In 2011, The City of Calgary received an Outline Plan/Land Use Amendment Application from Qualico communities. The developer proposed to redesignate (rezone) and subdivide lands referred to as Crestmont Stage 4, located immediately to the west of the built community of Crestmont, in northwest Calgary on the TransCanada highway.

The application allows the development of 35.74 hectares of undeveloped land into residential space. Within this space, there will be approximately 516 dwellings ranging from single-detached, semi-detached and townhouses. The developer anticipates the construction would take three years to complete. For full details of the proposed development, please refer to the
application details​.

The Outline Plan was approved by Calgary Planning Commission in August 2015. The Land Use Amendment Application was approved by Council in October 2015.


  • Outline Plan approved by Calgary Planning Commission: August 2015
  • Land Use Amendment Application approved by Council: October 2015
  • Development Permit for stripping and grading (DP2015-5334): Released in August 2016
  • Various Subdivision Applications: Currently under review


Prior to the application, the property in West Crestmont was undeveloped. Qualico, the developer of the land, is proposing a residential community that integrates with the natural topography and the west entranceway into Calgary.

The Outline Plan, which was approved in August 2015, identified a basic subdivision pattern and addresses infrastructure needs, financing agreements and development-related issues. It included the location and size of roads, the distribution of open space, and location of various land use districts.

The plan must continue to follow the guidelines of other plans for the area. In this instance, the Municipal Development Plan provides high level policy guidance for the site’s development. The Calgary West ASP provides more detailed policy direction for the site’s development. Other current planning applications are now under review.

The planning process

When the City of Calgary receives an application to redesignate a property and create an outline plan (formally called an Outline Plan/Land Use Amendment Application), we generally follow the following process. The West Crestmont Phase 4 applications has currently completed this process.

  1. When the application is received, adjacent land owners, the local community association, the Ward Councillor, various City departments (such as Transportation Planning, Urban Development, and Parks) and other external agencies (such as utility companies) are circulated a copy of the application to gather their input.

  2. The City’s Local Area Planning & Implementation group reviews the application on its urban planning merits, a review of the technical aspects of the application including (but not limited to servicing and transportation components), compliance with City planning objectives and policies, including (but not limited to) the Municipal Development Plan and local area plan applicable to the area, in this case, the Calgary West Area Structure Plan.
  3. At an early stage in the application process, The City conducts public engagement to learn about any issues that exist from a community perspective.

  4. Following a formal review of the application, and the comments received from the circulation process, City staff prepare a detailed team review document that summarizes the list of outstanding issues with the application. This involves a period of negotiation with the applicant to resolve any identified issues.
  5. Upon satisfactory resolution of the detailed team review comments, City staff prepare a report for the Calgary Planning Commission, which is a committee appointed annually by City Council to make recommendations to Council on land use planning matters. The report contains a recommendation for the proposed land use redesignation. The commission can request changes to the redesignation proposal or can forward the report along with their recommendation on the proposal to City Council.

    At the same time, the Calgary Planning Commission will also review the outline plan that must be followed by the applicant as part of the redesignation. The conditions of approval in the outline plan determine the financial and developmental obligations of the developer once they begin development. The commission is the final approving authority for the outline plan portion of the application and can either approve it or request changes. If they approve the plan the conditions are carried forward to the future tentative plan stage (subdivision).
  6. Once the Calgary Planning Commission has made a recommendation to City Council on the land use redesignation portion of the application, it is advertised for a two-week period in the Calgary Herald and then goes to Council for the final decision. Council is required to hold a public hearing on all land use redesignation applications before voting.

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Kristen Wishlow
Planner 2, Community Planning

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