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Planning & Development

Our mission: To plan and enable building a great Calgary

Calgary is a great place to make a living and a life. Planning & Development continues to support our local economy and the aspirations of landowners by processing planning applications and building permits. We've remained open for business throughout the pandemic, with a continued focus on providing great service for our customers and building great communities together.
We've created a number of fee relief measures and process changes to support our business and industry customers during these challenging times. For a complete list of Planning & Development service changes, visit


Master Plan project simplifies intake and review process

Community Planning is simplifying how we accept and review concept plans and site-specific master plans. By using consistent terms and distinct plan purposes, we’re helping to clarify the process to make it more predictable and easy to understand. This project also aims to support urban design outcomes by highlighting placemaking as an essential element in our review process.

The Master Plan Project kicked off in 2019. A mix of stakeholder workshops and information sessions resulted in two outcomes:
  1. A definition for Concept Plan and clarification of its intended purpose as supporting information.
    • Concept Plans form a visual and non-committed demonstration of how a site could be built out at future stages.
  2. A new application option called a Design Framework, and clarification of its intended purpose as a non-statutory plan approval.
    • It employs an innovative approach to setting urban design and strategic outcome expectations while providing flexibility to adapt to changes as a project evolves.
    • A pilot period for this application option runs until the end of 2022.
Visit to learn more about how we’re improving master planning processes and explore opportunities to participate in the pilot project.

CBE students challenged to reimagine, reconfigure and revitalize downtown

The City’s Downtown Strategy team has collaborated with the Calgary Board of Education (CBE) and Microsoft Canada to launch Level Up, Calgary!, the first K-12 Minecraft: Education Edition design challenge of its kind in Canada.

CBE students from all grade levels are invited to explore, create and prototype designs in a pixelated version of downtown Calgary. Students can visit the Central Library, explore Olympic Plaza and interact with characters from the Indigenous community and experts from The City. The challenge: "How might we reimagine our public spaces to enrich the lives of Calgarians and strengthen our community?”
Learn more.


Updated Airport Vicinity Protection Area map and regulations now in effect

An updated map showing noise exposure contour areas within the Airport Vicinity Protection Area (AVPA) is now available in The City’s map gallery. The updates follow recent changes to provincial regulations governing the AVPA.

The Noise Exposure Forecast (NEF) Contour Areas changed to reflect new aviation technologies and aircraft advancements, while:
  • Preserving operations at Calgary International Airport
  • Enabling new land use potential in some communities
  • Enabling potential development of places of worship, halls and auditoriums in the NEF 35 contour area
The updated regulations were approved by the Minister of Municipal Affairs in late August. Learn more at


Next webinar for homeowners is Oct. 13

Registration for the next webinar is now open – How to Hire a Contractor and the Value of Permits, Oct. 13 at 6 p.m. Sign up at While you're there, check out our growing library of previous webinars, available to view anytime, and visit often for new ones coming up.

Webinars are hosted through Microsoft Teams and include a live Q&A. Subtitles for Simplified Chinese, Hindi, Filipino, French, Spanish and Urdu are also available.


Council committees reconfigured 

The City recently announced changes to the mandates and structures of Council Committees. The Standing Policy Committees on Community & Protective Services, Planning & Urban Development (PUD), Transportation & Transit, and Utilities & Corporate Services have been eliminated and replaced with two streamlined Standing Policy Committees:
  • Community Development Committee
  • Infrastructure & Planning Committee
As well, the Priorities & Finance Committee is now called the Executive Committee; the Intergovernmental Affairs Committee now includes Indigenous Relations; and the Gas, Power & Telecommunications Committee has been absorbed into the Infrastructure & Planning Committee. The Audit Committee and Calgary Planning Commission remain unchanged.

The mandate and name changes also come with some scheduling changes. Get the back story and more details here.
Visit our online Development Map to find developments of interest, stay up-to-date on the status of applications and submit your comments directly to the file manager.
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