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Citywide Growth Strategy: Industrial

Citywide Growth Strategy: Industrial

Strong industrial areas are the foundation for Calgary's role as an inland port and distribution centre for western Canada. The growth strategy work for industrial areas will further strengthen that foundation and support diversifying our city’s economic growth.  

Engagement Opportunities:

Sign up for virtual information sessions Mar. 26, Mar. 28 & Apr. 2 and provide your feedback on Industrial Area Structure Plan Amendments by Apr. 14.

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Project Updates

Targeted Policy Amendments to Industrial Area Structure Plans

*Extra engagement session date added. Visit the engage portal to provide your feedback by April 14th, 2024.

To gather your valuable feedback, The City is hosting online information sessions:

  • Tuesday March 26th 11:00am – 12:00pm.
  • Thursday March 28th 6:00pm – 7:00pm
  • Tuesday April 2nd 12:00pm – 1:00pm

For further inquiries and updates for the online information sessions and other engagement opportunities, please register at the link below:

This review is in response to Action 2 of the Council-approved 2023 Industrial Action Plan. The scope of this review does not involve a complete update of the Area Structure Plans; instead, it employs a targeted approach to modernize specific policies, aiming to reduce barriers and align with current industrial trends. The proposed policy amendments primarily focus on land use and transportation-related policies to enhance future industrial developments in the Revised Stoney Industrial ASP (2005), Northeast Industrial ASP (2007), and Southeast Industrial ASP (1996) areas. Proposed changes include:

  • Increased Flexibility for Development Density: To increase flexibility and efficiency in the regulatory process of land development, the deletion of policies referencing maximum density based on transportation impact and trip generation is proposed, as well as those regulating density based on floor area ratio or vehicle trip generation factor. This change aims to align with the current development permit and Land Use Amendment application review standards
  • Increased Flexibility for Medium Industrial Uses: To foster strategic integration and diversification of industrial developments, revised policies are proposed that would allow medium industrial use developments adjacent to entranceway roads with compliance with design guidelines
  • Increased Flexibility for Local Commercial Uses: To better support local commercial activities that support employees, removing maximum parcel size limitations for local commercial uses is proposed. This change aims to provide greater flexibility and adaptability for a variety of local commercial uses
  • Permit Process Alignment: To increase efficiency in the regulatory process of land development, deleting policies related to concept plans and transportation analyses that do not align with the current permit application review process is proposed
  • Transportation Policy Alignment: To increase efficiency in the regulatory process of land development, deleting policies related to transportation analyses that do not align with the current permit application review process is proposed.

Pre-servicing of Industrial Lands

In response to industrial developer’s feedback and as part of the ongoing effort to support the industrial sector in Calgary, we’re excited to share another update on the Industrial Action Plan. This process improvement is in direct response to industry feedback and to Council’s direction contained in 2022 Industrial Action Plan to “evaluate development standards for industrial areas for changes that may enable more cost-effective industrial development”.

  • Allowing pre-servicing will enable developers to install services earlier in the process, before the roads are paved. This reduces the number of cuts that are made into a freshly paved road, preserving it’s integrity.
  • Pre-servicing also eliminates the extra permitting, work, costs, and time associated with re-paving and warrantying the road.
  • Developers can benefit from the significant efficiencies associated with having contractors already on site doing similar utility installation work, reducing the need to install single services connections later on.
  • This process improvement also has the benefit of limiting disruption to existing businesses due to utility related road work.
  • Most importantly, this improves Calgary’s industrial sector competitiveness by lowering land development costs, and allowing prospective industries to open their doors sooner because the servicing is already in place. 

Timeline of Reports

Industrial Land Map

This interactive map illustrates the citywide occupied and vacant industrial lands, the distribution of vacant industrial lands by geography, by land use district (zoning), by ownership, and by servicing status.  

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. ​