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Get Involved with your Local Area Plan (LAP)

As a resident, here’s how you can share what you value, what’s important to conserve, your vision for how new development can fit into your neighbourhood.   




Learn more about local area planning.


1. Find out if your community is currently involved in local area planning. (See below.) Contact your local Community Association and/or put your name forward to be included on the project team for the creation of the LAP.


2. Participate in online surveys and open houses by signing up for emails on the City's engagement project pages for the appropriate plan. Call 311 if you need help. 


3. Monitor the website for and subscribe to social media feeds. Sign up for emails to receive information about upcoming Council dates when the LAP will be presented for approval. 


4. Write to your City Councillor and consider speaking at the public hearing(s).  




Is your community currently involved in local area planning?


North Hills Local Area Plan (Area 5 & 6) – is due to come before City Council in March 2021. Communities included are:  Highland Park, Mount Pleasant, Tuxedo Park, Winston Heights-Mountview, Crescent Heights, Renfrew, Rosedale, Capitol Hill and Thorncliffe Greenview (south of Mcknight Blvd).  This is the pilot LAP using the Guide for Local Area Planning. 


Heritage Communities (Area 31) – Eagle Ridge, Kelvin Grove, Kingsland, Fairview, Haysboro, Acadia, Southwood, Willow Park, Maple Ridge and Chinook Park. Note: The name of this multi-community plan refers to communities located around Heritage Drive. This planning area is not inclusive of Calgary’s historic (heritage) communities.


Westbrook Communities (Area 10) – Wildwood, Spruce Cliff, Westgate, Rosscarrock, Shaganappi, Glendale, Killarney/ Glengarry, Glenbrook and the portions of Upper Scarboro/Sunalta West and Richmond that are west of Crowchild Trail.


West Elbow Communities (Area 2 & 3) - Altadore, Bankview, Cliff Bungalow, Elbow Park, Erlton, Garrison Woods, Lower Mount Royal, Mission, North Glenmore Park (north of Glenmore Trail SW), Richmond (east of Crowchild Trail SW), Rideau Park, Roxboro, Scarboro (east of Crowchild Trail SW), South Calgary, Sunalta and Upper Mount Royal.


Riley Communities (Area 4) - Sunnyside, Hillhurst, West Hillhurst and Hounsfield Heights - Briar Hill.


Go to the City’s website for more information.  




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Comment on New Development Proposals

Watch for signs around your neighbourhood that present new development proposals on parcels that you feel respect or ignore heritage and neighbourhood character. Send in your comments to the City file manager (contact listed on the sign) and copy your City Councillor.



New applications can be viewed at Calgary's Development Map  (DMAP) and are also published on Thursday’s in Calgary Herald. From DMAP you can locate the site you want to comment on and send your comments to the file manager. Attend developer-led consultations and open houses.


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Research and Designate Your Property

If you are an owner of a heritage home or building….




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Celebrate Century Homes

Century Homes Calgary Celebration was a grassroots initiative to celebrate the homes constructed during Calgary’s first building boom which started in 1904, peaked in 1912 and ended with the onset of the First World War. 



The project saw an exceptional level of engagement with hundreds of homeowners participating by researching their homes and displaying story signs and banners on their front lawns. The Williams and Harris Shared History Centre at Calgary Public Library is now home to the 2012 and 2013 Century Homes legacy database for the houses, which can be searched by community. 

Century Homes Calgary was recognized in 2012 with the prestigious Governor General’s Award for Excellence in Community Programming , and again in 2014 with the Heritage Calgary Lion Award for Community Vitalization.



The project has ended but the celebration continues. For more, visit Century Homes Calgary .


House Portraits: Fundraiser


We are very pleased to partner with local architectural technologist, designer and digital artist, Christine Bates on House Portraits, a beautiful way to capture the essence of Calgary’s heritage homes. Christine is donating 10% of the proceeds from orders to support our ongoing advocacy efforts.


House Portraits make an excellent gift for family or friends. Upload a photo of your home to Christine’s web site and she will generate a beautiful water colour digital image. It doesn't have to be a professional photo; iPhone photos are fine. To order, go to Christine Bates House Portraits.  Enquire about custom greeting cards too! 


Reflecting their ongoing love of their home, the Stewarts, long time heritage supporters, recently commissioned their own House Portrait, pictured here, which is the featured example on Christine’s website.



About the Stewart Home


The Stewarts participated in Century Homes Calgary in 2012/3. This is their story.


This modest Edwardian gable front home is typical of the wood frame houses erected in Lower Mount Royal during the building frenzy of 1909 -1912 to house Calgary's burgeoning working population.  Like other homes of this era, the house sits on a partial concrete foundation and features wood shingle cladding on the upper and horizontal beveled siding on the lower exterior. The land was purchased from the CPR in 1906 and a 1 1/2 story house built in 1910/11 for an estimated cost of $1500.  The property was immediately purchased by Walter E. Avis, an inspector with Alberta Government Telephone Company.  Amazingly, the Avis family owned and lived in the house for the next 75 years!  Family members are buried in the Burnsland Cemetery.  The property has changed hands only twice since then.  The interior has been upgraded, but the typical Douglas fir trim is still intact, and the oak fireplace mantel is similar to mail-order mantels advertised in the Robert Simpson Co. Ltd. catalogue of the time for $55.00.


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