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Comprehensive Citywide Growth Strategy

The City's comprehensive growth strategy work focuses on how to enable growth and development and retain investment and jobs in Calgary, while achieving the policy objectives in the Municipal Development Plan/Calgary Transportation Plan (MDP/CTP) and maintaining a balanced market. In 2018, an evaluation process centered on three primary guiding factors was developed to help make a growth recommendations to City Council. All three are important for facilitating a sustainable growth decision making process and include:

  • Municipal Development Plan/Calgary Transportation Plan Alignment
  • Market Forces
  • Financial Impacts

This process provides the necessary information and analysis required to set an investment program that will support future development. A comprehensive growth strategy also provides a clear process to determine when and where the city should grow, allowing greater certainty for private investment decisions.

The comprehensive growth strategy consists of three components, the Established Areas Growth and Change Strategy​, Industrial Growth Strategy and New Community Growth Strategy. These three components were first identified through the Industry City Work Plan that arose as part of the 2016 Off-site Levy Byl​aw. Links to the last three annual update reports are included below.

The New Community Growth Strategy was brought forward in 2018 and the focus for 2019 will be the Established Areas Growth and Change Strategy with the Industrial Growth Strategy scoping proceeding later in 2019. A more detailed description of each area is provided below.

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Since 2016, The City has been working to reduce barriers to redevelopment by addressing the costs of redevelopment, utility infrastructure capacity, financial tools, policy alignment and application processes. A scoping report to formally initiate the Established Areas Growth and Change Strategy​ was approved by Council in 2018 September. A link to the report is included below. This report identifies desired deliverables to be achieved through 2018-2020 as a strategy for supporting growth and change in existing communities in Calgary. Through this strategy, The City can better coordinate public investment while supporting existing communities through their lifecycle growth and change, linking existing policy and current policy efforts and support developers in helping build the city that is envisioned in the MDP/CTP. Upcoming deliverables are listed below.

​Key dates ​Stage
​2019 ​May ​​Project Update Report, including
  • Identifying the context of the work, including the strategy area market indicators, and influencing factors;
  • Complete best practice research on the funding, financing and planning tools available to support redevelopment and investment;
  • Identify the critical infrastructure and amenities that support redevelopment while sustaining quality of life;
  • Identifying linkages between other related initiatives such as Green Line, TOD Implementation, Developed Areas Guidebook, and Main Streets Implementation; and
  • Laying the groundwork for investment recommendations to Council in 2020.
​2019 November ​​Further the strategic thinking about growth in existing communities, and:
  • Develop an evidence-based consideration and evaluation process that supports MDP/CTP aligned growth and responds to market demand;
  • Identify opportunities to leverage other public and private opportunities to support growth and change in communities to achieve strategic goals; and
  • Outline a strategy that supports Established Area growth and change, and that aligns with the 2019-2022 Mid-Cycle adjustment process.
​2020 March ​Report to Committee​/Council: Recommend strategic actions across the Established Area​ that meaningfully supports community growth, change, and quality of life.
​2020 November One Calgary 2019-2022 mid-cycle budget adjustments ​

Established Area Growth and Change Strategy – Scoping Report​

Lesley Kalmakoff
Senior Growth Management Planner

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Within the Industry/City Work Plan, the industrial growth strategy working group has focused on the need to identify opportunities to support industrial development through policy considerations and comprehensive strategies. Recent work includes research and data analysis​ to support increased knowledge and awareness of the current state of industrial development in Calgary, including the associated economic advantages that industrial/employment lands bring to the city, and the role of Calgary’s industrial sector in supporting the region’s inland port strategy.

Marcus Paterson
Senior Growth Management PLanner​

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The New Community Growth Strategy seeks to enable strategic growth in new community areas by aligning planning policy, market demand, infrastructure and servicing needs, and City budgets. In 2018, a framework for strategic growth decision making was built, with recommendations brought forward to Council. The result was an approved portfolio of investments for 14 new communities and 27 actively developing communities for inclusion in the One Calgary (2019-2022) service plan and budget. This represents an approximate $537 million investment in 2019-2022.

As outlined in the 2018 March Council report PFC2018-0200, funding considerations for new community business cases will be considered on a two year cycle in alignment with the beginning and mid-cycle of the four year budget timeframe. Establishing a two year evaluation cycle provides certainty in process, with enough flexibility to meet market demand while allowing The City to consider financial impacts at budget time.

New Community Growth Strategy 2020 Evaluation Details (Updated 2019 December 12)

Council provided clarity on the process for the New Community Growth Strategy 2020 through the 2019 Growth Monitoring Report PFC2019-1062 (Item 7.12) in 2019 November.

Through this report, Council approved a modification to the established process of regularly receiving business cases for new communities that recognizes The City of Calgary's current economic constraints.

As part of the modified process, proponents must first submit proposals that demonstrate how their business case area will meet the following criteria:

  1. No required capital costs from The City of Calgary to initiate development;
  2. No required operating costs in the current One Calgary (2019-2022) budget or the next (2023-2026) budget cycle, without a proposed mitigating solution, that does not include tax and utility rate increases using the existing model and any improvements made by the date of review;
  3. Completing areas of previously approved communities and leveraging capital investments already made in 2018 and prior years;
  4. Property tax generation potential; and
  5. Levy generation potential that funds new and established areas.

If you are interested in participating in the 2020 process, please read and follow the directions in the following document: Amended New Communities Growth Strategy 2020 – Call for Proposals According to Council Criteria. Send your completed proposal back to The City of Calgary by 4:30 p.m., on December 31, 2019 (anticipated to be changed to 2020 January 6 at the December 16 Council meeting). Proposals must be sent by email to Shawn Small at

Below is a schedule of key dates for the 2020 evaluation cycle (subject to change).

K​​e​​y D​ates Description
2019 December 2 ​Administration releases proposal direction to proponents 
2019 December 12 ​Administration releases amended proposal direction and template to proponents after receiving stakeholder feedback NCGS 2020:
- NCGS Template
- Business case financial review
​2019 December 31 ​Deadline for proponents to submit proposals responding to criteria (anticipated to be changed to 2020 January 6 at the December 16 Council meeting)
​2020 January 31 ​ Administration to respond to all proponents indicating which proponents will be able to submit a full business case
​2020 March 13 ​Full submission deadline for invited business cases
​2020 May 29 ​Administration completes review of full business cases
​2020 June-July ​Administration and proponents review findings, opportunity for information clarification and adjustments
​2020 October 13 ​Administration brings forward business case recommendations to Priorities and Finance Committee
​2020 October-November ​Final decisions expected from Council​

Shawn Small
Senior Growth Management Planner