Hey Heritage Communities, your Local Area Plan is ready!

We’re currently in the fourth and final phase (REALIZE) of the project where the final draft Heritage Communities Local Area Plan is shared and brought forward to Committee and Council for review and decision.


GET INVOLVED

There are many ways to learn more and get involved in this final phase of the project:

Review the the final draft Heritage Communities Local Area Plan.

If there is anything that is unclear or if you have any questions, please consider attending one of the three information sessions that is being offered.

Attend an in-person or virtual information session if you want to learn more or have questions.


Virtual Information Sessions:

Tuesday January 31, 2023 from 6:30 - 8 p.m. (REGISTRATION REQUIRED - register here)

Wednesday February 8, 2023 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. (REGISTRATION REQUIRED - register here)


In-person Information Session:

Monday February 6, 2023 from 6 - 8:30 p.m. at the Acadia Recreation Complex (240, 90 Avenue S.E.).

Drop in anytime – registration not required.


Learn more about the Heritage Communities Local Area Plan, including why a local area plan is needed, how the Plan was created and the Plan's key ideas.

The Heritage Communities Local Area Plan will be brought forward to the Infrastructure and Planning Committee (IPC) on April 5, 2023.


Anyone who is interested can participate in the public hearing of Committee and/or Council. You can submit your comments in writing, register to speak or watch online.


The agenda for both meetings will be posted a few days prior to the hearings at the link below:

Council and Committee Agendas, Minutes and Video (calgary.ca)

Those wishing to participate in the public hearings can submit their comments or register to speak. Comments submitted before the agenda has been posted should clearly state that the submission is for "The Heritage Communities Local Area Plan".

Public Submission to City Clerks (calgary.ca)


Members of the public may also watch the Committee and Council hearings via live webcast:

Council and Committee webcasts (calgary.ca)


For more information visit Participate in a Council or Committee meeting (calgary.ca)

Final Draft Heritage Communities Local Area Plan

Plan Overview


The final draft Heritage Communities Local Area Pan sets the vision for the evolution of the area over the next 30 years—providing direction on future development and investment that residents, landowners, builders/developers, City Planners and Councillors can commonly refer to as new development and investment ideas are proposed.


Key Ideas

The Heritage, Southland, and Anderson LRT Stations serve as important gateways to the Heritage Communities and connect these communities to each other and the broader city. We heard that these transit station areas should transition into vibrant, better connected, mixed-use areas that provide new homes and amenities for current and future residents. The Plan envisions these transit station areas accommodating a greater variety of buildings that feature safer and more direct pedestrian and cycling connections to the LRT stations as well as enhanced public spaces that are safe and welcoming.

To help foster more vibrant transit station areas, the Plan provides specific direction for improvements within these areas including the creation of public space plans that include elements such improved pedestrian infrastructure, landscaping, lighting, sitting and gathering areas, and wayfinding.

A greater variety of homes and amenities will allow more people to choose to live and work in proximity of the LRT, make it easier to get around, and help enhance the transit station areas as focal points of the Heritage Communities.

We heard a strong desire from residents to improve walking and wheeling connections between communities as well as to important destinations like transit stations, commercial amenities, parks and open spaces, and natural areas. Better connecting the Heritage Communities is a key focus of the Plan and will help provide residents, visitors, and workers with safer and more convenient mobility options to move throughout these communities and beyond.

The Plan seeks to create a network of pedestrian and cycling infrastructure that is Always Available for All Ages and Abilities (5A Network). This includes prioritizing walking and wheeling connections and completing missing links between transit station areas, commercial areas, community association sites, schools, and parks, open spaces, and natural areas.

The Plan identifies specific potential walking and wheeling improvements along key routes such as 5 Street SW, Haddon Road SW, and Sacramento Road SW, 89 Avenue SW, 90 Avenue SE, Acadia Drive SE, and Flint Road SE to better link these communities together and to adjacent areas.

