Help Shape Your Community’s Future

We're refining the Chinook Communities Local Area Plan to provide direction on the future redevelopment and reinvestment in this area.

Your feedback will help inform where different types of new development and community improvements could fit best in the Chinook Communities of Bel-Aire, Britannia, Elboya, Manchester, Mayfair, Meadowlark Park, Parkhill, Windsor Park, a south portion of Manchester Industrial, and a small eastern portion of Glenmore Park.

Engagement for Phase 3 - REFINE is open from May 28, 2024 - June 24, 2024 and we want your feedback on three topics:

Topic 1: Draft Urban Form and Building Scale Maps

Topic 2: Community Improvements

Additional Feedback: Draft Chapters

Click each topic, review the info, submit your feedback!

Project Information

Get Involved

In-person Engagement Session

  • Tuesday, June 11 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Windsor Park Community Association, 5304 6 Street SW
  • Registration not required. Drop in anytime.

Virtual Engagement Sessions

  • Tuesday, June 4 from 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, June 20 from 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • A brief presentation, followed by the opportunity to ask questions and provide input.
  • REGISTER HERE for virtual engagement sessions.

This video presentation below is an overview of Phase 3 Engagement:

Engagement Booklets will be mailed to homes and businesses starting the week of May 28, 2024. The Engagement Booklets include a feedback form on the back page that includes pre-paid postage to mail back to us.

A digital version of the Engagement Booklet is available if you did not receive one and/or you can find a booklet at an Engagement Station (see map) nearby.

There are multiple topics open for feedback:

  • Topic 1: Draft Maps
  • Topic 2: Community Improvements
  • Additional Feedback: Provide feedback on the revised draft of Chapters 1 & 2 as well as the initial draft of Chapter 3 of the local area plan.

Click the tabs below to review information on provide feedback on each topic.


Change is Inevitable. Let's Create a Plan to Guide It.

All property/landowners have the right to propose changes to their land (from a new deck to a new home or business). New homes, buildings and community improvements are proposed in response to people’s changing wants and needs.

When new ideas are proposed, a local area plan provides direction on local redevelopment, investment and community improvements that residents, landowners, builders/developers, City Planners and Councillors can commonly refer to and which is used to help inform decisions on proposed changes.

A local area plan aims to balance the need to provide flexibility for people looking to make changes, certainty for existing residents and direction when development proposals are brought forward.

Redevelopment is a natural part of a community’s life cycle, which often begins when communities reach a certain age and homes, buildings and amenities need to be refreshed and revitalized or renewed and replaced.

The first 20 years

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

Years 30–40

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

40–60+ years later

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

Redeveloped and revitalized

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


Planning Together for the Next 30 Years

We’re working together to create a local area plan for Bel-Aire, Britannia, Elboya, Manchester, Mayfair, Meadowlark Park, Parkhill, Windsor Park, a south portion of Manchester Industrial, and a small eastern portion of Glenmore Park.

What is a Local Area Plan?

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.

Why Do We Need a Local Area Plan?

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.

Chinook Communities - Plan Area Boundary Update

Based on the public feedback received in Phase 1, the Chinook Communities' boundary has been amended to include the 39 Ave. LRT Station and nearby area.

Conversations about where, why and how revitalization and redevelopment should happen are essential to ensure there's a plan in place to help guide future changes. Growth and change happen in a community with or without a local area plan.

Consumer demand, market forces, and other factors will drive change in the community. However, in areas with high demand that do not have a local area plan, developers will often have to undertake site-by-site land use redesignation / rezoning applications in order to build developments to meet demand for new housing and businesses. This site-by-site approach can create uncertainty for local residents, who don’t know where the next application will come from and what it will propose. It also creates uncertainty for developers, who don’t know for certain what types of proposals will be acceptable where. Without a local area plan, conversations about growth and change happen application by application, often in a manner disconnected from a wider vision. A local area plan helps create more certainty for everyone by outlining the general expectation for what scale and type of new development is appropriate where and what policies will help shape development that is proposed.

What We’re Talking About Now

We are currently in Phase 3 – REFINE, and we want to hear your thoughts on the draft Urban Form and Building Scale maps and community improvements.

