Monday, September 28, 2009

City Council Passes Plan It

After months of public and private sector scrutiny, the City of Calgary's long-term growth and development plan, Plan It Calgary, was passed in council.

The City's 60-year plan that advocates "smart growth" received several new amendments, the most contentious change being lowering the density target for green-field communities to a minimum threshold of 60 people or jobs per hectare from the initially proposed 70 people and jobs per hectare.

Some advocates of Plan It Calgary claim that adjusting these density targets water down and alter the central tenet of the document, while those that voted for the lower density target said that the new target keeps all stakeholders happy, including both the public and private sectors.

While the density target goals of Plan It Calgary received the most attention, the 60-year plan also contains commitments to greening the city, improved affordable housing options, an improved and more efficient transit system and the goal of building more complete communities.

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