Thursday, November 18, 2010

City Reports on Growth and Change in Developed Areas

Calgary’s Developed Area population is stable but the number of housing units is rising, according to the Developed Areas Growth & Change 2010 report released today by The City of Calgary.

The size of the housing stock reached a new high of 363,000 in 2010, and many places within the Developed Area are showing population growth. Between 2006 and 2009, the occupancy rate fell from 2.52 to 2.49.

“These occupancy rates are falling because of two factors”, says Darrell Burgess, Coordinator of Geodemographics. “Children are moving out of the family home in single detached units, and overall we are seeing higher density, lower occupancy apartments and townhouses replacing higher occupancy single-detached units.”

The Developed Areas Growth & Change 2010 report highlights the demographic and development trends currently in play in the Developed Areas, using census data, land use data, and development activity data. New to the report this year is a focus on the policies of the Municipal Development Plan.

Highlights from Developed Areas Growth & Change 2010 include:

  • Multi-unit and ground-oriented dwellings are making gains, together accounting for 42 per cent of all dwellings in 2010. This is up from 38 per cent in 2000.
  • In 2007, the vacancy rate in the Developed Areas was 1.5 per cent, sending housing prices higher and encouraging building activity. By 2010, it has risen to 4.3 per cent. The future pace of unit absorption is 
  • Over the past ten years, the population in the aged 45-64 and aged 65+ cohorts has grown by 83,000 people, while the population under 20 has fallen by 25,000. This is consistent with the aging of the baby boom generation, and the process of children growing up and moving out of the family 
  • Between 2006 and 2009, close to 4,200 development permit and land use amendment applications have been received by The City’s Corporate Planning Applications Group for sites in the Developed Area. Even as the economy has slowed over the past two years, by many measures the Developed Area has maintained its share of the city’s development activity.
Developed Areas Growth & Change 2010 is available online at:

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