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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

**Please note that the 2015-2016 season has ended, and registration is currently closed. The program will resume in fall 2016. When the 2016-2017 course dates and times have been confirmed, they will be posted below, and registration will re-open.
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 were 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: September 26, 2015
TIME: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
LOCATION: Capitol Hill Community Hall, 1531 21 Avenue N.W.

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 7, 2015
TIME: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
LOCATION:Winston Heights/Mountainview Community Hall, 520 27 Avenue N.E.

Development Appeals at the SDAB

Learn about the appeals process, what makes a good reasoned planning case and how to give effective presentations to the Subdivision and Development Appeal Board.
DATE: December 5, 2015
TIME: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
LOCATION: Kingsland Community Hall, 505 78 Avenue S.W.

Elective Courses

Planning for Growth and Change

Planning a city requires long term thinking. Learn about how The City works internally as well as with their regional partners to forecast future growth and change.
DATE: February 6, 2016
TIME: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
LOCATION: Strathcona Christie Aspen Community Hall, 277 Strathcona Drive S.W.

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: March 5, 2016
TIME: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
LOCATION: Silver Springs Community Hall, 5720 Silver Ridge Drive N.W.
Community Character

Learn what creates “community character” and how architecture, building scale, landscape and their relationship with public spaces, through good design and planning decisions, can be used to strengthen and enhance community character.  This course draws from the fields of urban design and heritage planning.  There is a walking tour portion, so dress as appropriate.
DATE: April 9, 2016
TIME: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
LOCATION: Inglewood Community Hall, 1740 24 Avenue S.E.

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: May 14, 2016
TIME: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
LOCATION: Bridgeland Riverside Community Hall, 917 Centre Avenue N.E.


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