Population change is a key consideration in the Heritage Communities. People have different preferences and needs when finding a home (location, price, size, style, location to amenities or outdoor space). Having a variety of homes to choose from helps people stay in the area as they age or when their needs change, and also helps attract new families to the area. Increasing housing variety and choice helps stabilize and grow a community’s population, while restricting housing to only single-detached homes limits options for people and results in population decline.

We heard a wide range of perspectives on housing choice, from those who welcomed all types of small-scale homes (such as single-detached homes, semi-detached homes, and rowhouses) throughout all communities, to those who wanted to limit housing to only the forms that exist today. The Plan considers these differing perspectives and takes a balanced approach that supports single and semi-detached homes throughout, while focusing rowhouses and townhouses in specific areas such as around transit stations, larger parks, and on corner lots. Larger multi-residential homes are also supported in specific areas including along Macleod Trail S, near transit stations, and in key places along community corridors such as Elbow Drive SW, Heritage Drive S, Fairmont Drive SE, Acadia Drive SE, and 90 Avenue SE.

Welcoming more homes means more people can choose to live in the Heritage Communities which in turn helps support local schools, amenities and businesses. The Heritage Communities Local Area Plan balances the need for increased housing choice with concerns we heard about neighbourhood change.


Summary of the Plan's direction:

Core idea: Promote inclusive and diverse housing choices throughout the Heritage Communities and in key locations such as the Macleod Trail S Urban Main Street Area, transit station areas and activity centres.


Single-detached and semi-detached homes are supported on all residential lots. Semi-detached homes have the same maximum lot coverage and height as single-detached homes, resulting in very similar looking homes, but with two doors and homes instead of one. Expanding the option to build a semi-detached home or a single-detached home will help support population renewal and continued community vitality.









In addition to single-detached and semi-detached homes, homes that are three storeys or less with three units or more (such as rowhouses and townhomes) are supported on parcels with a lane that are also within transit station areas, adjacent to larger parks or on corner lots. Areas closer to local amenities are seen as key areas to accommodate additional homes, people and growth. These areas could accommodate new single-detached homes, semi-detached homes and homes that are three storeys or less but include three units of more (such as rowhouses or townhomes). Welcoming more homes and people around LRT stations, larger parks, and on corner lots means more people can get around more easily and have access to green spaces.


Larger multi-residential homes are supported in specific areas including along Macleod Trail S, near transit stations, and in key locations along community corridors such as Elbow Drive SW, Heritage Drive S, Fairmont Drive SE, Acadia Drive SE, and 90 Avenue SE.





VISUAL MAP OF HOUSING DIRECTION (summarized above)

The Limited Scale Map below visually represents the policies for small-scale housing (summarized above) in the Plan. The current land use designation or zoning that exists will remains as it is today. The Local Area Plan itself does not rezone (redesignate) land, but helps guide future decisions about proposals to rezone if brought forward in the future.

Click map to enlarge and/or review the Summary of Direction on Housing - Heritage Communities Local Area Plan PDF (map on page 2).



We heard that parks, open spaces, and natural areas are very important to residents in the Heritage Communities. Not only do these areas support recreational activities and active lifestyles but they also contribute to the overall ecological health of the area by providing cooling, shading, wildlife habitat, and stormwater retention. The Plan recognizes the importance of parks, open spaces, and natural areas for future and existing residents.

New small-scale homes adjacent to parks and open spaces (such as semi-detached homes and rowhouses) will help enhance the interface with park space, allow more families to live in close proximity to these spaces, and increase their activity and use of these spaces. The Plan supports accessible, inclusive, and year-round programming for parks and open spaces and recognizes the importance of natural areas including Sue Higgins Park and the Bow River pathway. The Plan also provides direction to protect, maintain, and support the urban tree canopy throughout the Heritage Communities.

Residents identified the need to revitalize the Macleod Trail South area so it’s easier for people to move around and visit businesses without a vehicle. We also heard a desire to improve east-west connections across Macleod Trail S.

