Centre City: Your input required

The City of Calgary is updating the plan; join the conversation.

When we look around Calgary, so much has changed since 2007. That’s when The City of Calgary last published a vision and plan for the Centre City. No, that’s not a typo – it’s officially called “Centre City” at City Hall, not “City Centre”. The area includes the Downtown Commercial Core, East Village, Chinatown, Eau Claire, Downtown West and Beltline. 

In 2007, things like East Village and the 4 Street S.E. underpass were just ideas. The City of Calgary has published some pretty interesting statistics to show us how we’ve changed:

There are more of us:

  • The number of residents living in the Centre City is 43,500, an increase of 31% from 2007 to 2018.
  • The number of residential units in the Centre City as of 2018 is 32,300, an increase of 46% from 2007 to 2018.
  • From 2006 to 2016 the number of children under the age of 15 living in the Centre City increased by 131%.

We enjoy Centre City more than ever:

  • The Centre City is home to 150 events and festivals per year, on average. 

We like old and new:

  • The Urban Design Review Panel has reviewed 143 major redevelopment applications in the Centre City since 2007.
  • There are currently 267 evaluated historic resources in the Centre City providing opportunities for Calgarians to connect with the city’s history.

We’re getting greener:

  • There are 775,000 square metres of public parks and vegetated open space in the Centre City, or approximately 17.8 square metres per resident.

The current plan outlines a vision:

“…for Calgary’s Centre City to be a livable, caring and thriving place that is a premier urban living environment; a national and global centre of business; a centre for arts, culture, recreation, tourism and entertainment; and that welcomes people, in all their diversity to live, work and visit.”

- 2007 Centre City Plan

Our job as Calgarians is to help affirm the current plan’s vision and principles, reassess the big picture and identify actions to realize the vision in the context of 2018. The City of Calgary’s Engage website is taking online submissions now, in-person engagement, pop-up style, is happening around the area over the next few weekends, and there will be further opportunities for public engagement as the project continues. 

The Engage website has all the information about the vision, principles, issues and ideas.  Have your voice heard – it’s your city to build. 

October 1st, 2018
Updated: October 15th, 2018

The City of Calgary needs help in refreshing the plan for our City Centre of the future.