Your input now will help to refine the maps we are discussing on the appropriate building scales (heights/number of storeys) and uses (residential, commercial, industrial, mixed use, etc.) for growth within all areas of the plan.

What We’ve Discussed So Far

In Phase 2 – EXPLORE, we asked you to review the draft Vision and Core Values for the Chinook Communities that will help guide decisions about the evolution of the area over the next 30 years. We also discussed moderate to large-scale growth in the plan area. We encourage you to review the Phase 2 What We Heard Report and What We Did Reports.

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

Following each phase of engagement, the project team compiles and shares what was heard, highlights the key themes raised, and provides responses for how key themes were considered and addressed.

In addition to participant input, other key inputs are also considered to help inform the creation of the local area plan, as shown below.

Visit and check out the "PAST ENGAGEMENT" tab to review What We Heard & What We Did Reports along with Engagement Summaries from each phase through the project.

The Municipal Development Plan (MDP) includes policies that direct industrial areas to remain predominantly industrial to support a strong and prosperous economy and should resist the encroachment of non-industrial uses (such as residential and commercial) into them. In addition to the direction in the MDP, recent analysis undertaken as part of the Industrial Growth Strategy and Industrial Action Plan highlights the importance and locational advantage, and proximity to downtown of the existing industrial lands within the Chinook Communities for emerging industrial trends (such as for last-mile goods delivery or smaller industrial users). With these considerations in mind, we will work with the public, businesses, and other City departments to understand how we could maintain and improve existing industrial areas within Chinook Communities and accommodate certain nonindustrial uses in strategic areas.

It is anticipated that the Chinook Communities Local Area Plan will be presented to City Council in winter 2025. In the meantime, while the draft Plan is being developed and until Council makes a decision on the proposed Plan, active land use amendment and development permit applications will be reviewed against existing Council approved policy plans, such as the Municipal Development Plan.

Those details are not in the scope of a local area plan; however, at the development permit stage details such as building design, site constraints, landscaping, parking, utilities and waste and recycling staging areas are discussed and carefully looked at. Privacy is also discussed as part of the design of the new development. For example, glass blocks or frosted glass can be placed when side windows are proposed. All development permits include the opportunity for the public to provide comments during the review of the proposal as well as to appeal the decision about the proposed development.

Most mature communities, especially those built prior to 1980, are below their historical peak population, so most communities are already designed to handle more people than live here today. Due to the decline in population and higher efficiency houses being built, there is now infrastructure capacity. This includes roads, transit stops, water and wastewater management, etc. to handle more types of housing.

That being said, through the local area planning process, we plan for reinvestment along with redevelopment. Chapter 3 of the local area plan (Supporting Growth) highlights key community improvements desired within the Chinook Communities. We are looking for feedback on community improvements now to ensure we are capturing all the ways we need to support growth and change in the area.

Small-Scale Homes

Citywide Rezoning Update

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

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

Approved local area plans, those currently underway, as well as all future local area plans must align with Council direction.  

  • Local area plans will align with Council’s rezoning decision to support rowhouses across local area plans. 
  • The lowest urban form category (Neighbourhood Local) combined with the lowest building scale category (Limited) already supports all homes 3 storeys or under. 
  • Since Council has decided (through the Citywide rezoning) where small-scale homes including single-detached homes, semi-detached homes, townhomes or rowhomes are appropriate, this is no longer a topic that we will engage on within the local area planning process. Moving forward, efforts will shift to helping people understand how citywide rezoning and the local area plans align. 

A small-scale home is any home that is three storeys or less with one or more units that each have their own exterior entrance. Small-scale homes include:

  • Population stabilization and growth
    Communities that have more housing choices have seen their populations stabilize or gradually increase which supports local businesses, schools, recreation facilities and community reinvestment.
  • Housing choice
    One size doesn’t fit all. Having a variety of homes to choose from attracts people of different ages and family compositions, creating vibrant communities.
  • Supporting changing life needs
    Having more housing options provides the opportunity to live and remain in the same community close to friends, family and the things we know and enjoy, as our housing needs change over our lifetime.

