Next 20: Municipal Development Plan & Calgary Transportation Plan review
The Municipal Development Plan (MDP) and Calgary Transportation Plan (CTP) are Calgary’s long-range land use and transportation plans that look 60 years into the future. Our city has changed since these plans were developed in 2009. We’re checking in on our plans to see what’s working well and contributing to the quality of life many Calgarians enjoy. Our review of these plans will identify what policies need to be updated or changed to make life better for Calgarians over the next 20 years.
From February to April 2019, we asked Calgarians to tell us what qualities are important for a great city, and how we can make Calgary better. This was Stage 1 of our engagement process. See what Calgarians told us at in-person events and through the online survey.
THANK YOU FOR PROVIDING YOUR INPUT
We started the conversation in February with what qualities are important for a great city and how we can make Calgary better. In May and June, we asked Calgarians to tell us how much progress we need to make in those areas. We’re now summarizing and reviewing the nearly 500 survey responses submitted. Check back in the fall for the next opportunities to provide input on this project. If you haven’t already, subscribe for email updates to be notified when the next stage of engagement is underway.
HOW IS MY INPUT USED?
When: March 1 to April 8
What: Develop a set of goals that will guide our focus for the next 20 years. Public engagement input will be used to refine what makes a great city, and specific stakeholder engagement will be used to understand trends & policy needs as we move forward.
Why it matters: We need to make sure that any options and policies we make are in line with what is happening in Calgary, and with what Calgarians want to see for their city.
How this information will be used:Your feedback, along with trends from key groups, will give The City of Calgary a reference point for what needs to be refined. It will give criteria, or goals, we will use throughout engagement to assess how we are doing with the policy recommendation.
When: End of April - mid May
What: Now that we know what is needed, what will it take to get us there? What trade-offs do we should consider in the many outcomes our plans are trying to achieve? What range of options and actions should we consider? In this stage we'll talk about the benefits, impacts, constraints and trade-offs needed to reach our vision of Calgary in 20 years.
Why it matters: We can't do it all. The City needs to plan with the well-being and needs of all Calgarians in mind. In this stage, we'll get together to discuss ways that trade-offs can be made between the different values identified in Stage 1.
How this information will be used: This step is critical in helping The City to understand, refine and create options for policy recommendation. Ideas from this stage will be review, collated and brought back in the next stage for evaluation and prioritization.
When: Mid June - mid July
What: Now that we know what options we have it time to evaluate and prioritize them so that The City can make a policy recommendation to Council.
Why it matters: This is our check and balance step. We’ve done some prioritization based on the feedback of Stage 2, have we struck the right balance? We’ve developed a set of actions around this prioritization, are these the right actions? It is the last step of the engagement and it uses the criteria from Stage 1 to measure and prioritize the options from the trade-offs conversation.
How the information will be used: These results will be used to finalize a recommendation to City Council on what The City should focus on and where changes are needed in our existing policies.
When: Fall 2019
What: Administration takes a report with recommendations on what revisions are needed and how the plan will look in the future.
Why it matters: This recommendation brings two key policy documents together that guide the decisions made by Council and Administration.
How the information will be used: Council will consider the recommendation and make the final Policy decision. If approved, the recommendations will be implemented in 2020.
Great cities don't happen by accident. The city we experience today – our homes, work places, shops, parks, public transit, roads and sidewalks and pathways are a result of decades of planning today for tomorrow.
The Municipal Development Plan (MDP) and the Calgary Transportation Plan (CTP) help organize life in the city, providing policy and direction to guide decision making. These decisions shape how our city grows and how people will live and travel in the future.
Our long-range plans make sure City staff, communities, developers, business owners, citizens and Council are working to build a great city, together.
MDP and CTP 2018 Monitoring Progress Report
Every four years The City reports on the progress made towards our 60-year goals. The most recent report is the MDP/CTP 2018 Monitoring Progress Report. View the report to see how we're making progress on our plans.
HOW DID WE GET HERE?
KEY PROJECTS THAT GOT US TO TODAY
Timeline item 1
2005 – 2006: imagineCalgary
- 18,000 Calgarians create a 100-year vision for sustainable growth in Calgary.
Timeline item 2
2008 - 2009: PlanIt Calgary
- Over 6,000 Calgarians provide input on a 60-year plan to accommodate over 1 million new people.
- Focus on land use, development, and transportation changes to build up and out and improve walking, cycling, transit, and auto travel.
Timeline item 4
2019 – 2022: One Calgary - Service Plans and Budgets
- The City develops service plans and budgets for 2019-2022 to deliver on the services you value in your community.
