Report: Suburban Residential Growth 2017-2021

The next five years in Calgary call for more new housing.

At 160 pages, the Suburban Residential Growth publication by the Calgary Growth Strategies Planning and Development isn’t exactly a quick read. However, the thorough research sheds light on the impressive growth our city will see in the next five years, and predicts which neighbourhoods all these new Calgarians will soon call home.


The guide begins by estimating population increases, and explaining the resulting development projections:

  • In 2016, the population of Calgary was 1,235,171. Between 2016 and 2021, the population will increase by 78,200 people to 1,313,300. 
    • That’s about 15,640 a year.
  • By 2021, 31,300 more housing units will be built, averaging 6,260 a year.
    • 21,284 will be built in new communities, or communities currently in the development process.
    • 10,016 will be built in developed areas.
  • Calgary’s suburban areas will attract:
    • 78% of the total city-wide population growth, or 61,050 people.
    • 68% of the total city-wide increase in housing units.
    • 85% of all the new single and semi-detached units.
    • 50% of all the new multi-residential units in Calgary.

Interestingly, these percentages of population growth are almost all higher in the suburban areas now than in the previous five years (2012-2016).

  • New suburbs will require 1,012 hectares of land.

The four biggest areas to expand, are:

  • South Calgary: 276 Hectares
  • West Calgary: 264 Hectares
  • North East Calgary: 243 Hectares
  • South East Calgary: 222 Hectares

The guide also makes recommendations for servicing and infrastructure, based on the implications of all this growth:

  • The amount of land currently serviced is sufficient to satisfy most of the expected need on a city-wide basis 
  • However, the City should consider utility extensions within the next five years in the North, and Southeast sectors. 

If you want to learn all the nitty-gritty details of our city’s great estimated growth, sink your teeth straight into the guide and get ready to welcome new Calgarians. 


Visit The City of Calgary website for the complete report. 

Published
August 25th, 2017


The report identifies whether a sufficient supply of readily developable land exists to facilitate competitive land and housing markets.


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