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Public hearing on April 22, 2024. Proposed rezoning will support more housing options in all communities.

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Urban design

Making Calgary a livable, attractive, memorable and functional city.

The City of Calgary encourages the use of great urban design across the entire planning continuum, and has a group of urban designers, within the Urban Design + Open Space team, to provide guidance and achieve design excellence.

Urban design involves the arrangement and design of buildings, public spaces, transportation systems, and services to entire neighbourhoods and the ​​city itself. It brings together the many elements and areas of expertise involved in great place-making – land use planning, transportation planning, architecture, landscape design, public art, engineering among others. The effective coordination of these specialties results in the creation of distinctive and cherished places.

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Why urban design matters

Great urban design is essential to making a livable, attractive, memorable and functional city. Prioritizing urban design excellence is a critical consideration in overall city-shaping and in building a legacy of quality public and private developments for future generations. It is reflected in the goals of the Municipal Development Plan which influence and inform the development review process. 

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