Calgary Urban Design Review Panel (UDRP) – new terms of reference, new process

The City of Calgary is updating the Terms of Reference for the Urban Development Review Panel – a Planning & Development Committee hearing will go forward on Friday, July 21, 2017 and then onto Council on July 24, 2017.

The July 21 Planning & Urban Development meeting is at 9:30 a.m., at Council Chambers and is open for public to speak to the item, and support our efforts.

Impacted Applications

If adopted, a new process will be in place for pre-application requests, development permits, development liaisons, and Direct Control land use amendments with design content meeting the descriptions below. A UDRP review is applicable across the City for the following applications:

  • That result in a development permit referral to Calgary Planning Commission for information, recommendation or decision
  • Located within a defined Transit-Oriented Development area. This will apply to both BRT and LRT – Main Street area, or Centre City
  • For the Exceptional Design bonus
  • That are City of Calgary capital projects
  • Located on prominent sites in gateways locations with significant urban design content or impact

The following UDRP may also reviewed:

  • New or revised City developed urban design guidelines
  • Urban design components of City policies and guidelines


Note: The File Manager can refer projects of greater complexity to UDRP. The Chief Urban Designer or designate will forward projects to UDRP at their discretion, dependent on the capacity of UDRP.

If an application is not selected for review, you can request to view UDRP.


What should I be aware of if selected for UDRP review?
  • Applications that meet criteria and are selected by the Chief Urban Designer or their designate require a mandatory UDRP review at development permit.
  • The review will occur through the application’s approval process, within the currently stated process timelines. The intention is not to expand the overall application approval timelines.
  • The pre-application review is voluntary. To help with the development permit approval process, use the UDRP during the pre-application stage.
  • Addressed through the approval process are advisory design comments from UDRP. Addressed through the approval process are design comments from the City Wide Urban Design team.
  • The Calgary Planning Commission will review unedited UDRP commen