When the Centre City thrives, so does the rest of the city. The 2007 Centre City Plan is a coordinated document that pulls together the vision for the Centre City along with strategies and actions relating to land use planning, economic, cultural, social development, and governance. An update to the Centre City Plan is an opportunity to support and incentivize private investment, align programming that generates visits and and spending in the Centre City, and plan for amenities that enhance the quality of life for people living and working in the Centre City.

The intent of this project is to refresh the current (2007) plan. The Centre City Plan provides the vision for the area, guides development in the Downtown Core, and identifies short, medium and long-term actions designed to implement the vision.

The purpose of this refresh project is to:

  • affirm the current plan’s vision and principles;
  • reassess the big-picture direction for the Centre City;
  • identify actions to realize the vision;
  • update the information in the Plan to align with other city policies such as the Municipal Development Plan and Centre City Guidebook; and
  • eliminate overlap with other documents.

The current Centre City Plan outlines a vision for Calgary’s Centre City to be a livable, caring and thriving place that is a premier urban living environment; a national and global centre of business; a centre for arts, culture, recreation, tourism and entertainment; and that welcomes people, in all their diversity to live, work and visit.

This vision is underpinned by the following principles:

Other relevant policies

The Centre City Plan is not meant to replace any local area plan, but to provide higher-level vision and guidance for the Centre City overall. For example, the Beltline Area Redevelopment Plan is currently being reviewed and updated as a separate planning exercise.

The Centre City Plan is aligned with the Municipal Development Plan and Calgary Transportation Plan and is the main document for planning and action within the Centre City. The Centre City Plan is a non-statutory (not based on law) policy document and does not overrule any other existing approved Area Redevelopment Plans, Policy Consolidations or Bylaws; however it is implemented through statutory and non-statutory plans, policies, bylaws, strategies and actions. The Centre City Plan provides a broad framework for the acknowledgement of more detailed area-specific or topic-specific plans and strategies.

Examples are included in the links below:

Calgary’s 2009 Municipal Development Plan (MDP) is our vision for how Calgary grows and develops over the next 30 to 60 years. The Calgary Transportation Plan (CTP) works together with the MDP to provide transportation options so all Calgarians are able to travel safely and conveniently.

Calgary’s Centre City is an important economic generator and a convergent point for Calgarians who use a variety of modes to travel to and within this destination. The Centre City Plan is a comprehensive and strategic long term vision for the future of Calgary’s Centre City and the Centre City Mobility Plan defines and coordinates the role and function of the streets within the Centre City.

The Centre City Urban Design Guidelines serve as a guide and inspiration for future development decisions in the Centre City area. The guidelines build and expand upon the 2007 Centre City Plan.

Links to other Centre City documents can be found here.


Public Engagement Summary

The What We Heard report from 2018 public engagement is now available. Click here to view the report.

Thank you to everyone who has participated to date. We received hundreds of online comments which will help us understand the values, aspirations and concerns in relation to the Centre City.

From August to October 2018, we completed three public workshops, seven pop-up events and received more online input. At each stage, we collected hundreds of ideas as well as important feedback on The Plan's vision and principles.

The project team summarized and reviewed your input. The What We Heard report from that engagement is available above. The City will be reporting back to update you on how your feedback has helped inform the Plan.

Once the information from the public engagement events has been summarized, the Centre City Plan Refresh team will:

  • review the input;
  • refine the vision and principles;
  • identify big moves or policy changes;
  • conduct stakeholder engagement; and
  • draft a framework and policy.

Internal Engagement Summary

We held six focused workshops in spring 2019 focused on key outcomes, goals, and initiatives related to subject areas, including parks; an inclusive, caring and safe Centre City; culture and activity; transportation; economic and climate resilience; and place making.

To inform each workshop, six associated briefs were prepared and provided to each participant prior to each workshop. Following the workshops, What We Heard Reports were prepared and the briefs were updated with summaries of findings. These briefs present some preliminary ideas and proposals for Centre City Plan content based on the process to date. A detailed internal review of the ideas and proposals included within these briefs is ongoing prior to the release of a formal draft Centre City Plan.

Please click on the links below to view the What We Heard reports from these workshops as well as the associated brief.

The input collected through all engagement will be balanced with a technical understanding of the opportunities and constraints provided in the focused workshops to formalize the recommendations for the new Centre City Plan.

What's next?

Next steps for the plan include:

  • draft the Plan, including actions;
  • circulate the Plan internally;
  • share the Plan with the public;
  • finalize the Plan;
  • present to the approving authorities;
  • respond to any follow-up motions; and
  • begin implementation.

We are committed to providing an information session to review the draft recommendations and refreshed Plan in 2020. Remember to join the mailing list to stay informed.