Thank you to everyone for organizing street meetings and writing letters about the Main Streets rezoning plans for our neighbourhood. City staff think they have a far stronger and sounder recommendation going forward to Calgary Planning Commission and Council as a result of all of our interaction over these past weeks.

What’s changed?
You’ll notice that over the course of the engagement, changes have been made to proposed land use in Shaganappi. These include:

  • 31 and 32 Streets SW: now a mix of M-C1 and R-CG
  • 14 and 15 Avenues SW north of the Barbara Mitchell Centre: now R-CG
  • 24 – 25A Streets SW: removal of most R-CG and switch to MU-1 f3 h16 or four storeys along 17 Avenue SW
  • 17 Avenue SW north of the Tecumseh naval facility will remain unchanged R-C1

You’ll find definitions for the land use terms at the end of this page.

Next steps and process
The next step is for the city Main Streets team to take this to the Calgary Planning Commission Thursday February 23, and then to Council for Public Hearing, provisionally scheduled for Monday April 10

The first step in the approvals process is the Calgary Planning Commission (CPC). CPC is an advisory body that reviews all rezonings and ARP amendments. They will consider the team’s proposals and make their own recommendation to Council.  While members of the public are welcome to attend CPC, it is not a public hearing and there is no opportunity for speaking.  CPC meetings can be viewed in person or online. Check for updates nearer the time.  

The second and final step is City Council, including a Public Hearing.  Following a presentation by the Main Streets team, Council will have an opportunity to ask questions of clarification and then open a Public Hearing, at which all Calgarians can present their views.  After the Public Hearing and debate, Council will vote on the recommended rezonings and ARP amendments. This is anticipated for April, 2017. To view Council’s meetings online or submit your comments to City Council, visit the Council website or contact your Ward Councillor.

Other resources
The final version of all the proposed Main Streets land use redesignations are available here:

Definitions (see the Land Use Bylaw for more information)

R- C2 is a low density residential designation that is primarily for single detached, duplex and semi-detached dwellings. The district contains many rules that are sensitive, or contextual, to the surrounding scale, requiring lower heights and larger setbacks, for permitted use buildings, when adjacent to lower scale buildings.

R-CG is a low density residential designation that is primarily for rowhouses that face a street with a front door. Does also allow single detached and side by side and duplex homes. Only slightly larger buildings then allowed by the R-C2 district. Maximum density is 75 units per hectare (uph) which typically allows an average 50 foot (15 metre) wide parcel to have 3 units, 4 units could be developed on a corner site with two street frontages.

M-C1 is a multi-residential designation in the developed area of the city that is primarily for low rise apartment buildings (3 – 4 storeys) or townhouses. The district contains many rules that are sensitive, or contextual, to the surrounding scale, requiring lower heights and larger setbacks when adjacent to low scale buildings. Maximum density is 148 units per hectare (uph) which typically allows an average 50 foot (15 metre) wide parcel to have 8 units.

M-C2 is a multi-residential designation in the developed area of the city that is primarily for low rise apartment buildings (4 – 5 storeys) or townhouses. The district contains many rules that are sensitive, or contextual, to the surrounding scale, requiring lower heights and larger setbacks when adjacent to low scale buildings. Maximum density based on building area (2.5 Floor Area Ratio) which typically allows an average 50 foot (15 metre) wide parcel to have about 12 – 16 units.

MU-1 is a new district yet to be approved by Council. It was developed to support growth in key areas like Main Streets. Characterized by street-oriented building design in mid-rise buildings typically between four and six storeys in height requiring a transition to lower scale residential uses on adjacent parcels through building location, building massing and landscaping. Main floor can be commercial or residential.

MU-2 is a new district yet to be approved by Council. It was developed to support growth in key areas like Main Streets. Characterized by street-oriented building design in mid-rise buildings typically between four and six storeys in height requiring a transition to lower scale residential uses on adjacent parcels through building location, building massing and landscaping. Main floor must be commercial uses.

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