The third and final phase of public engagement for the Calgary Metro Region Board’s (CMRB) growth plan launched late last week.
The growth plan will determine how the CMRB’s 10 member municipalities and counties will work together to plan for their next million residents, including considerations of transportation, water management, land use, services and recreation.
The first two public engagement phases took place in 2020 and supported the development of the CMRB’s draft plan, which describes where and how new development will take place in the region. The third phase ends April 8 and includes online engagement and virtual open houses.
“We’re looking forward to sharing the draft plan with the public through this last phase of engagement,” said Greg Clark, chair of the CMRB.
“This plan is about approaching growth and new development differently than we have in the past, so we want to be sure that people in our communities know what’s being proposed and have the chance to tell us if they’re comfortable with the direction we’re heading.”
“We see so many benefits from working across municipalities to find ways to share services and make the best use of the natural resources in the region.” – Greg Clark, CMRB chair
The key features of the draft plan are Preferred Growth Areas and Preferred Placetypes. Together they will ensure development only happens in prescribed areas of the region rather than happening anywhere a municipality or developer chooses, with a few exceptions.
“We see so many benefits from working across municipalities to find ways to share services and make the best use of the natural resources in the region,” said Clark.
“Less land consumed for development, fewer cars on the road meaning lower GHG emissions, and lower costs for roads and other infrastructure are just some of the outcomes we expect to see from this plan, not to mention more vibrant and diverse communities.”
The CMRB is a not-for-profit government corporation formed in 2018 that strives to promote long-term, sustainable growth within the Calgary Metropolitan Region. Its 10 members are:
- City of Calgary
- City of Airdrie
- City of Chestermere
- Town of Cochrane
- Foothills County
- Town of High River
- Town of Okotoks
- Rocky View County
- Town of Strathmore
- A portion of Wheatland County
For more details about the regional growth plan and the public engagement process or to learn more about the CMRB, visit calgarymetroregion.ca.