Report: Developed Areas Growth and Change

Research from The City of Calgary's Geodemographics department.

The department called Geodemographics at City Hall is responsible for all the research that, in turn, provides context to the Planning and Development department.

To that end, they are constantly taking inventory of development activity throughout Calgary. The Developed Areas Growth and Change 2014 report documents everything from demographics to development potential within established areas.

What’s an established area in Calgary? “Developed area” or “established area” refers to any community where initial residential development is complete. This report tells us we’ll be adding about 3,000 housing units a year to established areas over the next few decades in order to accommodate our growing population and stay sustainable.

At 158 pages, its not an easy read so here are a few highlights on what’s happening in our developed areas:

  • The City’s Municipal Development Plan calls for 33% of population growth to be accommodated in established areas in the next 25 years.
  • To reach that target, for the next 25 years we need to add at least 3500 units per year to established areas.
  • In the past 5 years, 1/3 of new housing units were built in developed communities
  • At the current development rates it will take the Centre City just 13 years –instead of 25 – to achieve the 2039 population growth target.
  • There is enough vacant land for up to 28,000 new housing units without rezoning.

Is there room for more in your neighbourhood? Learn more about the potential for growth near you at The City’s Geodemographics Department.

November 21st, 2015
Updated: September 14th, 2017

The research behind Calgary's plans for established areas development.