- First service based budgets and plans for Calgary.
When it comes to how our city grows and evolves over the next 20 years, there are some common misperceptions that exist around urban planning and transportation planning. It’s understandable. Navigating The City’s many plans, policies, projects and services, and how they all fit together to organize life in Calgary, is complex. By sharing a few of the most common myths we hear, we hope to shed some light on how we’re planning for the next 20 years.
New Mythbusters will be posted here on Mondays. Visit this webpage or check them out at our City of Calgary Twitter.
Myth 1: Calgarians love their cars and want to drive everywhere.
The City knows that driving will continue to be the most common way for Calgarians to get around, but it’s not the way for all Calgarians at all times. In fact, more Calgarians are choosing to walk and bike. The City’s goal is to provide transportation choices for all Calgarians, from ages 8 to 80, which are convenient, safe, affordable and attractive, including driving, walking, biking and transit.
Did you know? 1.1 million people use our sidewalks and pathways daily.
18,117 bike trips entered and exited the downtown in 2018, a 47% increase from 2015, when the downtown cycle tracks opened.
Myth 2: The things Calgarians need today will be the same in 20 years.
An aging population, more immigrants moving to Canada and our city, and changing lifestyles mean needs are shifting around housing, transportation and accessibility. This will have a growing impact on how and where people live and work.
Did you know? The number of seniors in Calgary is expected to double between 2014 and 2034.
In 2016, for the first time in Canada’s history, 1-person households surpassed all other types of living situations. More people are living alone, without children, or as part of a multigenerational family.
Myth 3: All Calgarians want to live in single-family homes.
Calgarians are looking for different types of homes to meet their needs. The number of people living in semi-detached and multi-family homes has increased. Semi-detached and multi-family homes made up 60% of units added to #yyc between 2011-2017.
Did you know? 53% of Calgarians expecting to change their type of home in the future see themselves in a semi-detached or multi-family home.
Myth 4: The City doesn't care about addressing auto congestion.
In fact, Calgary is one of the least congested cities in the world, according to TomTom Global Traffic Index.
Did you know? The City allocated approximately
39% of its 2015-2018 transportation capital budget, about $185 million, to road
infrastructure. (Source: Action Plan)
Myth 5: My community doesn't need to redevelop; it's fine the way it is.
Redevelopment is a natural part of a community’s life cycle. It helps neighbourhoods:
- Maintain vibrancy and character
- Support things like schools & shops
- Accommodate changing housing needs
- Improve transportation options
Did you know? As our city grows we need to consider our urban footprint & use land more efficiently. We need to account for the housing needs of our growing and changing population and what that will cost. This means balancing growth between developed and developing areas.
Myth 6: Good urban design is about making things look pretty.
Good urban design is about making places attractive for people to use. This considers the types of residential and commercial uses, how people get to, from and around the area, and elements like architecture, public art and landscape design.
Did you know? Good urban design contributes significantly to healthier communities and people. It encourages people to use outdoor places, which leads to increased economic activities and vibrancy, reduces social isolation, and promotes healthier communities.
Myth 7: Climate change will impact other places in the world more than Calgary, so we don't need to plan for it.
Climate change is increasing the frequency and severity of extreme weather in Calgary. Climate modelling tells us that Calgary will experience more severe & frequent extreme weather events , which could impact our city water resources, cause damage to or failure of infrastructure, and threats to the health of our citizens.
Did you know? Eight out of 10 of the costliest disasters in Calgary have occurred since 2012. (Source: Insurance Bureau of Canada)
TRAVEL COST CALCULATOR
Travelling in Calgary affects all of us.
How we get around our city is an important factor when thinking about priorities and considerations for making Calgary better for more people.
Most of us tend to think about our personal costs such as purchasing a transit ticket or the cost of operating a vehicle. Have you ever thought about how much it costs to build, maintain and operate the transportation network? Things like sidewalks, the cycling network, Calgary Transit and the roads and bridges we drive on all cost money.
WHAT IS ENGAGEMENT AT The City of Calgary?
Your input, and the input of other citizens and stakeholders, helps The City understand people’s perspectives, opinions, and concerns. Input collected in each phase of the project will be compiled and share through a What We Heard report.
Although it would be a great outcome, the goal of public engagement is not to reach consensus or make everyone happy. Public engagement is also not about voting or collecting representative information. Public engagement is about considering the input, ideas and perspectives of people who are interested or impacted by decisions, before decisions are made.
To learn more about engagement at The City, visit engage.calgary.ca/about.