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Welcome to the second engagement for the Southview Affordable Housing development.

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Outdoor Space Feedback

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15 February, 2021

JF says:

“Some outdoor recreation spaces for all weather/multi-purpose use. Skating, basket-ball courts, etc.”

14 February, 2021

L. CB says:

“I personally would like to see a soccer field with a field house instead of housing. ”

12 February, 2021

Wendy W says:

“survey didn't work. Main hopes: open space for fitness, art, homework help, play to include residents & neighbours wanting to participate”

11 February, 2021

Robin says:

“Forest lawn has no Hospice for the seniors or people coming to the end of life. Families have to travel for hours to and from other communit”

11 February, 2021

Dover resident says:

“How about a kids recreation centre? The neighbourhood is getting many new young families! There is not enough parking for a complex”

7 February, 2021

Shary says:

“Outdoor spaces need to be monitored”

5 February, 2021

Scott says:

“Let's build resilient and healthy communities through an urban controlled environment agriculture project! #GrowFood #CEACollaboration”

4 February, 2021

Pat says:

“The space could be used for Controlled Environment Ag. Residents could learn/contribute to improved food security and culture in YYC.”

4 February, 2021

Bella says:

“Your survey was terrible. I filled everything out even though it was a pain to drag everything over, then it kept telling me I made invalid ”

4 February, 2021

Lacey says:

“We do not need more up here find another part of the city.”

3 February, 2021

samantha says:

“This is a wonderful idea. Great place for affordable housing. I strongly support this location.”

3 February, 2021

Kelsey says:

“Outdoor spaces should be for public use, older communities seem to be overlooked when it comes to upgrading and maintaining parks.”

Project Information

The Southview feasibility study has explored options for affordable housing that meet the needs of affordable housing clients and reviewed options for operationally sustainable development over the long term (in partnership with The City of Calgary, the Province of Alberta, and Calgary Housing Company).

The site offers many advantages, including proximity to downtown Calgary, area services like the MAX Purple bus rapid transit line, and convenient access to area amenities and workplaces.


The Southview affordable housing development will allow for:

  • 200 units proposed in the redevelopment
  • Better integration into the community with more public amenities and open space.
  • A mixed-income rent model


Background Information

H & W Plaza

Affordable Housing in Calgary

The Affordable Housing division at The City of Calgary works to meet housing objectives and policies as approved by City Council.

To meet the ongoing need for affordable housing in Calgary, The City of Calgary’s Foundations for Home Affordable Housing Strategy 2016-2025 includes the design and construction of new Affordable Housing units as a key priority, increasing the supply of homes to those in need.

Affordable housing sites are chosen based on specific criteria including proximity to amenities such as transit and grocery stores. Redevelopments are informed by research on tenant preferences, industry best practices and extensive consultation with community stakeholders and citizens to ensure the developments are well-integrated into existing neighbourhoods.

Some of the policies that guide our work:

  • Recognize and encourage affordable housing as an integral part of complete communities.
  • Create affordable housing in all areas of the city.
  • Create affordable housing located close to amenities such as parks, schools, transit, recreation facilities, and medical and commercial services.
  • Develop affordable housing that is indistinguishable from market housing.
  • Provide rental housing that is affordable to low and moderate income

What is mixed-income affordable housing?

The mixed-income housing model integrates different rental rates for units, from deeply-subsidized affordable housing up to near-market rates. By offering some units at near-market rates, housing providers can offset the operating costs of the lower-rate units. There are no differences in quality between units offered at higher or lower rates.

Benefits for mixed-income housing

  • More self-sustaining, and less reliant on tax-supported government funding.
  • Allows affordable housing tenants to remain in place as their income changes.
  • Integrates residents of varying incomes, providing a sense of community and inclusivity.
  • Gives Calgarians of varying income the opportunity to live in their neighbourhood

What is a development permit (DP)?

Each land use district has its own set of development rules outlined in the Land Use Bylaw. A development permit confirms that all the rules and planning policies have been considered. It also provides a process for neighbours, community associations and other affected individuals and organizations to provide feedback.

DP Flow Chart

A City Planner will consider the following when reviewing a DP application:

  • Assess the context and character of the neighbourhood.
  • Research relevant planning policies and apply them as required.
  • Check for applicable provincial planning legislation that may impact the application.
  • Receive and respond to comments from the public and the circulation groups.

How to provide your feedback to the City Planner

Once the DP has been submitted, a sign (Notice Posting) will be posted on the development site with information on how to provide feedback as a member of the community. The Community Association and other stakeholder groups will receive a letter from the file manager with a request to provide feedback within 21 days

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