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Understanding the planning process

The planning process is very involved. The following resources are available to:

  • explain the planning permit process
  • clarify the roles and responsibilities of all the parties in the planning process 
  • explain how City planning decisions are made
  • help you to have your voice heard on planning matters

A Community Guide to the Planning Process

Topics covered in A Community Guide to the Planning Process include:

  • a description of the main types of planning approvals and the criteria a community should use to evaluate them
  • the legislative basis of land use planning
  • how to make presentations to City Council and the Subdivision & Development Appeal Board
  • heritage legislation
  • how to reduce conflict through dispute resolution
  • the roles of all the participants in the planning process
  • how a community can set up an effective development review committee

Types of Approvals:

  • Subdivision
  • Redesignation
  • Development Permit 
  • Building Permit

Partners in Planning (PIP) Program

The Partners in Planning Program (PIP) is an award winning planning skills certificate training program offered by The Federation of Calgary Communities in partnership with The City of Calgary. Participants who complete all three core courses and at least one elective receive a Partners In Planning completion certificate.

You can view a copy of the Partners in Planning Program Brochure​.​​