Due to the vehicular nature of Macleod Trail S and the large size of parcels along it, the Plan considers Macleod Trail S as a redevelopment area that extends to the streets on either side such as Bonaventure Drive SE, Horton Road S.W., and Southport Road SW. The Plan envisions this area evolving to include a greater mix of commercial, residential, and mixed-use buildings that face both Macleod Trail S and adjacent streets. The Plan includes specific direction to enhance pedestrian routes and improve connectivity with new development sites to better link side streets through to Macleod Trail S. The areas of Macleod Trail S that are close to LRT stations will welcome the greatest number of new residents and businesses and contribute to strengthened connections to LRT stations and adjacent communities.

Urban Form & Building Scale Maps

The Urban Form & Building Scale Maps help visualize where and how growth and change could happen in the plan area over the next 30 years and beyond.

The Urban Form and Building Scale Maps are intended to be interpreted together.

  • The Urban Form Map details the purpose and general function of different parts of the communities, such as residential, commercial or mixed use.
  • The Building Scale Map outlines the general height and massing of buildings.

Additional details on the categories within these maps can be found in section 2.2 and 2.3 of the Heritage Communities Local Area Plan or within the Visual Legend.

It's important to remember that change is very gradual and the Local Area Plan itself does not rezone land. It is property/landowners who determine if and when to propose to rezone their land.

A local area plan sets the vision for the evolution of the area—providing direction on future development and investment that residents, landowners, builders / developers, City Planners and Councillors can commonly refer to as new development and investment ideas are proposed.


Urban Form: Building Scale:

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Alternatively, PDF versions can be found in the About the maps tab above.

  • Neighbourhood Commercial – characterized by a range of ground floor commercial uses oriented towards higher activity streets with a range of uses above or behind. Primarily found at key nodes such as Elbow Drive S.W., Southland Drive S.E. and Fairmount Drive S.E.

  • Neighbourhood Flex – areas characterized by a mix of commercial and residential uses with buildings oriented towards the street. Areas include Heritage and Southland LRT Stations.

  • Neighbourhood Connector – areas characterized by a broad range of housing types along higher activity streets. Supports limited opportunities for small, local-serving commercial in small buildings alongside primarily residential development. Areas include portions of Fairmont Drive S.E., Elbow Drive S.W., Heritage Drive S., and Acadia Drive S.E.

  • Neighbourhood Local – areas characterized by a range of housing types and home-based businesses found throughout the Heritage Communities in residential areas.

  • Commercial Centre – areas characterized by hubs and corridors that support regional commercial activity, typically arranged in larger blocks in a non-grid pattern. Areas such as Southcentre Mall and the Deerfoot Meadows.
  • Commercial Corridor – areas characterized by a range of commercial uses, typically concentrated at key nodes or along key corridors. Areas include portions of Macleod Trail S., and north of Heritage Drive S.W., east of Blackfoot Trail S.W.
  • Industrial General – areas characterized by a range of light and medium industrial uses and represent the city’s primary industrial land supply. Areas include Fairview Industrial, East Fairview Industrial and Glendale Business Park.

  • Natural Areas – provide a range of ecological functions and benefits and may include a range of amenities related to ecological features.

  • Parks and Open Space – areas characterized by publicly accessible outdoor space may include amenities and civic uses (such as schools and community associations).

  • City Civic and Recreation – areas characterized by indoor and outdoor facilities located on public land.

  • Private Institutional and Recreation – areas characterized by indoor and outdoor recreation facilities on private land.

  • Regional Campus – areas characterized by large sites that are used for regional institutional or transportation functions regulated by the provincial or federal government including airports, railyards, hospitals and post-secondary institutions.

  • Special Policy Area – identify places for specific policy guidance and can applied over a portion of an urban form category to modify existing policy or to provide additional policy guidance to a specific area while still emphasizing the general function.

  • Comprehensive Planning Site – identify additional planning or supplementary site design to support future planning applications.

  • Industrial Transition – supports a range of low-impact industrial and small-scale manufacturing uses on the ground floor.

