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The Strategic Direction

Calgary: A great place to make a living, a great place to make a life.

In 2006, Calgarians developed a blueprint for a sustainable future when they created the imagineCALGARY Plan for long-range urban sustainability. The imagineCALGARY Plan describes a 100-year vision of the city Calgarians would like to live in, and how to get there. It contains the 100-year vision, all of the 30-year targets and goals, as well as strategies for accomplishing these goals. With input from more than 18,000 citizens, the imagineCALGARY Plan was the result of the largest community visioning and consultation process of its kind in the world, at the time.

imagineCalgary - Bridging our 100-year vision

The City follows a continuous approach to achieving the 100-year vision of the imagineCALGARY Plan, through the Municipal Development Plan, the Calgary Transportation Plan and the 2020 Sustainability Direction. Taking into account issues, service priorities and affordability, The City’s operating and capital budgets are finalized to fund the four-year business plans. The City’s four-year business plans and budgets mark progressive steps The City needs to take to achieve our 100-year vision.

  • Municipal Development Plan (MDP): The MDP describes the land use for long-term growth and development patterns in Calgary. It provides policies that integrate social, economic and environmental objectives for the next 60 years. These policies speak of the need for a more sustainable city that provides the citizens of today and in the future with a high quality of life, high quality of living environments and convenient means to get around. The policies in the MDP are linked directly to those in the Calgary Transportation Plan.
  • Calgary Transportation Plan (CTP): The CTP describes transportation for long-term mobility, growth and development patterns in Calgary. It helps shape our communities and employment centres, and it determines how we move within and among these places. The plan provides policies that integrate social, economic and environmental objectives for the next 60 years with a focus on mobility. The policies in the CTP are linked directly to those in the MDP.
  • 2020 Sustainability Direction (SD2020): The City created the 2020 Sustainability Direction to bridge The City’s four-year business plan and budget cycle with the 100-year vision of imagineCALGARY and the 60-year outlook of the MDP and CTP. The SD2020 contains goals, objectives, targets, indicators and strategies stating what must happen at The City over the next 10 years to contribute towards the imagineCALGARY 100-year vision. In 2012, The City reported that approximately 80 per cent of its 2020 goals were on track to being achieved.


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