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Beginning Oct. 23, Calgary City Planning is launching a citywide engagement for Calgarians about the future of Calgary. As our city’s population approaches two million, we must prepare to support this growth. The City Building program will align and strengthen our plans and tools to create a place where every Calgarian can thrive. This program has an end goal that seeks to shape our city, how we get around, and how we interact with the natural systems that sustain us.

The City Building program will produce three documents: the Calgary Plan, a new Zoning Bylaw and Street Manual which will work together seamlessly to create a clear, concise, and central long-term vision and 10-year action plan for Calgary’s future.  The Calgary Plan will update and merge the Municipal Development Plan with the Calgary Transportation Plan together. This statutory plan will guide the way we move and use land across the city. All three of these documents will be created based on public feedback, existing policies, Council priorities, partnering with the Indigenous community, and extensive consultation with subject matter experts and interested parties. 

This effort will impact every Calgarian for the next 30 years. Your input will be used to confirm direction and guide the refinement of all three City Building documents to shape the Calgary of the future and make our city one of the greatest places to live. There will be three phases of engagement for this 18-month program, with the first phase of engagement addressing “Where are we going?”, which is an opportunity to learn about the City Building program and for Calgarians to share their values and experiences. 

“We are very excited to hear from Calgarians about what they love about our city and what they would like to change. We want to ensure we get this program right, reflecting what we hear from residents and the research data gathered,” says Laura Graham, Program Manager for City Building.

The second stage of engagement will begin this winter and will focus on “How are we going to get there?,” and the third will be in spring 2024 where all the input will be put together into a proposed direction. Calgarians are encouraged to participate in all three engagement phases.

From Oct. 23-Dec. 3, Calgarians are invited to give their feedback either online or at numerous engagement events and opportunities throughout the city. “Our team will be at numerous events, holding webinars, and even have a small exhibit at the Municipal Building,” says Graham. “Join in the conversation about the city we love. We want to hear from you – let’s help shape Calgary’s future!”  

Visit for a complete listing of all events (both in-person and online), and to provide feedback.

Sean Chu

Sean Chu arrived in Calgary from Taiwan in 1985 speaking not a word of English, and within 7 years he was a sworn officer with the Calgary Police Service. From that point on Sean worked with the Calgary Police Service as on Officer for 21 years in a number of roles until 2013.

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