The Guidebook for Great Communities







The Guidebook for Great Communities

What is the Guidebook?

The City is adopting a new Guidebook for Great Communities (GGC) which directs how communities will evolve and grow. The Guidebook is the tool (statutory policy) that sets out guidance and a common understanding of how development will contribute to a great community.

The new Guidebook influences the way that we approach local area planning (i.e., Area Redevelopment Plans also called Local Area Plans (LAPs)). Part of this approach is to establish Multi-Community Local Area Plans that include policies for a group of communities instead of those stand-alone plans, as was the practice in the past. This strategy allows a consistent approach across the places where life and activity occur, that does not always stop at community boundaries. This allows a larger picture of assessing amenities – like parks and schools, infrastructure – like roads and sewer, and shopping or service areas that impact community evolution spanning numerous communities.

The new Guidebook is the first step to creating the urban form categories and helps the LAPs lay down the foundation to create a vision that focuses on the street experience. It provides the tools to capture the key elements (i.e., overlays) within the community, and policies (Chapter 3) to provide best practice on development.




Updates




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On Apr.17, The Government of Alberta signed a new Ministerial Order which rescinded the Order signed on Mar. 31.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…
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Guidebook for Great Communities and North Hill Local Area Plan Delayed

On March 4, the Guidebook for Great Communities and the North Hill Local Area Plan were presented to the Standing Policy Committee on Planning and…
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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.…
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