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Partners in Planning

Partners in Planning

Planning a city is not a simple task and it involves many different laws and complex processes. It can be tough to learn how development is regulated in Calgary, and can be even tougher to know how to effectively participate in the urban planning process.

Partners in Planning is a program that The City and the Federation of Calgary Communities offers to help you learn how development gets planned and approved. It is open to anyone and if you complete the certificate, you will learn the necessary skills, knowledge and tools you need to actively and effectively participate in the planning process.

Certificate Program

While you are free to take any of the courses that interest you, Partners in Planning has been designed as a certificate program made up of four courses. There are three core courses that cover the basics of Calgary’s planning system and then each year there are electives offered on various other topics. To get the certificate, you must complete all three core courses and at least one elective. There is no time restriction on when you have to complete these courses, so you can spread them out over a few years if you need.

More information on the certificate program can be found in our
 Partners in Planning brochure.

Registering for Courses

Partners in Planning courses are free; however you do need to register in advance since space is limited. To register for an upcoming course, please visit the Federation of Calgary Communities’ online registration page.

If you are unable to register online, you can also call 403-244-4111 (ext. 210) or email


If you would like email reminders of upcoming Partners in Planning courses, please subscribe to our email updates. The Partners in Planning courses that will be delivered in the 2015/2016 program year are:

Core Courses

Basics of Implementation Planning

Learn about the planning process and how to respond to development and land use applications circulated to your community. The MDP and CTP are covered in this course.

DATE: October 15, 2016
TIME: 8:30 a.m. to noon
LOCATION: Kingsland Community Hall, 505 78 Avenue SW

The Land Use Bylaw

Learn how to navigate and understand Calgary’s Land Use Bylaw and how the rules are applied to development applications. This is an excellent overview of this important document.

DATE: November 19, 2016
TIME: 8:30 a.m. to noon
LOCATION: Highwood Community Hall, 16 Harlow Avenue NW

Development Appeals at the SDAB

Learn about the appeals process and how to make good planning arguments and give effective presentations to the Subdivision and Development Appeal Board.

DATE: December 10, 2016
TIME: 8:30 a.m. to noon
LOCATION: Strathcona Christie Aspen Hall, 277 Strathcona Drive SW

Elective Courses

Growth and Change: Infill Development

Established communities experience a great deal of change as they redevelop over time. Learn about residential infill development in established communities, including contextual and discretionary infill development and multi-family residential.

DATE: January 14, 2017
TIME: 8:30 a.m. to noon
LOCATION: Killarney-Glengarry Community Hall, 2828 28 Street SW

Planning Green Spaces and Public Amenities

Green spaces and public amenities are important components of a healthy and vibrant city. Learn from City park planners about how our green spaces and public amenities are planned and built. 

DATE: February 11, 2017
TIME: 8:30 a.m. to noon
LOCATION: Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Hall, 1320 5 Avenue NW

Community Character in Calgary’s Chinatown

Learn about how community character is developed through architecture, landscape, and public spaces. This course will focus on Chinatown’s unique history and identity within the City of Calgary. There will be a walking tour so please dress appropriately.

DATE: March 18, 2017
TIME: 8:30 a.m. to noon
LOCATION: Calgary Municipal Building, 800 MacLeod Trail SE

What’s Trending in Planning

Planning is constantly evolving and it can be hard to keep track of current initiatives and projects at The City. Find out what’s new in Planning, Development & Assessment and what these changes mean for you. This course is recommended even if you’ve received a PIP certificate, as the content is different every year.

DATE: April 22, 2017
TIME: 8:30 a.m. to noon
LOCATION: Capitol Hill Community Hall, 1531 21 Avenue NW


For more information on Partners in Planning, please contact either:

Dan Godin
Urban Planner, Federation of Calgary Communities
Phone: 403-244-4111 (ext. 210)

Brian Smith
Senior PST Staff Development, City of Calgary
Phone: 403-268-8754

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