We are a Community Undergoing Rapid Change
The onset of West LRT in 2012, and two new transit stations provided a catalyst for our community to move to being a vibrant inner city destination for new residents. In addition, we are close to downtown and the Bow River, with great recreation spaces, local amenities and businesses, multiple quality restaurants, direct connections to the regional bike network, and a thriving elementary public school. All of these factors make Shaganappi an ideal community to live in.
What is the Value in Good Design?
We recognize that the land use regulations and guidelines cannot cover all the possibilities and solutions for achieving a high standard of design and development. As such, we are willing to enter into two-way discussions with proponents to find mutually beneficial solutions for all concerned; we value high quality design that will enhance Shaganappi as a desirable place to live and further a wider community interest.
How is the Shaganappi Community Association (CA) Involved in Development?
Our community has developed an excellent reputation for working with quality developers and City staff to facilitate consultation that leads to the best outcome for all involved. We seek to support vales as stated in our Business Plan:
"in fulfilling our vision and mission, the Shaganappi Community Association wants to be: proactive, representative of residents' interests, sustainable, and welcoming fun."
We try to work in a manner consistent with the "Planning to Develop in Shaganappi" and within a mandate proved by our objects specifically:
To provide a forum for interactions between the Association, local businesses, and the City of Calgary that promote healthy community growth within our geographic boundary.
To facilitate and encourage dialogue between residents and other stakeholders such as businesses, developers, non-profit agencies and the City of Calgary to enhance both the process and outcome of projects in the community.
Your CA's Approach to Development
We recognize that public engagement is not a requirement set forth by the City; nevertheless, we have had multiple occasions to engage with developers as it is now commonly accepted as a best practice. Based on that experience, we take the following approach:
For In-fills, Duplexes, and Multi-Family developments of up to four units we advise developers to engage residents independently of the CA by reaching out to the neighbours on all sides of the site (including across the alley and street when applicable). Establishing a relationship early in the project’s timeline and providing a way to connect with project managers should issues arise during construction can lead to a better process for everyone.
Multi-family buildings greater than four units that may or may not have a commercial use have the potential to significantly alter the streetscape and traffic. We offer to facilitate an engagement opportunity, we proactively ask developers to meet and propose their project and gather feedback on an application to the effected residents. To assist in this, we have a designated monthly evening where our community hall is available for public consultation on development projects. Please contact us at email@example.com so a member of the Development Committee can reach out to you to determine the next availability. We are able to advertise to your immediate neighbours about development engagement sessions via email . As not all residents are members of the community association, we recommend the developer advertise directly by mail, provide brochures, have a website, and prepare email communication that we can distribute that facilitates direct feedback for adjacent and affected neighbours. We ask that prominent signage on the site be provided to direct those interested to more information.
As a community association, we see engagement with the adjacent residents and businesses that will be most impacted by a proposed project as the highest priority. We expect, and will facilitate, if residents choose a two-way dialogue with developers. Thoughtful developers can articulate the merits of their ideas and how their project will enhance our community, and informed and knowledgeable residents can improve outcomes for a project.
Find Out What's Happening around Calgary
The City will have the most up-to-date information for your needs.
Information on current applications can be found on The City's Planning & Development Map.
Information on Local Policy Plans.
To know if you have a development near you, why not sign up to be a member!
You'll be emailed directly if there is a proposed development within your area that might affect you.
Get Involved! The City has Information to Help You
The City's Community Involvement Toolkit helps residents to understand how the planning process works and how one can effectively communicate their interests for their community.
There are several documents to further help residents understand and be a part of the City planning process here:
As policies, application processes, rules, and plans are continually changing, please refer to the City's website for the most up-to-date resources!
What to Do if a Development is Near You?
We want to hear from you!
If you have any concerns, questions, or if you're just curious about planning and development within our community,
don't hesitate to contact us!