Plateia Planning was approached by the City of Calgary to research and prepare an assessment of hybrid codes to provide Council with an overview of the current state and options on different zoning approaches. This report is to help Council decide how to proceed with a re-write of their own land use bylaw anticipated for 2020.
Research included an environmental scan of best practices throughout Canada of municipalities that are trying innovative zoning approaches and three case studies that were chosen for more in-depth assessment including High River, AB, Halifax, NS, and Denver, CO. The report also provided an assessment of the legislative context and how it enables hybrid codes as well as key recommendations for the development of similar codes in Alberta, and specifically, in Calgary.
Proactive, early, and ongoing communication
Inter-relationship between process efficiencies & LUB regulations
High customer service and local integration
Key topics assessed: heritage integration, affordable housing, pedestrian-based regulations, quantitative design standards, and application processes.