Information on the Guidebook for Great Communities, Multi Community Plans and Funding Growth and Change

The Guidebook for Great Communities (GGC)

The City is adopting a new Guidebook for Great Communities (GGC) which directs how communities will grow and evolve. The Guidebook is the tool (statutory policy) that sets out guidance and a common understanding of how development will contribute to a great community (see attached letter to community). If you have comments about the Guidebook, there will be two public hearings: Wednesday, November 6 at SPC on PUD and then at Council on Monday, December 16. In the meantime, we encourage you to:

  • Learn more by visiting the links
  • Engage your community
  • Let us know if you engage your Councillor
  • Copy us on any letters you send

Multi Community Plans (MCPs)

Approximately 42 districts (or MCP areas), representing the built-out area of the city, will undergo the MCP process over roughly the next 10 years (about 4 per year). The MCPs are based on The Guidebook for Great Communities (GGC). The GGC houses common policy which would otherwise be repeated in MCPs.

North Hill Communities Multi Community Plan (MCP)

The North Hill Communities multi community plan working group is currently reviewing Calgary’s first MCP. This work is almost complete and is now reviewing their plan against The Guidebook for Great Communities. In addition, Bridgeland Riverside Community Association will be joining this MCP. We expect it to go to Council in March 2020.

Heritage Communities Multi Community Plan (MCP)

The Heritage Communities multi community planning process kicked off with a meeting of working group members last week. The working group will be developing a new MCP based on the Guidebook for Great Communities.

Westbrook Communities Multi Community Plan (MCP)

The City is reviewing working group applications and will be in touch with successful applicants in the coming weeks. The working group will be developing a new MCP based on the Guidebook for Great Communities.

How Will the City Fund Growth and Change?

The City is working on a strategy called the Established Areas Growth and Change Strategy. The work is broadly focused on enabling growth in established areas of Calgary that is aligned with policy, supported by the market and financially sustainable. This work is ongoing. The purpose is to support communities and businesses where growth and change is occurring. If your community is in one of the areas of interest, EAGCS staff will be reaching out in the coming weeks to meet with your board. This is an important conversation, so please make time for these conversations at your board – invite the planning committee as well!