This information was extracted from an email notice provided by:

Natasha Kuzmak, MEDes, RPP, MCIP

Urban Planner + Engagement Facilitator
Federation of Calgary Communities
Suite 301, 1609 – 14th Street SW
Calgary, AB T3C 1E4

Flood Recovery Response & Planning Policy Changes Update


After the recent flood event in June 2013, the Province of Alberta made changes to its Disaster Recovery Program (DRP) funding.  In order to align with these changes and to help improve public safety and reduce risk to property, Calgary City Council will be considering changes to theFloodway, Flood Fringe and Overland Flow section of Land Use Bylaw 1P2007 (Part 3, Division 3) (LUB) and to the Calgary Municipal Development Plan (MDP).

The Calgary Planning Commission (CPC) heard the recommended amendments to the LUB and MDP on March 27 and approved them. The recommendations will now be presented at a Public Hearing of Council on May 12. (Administration’s report is attached).

Specifically, the proposed changes will involve amending the rules around how property owners can develop in the future. The City is focused on ensuring flood risk reduction measures are in place to increase safety and minimize risk in the event of a future flood.  This may include, but is not limited to, specifying main floor, electrical and mechanical system placement above the designated flood elevation.  In addition, any redevelopment in the floodway will be required to go through a discretionary review process with The City.

Next Steps

The City will host information sessions for affected property and business owners during the following times:

  • April 14, 2014 at Stampede Park – BMO Centre 2nd floor (Arabian Room) 6 pm-9 pm;
  • April 15, 2014 at the Municipal Building, 800 Macleod Tr. S. (main floor) 11 am-3 pm;
  • April 16, 2014 at the Municipal Building (main floor) 4 pm-8 pm;
  • May 3, 2014 at the Bowness Community Association, 7904 43 Ave NW (Main Hall) 10 am-2 pm.

A report outlining the recommended bylaw and MDP amendments will be presented at a Public Hearing of Council on May 12.

Industry, community and public are all welcome to any of these events. For more information, contact Lisa Kahn at or at(403) 268-1456.

Original: m-2014-007 council report