Report: Planning for the Future

One neighbourhood at a time.

Increasing the population density in established neighbourhoods is critical. That’s according to a recent report published by The City of Calgary called “Planning for the Future.”

And supporting new, diverse housing in these older areas is key for achieving density. Without enough redevelopment to add more people, a neighbourhood will eventually lose its vitality.

("Planning for the Future," pg. 4)


Diverse housing ­­­­­­­– including multi-use buildings, street-level town homes, infills, apartment-style condos and laneway houses­ – in established areas benefit our City in many ways. Denser neighbourhoods…

  • Create complete communities, enhancing the city’s character.
  • Encourage a more sustainable and adaptable local economy.
  • Green the city and reduce strain on Calgary’s land and resources.
  • Connect neighbourhoods through bike and walking paths and public transportation hubs.


Redevelopment is necessary, and challenging. “Planning for the Future” outlines actions The City is taking to address the issues. New initiatives are in place to….

  • Remove unnecessary barriers and delays related to permits and approvals.
  • Promote quality new housing while maintaining the current residential character.
  • Create pedestrian-friendly environments to accommodate cyclists, cars and increased transit use.


We’ll all enjoy positive outcomes as a result of redevelopment. For starters, denser areas build-up sufficient populations to support local shops, services and schools.

Best of all, property values can increase when a neighbourhood is revitalized. According to the City of Calgary “Between 2000 and 2015, the median property value in Altadore went up by 260 percent, versus 149 percent in a nearby community where little redevelopment took place.”

Healthy cities are diverse cities. When neighbourhoods are dense and diverse, everyone benefits.

Read the full report here to learn more about current and planned projects for our City.

August 12th, 2016
Updated: September 14th, 2017

Our city’s future depends on dwelling diversity and population density.