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Calgary's Municipal Development Plan (MDP)




Supporting a changing population and growth in Calgary


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Calgary's Municipal Development Plan (MDP) is our vision for how Calgary grows and develops over the next 30 to 60 years. Calgary is expected to grow by another 1.3 million people over that time, so it is important to plan for our future.

Adopted by Council in 2009, the MDP aims to build a city where Calgarians can choose from a variety of housing types in numerous unique communities. It works together with the Calgary Transportation Plan to provide multiple transportation options so all Calgarians - whether travelling by car, bike, transit or foot - are able to travel safely and conveniently.

It strives to create an environment where The City of Calgary can provide services that Calgarians desire in a way that is financially sustainable, while protecting our natural environment and supporting a prosperous economy.

The Making of the MDP

The process to create the Municipal Development Plan started in 2005 when over 18,000 Calgarians participated in imagineCALGARY to create a shared vision for our city. The result was the imagineCALGARY Plan.

In 2007, Council asked The City to create integrated plans for the future of transportation and land use. The City then engaged over 6,000 Calgarians to shape the vision for these plans. The goal was to set out a long-term direction for sustainable growth that would accommodate another 1.3 million people over the next 60 years. The process was grounded in smart growth principles and Council's sustainability principles for land use and mobility.

During the engagement process, Calgarians spoke of the need for a more sustainable city that provides a high quality of life, high quality living environments and convenient means to get around.

The City presented two plans to Council in 2009 – the Municipal Development Plan and the Calgary Transportation Plan. Both plans were approved and now form the foundation for all urban planning decisions in our city.

Learn More

The City has produced a series of videos if you want to take a closer look at the Municipal Development Plan and learn how it applies to future development in Calgary. You can also read our guide to the Municipal Development Plan and Calgary Transportation Plan for an in-depth look at how to use them.


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Filling in the Gaps - A short video about intensification of the urban landscape in Calgary.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​