As you are well aware, the residential development process in Calgary is complex and lengthy, but understanding this process—and how it affects the city’s housing prices—is important for prospective homebuyers, and for our community as a whole. Our latest publication, “From Dirt to Door,” guides readers through the many steps involved as a new community or redevelopment project comes to fruition.

You can find the publication here [insert link]. And, we’ve recently updated “Who Pays for What” for the latest on infrastructure costs.

The Smarter Growth Initiative (SGI) was launched to educate and engage Calgarians in dialogue around issues in urban and suburban planning and development. We hope our publications can be useful resources to you as you discuss the residential development process with your colleagues, customers, friends and associates.

To order a print version of the book, or any of our other print publications free of charge, go to and click on “order books.” A members’ Tool Kit is also available, designed to help you share the latest SGI information.

We are happy to have you join the conversation! You can find us on Facebook at and on Twitter @smarter_growth.