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Industry City Work Plan


​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 citizen-oriented communities.

The Industry/City Work Plan is a unique collaboration comprised of working groups involving industry members and City staff. Together with Industry, Administration continues to focus on actions in new communities, established areas, and industrial areas. The Continuous Process Improvements initiative facilitates improvements in these areas and across municipal corporate practices.


Industry city work plan

Update Repo​rts to Council

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 emergency 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 capital and operating 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 capital and 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.


Matthew Sheldrake
Coordinator Growth Strategy

Cost Recovery Outline Plan / Land Use Applications​

In January 2016, Administration worked with the development and building industry to clarify how strategic growth and infrastructure funding issues are considered in the planning process. To provide more detailed information about proposed development patterns and required servicing, Industry indicated a preference to have combined Outline Plan and Land Use applications received earlier in the process, ahead of the resolution of infrastructure and service issues.

In September 2017, Council, who remains the final decision maker on strategic growth, City financial matters and land use approval, approved a full cost-recovery fee schedule for Outline Plan/Land Use applications for areas with a Growth Management Overlay (GMO) in place.

Following Council’s direction, and in consultation with industry, the intent of this document​ is to provide an overview and answers to frequently asked questions pertaining to combined Outline Plan / Land Use applications with a GMO in place, and will be updated as required.

For further information, please email​.

Estab​lished 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.

Lesley Kalmakoff
Senior Growth Management Planner

Industrial Strategy

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.


Shawn Small
Senior Growth Management Planner

Marlena Rogowska
Planner 2

Continuous Process Improvements

Continuous Process Improvements 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 Calga​ry 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 improvements. This has resulted in a cultural shift where The City and Industry see each other as partners in building Calgary.

Darren Lockhart
Manager Application Services

For further information, please email