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Calgary Metropolitan Plan

Calgary, Alberta 

Photo Credit: O2 Planning + Design Inc.


Initial Research by: Desiree Theriault

Edited by: Samantha Miller & Nicole Brekelmans

Case study compiled in 2017



Project: Calgary Metropolitan Plan

Type of Urban StrategyEcological Infrastructure, Green Cities

Type of ProjectRegional Planning

LocationCalgary, Alberta 

Date Designed/Planned: 2009

Construction Completed:  2011

Designer: O2 Planning + Design Inc. 


Rapid urban and rural growth within a small period of time can generate a multitude of challenges to a city, region, and even province. For example, the Calgary region is expected to grow by an astounding 1.6 million people by the year 2076. That growth would result in an increase of over 700,000 thousand jobs, thousands of hectares of land-use and zoning, and a lot of infrastructure developments throughout the region. The risks of mismanaging this growth could be fatal to not only the Calgary regions’ economy but also to the ecological and environmental infrastructure that gives a sense of place to the region (Calgary Regional Partnership, 2013).


The Calgary Metropolitan Plan provides the Calgary region with tools for regional land-use planning and future developments. Created in 2013, the plan accommodates for the overwhelming future growth by creating balance through conserving watershed basins, wildlife, ecological infrastructure, and providing the city with efficient and compact municipal growth. This comprehensive plan allows for sustainable, manageable and efficient growth within the Calgary region (Calgary Regional Partnership, 2013).

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