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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:

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.

October 14, 2017 - 9 a.m. to noon
Winston Heights/Mountview Community Hall
520 27 Ave NE

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.

November 18, 2017 - 9 a.m. to noon
Richmond Knob Hill Community Hall
2433 26 Ave SW

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.

December 9, 2017 - 9 a.m. to noon
Woodcreek Community Hall
1991 Woodview Drive SW

Elective Courses

What's Trending in Planning

Learn about the changes that some of our communities in Calgary are experiencing, and how the City is working alongside them.

January 13, 2018 - 9 a.m. to noon
Triwood Community Hall
2244 Chicoutimi Drive NW

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. 

February 10, 2018 - 9 a.m. to noon
Southview Community Hall
2020 33rd Street SE

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)

Derek Burnett

Planning & Development Learning Specialist, City of Calgary
Phone: 403-268-1819