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New Mixed Use Districts


The City has been working with multiple internal and external stakeholders on two new mixed use district options to add to Calgary’s Land Use Bylaw.

Stakeholders have been engaged through the Green Line and Main Streets community planning processes, as well as independently with specific industry and internal groups.

The related documents listed below include the final draft of the proposed ‘General Rules for Mixed Use Districts, Mixed Use – General (MU-1) District, Mixed Use – Active Frontage (MU-2) District, and consequential amendments to other parts of the land use bylaw.

The two mixed use districts being proposed are:

  1. Mixed Use – General (MU-1) District
    • Intended to be located along commercial streets where a mix of different uses could be located at the street level including commercial, residential or office type uses.
    • Allows flexibility in terms of which uses are located at the street level
    • Accommodates a mix of uses within a single building or within multiple buildings throughout an area.
  1. Mixed Use – Active Frontage (MU-2) District
    • Intended to be located along commercial streets where commercial uses are located at grade in order to promote activity at the street level.
    • Requires that every building have commercial type uses, such as shops and restaurants, at street level.

Project Upd​ate

On February 23, 2017 the Calgary Planning Commission (CPC) voted to support the proposed Mixed Use Districts and has recommended that Council approve the amendments to add the proposed Districts to the Land Use Bylaw.

The proposed Mixed Use Districts are scheduled for a public hearing of Council on April 10, 2017 where Council will consider the proposed amendments and make a decision.

Minutes from the CPC meeting and the Council agenda will be available on the City of Calgary website at the following locations:

If you would like to communicate with Council regarding the proposed Mixed Use Districts you may do so by submitting a letter or attending the public hearing on April 10. For more information on how to communicate with Council please see the following brochure: Communicating with Calgary City Council.

Project ​Details

Development supported in both these districts would typically consist of street-oriented mid-rise buildings between four and six storeys in height and generally not exceeding 10 storeys.

The proposed districts focus regulation on the interface of the building with the street rather than on the floor area of uses. Design standards at the street level include requirements for clear glazing at eye level, maximum frontage length per use, and individual entrances for each use. Building design, landscaping and parking rules that apply to both districts are outlined in the ‘General Rules’ section in Appendix II of the CPC report provided below.

The following building design standards in the Mixed Use Districts help to maintain access to air and light and to minimize the appearance of height:

  • Separation distances between neighbouring buildings and windows and balconies;
  • Separation distances between towers for buildings taller than six storeys;
  • A building stepback facing the street to define the street wall on buildings taller than six storeys; and
  • An angular plane stepping the building height down to minimize visual mass and shadowing when new buildings back onto lower scale residential districts.

The Mixed Use Districts propose parking rates similar to those in similar districts in the Land Use Bylaw, such as the C-COR1 District, with some additional parking reductions providing options that support transit and cycling.

The mixed use districts are intended to be implemented through local area planning and land use amendment processes along neighbourhood and community scale commercial streets.

For more information on the proposed Mixed Use Districts please refer to the attached report to the Calgary Planning Commission.

Related Documents


Stephen Pearce
Planner, Planning and Development