The City is 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 information - including maps and images. Online tools have also been updated to improve Calgarians’ access to information.
“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 of Partnership Services, 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.”
Changes to the design and advertising format provides clarity to Calgarians on why they are receiving the information and what they can do to participate in the public hearing process. The City has also updated its notification channels and will no longer be publishing long lists of addresses for development permits in the newspaper. Instead, all development permits will be made available in a searchable and dynamic format at calgary.ca/publicnotices.
Calgarians can also find detailed information and descriptions about the development happening in their neighbourhood, 24/7 at calgary.ca/PDmap. This 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.
“Online tools provide flexible and customizable information to Calgarians to help them find, and determine how the development may impact them,” said Blanchette. “Ensuring citizens have a transparent, accessible and user-friendly experience and are enabled to engage in the planning and approvals has been a key consideration throughout.”
For more information on these improvements please visit calgary.ca/publicnotices.