bylaw system and how it supports greenfield development. The 2015 Off-site Levy Bylaw report was released in July.
Established Area Strategy
This work focuses on aspects to redevelopment that present financial or technical barriers. The initiative began in response to the new Off-site Levy Bylaw that imposed additional costs for redevelopment projects related to water and wastewater servicing. This initiative intends to strategically reduce the direct and indirect costs of redevelopment.
2017 work includes looking at direct costs and charges in the planning process, infrastructure capacity constraints and funding (includes water, stormwater, sanitary services, and shallow utilities), some technical aspects of redevelopment, the policy environment and how to support community amenities in the developed areas of the City.
Continuous Process Improvements Strategy
The Continuous Process Improvements Strategy aims to address concerns across the
land development Approvals Continuum from land use/outline plans through to
occupancy and post-occupancy. Both The City and Industry want to ensure that
Calgary is an attractive place for real estate investment, that the approval
process is simplified and efficient, and that partnerships can be built between
The City, the Development Industry and communities.
In addition to the process improvement efforts with Industry, structural
changes to the approval process have been put into place to address concerns
with governance, customer relations and to aid in corporate decision making on
land development issues.
We have received overwhelming support from both City staff and Industry
– including senior leadership - to ensure the success of all aspects of the
process improvement strategy. This has resulted in a cultural shift where The
City and Industry see each other as partners in building Calgary.
The Industrial Strategy was initiated to consider the impacts of increased Off-site Levy Bylaw rates on industrial development. It aims to identify opportunities to support industrial development by off-setting the impacts of the levy through policy considerations and comprehensive longer term strategies.
A working group was established to tackle the following objectives of the Industrial Strategy:
- Identify strategies for continued support of industrial development.
- Provide continued analysis of industrial land supply.
- Monitor the impacts of the levy rate on industrial development and gather information to inform the next bylaw review.
- Review potential policy impacts.