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Ward 7 News: Centre City Urban Design Guidelines

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The Centre City Urban Design Guidelines are a clear and easy-to-read handbook for those working in Calgary’s development and design industries. The goal of the guidelines, to “make Calgary a more beautiful, memorable city with a commitment to excellence in Urban Design”, was taken from the Municipal Development Plan.

The Centre City Urban Design Guidelines has four objectives:

  • Consolidate existing Centre City urban design policies and guidelines, identify any gaps, and develop a comprehensive design guideline in a user-friendly, visually rich graphic format.
  • Clarify and outline expectations related to design quality while reflecting current national and international best practices in sustainable and innovative urban design.
  • Communicate urban design guidelines widely both inside and outside of the City Administration to ensure that they are applied consistently to all applications.
  • Help make the development review process more efficient and effective without compromising the City’s core urban design objectives.

In March 2013, there was a round of stakeholder workshops with representatives from industry and the community to gather feedback on the draft. The Calgary Planning Commission will discuss the document in July 2013 and it will go to City Council in fall 2013.

Public realm (publicly owned streets, pathways, parks, and civic building) is an essential part of a vibrant city and this plan will help make Calgary’s Centre City an memorable place to work, live, and play.

Questions or comments about the project can also be directed at any time to the project manager:
Xia Zhang
Planner, Land Use Planning & Policy
Tel: 403-268-5339


This content represents the personal views and opinions of the Ward Councillor and should not be taken as a statement of policy of The City of Calgary. The inclusion of any external content does not imply endorsement by The City of Calgary.

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