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Managing our city's growth

​A growing city

Over the next 50-60 years, Calgary is forecast to grow by another 1.3 million people.  In the next five years, we will grow by 118,600 people alone. Currently, ninety four percent of these people are moving to the suburban areas of the city. This could mean a potential of 111,500 additional people in the suburban areas. 
As The City strives to implement the policies of the council-approved Municipal Development Plan, the aim is to have 70 per cent of the population growth going into the suburban areas by 2039 and 50 per cent by 2069.

Why does this growth pattern matter?

Doubling the population of Calgary is no small feat. Our Municipal Development Plan recognizes that we will continue to build new communities, while also being strategic about our growth in our established communities. This will ensure that we can afford to provide services strategically, while being good stewards of the environment by using our land efficiently.

What is The City doing about growth?

In 2013, The City completed a Corporate Framework for Growth and Change project, which guides the future sequencing of growth in Calgary. This process is a direct result of the Municipal Development Plan.
Framework for Growth and Change – Council Agenda & Reports (December 16th, 2013)
Growth Management will continue to plan for essential services like transportation, water/storm water/sanitary systems, and emergency services in all areas of Calgary. We need a strong plan, clear priorities, and adequate funding to build, operate and maintain these services to support growth.

How are we doing?

Through approved Council policy, there are 1,620 hectares of available, serviced land in suburban areas, and an additional 780 hectares are budgeted for service by the end of 2014. This is roughly enough for about 160,000 new people to call suburban Calgary their home, over the next four to six years. 
Our planned lands and actively developing communities (those with approved Area Structure Plans, including Keystone) have capacity for over 310,000 new people, with another set of plans in progress to add an additional 97,000 people. The City is working to determine how to get essential services to all these lands through the Corporate Growth Management Framework project.

In total, 472,000 people (full build out of both single family and multi family units) can be accommodated when considering plans underway in 2014, and those with approval.

For more information, please visit our page on Understanding Growth Management.