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engage! - Land Use Bylaw Amendments: food growing, processing and distribution




The City of Calgary is reviewing the planning and development rules for growing, processing, and distributing food.


This is to ensure there are opportunities for businesses and individuals to produce and process food in the city and to see if existing opportunities need to be clarified. This review of the Land Use Bylaw includes the indoor and outdoor growing of food, small scale food processing and opportunities for growing food to support other uses, such as restaurants.  Please note The Responsible Pet Ownership Bylaw does not allow Chickens to be kept on a residential parcel in the City of Calgary. Chickens are not part of the review of the Land Use Bylaw.

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Current Uses

Not sure what is currently allowed under the Land Use Bylaw? Please review the information below before completing your survey. We’ve also included a brief overview of other opportunities being considered during this review.
The Land Use Bylaw currently allows for the following, subject to applicable permits, approvals, etc.:
1.Growing food in a maintained garden in the front, back and side yards of your residential property, or hiring someone else to do so.
2.Growing food as a member of a community garden on public park land.
3.Growing food in rooftop gardens in multi-residential, commercial and industrial districts.
4.Farming on newly annexed land prior to urban development and land that is designated for current and future transportation and utility needs.
5.Growing food indoors in industrial areas.
6.Producing food intensively (indoor livestock operations and greenhouses) only on parcels specifically designated for the use by Council.
7.Manufacturing food in industrial areas and some commercial areas.
8.Smaller scale manufacturing within a specialty food store in some industrial and commercial areas.
9.Occasional distribution of food from a community hall, church, or other public gathering place.
10.Permanent farmer`s markets in some commercial and industrial districts.
11.Seasonal or special event farmer`s markets associated with a community hall or other public use.

Additional Opportunities

Additional opportunities are being considered during this review, also subject to applicable permits, approvals, etc. This includes allowing for:

1.Growing food in the landscaped area of a multi-residential, commercial, or industrial district.
2.Growing food outdoors on vacant lots in residential, commercial, or industrial areas as a temporary use.
3.Commercial outdoor and indoor food growing in some commercial and industrial areas.
4.A small greenhouse and/or outdoor growing area associated with another commercial use, such as a restaurant.
5.Growing food in the landscaped area in a low density residential (i.e. a house), multi-residential, commercial or industrial area as an accessory commercial use. This is where a company or person who is not the owner, resident or business operator of the land uses the landscaped areas of the land to grow food, harvest it, and sell it at another location, such as a farmers market
6.Aquaponics (using fish as part of a system to grow vegetables) and/or aquaculture (producing fish for consumption).

Possible Changes

Changes to current land use bylaw regulations that are being considered are:

1.Allowing for additional opportunities to have farm-related buildings included in the use Extensive Agriculture
2.Defining food manufacturing as its own use so that it is appropriately located relative to other uses
3.Defining the use Intensive Agriculture (it is currently not defined)

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