Limited (up to 3 storeys)
  • Buildings of three storeys or less
  • Examples consist of small-scale homes
  • Found throughout the Heritage Communities

    Low-Modified (up to 4 storeys)
    • Buildings of four storeys or less
    • Examples include small-scale homes, apartments, stacked townhouses or mixed-use buildings
    • Areas include portions of Community Corridors

    Low (up to 6 storeys)
    • Buildings of six storeys or less
    • Examples include apartments, stacked townhouses or mixed-use buildings
    • Areas include along Bonaventure Drive and some Neighbourhood Activity Centres / Nodes

    Mid (up to 12 storeys)
    • Buildings of up 12 storeys or less
    • Examples include apartments, offices and mixed-use buildings
    • Key locations including areas along Macleod Trail S and some Neighbourhood Activity Centres (Nodes)

    High (up to 26 storeys)
    • Buildings of 26 storeys or less
    • Limited to Transit Station Areas and the Soutcentre Mall area.

    Highest (over 26 storeys)
    • Buildings of 27 storeys or more
    • Limited to parcels that already allowed for this height

    No Building Scale Category

    Parks and Open Space

    Key Changes

    For additional information about how the Urban Form and Building Scale maps have evolved over time based on input, including public feedback, take a look at the Summary of Map Changes.


    Engagement Overview


    Together, over a three-year period with thousands of participants, a local area plan for the Heritage Communities was created.

    From fall 2019 – winter 2023, conversations about where, why and how revitalization and redevelopment should happen took place with a range of participants. Thousands of individuals were involved in the creation of the Plan from youth to seniors, residents and business owners, community association and development industry representatives and a dedicated and diverse working group that provided in-depth insights and feedback throughout.

    A variety of opportunities for involvement were available through the process that aimed to accommodate a range of participation interests and intensities, as well as to remove barriers to participation.

    Engagement opportunities and methods included: Heritage Communities Working Group sessions, in-person and virtual engagement sessions (with the public, community associations & development industry representatives), pop-up engagement events, online engagement, mailed engagement packages, My Idea Stations, Conversation Starter Kits and community walk & talks (with community association representatives).

    Through the project, over 2 million advertisements were displayed to help raise awareness of the project and opportunities to get involved. Methods used to raise awareness included: mailed information, community newsletter articles and ads, large format road signs, social media ads (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Nextdoor), digital ads (including video ads on YouTube and audio ads on Spotify), digital and print ads in local restaurants, Communications Toolkits for area Councillors and Community Association representatives to help spread the word.

    Over 30 public engagement events, 20 community association sessions, 13 working group sessions, and 4 builder/development industry sessions were held. Online engagement was open for 145 days and over 69,000 engagement packages/booklets were mailed to residents and businesses. Overall, there were over 3,000 unique instances of direct engagement and over 5,000 comments were shared.

    Input provided by citizens and other participants helped the project team understand perspectives, opinions and concerns throughout the all phases of the project. Input collected in each phase of the project helped influence and inform the concepts and policies that were created and refined throughout the process. Throughout the project, the project team shared 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 was compiled, reviewed and considered as each chapter of the local area plan was created.


    Over 30 public engagement events, 20 community association sessions, 13 working group sessions, and 4 builder/development industry sessions were held. Online engagement was open for 145 days and over 69,000 engagement packages/booklets were mailed to resi

    What We Heard & What We Did

    FAQs

    Frequently Asked Questions

    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 and investment that residents, landowners, builders/developers, City Planners and Councillors can commonly refer to when new ideas are proposed for the area.

    All neighbourhoods change and evolve over time – buildings gain character, community demographics change, trees mature, local amenities and businesses change ownership and offerings.

    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 revitalized or replaced. When communities reach this stage, a local area plan is a helpful tool to have in place to help guide decisions when new homes, developments and local investments are proposed and considered.

    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. In the Heritage Communities, for example, population has declined approximately 8% over the last 50 years.

    Population stability within established communities is essential to support local schools, businesses, services and infrastructure. Greater housing choice and diversity supports increased population and stabilization within Calgary’s established communities.

    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 stability, local schools, businesses, services and infrastructure.

    No. The Local Area Plan itself does not rezone (redesignate) land. Property/landowners determine if and when to propose to rezone their land. If a land use rezoning were brought forward by a property/landowner, it would be reviewed for alignment with the Heritage Communities Local Area Plan if the Local Area Plan were approved by Council. The Local Area Plan provides direction that would inform and guide decisions about future development and zoning proposals in the area. If the Local Area Plan were not approved, applications to rezoning would be reviewed against the direction of broader Council-approved plans such as the Municipal Development Plan.

