Developers win compromise in city growth plan

CBC News, September 29th, 2009

The city's Plan It blueprint aims to curb sprawl in the growing metropolis and build density in new developments. (CBC)

The city's Plan It blueprint aims to curb sprawl in the growing metropolis and build density in new developments. (CBC)

Calgary council has made a concession to developers and softened a key density target in the blueprint to guide long-term growth in the city.

Plan It Calgary, a massive planning document to guide development for the next 60 years, aims to prevent urban sprawl by focusing on building up — with condos and townhouses close to public transit stations, schools and retail businesses — rather than building out through single-family homes.

The ambitious plan calls for a network of carpool lanes across Calgary, improved bike paths, amplified public transit and more green spaces, along with a reduction in the number of vehicles on the road.

The original proposal called for a minimum target of 70 residents per hectare in new suburban developments.

However, after a private weekend meeting with developers, Calgary city council agreed to lower that target on Monday to 60 people or jobs per hectare, arguing that it gives builders more flexibility.

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‘Unfortunately, citizen members weren’t present at that negotiation. It was between the industry and the city.’— Ald. Druh Farrell

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