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. The Plans form the building blocks for how the communities we live and work in grow, develop and evolve over time. For more information visit our project page.

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, and what needs to be updated or changed over the next 20 years.

We are in the first stage of our engagement. Please share your ideas on what makes a great city by filling out the survey below. It should take less than ten (10) minutes to complete. When you are done, tell us how we are doing by answering the evaluation questions on the right.



Important qualities of a great city.

Qualities of a great city refer to attributes, features, or experiences you may think of when describing a great city. From the statements below, select five (5) statements that you think describe the most important qualities for a great city.

How close would you like to live to the following amenities or services?
Within walking distance
Within biking distance
Within one transit trip
Within driving distance
Not in my ideal / no preference
Community shuttle bus stop
Bus route with high frequency service (i.e. every 10 minutes or less)
Light Rail Transit (LRT)/train station
Pathway or park
Recreation facility or sport field/arena
Cultural centre or place of worship
Grocery store
School for children
Post-secondary institution
Work or employment hub
Pharmacy, medical or other health services
Coffee shop, restaurants and retail
Corner or convenience store
When deciding where you live, what are your top three (3) most important considerations?

Whether you rent or own or share with others there are many things that influence the choice of where you live. We want to hear your top three (3) from the list below.

What is your current experience when it comes to getting around Calgary?
No major challenges
Some challenges
A lot of challenges
Does not apply to me
When I’m driving
When I’m walking
When I’m on my bike/non-motorized device
As someone who uses a stroller, a mobility aid, etc.
When I’m using transit

Use keywords or short phrases with a comma to tell us what makes your experience getting around Calgary most difficult.

You have 150 characters left.
For the trip selected above, I typically…(select all that apply)
Select the time range(s) you typically take this trip (up to two (2) selections).

An important part of planning for the future of Calgary is knowing the needs of different Calgarians. By giving us your age range we can better create the trade-off options for the next round of engagement.

To help us better understand where ideas are coming from, and so we can use them in shaping the options we need the first three digits of your postal code.


3 stages of engament

An image of of the engagement timeline and process.

Engagement is about collecting ideas and input into a decision making process. The steps below describe why each stage of this project is important, and how your input will be 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 yearsThe 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.

Background documents



In addition to many small, medium and large projects, along with research, engagement opportunities and policies The City works on every day, below are the most significant milestones that paved the way for the Next 20 project. Click on “Learn more” to see details.
  • Timeline item 1

    2005 – 2006: imagineCalgary

    • 18,000 Calgarians create a 100-year vision for sustainable growth in Calgary.

    Learn more.

  • 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.

    Learn more.

  • Timeline item 3

    2009: Municipal Development Plan (MDP) & Calgary Transportation Plan (CTP)

    • Creation of Calgary’s long-range land use and transportation plans that help shape how our communities grow, develop and evolve over time.

    Learn more about the MDP and CTP.

  • 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.

    Learn more.


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.

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