A local area plan guides where and how future growth and redevelopment should happen within a specific area. Calgary’s new multi-community approach is to create one local area plan for groupings of 10 to 15 communities. This approach would help reduce the number of about 270 existing and possible “Area Redevelopment Plans” to approx. 42 multi-community area plans. A simplified framework allows area plans to be kept up-to-date using a common set of policies that support the growth of a more compact city.