Have Your Say

Topic 1: Draft Maps

Draft Local Area Plan Maps

There are two maps in a Local Area Plan that outline what type and scale of development makes sense where:

Map 1: Draft Urban Form Map
  • The Urban Form Map shows types of buildings and what they should be used for. These can include primarily commercial/business areas, primarily industrial areas, primarily residential areas and parks and open space.
Map 2: Draft Building Scale Map
  • The Building Scale Map shows the maximum height and size buildings can be in a specific area. Scale categories contain policies that outline building heights and other design considerations such as stepbacks (where higher floors are setback from lower floors).

Help Refine the Draft Maps

Lots of great input has been provided so far to help create the draft maps, but feedback is needed to help refine them.

  • These maps are draft and currently open for discussion. Feedback provided will be used to help refine the maps.
  • Local area plan maps help guide decisions about what types and heights of development could fit best where, if proposed by property and landowners in the future.
  • It is property owners and landowners who decide if or when to propose to build something new on their land.
  • If a property or landowner were looking to build something that does not align with their current zoning, they would need to apply to rezone their land. If a local area plan were in place, it would be reviewed to inform the decision on the proposed rezoning.
  • Land is not rezoned through the local area planning process and/or if a local area plan is approved by Council. Rezoning takes place through a separate process that includes a detailed City review and recommendation, public notification and opportunities for comments, and a public hearing of Council.
Map 1: Draft Urban Form Categories Map Map 2: Draft Building Scale Map

Urban Form & Building Scale Legend

(includes descriptions of each category shown on the map)

View the Draft Urban Form Map and Draft Building Scale Map in a PDF format if you'd prefer.

These draft maps can also be found in the revised draft Chapter 2 local area plan content, along with supporting draft development direction (policies).


Your input and the input of others will help inform refinements to draft Chapter 2 of the local area plan (including the draft Urban Form and Building Scale Maps, and supporting policies). Local area plans help guide decisions about development if/when proposals are brought forward by property and landowners in area.

Topic 2: Community Improvements

Local area plans provide direction on potential future community improvements such as changes to amenities, services, parks and open spaces, public spaces and public facilities.

Examples could include projects such as:

  • Upgrades to parks
  • Wider sidewalks
  • New bikeway/pathway connections
  • Increased tree canopy

Community improvements should link to the Core Values created for the area, are meant to be actionable and should be of benefit to the whole of the Chinook Communities area. Community improvements may be implemented by various groups including The City, developers, communities, etc. in connection with redevelopment if and when funding becomes available.

Core Values and Community Improvements

Do you have any additional ideas for community improvements that would help support growth and change in the Chinook Communities?

To help frame this discussion, we will refer back to our core values.

Core ValuesDraft Community Improvements

Additional investment priority details can be found in draft Chapter 3 of the local area plan. Let us know if you have additional ideas for local investment below.


Your input and the input of others will help inform refinements to draft Chapter 3 of the local area plan (including priorities for investment in the Chinook Communities). Priority investments and options are identified in the Local Area Plan, but do not have associated funding. Investment priorities may be implemented by various groups including The City, developers, communities, etc. in connection with redevelopment or if/when funding becomes available.

Additional Feedback

Additional Feedback: Draft Chapters

The draft Chapter 1, Chapter 2 and Chapter 3 of the Chinook Communities Local Area Plan area available for review. Please click on the links to review and give your feedback in the question below.

  • Draft Chapter 1 - Information about the history of the area, the area as it exists today, and future vision and core values to help guide growth and change are included in draft Chapter 1.
  • Draft Chapter 2 - A refined draft Chapter 2 has been created for review.
  • Draft Chapter 3 - An initial draft of Chapter 3 has been created for review.

Chapter 1 draft content was created and refined through engagement in Phase 1: ENVISION. Initial Chapter 2 draft content was created based on engagement in Phase 1: ENVISION and was further refined based on feedback provided through Phase 2: EXPLORE.

A refined version of Chapter 2 is now available above along with Draft Chapter 3, which will also be refined.

Next Steps

How Will Your Feedback Be Considered and Used?

LAP Process Description

Following each phase of engagement, the project team compiles and shares what was heard, highlights the key themes raised, and provides responses for how key themes were considered and addressed.

In addition to participant input, other key inputs are also considered to help inform the creation of a local area plan as shown above.

Participant feedback helps shape a local area plan as it is developed. You can find What We Heard and What We Did Reports at