How is the Regional Growth Plan being developed?

    Over the last year, representatives from the ten municipalities in the Calgary Metro Region have been working together to lay the foundation for the Regional Growth Plan.

    The CMRB has selected the internationally-recognized regional planning firm HDR Calthorpe to develop the Growth Plan in consultation with member municipalities under the leadership of the Board. HDR Calthorpe is a pioneer in the development and implementation of regional plans that support diverse, walkable, vibrant, environmentally responsible, mixed-use communities across the world. The firm’s long history of high-quality urban design and regional planning give their designers, planners and engineers the skills and vision to build the Growth Plan for the Calgary Metropolitan Region.

    The Regional Growth Plan process revolves around three main phases:

    • Phase 1: Information Gathering
    • Phase 2: Regional Scenarios
    • Phase 3: Policy and Plan Development

    We are currently completing Phase 2. We have developed scenarios based on input from elected officials and staff from member municipalities around the region. We are now looking to members of the community to provide input and insight so that we can refine the scenarios. Our goal is to combine the best features of each scenario, along with supportive policies that will be reflected in the final draft plan.

    In the fall, we will share the final draft plan with the public and seek additional feedback, before the final Growth Plan is presented to the Calgary Metropolitan Region Board for approval.

    How will my input be used to develop the Regional Growth Plan?

    The Quick Poll, Discussion Forum, and Survey questions on this website are asking you to share your priorities and values related to choices for how we approach growth in the Calgary Metro Region. The answers you provide directly relate to specific choices that might be made about growth, like higher density, transit-oriented development, and land use.

    We believe that the Calgary Metro Region is a great place to live, work, and play. We’re trying to uncover common values from residents across the region so that we make informed choices about growth that reflect the values and priorities of our communities.

    The values and priorities shared through this public engagement process will be used by the CMRB to help choose an approach to regional growth as we welcome the next million people to the Calgary Metro Region. 

    What is a "scenario"? Will you end up picking one of the three proposed scenarios?

    The scenarios show different results that might happen if we make different choices about how to approach growth in the region.

    The scenarios are not options and we don't need to pick just one. 

    We're asking you to help us understand what parts of the different scenarios you like and what you don't like so that we can make choices that reflect the priorities and interests unique to our communities in the Calgary Metro Region. This feedback will help us to pick parts from each of the scenarios to develop the best plan for the Calgary Metro Region.

    What choices are reflected in Scenario 1 (Business-As-Usual)?

    Scenario 1 shows how growth would happen if today’s mix of land uses and densities continue, and there is no major expansion of transit in the region. 

    Scenario 1 illustrates what may happen if we keep doing what we've been doing.

    What choices are reflected in Scenario 2 (Compact)?

    Scenario 2 shows how growth would happen if much more of our future growth is infill development, creating higher density development, particularly in urban centres like Calgary.

    The choices reflected in Scenario 2 are about aggressive higher density development in key urban areas, and minimal new development in areas of the region that aren’t currently developed.

    What choices are reflected in Scenario 3 (Transit-Oriented Development)?

    Scenario 3 shows how growth could happen in higher density clusters around future transit stations and city or town centres. This scenario would require major regional transit extensions (bus rapid transit or light rail transit) to Airdrie, Chestermere, Cochrane and Rocky View County. 

    The choices reflected in Scenario 3 are about spreading higher density development out across expanded transit networks in the region.

    What does “infill development” or “higher density development” mean?

    Infill and higher density can mean many things.

    Infill means redeveloping existing areas with new housing and employment. The East Village in Calgary is an example of infill. But replacing a single family home with a duplex is also infill. 

    Infill can happen in both urban and rural contexts. The Watermark development in the community of Bearspaw is an example of infill development in a rural setting. It could also be considered infill when a 20-acre parcel of land is subdivided into five 4-acre parcels.

    Higher density for transit-oriented development means a mix of townhouses and smaller-lot single family homes. Transit-oriented development does not need to be the 25-storey condominium towers we see in Vancouver.

    Why do we need a Regional Growth Plan?

    When the needs of the region are addressed as a whole, we can better identify opportunities and efficiencies to reduce the costs of growth, attract investment to the region, and realize sustained prosperity.

    Big infrastructure projects have an impact on more than one municipality, and we can better plan for and execute these major changes in our communities when we are all working together.

    What does a Regional Growth Plan do and what does it not do?

    A Regional Growth Plan builds a framework to help municipalities in the region work together. It includes policy to guide coordinated growth. 

    It does not replace local planning or the authority of individual municipalities to make decisions that consider the needs of local residents and businesses.

    What is the mandate of the Calgary Metropolitan Region Board (CMRB)?

    The CMRB’s mandate is defined in the Municipal Government Act (Alberta Regulation 190/2017).

    The Calgary Metropolitan Region Board supports the long term sustainability of the Calgary

    Metropolitan Region by:

    • Ensuring environmentally responsible land-use planning, growth management and efficient use of land;
    • Developing policies regarding the coordination of regional infrastructure investment and service delivery;
    • Promoting the economic wellbeing and competitiveness of the Calgary Metro Region; and
    • Developing policies outlining how the Board shall engage the public in consultation.

    Click here to view the Regulation.

    Who is the on the Calgary Metropolitan Region Board (CMRB)?

    The Calgary Metropolitan Region Board is a government corporation made up of elected officials from each of the Region’s 10 member municipalities:

    • Airdrie 
    • Calgary 
    • Chestermere 
    • Cochrane 
    • Foothills County 
    • High River 
    • Okotoks 
    • Rocky View County 
    • Strathmore 
    • Wheatland County (portion)