Making it easier for Calgarians to learn about new development in their neighbourhoods
CALGARY — The City of Calgary has made changes to how the public is notified of new development in their communities. Public notices, letters, signs and online information have all been updated and simplified with easier to read content, maps and images. Online tools have also been improved at calgary.ca/pdmap to improve Calgarians’ access to information.
These changes make it easier for Calgarians to get involved in the planning and approvals process when it comes to new development in their community.
“Whether it’s a new infill home, a multi-storey apartment project or a new office building, there’s always change happening in our city,” said Amie Blanchette, manager partnership services from the Planning & Development Department at The City of Calgary “We want to make it easier for Calgarians to access information and participate in the conversation around development activity in their community.”
One of the changes The City is making is to create consistent designs that apply to all advertising formats so it is clear what Calgarians can do with the information (i.e. submit comments, file an appeal, etc.). Another change is that The City will no longer be publishing long lists of addresses for development permit notification in the newspaper. Instead, all development permit notifications are available at calgary.ca/publicnotices.
If you’re looking for more than just a list of addresses, the Development Map online tool is for you! Calgarians can find detailed information and descriptions about the development happening in their neighbourhoods by visiting this 24/7 online site at calgary.ca/PDmap. An easy to navigate map format allows citizens to search for projects being proposed in proximity to a specific address, within a community or even by type of development. Calgarians can also submit comments regarding these applications at various stages of the approvals process directly to City staff through this tool.
“The online tools provide Calgarians with important planning information to help them determine how the development may impact them,” said Blanchette. “Ensuring citizens have a transparent, accessible and user-friendly experience as they learn more about what is happening in their community and engage in the planning and approvals process is a top priority.”
For more information on these improvements please visit calgary.ca/publicnotices.