Established Area Growth and Change Strategy

Established Area Growth and Change Strategy

The Established Area Growth and Change Strategy (Strategy) supports our existing communities so they can be vibrant and successful for decades to come. It supports communities and local businesses where growth and change are happening and anticipated to happen. The Strategy also connects planning, financial and investment decisions.

Project update

Throughout 2021, all 15 of the Phase 1 public space projects went through community engagement and design work. Once designs are complete, most of these projects are expected to be constructed in 2022 and 2023. You can find the latest information about each project by clicking on the buttons in the Phase 1 section below.

The Phase 2 working groups were busy in 2021. The Comprehensive Investment Tools and Utility Working Groups will continue their work into 2022. Alongside the project Advisory Group, they will prepare recommendations that will be shared with Council later in the year. More information about the work they are doing is shared in the Phase 2 section below.   

About the Strategy


Calgary’s established area includes approximately 180 communities and is home to about 80 per cent of our population. Established communities range in age and type, from those experiencing redevelopment and change to those which have been recently completed.

The Strategy outlines how The City can support established communities experiencing growth and change due to redevelopment. As communities evolve, it is important that public spaces and networks also evolve to meet the changing needs and desires of existing and new residents. Ensuring established area communities remain desirable places to live and work helps achieve the goals and vision of the Municipal Development Plan and Calgary Transportation Plan (MDP/CTP).

Three factors that support decision making related to the Strategy include:

  1. Alignment with long term Municipal Development Plan and Calgary Transportation Plan.
  2. Anticipated market demand.
  3. Consideration of financial impacts.

It is also important to consider an existing community’s capacity to accept change through redevelopment.

Supporting growth  within existing communities allows for the efficient use of land and services. It also provides current and future residents with nearby amenity and employment opportunities by encouraging complete communities. The Strategy makes investment recommendations in strategic and prioritized areas, looks for process improvements to remove barriers to development, and reconsiders how we use funding and financing tools to support growth through redevelopment.

Timeline

2022: Share Citywide Growth Strategy with Council, including Established Area Growth and Change Strategy investment and Improvement recommendations.

2020-2023

  • Implementation of approved Phase 1 actions and Phase 2 work
  • Phase 1 public space projects design and construction
  • Project-specific engagement on Phase 1 public space projects

2020

2019

  • November: Initial conversations with growing established area communities about the types of public space improvements they are looking for.
  • May: Project update to Committee (PUD2019-0305)

2018

  • December: Multi-stakeholder working group meetings begin for Established Area Growth and Change Strategy.
  • September: Project Scoping Report to Council (PFC2018-0891)

Contact us

Jennifer Cardiff 
Senior Growth Management Planner
Growth & Strategic Services
Planning & Development

Phase 1 public space projects


On May 25, 2020, Council approved the Phase 1 recommendation report. They also committed $30M for public space improvement projects within the Established Area. The selected growth areas see the pressures of redevelopment to the greatest degree.

We used input from communities to identify a list of potential public space projects. In 2020, Council approved the list of projects that are undergoing engagement, design and construction. These projects will improve public spaces in several established communities. The Investing in Growing Communities map shows the benefiting areas and identifies the projects that are underway.

The improvements to the public spaces will vary in each community.  In general, transportation improvements will focus on traffic calming, improving pedestrian safety and connectivity, and improving intersections and connections to community amenities. Park and recreation improvements may include pathway upgrades, renewing existing parks and improving amenities within parks. In addition, some public spaces will receive programming to encourage residents to spend time in these spaces. More information on the selected projects can be found in this summary.

Project teams are leading the engagement, detailed design, planning and construction. Residents will be invited to take part in engagement opportunities. They will also help confirm how the projects meet the needs of the community. The project team will then refine the costs and design before construction begins. The timelines for each project are unique, but we will align them with other projects in the area where possible. 

If you want to learn more about the projects receiving funding, please click on the project links below. The respective project web pages will provide you with more information about engagement opportunities, project progress and construction updates – depending on what phase of work the project is in.

Phase 2 work


Work durning Phase 2 of the Strategy will go into 2022. It will identify long-term, sustainable strategies and financial and planning tools. These tools will support growth, change and quality of life for residents in redeveloping communities.

Alignment with the Transit-Oriented Development Strategy and the Main Streets program is a focus. Together, they contribute to identifying and delivering growth-related investment in the Established Area.

Through the Comprehensive Investment Tools Working Group, we are exploring financial tools, strategies, and funding sources to support small-scale public space investment in communities experiencing growth and change. This work includes the exploration of ways to replenish the Established Area Investment Fund on an ongoing basis. Together, these will provide new or expanded public amenities in established communities that are experiencing growth and change.

The Utilities Working Group continues to explore how deep and shallow utilities can support redeveloping communities. Currently the primary focus is stormwater infrastructure. This work includes investigating the costs and impacts to development, and opportunities to improve planning around stormwater investments in redeveloping communities.

The Market Trends Working Group has updated the data used to guide investment decisions. They have identified trends in the redevelopment market that will help determine areas experiencing growth and change.  

In 2022, we will share the recommended next round of public realm improvement projects. They will be part of the integrated Citywide Growth Strategy presentation to Council. These recommendations will help inform the 2023-2026 business plans and budget.

North Hill Communities Property Tax Uplift Pilot


Details about what property tax uplift is, and information on the North Hill Communities Property Tax Uplift Pilot Project is in this handout we’ve created.

The North Hill Communities Property Tax Uplift Pilot will run through 2022. Through the pilot, we will learn if and how property tax uplift from growth may support sustained growth-related investment.

We have worked with stakeholders to create a method to calculate what property tax uplift from growth will be in the North Hill communities.  We are using this methodology to evaluate the effectiveness of using property tax uplift as a tool to fund public space improvements in established communities that are or will experience growth and change.

Through this pilot, we are exploring how public investment can support redevelopment that will encourage continued private investment in communities experiencing growth and change. This will help determine how The City will invest in improvements to support these communities.

The focus of the pilot is growth-related investments and will not include typical lifecycle or maintenance projects. We use other financial tools for lifecycle or maintenance work on existing infrastructure, like parks and roads.

We’ll share more updates here when they are available.


This information has no legal status and cannot be used as an official interpretation of the various bylaws, codes and regulations currently in effect. The City of Calgary accepts no responsibility to persons relying solely on this information. Web pages are updated periodically. ​

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