In March 2017, a Land Use Amendment Application was submitted for multiple properties located in the 1600 block of 33 Avenue S.W. (1602-1624 33 Avenue S.W.). The application proposed to redesignate (rezone) the properties to allow for a mixed-use, multi-residential development with a maximum building height of 18 metres (4-5 storeys) and a maximum of 80 dwelling units. More information regarding the application can be found here.

On August 2, City Administration presented the application to City Council during its scheduled Public Hearing. During this meeting, Council approved:

  • Amending the land use to MU-1f2.55h15 District, which would facilitate a four storey development. The maximum number of units will be explored further at the development permit stage of the application.
  • Amending the South Calgary/Altadore Area Redevelopment Plan (ARP) to create a new land use of Community Mid-Rise, with associated text and land use map amendments.

The minutes for this Council Meeting are available here.


What is the role of The City once a land use application is received?

When an application is submitted, City Administration (Planning, Parks, Transportation Planning and Development Engineering) review the proposal based on, but not limited to, technical feasibility, City policies and feedback received through public engagement. Administration then takes the proposed application forward to Calgary Planning Commission (CPC) and makes recommendations. CPC then reviews the information and may comment (either supporting Administration’s recommendations, or form a new recommendation) which is then forwarded onto City Council for consideration. City Council makes the final decision on whether or not to approve the application.

Why is this application being reviewed before Main Streets has been implemented?

The City is responsible for reviewing all applications as they are submitted. The project team for this application is consulting with the Main Street’s project team to ensure there is alignment with future policy and community vision.

Has the proposed height and density been decided?

The City has the responsibility to review all technical reports and details about the application. Achieving certain density targets and building forms in an area is a target of the Municipal Development Plan, however, The City also considers feedback from residents, landowners and Community Association members connected to specific applications. A decision about height and density has not been made yet.

Has a traffic study been completed in the areas around the application?

City Administration has indicated to the applicant that a Traffic Impact Assessment will be required prior to the file proceeding to Calgary Planning Commission (CPC).

Development Permit Workshop

During the Public Hearing of Council on July 31, City Council directed Administration to host an interactive workshop with the applicant and the Marda Loop Community Association to review the Sarina Homes Development Permit. Specifically, input was to be collected on built form, public realm interface, street edge, shadowing and parking. On September 9, 2017 a workshop was held with representatives from the Community Association and landowners who directly border the subject site. To view the feedback and discussion that was captured during this workshop, please read the Sarina Homes Development Permit Review Workshop: What We Heard report.

Land Use Amendment Application Areas


Thank you to those of you who provided your input regarding the proposed Area Redevelopment Plan (ARP) amendments. Your feedback has been included in the What We Heard report.