Embracing density

Builders and the City work together to rein in urban sprawl

It used to be that mentioning the word “density” would get some Calgarians riled up over plans for a new community they felt had too many homes per hectare, or a condominium project with too many units.
But faced with the alternative of urban sprawl, increasing density is now an established policy for residential development.

In 2009, city council approved a new Municipal Development Plan (MDP) and Calgary Transportation Plan (CTP) that address density in both new communities and established areas.

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Best of both worlds

Q Condos bring downtown lifestyle to Sage Hill

A new condominium project loaded with urban appeal has launch in the new-urbanist-style enclave of Sage Hill Quarter in the heart of Calgary’s new northwest. The project, which is called Q Condos, is the latest offering from Morrison Homes Multi-Family.

“There is really nothing like this in the northwest,” said Robert Toth, marketing lead for Morrison Homes Multi-Family. “It is very unique.”

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The new reality

Calgary homebuilders adapt in the face of adversity

There’s no question that demand in the Calgary housing market eased following the collapse of oil prices in late 2014.

The impact of that global event sent shockwaves through the local economy, as thousands of people lost their jobs through two brutal years of recession in 2015 and 2016.

A slowing economy and job uncertainty always have an impact on the housing market, and the city saw a corresponding ease in home demand.

However, Calgary’s homebuilders have been resilient and creative.

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