Regional Growth Plan

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The ten municipalities in the Calgary Metropolitan Region are working together to develop a long-term plan for managed, sustainable growth in the region, and we have some choices to make.

Should we continue growing the way we have in the past, or do we want to do things differently? And if we do want to do things differently, how can we work together in a way that allows the Region to grow and that reflects the needs and priorities unique to communities in the Calgary Metro Region?

We need your help to find the common values from residents across the region so that we can better understand the common benefit that regional planning can provide. Tell us what kind of choices will make your community the place you want to live, work, and play as the next million residents join this great region!

Between July 24 and September 4, we're gathering public feedback on different ways to approach growth so that the views of our communities are reflected in the policies of the Regional Growth Plan.

We've developed three scenarios showing possible results that might happen if we make different choices about how to approach growth in the region. We're asking you to help us understand what parts about 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. We’re not trying to make every community the same, but rather want to celebrate our differences and stick to our common values as we plan for growth.

Check out the FAQs to learn more about how we're developing a Regional Growth Plan and click on the tabs below to tell us what you think through Quick Polls, Discussion Forums, and the Survey.

The ten municipalities in the Calgary Metropolitan Region are working together to develop a long-term plan for managed, sustainable growth in the region, and we have some choices to make.

Should we continue growing the way we have in the past, or do we want to do things differently? And if we do want to do things differently, how can we work together in a way that allows the Region to grow and that reflects the needs and priorities unique to communities in the Calgary Metro Region?

We need your help to find the common values from residents across the region so that we can better understand the common benefit that regional planning can provide. Tell us what kind of choices will make your community the place you want to live, work, and play as the next million residents join this great region!

Between July 24 and September 4, we're gathering public feedback on different ways to approach growth so that the views of our communities are reflected in the policies of the Regional Growth Plan.

We've developed three scenarios showing possible results that might happen if we make different choices about how to approach growth in the region. We're asking you to help us understand what parts about 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. We’re not trying to make every community the same, but rather want to celebrate our differences and stick to our common values as we plan for growth.

Check out the FAQs to learn more about how we're developing a Regional Growth Plan and click on the tabs below to tell us what you think through Quick Polls, Discussion Forums, and the Survey.

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  • What if we didn't do anything differently?

    3 months ago
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    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. It is the baseline from which other scenarios were considered. 

    We believe that the Calgary Metro Region is a great place to live, work, and play. We also see opportunities to work together as municipalities to build on our common values and proactively plan for when the next million residents come to this great region.

    Thinking about how you live, work, and play in the Calgary Metro Region, what qualities do you think are most important to keep as we plan for growth in the future?

    When you think about how the Calgary Metro Region has grown and is growing today, what do you see as the greatest benefits of that approach to growth?

    What concerns or worries do you have about continuing to approach growth the way we always have in the Calgary Metro Region?

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  • What do you consider to be sustainable growth in the Calgary Metro Region?

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    Planning for the next million residents means that we need to make choices about what sustainable growth looks and feels like for the Calgary Metro Region. That means we’re thinking about the effects of our choices on the environment, the economy, and the people who make up our diverse communities.

    Scenario 1 reflects what might happen if we keep doing what we've been doing in the way we approach growth. Scenarios 2 and 3 reflect different ways that the Calgary Metro Region might take a higher density approach to growth. 

    If we choose to approach growth differently than we have in the past, our region could see the following effects as the next million residents join us:

    • 45% less land developed
    • 25% lower carbon emissions
    • 17% less water use
    • 19% fewer vehicle kilometers travelled (VKT)
    • 62% more people with access to transit within one mile of their homes

    Click here to view some graphs and maps showing comparisons between continuing to grow as we have (Scenario 1) and planning for significant infill (Scenario 2) and/or concentrating growth around expanded transit networks (Scenario 3).

    When you think about the next million residents coming to the Calgary Metro Region, what effects matter most to you? 

    What do you see as the greatest benefits and drawbacks of higher density development (as shown in Scenarios 2 and 3)?


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  • Where will people live and work?

    3 months ago
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    The maps below show the distribution of where people might live when the next million residents are in the Calgary Metro Region.


    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 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.

    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. 

    When you think about the Calgary Metro Region growing to include a million more residents, what kind of development would you like to see take place to support that growth? 

    Where would you like to see an increase in jobs and housing?

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  • How would expanded transit affect you and your community?

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    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, requiring collaboration by those municipalities.

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

    Thinking about where you live and work, and how you get around, what would it mean for you and your community if these transit expansions were in place today? 

    What excites and/or worries you about potential transit expansions to support growth in the Calgary Metro Region?

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