Guidebook for Great Communities – March 22 Council Update

Guidebook for Great Communities The Guidebook for Great Communities was presented at the Combined Meeting of Council on Monday, March 22nd, 2021. Council was faced with a decision to vote on the SPC on Planning and Urban Development’s (PUD) recommendation to approve the Guidebook for Great Communities. The public hearing portion of the meeting took […]

Neighbourhood Streets Pilot Policy

Neighbourhood Streets Pilot Policy The City of Calgary is testing a Neighbourhood Streets Pilot Policy with the goal of creating streets where neighbours of all ages and abilities can connect and have access to safe, comfortable travel options. The new policy replaces Calgary’s 2003 Traffic Calming Policy and: • Reflects today’s values • Introduces new […]

Guidebook for Great Communities – Feb. 3 PUD Update

On Feb. 3, the Standing Policy Committee on Planning & Urban Development  (PUD) voted 7-1 to hold a Public Hearing at the 2021 March 22 Combined Meeting of Council and give three readings to the proposed bylaw, the proposed Guidebook for Great Communities. The next Council date is March 22, when Council will vote on SPC […]

Neighbourhood speed limits review – Update

City Council will be making a decision on residential speed limits. The recommendations before Council include reducing the unposted speed limit from 50 km/h to 40 km/h, and setting the posted speed limit on collector roads to 50 km/h. At the Council meeting on February 1, 2021, Council will either accept or refuse Administration’s recommendations, […]

Upcoming Guidebook 101 Sessions

The City is providing a couple of opportunities to learn more about the Guidebook and its application, at Guidebook 101 sessions. You can find the updated Guidebook for Great Communities (Guidebook) is now available for review at It is a policy document that combines existing policies, improved policies and new policies for community redevelopment […]

Removal of Parking Requirements for Commercial Uses

What? On July 15, 2020 Council directed Administration to eliminate minimum parking requirements for businesses from the Land Use Bylaw (link to report) This means that a business or developer would inform Administration how much parking their project requires instead of providing parking based on a rate located in the Land Use Bylaw Why? […]

Province Resets Clock on Development Appeal Periods

On Apr.17, The Government of Alberta signed a new Ministerial Order which rescinded the Order signed on Mar. 31. The original order caused unintentional permit delays and affected appeal deadlines for development permit and subdivision applications, as well as unintentionally delayed construction of those developments. The new order ‘resets the clock’ on appeal periods for […]

MDP Updates – Redline Version

The Municipal Development Plan (MDP) and Calgary Transportation Plan (CTP) are Calgary’s long-range land use and transportation plans that look 60 years into the future. These plans are currently under review, as the city has changed since they were first created back in 2009. The proposed changes, as well as some other supporting documents, are […]

Guidebook 101 Video

Did you miss the Guidebook 101 sessions? We’ve got you covered. The City of Calgary has produced a video of the presentation that was given. The video is just a little over 30 minutes, but provides a great overview of the Guidebook, how it works with local area plans, and how it supports applications.

Changes have been made to the Guidebook – Highlights of the Changes

Below is a message from the City on the Guidebook for Great Communities: On behalf of the project team, I would like to share with you a few updates on the Guidebook for Great Communities. At the November 2019 public hearing, Council asked Administration to “Communicate the vision and intent of the document with Calgary […]