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City Charters will help Edmonton and Calgary plan better transportation networks with improved parking and options for pedestrians, drivers and cyclists. Older neighbourhoods could be renewed by incentives to redevelop contaminated sites, and repurpose land reserved for schools.

Charter proposals in this area fall under three themes:


  • An effective transportation system contributes to a city’s quality of life and ability to compete globally.
  • The right transportation operating rules and regulations make sure Edmonton and Calgary can develop systems that meet their unique needs and growth challenges.
  • By modifying some local operating rules and regulations, legislation does not need to be formally amended, saving cities and the province time.
Examples of policy proposals in this area:
  • A streamlined decision-making process using the Transportation Policy and Planning Table will be employed to address issues regarding variances to the Traffic Safety Act.  
  • There is agreement to provide the cities with authority to vary the Traffic Safety Act for matters that apply exclusively within city boundaries.
Neighbourhood revitalization
  • City Charters will support Edmonton and Calgary as they plan for neighbourhood development that revitalizes existing communities.
  • Planning also ensures land is used efficiently and thoughtfully to develop complete and healthy communities.
Examples of policy proposals in this area::
  • Cities have first right of refusal to purchase freehold school sites at market value. They can maintain part of freehold school sites for open, public-use purposes and the landowner (school board) can sell or develop the remaining land.
  • Allow the two cities more flexibility to directly manage brownfield redevelopments (land previously used for industrial and commercial development and may potentially be contaminated).
  • Let the cities develop tools to enforce notification and compliance when developing restricted uses within applicable setbacks.
Enabling smarter growth
  • City Charters will recognize the importance of sound land-use planning and orderly development.
  • They will enable enhanced planning and development that better allows Edmonton and Calgary to address growth matters in a way that best meet their communities’ needs. 
Examples of policy proposals in this area:
  • Give City Councils the authority to define additional types of statutory plans and how they fit into existing plans. Statutory plans define a municipality’s vision for how its land will be developed and used.
  • Allow City Councils to regulate the content of their land use bylaws, including what land is permitted under districts and the method of decision making and issuance of development permits.
  • Permit Edmonton and Calgary to become members of the Safety Codes Council and to participate as members of the Board of Directors. As members the two cities can support the governance and administration of the safety codes system.
Read the descriptions of the policy proposals in the area of Smarter Community Planning.

For More Information

John Pater

Title Senior Policy Advisor



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