    The City of Calgary may propose to redesignate (rezone) land and does so periodically in connection with initiatives such as the Main Streets program or the Land Use Bylaw; however, no rezoning is being proposed in connection with the Heritage Communities Local Area Plan. Any proposals to rezone or redesignate a parcel must always include opportunities for public involvement and notification.

    The City must review all proposals for development and land use rezoning. New development ideas and land use proposals always go through a detailed review and approval process. Public input on development and land-use (zoning) applications is an essential part of this process.

    If a proposed development does not align to the existing zoning a land use redesignation (rezoning) application is required.

    If a proposed development aligns with the existing zoning (as outlined in the Land Use Bylaw), a development permit is required.

    Proposal to redesignate or rezone land are reviewed against applicable Council-approved policies, such as a local area plan (if/where one exists) and the Municipal Development Plan (if more detailed local guidance is not in place).

    You can learn more and provide your input on all development and land use proposals at calgary.ca/development.

    Single-detached and semi-detached homes are supported on every residential lot as they have the same maximum lot coverage and height, resulting in very similar looking homes, but with two doors and homes instead of one. Expanding the option to build a semi-detached home or a single-detached home will help support population renewal and continued community vitality.

    Single-detached homes and semi-detached homes supported on all residential lots.


    Areas closer to local amenities are seen as key areas to accommodate additional homes, people and growth. These areas could accommodate new single-detached homes, semi-detached homes and homes that are three storeys or less but include three units of more (such as rowhouses or townhomes). Welcoming more homes and people around LRT stations, larger parks, and on corner lots means more people can get around more easily and have access to green spaces.

    In addition to single-detached and semi-detached homes, homes that are three storeys or less with three units or more (such as rowhouses and townhomes) are supported on parcels with a lane that is also within transit station areas, adjacent to a larger parks or on corner lots.


    Larger multi-residential homes are also supported in specific areas including along Macleod Trail S, near transit stations, and in key locations along community corridors such as Elbow Drive SW, Heritage Drive S, Fairmont Drive SE, Acadia Drive SE, and 90 Avenue SE.


    There have been considerable changes to the make-up of households in Calgary, and specifically in the Heritage communities over the last 50 years. Due to several factors, the average number of people living in a home over this period has substantially decreased. In the Heritage communities there were 4.27 people living in a home in 1969, and in 2019, it was 2.3. A major reason for this is the number of children per household has significantly decreased. To maintain the same number of children in a community, or increase it, more housing needs to be created for more households.

    We also know that all forms of housing attract households with children. When new housing is added, such as replacing a bungalow with two semi-detached dwellings, or several homes with an apartment, the number of children in the community increases.

    Simply put, communities that remain predominantly single-detached areas have seen the number of children in their neighbourhoods decrease and communities that have allowed new semi-detached homes, rowhouses, townhouses and apartments have seen an increase in the number of children living in them. In the Heritage communities, over the last 20 years, the communities of Kingsland and Haysboro have added 249 and 83 children (0-19 years old) respectively, while the communities of Acadia, Fairview, Maple Ridge, Southwood and Willow Park have lost 287, 113, 166, 223 and 218 children respectively (most other communities have lost children as well). Overall, the Heritage Communities have 766 children less than they did 20 years ago. While children do live in single-detached homes, more children are moving out of single-detached areas than are moving in. Keeping schools open means allowing more types of housing.

    During the Local Area Planning process, the project team corresponds with local school boards to understand local school conditions and any other issues the school boards may have. By working together with the school boards, the plan team can better understand any potential issues with school capacity, pedestrian safety and traffic concerns, or any other issues facing local schools.

