Recruiting Subdivision and Development Appeal Board Members

The Subdivision and Development Appeal Board (SDAB) is an independent and impartial tribunal that hears appeals regarding decisions made by The City of Calgary subdivision and development authorities, and renders decisions based on the evidence presented.

Interested candidates for the SDAB must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Be 18 years or older;
  • Have been a resident of the City of Calgary for at least six consecutive months immediately prior to his/her appointment;
  • Possess a strong interest in the complexities and challenges of development in the City of Calgary.
  • Possess experience in one or more of the following areas:
    • community representation or knowledge of community issues;
    • architecture;
    • law;
    • engineering/construction;
    • urban planning/land use/development; or
    • the operation of quasi-judicial boards or administrative tribunals;
  • Be able and willing to commit the required time.

A member of the Subdivision and Development Appeal Board should have:

  • An understanding of the diverse neighbourhoods and communities that exist across the city;
  • Regard for the interests of property owners, developers, the general public, and other parties affected by the outcome of an appeal;
  • A personal history of acting ethically and with integrity;
  • An understanding of the principles of administrative law and natural justice;
  • The ability to participate in hearings with an open mind, making decisions in a fair and unbiased manner;
  • The ability to write in plain language;
  • Excellent analytical and reasoning skills;
  • The ability to speak in public and communicate effectively with parties to the appeal; and
  • Demonstrable ability to read, understand and apply:
    • Complex plans, the Municipal Government Act and other pertinent Acts, statutory plans such as the Municipal Development Plan and area structure plans, the Land Use Bylaw, and case law.

Time Commitment:

  • Appointment terms are one or two years, commencing January 01 and ending December 31. SDAB members are limited to a cumulative maximum of 10 years.
  • At a minimum, members should be available one to two full days per month. Meetings are held weekly during business hours throughout the year.
  • Board members are expected to read the hearing materials prior to the meetings.


  • Following appointment to the SDAB, members must successfully complete a training program set or approved by the Minister of Municipal Affairs.


Remuneration and expenses are payable to members of the Board under provisions of the SDAB Bylaw. More information about remuneration can be obtained by contacting the Tribunal Coordinator – City Appeal Boards, or the Deputy City Clerk – Appeals & Tribunals.