East Village Master Plan Animation, ca. 2016. Courtesy of Calgary Municipal Land Corporation
EVNA's Role in Planning and Development
EVNA's planning committee volunteers have an important role to play in urban and community planning. They help to shape and communicate our neighbourhood's goals and aspirations in both policy planning and implementation of plans. They serve as a repository of local knowledge and history, and provide City of Calgary authorities and development applicants with advice and insight into neighbourhood issues, concerns, and desires. Although planning committees have no formal authority in planning matters, they play a valuable role in providing advice and neighbourhood context to the City of Calgary planning team.
As Calgary grows and seeks more sustainable ways of living, the voices of community associations like EVNA help to manage change in a way that is respectful of community character, mindful of the future, and that balances the interests of the neighbourhood with the interests of Calgary as a whole.
Planning policies and rules often change. So while EVNA will do its best to keep this page current and accurate, The City of Calgary will always be the most up-to-date and authoritative source of City information.
Writting Letters on Applications
After EVNA's planning committee reviews a development application, they respond to it with a letter to the City. The committee will try to incorporate residents’ comments and will also encourage residents to send in independent letters if they feel strongly about an application.
The committee will sometimes provide guidance to a developer at a 'pre-application' meeting, though the committee will not need to follow up with formal comments.
Meetings with Developers and Residents
The planning committee meets with developers to discuss their ideas. They also allow affected neighbours to express their opinions to developers and the planning committee.
An invited developer will bring plans for the proposed development. When their application comes up on the agenda, the chairperson will introduce the applicant, provide an outline of the issues, and summarize any points discussed previously. Each agenda item is assigned roughly 20 minutes.
Affected residents will have five minutes each to add their input to the review process. Anyone affected by the proposed development may present a submission to EVNA's planning committee meeting.
Speaking to Council at Public Hearings
If an application is for a land use amendment, this must ultimately go to a public hearing of City Council. EVNA's planning committee may decide to speak on behalf of the neighbourhood association and can also provide guidance to individuals wishing to speak to Council themselves.
Appeal Development Approvals
After receiving comments from the planning committee, The City makes a decision on development permit applications and publishes it online. If the planning committee or affected residents disagree with an approval, they may appeal it to the Subdivision and Development Appeal Board (SDAB). An appeal must be filed no more than two weeks after the notice is published. EVNA's planning committee can provide guidance to individuals filing an appeal.
We Want to Hear From You!
You are always welcome to join a planning committee meeting and share your thoughts and views!
Contact EVNA's Planning Director or log in to view the Planning & Development Forum:
View Development Map City of Calgary P&D Resources
Learn More about Planning and How You Can Get Involved
Community Guide to the Planning Process
The Federation of Calgary Communities (FCC) created this excellent resource for understanding Calgary's planning process, how development permits are handled, and how decisions are made.
Planning Committee Guidebook
The Federation of Calgary Communities (FCC) created this guidebook for understanding the role and procedures of neighbourhood association planning committees.
East Village Related Planning Documents
Rivers District Master Plan
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East Village Area Redevelopment Plan
On February 13, 2017, the East Village Area Redevelopment Plan (ARP) was adopted by Calgary City Council. The East Village ARP, along with the Centre City Guidebook, provides comprehensive land use policies for East Village.
Amendments to Land Use Bylaw 1P2007 were adopted by Calgary City Council on March 13, 2017 to implement the policy amendments and to deliver on the project objectives to create a vibrant, mixed-use neighbourhood in East Village.
Centre City Guidebook
The guidebook sets out a framework for development and common policies to guide growth and change for developed areas in Calgary. The Centre City Guidebook is one of a set of three guidebooks for Volume 2 of the Municipal Development Plan (MDP). The Centre City Guidebook will join the New Community Guidebook and the Developed Areas Guidebook, which will apply to the remainder of developed areas outside the Centre City. The Centre City Guidebook is intended to be read in combination with a local area plan.
Guidebook for Great Communities
The Guidebook for Great Communities supports the future growth and success of Calgary’s communities. It allows for communities to offer people more choice to live, move and gather now and into the future. It balances the needs and wants of current residents, while ensuring our neighbourhoods are appealing to future residents.
The Guidebook is a policy document that combines existing policies, improved policies and new policies all into one document. It makes for a more inclusive and consistent way to plan a community’s local area plan, to make sure it's welcoming for everyone.
January 2021: Document update.