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Established Area Growth and Change Strategy

On February 3, 2020, Council approved a Notice of Motion (PFC2020-0131) to provide $30 million for public realm improvements in established areas. The approval provides the Strategy with dedicated funding for public realm improvements. This funding will come from anticipated Corporate Program savings, via favourable investment income from 2019.

The funding will initially be directed towards public realm improvements in Phase 1 growth areas of the Strategy, including the North Hill Communities Local Area Plan. These growth areas were identified with stakeholder input earlier in the process, after having been shown to demonstrate strong market potential.

The project team is currently considering how this Notice of Motion supports the project and its recommendations. More information on the fund and its investments will be shared when the project team presents the Phase 1 report to the Priorities and Finance Committee on May 5, 2020.

Additionally, a presentation will be given to the Standing Policy Committee on Planning and Urban Development on April 29, 2020. This meeting will provide stakeholders with an opportunity to discuss the project with members of the committee.


The Established Area Growth and Change Strategy (Strategy) is broadly focused on helping growth in established areas of Calgary (see map below) that is aligned with policy, supported by the market, and financially sustainable. This work also seeks to support communities and local businesses where growth and change are happening. The Strategy will do this by connecting planning, financial and investment decisions together.

October 2019 project update

The Established Area Growth and Change Strategy is focused on the pink area of this map.

Established areas map 

The Strategy is intended to advance the vision of the Municipal Development Plan and Calgary Transportation Plan (MDP/CTP).

In developing this Strategy, and building on the New Community Growth Strategy 2018, the three factors to support decision making are:

  1. alignment with long term MDP/CTP policy
  2. meeting existing market demand, and
  3. consideration of financial impacts.

An additional consideration acknowledged in existing communities is the concept of redevelopment readiness. Growth within existing communities of the city supports efficient use of land and services and provides current and future residents with nearby amenity and employment opportunities.

This work advances the implementation of long term planning goals, by making investment recommendations in strategic, prioritized areas, reconsidering how funding and financing tools are used to support growth through redevelopment, and collaborating with communities and Industry to propose strategic planning and budget recommendations for Council’s consideration.

Current Work


  • September 24, 2018: Project Scoping Report to Priorites and Finance Committee
  • May 1, 2019: Project Update Report to Planning and Urban Development Committee Meeting on Planning and Urban Development
  • December 2018 - Present: Multi-stakeholder working group meetings (community, businesses, development industry, administration, etc.)
  • November 2019 - December 2020: Community conversations and check ins on opportunities related to potential recommendations
  • February/March 2020: Share anticipated recommendations with stakeholders
  • April 29, 2020: Presentation to Standing Policy Committee on Planning and Urban Development
  • May 5, 2020: EAGCS Phase 1 Report to Priorities and Finance Committee
  • November 2020: Council mid-cycle budget discussions and decisions
  • May 2020 and beyond: Implementation of approved Phase 1 actions that do not require a budget decision, and moving project into Phase 2 (2020-2022)

Background/Council Direction

A full listing of previous Council direction can be found in Attachment 3 of the project update report provided to Standing Policy Committee Meeting on Planning and Urban Development on May 1, 2019.


Lesley Kalmakoff
Senior Growth Management Planner
Growth & Strategic Services
Planning & Development