An integrated approach to land use and mobility
On 2009 September 28, City Council approved a new Municipal Development Plan (MDP) and Calgary Transportation Plan (CTP) that were created through the Plan It Calgary process. These plans describe the vision for a long-term pattern of growth and development in Calgary over the next 60 years and provide policies that will start to create that form of city over the next 30 years.
One of the key themes of these plans is the integration of social, economic and environmental objectives in decision-making processes. The Plan challenges all of us to thoughtfully consider how our choices, both lifestyle and public investment, affect our quality of life and our environment.
Visit CTP educational videos to learn more.
The City of Calgary received the Award of Merit for the Municipal Development Plan (MDP) and Calgary Transportation Plan (CTP) at the annual Alberta Professional Planners Institute (APPI) Conference in Red Deer, Alberta.
“The business-as-usual approach to planning, developing and transportation in Calgary (accommodating most new growth on the city’s edge) has proved to be unsustainable,” says Don Mulligan, Director of Transportation Planning for The City. “Having two integrated plans for Land Use and Transportation allows us to work towards complete communities that are well connected with a variety transportation options, including walking, cycling, transit and automobiles.”
The CTP includes targets for monitoring and reporting purposes. The CTP target for Transit ridership into downtown in the morning was 50 per cent by 2020. We have reached that target nine years ahead of schedule.
This highlights the success of the longer-term vision The City had about 20 years ago to invest in high-capacity transit and active modes, while not expanding the roads, to the inner city. Also, the efforts to maintain the transit system and the associated challenge of upgrading a very well-utilized system while it is operating.
These Transit numbers will only increase when the West LRT commences service in winter 2012, the extensions to the N.E. and N.W. lines are completed and the improvements to the existing LRT network with four-car platforms is completed.
This achievement also highlights the value of investing in pedestrian and cycling facilities, and the need to do so in order to see similar percentage increases in those modes. And finally, the opportunity for Calgarians to take advantage of multi-modal trips, that is, walk or cycle to LRT stations and catch a train is increasing too.
|Downtown mode split targets|
GoPlan 2024 target
|New 2020 targets
Figure 1: A.M. peak mode split numbers and new targets for 2020, by percentage
The Federation of Canadian Municipalities recognized the long-term vision of Plan It Calgary in 2011, presenting an FCM Sustainable Community Award in Planning.
Guide to the Municipal Development Plan and the Calgary Transportation Plan
To aid in a consistent understanding and application of the key components of the MDP and CTP, the Guide to the Municipal Development Plan and the Calgary Transportation Plan has been developed. It will assist users in various planning processes and applications.
Questions or feedback on the guide can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Complete Streets Guide
Complete Streets is an initiative that aims to increase the attractiveness, convenience and safety of all modes of travel by creating multi-use streets that emphasize walking, cycling and transit.
Draft Connectivity Handbook
The Draft Connectivity Handbook is provided to give staff and applicants a how-to guide to measuring connectivity on outline plans. It outlines how to calculate the connectivity index, which is the City-preferred method for quantifying connectivity in Future Greenfield Residential Areas and Activity Centres. The handbook is non-statutory, and is provided as a supplement to the Calgary Transportation Plan's Connectivity Policies.
The guidebook is currently provided in a draft format to allow the concepts to be applied to real-life applications. Feedback is most welcome, and will help shape the guide before it is finalized. Please direct all feedback to 311.
CTP/MDP Escalation decisions
As part of the implementation of both the CTP and MDP, an escalation model has been established to quickly resolve issues arising with respect to the interpretation of policies in the CTP and MDP. Summaries of decisions are posted to provide a common understanding with respect to interpretation of policy in both documents. When warranted, the Guide to the Municipal Development Plan and the Calgary Transportation Plan will be updated to reflect decisions.
CTP Escalation Issue 2011-001
CTP Escalation Issue 2010-001
No MDP issues have been escalated at this time. Questions about CTP/MDP escalation decisions can be directed to 311.