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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 2017/2018 program year are:

Elective Courses

Urban Design & Character: Main Streets, Streetscapes & Heritage

Our communities evolve over time and that evolution is guided by policies and standards that help shape and define the look, feel and character of the community. This course will dive into Urban Design by examining Streetscapes, the Main Streets program and Heritage planning.

March 10, 2018 - 9 a.m. to noon
Crescent Heights Community Hall
1101 2nd Street NW

Growth & Change: Transit Oriented Development (TOD)

CTrain stations can provide adjacent communities and neighbourhoods with a unique opportunity to take advantage of Transit Oriented Development (TOD). Learn what characteristics make for a successful TOD. What are the challenges and opportunities?

April 14 2018 - 9 a.m. to noon
Calgary Municipal Building
800 MacLeod Trail SE


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

Carrie Yap

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

Jenn Crack

Customer Coordinator, Homeowner, Partnership Services
Calgary Approvals Coordination, Planning & Development
Phone: 403-370-1157