    As we refine the plan and finalize the urban form category and scale modifier maps, our colleagues model potential growth scenarios based on the plan to understand how the population of the area can change over time. This model is then used by our transportation and water resources departments to analyze infrastructure capacity and usage based on that expected population growth. This analysis will help identify potential upgrades that may be needed as growth occurs in the plan area. This information is also shared with other utility partners, such as Enmax, so they can similarly forecast growth and infrastructure capacity and plan for upgrades.

    A key part of the Local Area Plan is recognizing that public infrastructure and amenities need to support growth. In fact, an entire Chapter of the Plan, Chapter 3- Supporting Growth is dedicated to it. That Chapter outlines the goals and policies that will guide supporting investment and implementation options in the plan area as growth and change occurs. Goals such as improving mobility and safety, improving park spaces and increasing affordable housing are included. We are looking for public feedback on these goals to ensure we are capturing all the ways we need to support growth and change in the community.

    City Council makes the final decision on land use zoning applications. Administration must review all rezoning proposals and makes a recommendation to Council based on planning merits, supporting policy and comments received. Council refers to the Local Area Plan and other City policy and holds a public hearing prior to making a decision. Council can make a decision based on their own interpretation of policies, site characteristics and the merits of the application.

    The Local Area Plan provides high-level policy guidance and a framework for how growth and change could be accommodated in the plan area. The Local Area Plan identifies the urban form categories and building scale modifiers to identify where the different scales of growth and change should occur.

    The current Land Use Bylaw outlines the rules and regulations for development of land in Calgary for each district (zone). It also outlines the process for making decisions for development permit applications. The Land Use Districts provide specific rules and requirements such as parking, lot coverage, allowable uses, setbacks and landscaping.

    Other policies, guidelines and implementation tools provide further guidance for growth and change in a community.

    A variety of opportunities for involvement were available through the process that aimed to accommodate a range of participation interests and intensities, as well as to remove barriers to participation.

    Engagement opportunities and methods included: Heritage Communities Working Group sessions, in-person and virtual engagement sessions (with the public, community associations & development industry representatives), pop-up engagement events, online engagement, mailed engagement packages, My Idea Stations, Conversation Starter Kits and community walk & talks (with community association representatives).

    Through the project, over 2 million advertisements were displayed to help raise awareness of the project and opportunities to get involved. Methods used to raise awareness included: mailed information, community newsletter articles and ads, large format road signs, social media ads (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Nextdoor), digital ads (including video ads on YouTube and audio ads on Spotify), digital and print ads in local restaurants, Communications Toolkits for area Councillors and Community Association representatives to help spread the word.

    Over 30 public engagement events, 20 community association sessions, 13 working group sessions, and 4 builder/development industry sessions were held. Online engagement was open for 145 days and over 69,000 engagement packages/booklets were mailed to residents and businesses. Overall, there were over 3,000 unique instances of direct engagement and over 5,000 comments were shared.

    Input provided by citizens and other participants helped the project team understand perspectives, opinions and concerns throughout the all phases of the project. Input collected in each phase of the project helped influence and inform the concepts and policies that were created and refined throughout the process. Throughout the project, the project team shared 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 was compiled, reviewed and considered as each chapter of the local area plan was created.

    One of the benefits of housing diversity and choice in a community is that it supports lifelong living as people’s needs change through their lifetime. Housing diversity offers different forms of homes that support the different needs of different people at different stages of their life.

    All types of homes are used by all types of households. Just as you can find households with children living in semi-detached, duplex, rowhouse, townhouse and apartment homes, you can also find singles and couples without children in single-detached homes. The average number of children living in a typical rowhouse or townhouse in the Heritage communities is 0.56, while it is only 0.48 in single-detached homes.

    Three-storey homes are already allowed to be built in every community. As long as a home is within the height and lot coverage allowed, it can be approved by The City. Some communities are already seeing older bungalows being torn down and replaced with three-storey homes, and this is allowed throughout the city. Over 550 new single-detached homes have been built in the Heritage Communities in the last 20 years, often replacing smaller bungalows with larger new homes.

    No. Neither the Land Use Bylaw nor the Local Area Plan regulate the materials or architectural design of homes. The Bylaw does regulate built form, which includes things such as lot coverage, building height and landscaping requirements, but the architectural style of a home is up to each individual homebuilder and owner.

