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Engagement for Phase 2 - EXPLORE is open until June 24, 2024. Provide your input now.


Citywide Rezoning Update

On May 14, 2024, City Council voted to approve citywide rezoning with amendments. Additional information will be shared on calgary.ca/RezoningforHousing as it becomes available.

What does the citywide rezoning mean for the West Elbow Communities Local Area Plan?

Approved local area plans, those currently underway, as well as all future local area plans will look to align with Council direction. Local area plans will align with Council’s rezoning decision to support rowhouses.

Moving forward, efforts will shift to helping people understand how citywide rezoning and the local area plans align.


ABOUT


Communities change and evolve over time. Conversations about where, why and how revitalization and redevelopment should happen are essential to ensure our communities change in the right ways.

Working together, we'll create a local area plan to guide the evolution of the West Elbow Communities over the next 30 years. West Elbow Communities Local Area Planning project includes the communities of: Altadore, Bankview, Cliff Bungalow, Elbow Park, Erlton, Garrison Woods, Lower Mount Royal, Mission, North Glenmore Park (north of Glenmore Trail SW), Richmond (east of Crowchild Trail SW), Rideau Park, Roxboro, Scarboro (east of Crowchild Trail SW), South Calgary, Sunalta, and Upper Mount Royal.

A local area plan sets the vision for growth and change in a group of communities over the next 30+ years. A local area plan provides guidance and direction on development, investment and community improvements that residents, landowners, builders/developers, City Planners and Councillors can commonly refer to when new ideas are proposed for the area.

A local area plan will support your community as it changes by:

  • Increasing predictability about how the area could change in the future.
  • Responding to changing trends and demographics such as population decline, family composition, aging in place, housing preferences.
  • Expanding housing choice to welcome additional people and increase population.
  • Supporting local amenities and businesses through increased population.
  • Informing decisions about reinvestment such as improvements to public spaces.
  • Adding more homes, increasing bikeability, walkability and access to amenities and transit, as well as reducing the need to expand our city’s footprint all play a role in environmental sustainability.


Communities naturally change and evolve. Over time, trees and kids grow up, businesses change ownership and offerings, homes and buildings age. People choose to move, renovate or rebuild their homes or businesses to better suit their changing needs.

There is a stage in each community's life cycle when the choice to rebuild or redevelop homes and buildings becomes more and more frequent (generally as homes and buildings reach 50+ years). A lot of change within a short time can start to feel unpredictable or overwhelming. It's at this stage where it can be helpful to have a plan in place to guide decisions about how and where change, new development and community investment and improvements make sense in communities.

Creating a plan to help guide change within communities ensures that there's flexibility (for people looking to make changes), direction (to help guide new development when ideas are proposed), and certainty (for residents to know how their community may change in the future).

We're working together to create a local area plan to help ensure change happens in the right ways in the West Elbow Communities.


Life cycle of a community

New communities tend to draw many young families and typically reach their peak population within the first 20 years.

Population begins to decline as children begin to move away from home.

Homes and buildings age and the population continues to drop or flatline. Schools and businesses often struggle to stay open.

The community is revitalized through private redevelopment and public reinvestment, bringing increased population growth and enabling local businesses and amenities to thrive.

The West Elbow Communities Local Area Planning project includes the communities of: Altadore, Bankview, Cliff Bungalow, Elbow Park, Erlton, Garrison Woods, Lower Mount Royal, Mission, North Glenmore Park (north of Glenmore Trail SW), Richmond (east of Crowchild Trail SW), Rideau Park, Roxboro, Scarboro (east of Crowchild Trail SW), South Calgary, Sunalta, and Upper Mount Royal.


Why is the West Village no longer part of the West Elbow Communities Local Area Plan?

The West Village will be incorporated into the Greater Downtown as part of the revised Calgary Plan. This will allow the area to be better integrated with the Greater Downtown, as it relates to the river pathway and open space system, and other downtown related initiatives.

FAQs


You'll find answers to the most frequently asked questions here. These FAQs will be updated throughout the project.

A local area plan sets the vision for the evolution of the area over the next 30 years. It provides direction on future development and investment that residents, landowners, builders/developers, City Planners and Council can commonly refer to when new development and investment ideas are proposed.

The city, communities and streets where we live and work have changed, are changing, and will continue to change. People renovate, rebuild, enlarge and modify spaces around them all the time. We need to make sure there’s room for people looking to make changes and provide direction to help guide decisions. We also need to provide guidelines for investment when change is proposed, and certainty for residents and businesses to know how their community may change in the future.

While Calgary’s population has been growing approximately 1.8 per cent every year since 1985, the peak population within 86 per cent of Calgary’s established communities has declined.

Population stability within established communities is essential to support local schools, businesses, services, amenities and infrastructure. Greater housing choice and diversity supports increased population and stabilization within Calgary’s established communities and ensures people can stay in their communities longer.

Expanding the types of homes that can be built is a great way to improve housing choice in a community naturally over time – in turn supporting population and community stability.

Feedback provided by participants helps shape the local area plan as it is created.

Input provided by participants helps the project team understand perspectives, opinions and concerns throughout all phases of the project. Input collected in each phase of the project helps influence and inform the concepts and policies that are created and refined throughout the process. Throughout the project, the project team will share what was heard, highlighted the key themes raised, and provided responses for how key themes were addressed and considered.

Although it would be a great outcome, the goal of public engagement is not to reach consensus or make everyone happy. Public engagement is about considering the input, ideas and perspectives of those who are interested in or impacted by decisions, before decisions are made. Participant input is an important part of local area planning, but is one of many areas of consideration. Other areas include: City policies, professional expertise, current context and trends, and equity which all factor into the ultimate decision-making process and concept development.


Public input provided in each phase of the engagement process is compiled, reviewed and considered as each chapter of the local area plan is created.

Past Engagement


Learn more about feedback from previous phases of engagement and how it was used to inform the draft local area plan content:

Phase 1: Envision

GET INVOLVED

Your voice matters. Your feedback and the feedback of your neighbours is needed to help shape how your community and the surrounding area evolves over the next 30 years.

There will be opportunities to get involved in each phase as the West Elbow Communities Local Area Plan is created and refined.

  • Phase 3: REFINE

    Refining the plan and confirming the investment priorities.





  • Phase 4: REALIZE

    Committee and Council review and decision.