    No. Semi-detached homes and duplexes generally have similar height and lot coverage as single-detached homes. Allowing semi-detached homes and duplexes doesn’t increase the allowable size of new homes, but it does allow two homes (plus suites) in a single building instead of one home (plus suite).

    Those details are not in the scope of the 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 a proposed discretionary development.

    Currently, the Land Use Bylaw permits small-scale homes including single-detached homes to be built up to three storeys; however, specific design details are looked at during the development permit stage. The proposed development should align with the contextual rules set in the Land Use Bylaw. In addition, during the development permit application review, the file manager reviews comments from the public and discusses options with the applicant to better integrate the new proposed development into the existing context.

    Yes, the survey responses were taken in and reviewed. We responded to the CKE Community Association in May to confirm that we received and reviewed the results and that the results would be considered along with all of the other input received.

    The survey results helped us understand some of the key concerns in the community, such as school closures, density and loss of parks/natural spaces. We still want and need additional feedback to further understand concerns and to work to find solutions. We appreciate your dedication and passion for the future of the CKE communities and we really encourage any solutions-oriented feedback that can help find the right balance between key concerns identified, including those raised through the CKE survey, such as:

    “Finding a balance between limiting crowded densification and drawing enough young families in to maintain schools…”

    “The biggest concern among respondents is keeping community schools open and viable.”

    “Densification and Chinook Park School are the most significant concerns in the community.”

    We know that community redevelopment is complex, change is difficult, and these conversations are not ones that everyone wants to have, but growth and change will happen with or without a local area plan in place. We need you to provide input and direction on how that looks. We want to have these discussions with you. We need to work together.

    We need to further discuss concerns, challenges and opportunities surrounding population decline and school closures. School closures are directly tied to population decline and enrollment. The population in CKE was at its peak in the early 1970s and has declined due to a reduction in the number of people per home. We want and need to talk to you about potential solutions to this problem.

    We need to work together to find ways to welcome more people into CKE in order to maintain population levels needed to support schools and other community amenities. We need to try to work together to find solutions that balance the need for more people, with concerns that come along with welcoming more people and homes.

    Development of parks and natural spaces was also raised as a key concern. We agree that parks and natural spaces are very important to retain and we are not looking to redevelop these spaces, but rather ways we can improve and enhance them. We are currently seeking input on priority projects, such as parks or other key areas for improvement, that could be implemented in the future.

    Next Steps


    LEARN MORE - Attend a Virtual or In-person Information Session

    Attend a virtual or in-person session to learn more about the Heritage Communities Local Area Plan and have your questions answered.


    VIRTUAL Information Sessions

    • Tuesday January 31, 2023 from 6:30 - 8 p.m.
    • Wednesday February 8, 2023 from 7 - 8:30 pm

    REGISTRATION REQUIRED. SIGN UP HERE for the session of your choice.


    IN-PERSON Information Session

    • Monday, February 6, 2023 from 6 - 8:30 pm at the Acadia Recreation Complex (240, 90 Avenue SW).

    REGISTRATION IS NOT REQUIRED for this session. Drop in anytime between 6 - 8:30pm.




    SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS with Committee and/or Council


    The Heritage Communities Local Area Plan is scheduled to be brought forward to the Infrastructure and Planning Committee (IPC) Wednesday April 5, 2023.


    There are opportunities for the public to get involved at both the Infrastructure and Planning Committee (IPC) and Council public hearings. Members of the public can submit written comments to Committee and Council and/or can register to speak at both hearings.


    The agenda for both meetings will be posted a few days prior to the hearings at the link below:

    Council and Committee Agendas, Minutes and Video (calgary.ca)


    Those wishing to participate in the public hearings can submit their comments or register to speak. Comments submitted before the agenda has been posted should clearly state that the submission is for "The Heritage Communities Local Area Plan".

    Public Submission to City Clerks (calgary.ca)


    Members of the public may also watch the Committee and Council hearings via live webcast:

    Council and Committee webcasts (calgary.ca)


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    ENGAGEMENT FEEDBACK

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