planning and development

About this Page

This page is kept up to date with the following information for residents:

  • P&DC Committee information and meeting dates. 
  • How to comment on applications using the DMAP
  • Updated list of development applications accepting comments 
  • Ward 1 Contact Information
  • Upcoming City of Calgary and Developer info sessions relevant to Bowness
  • Reference Documents

About the Committee

The Planning and Development Committee (P&DC) of the Bowness Community Association is a resource for community members to engage in the planning process, learn about the planning and development process, and share ideas and opinions. 

We provide an opportunity for residents to have a voice in the planning and development decisions that impact their quality of life and seek the best interest of the neighbourhood.

About the Planning and Development Committee

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Our Role in the Planning Process

The primary role of the BCA Planning and Development Committee is to provide comments and recommendations on development and land use applications to the City of Calgary’s Planning and Development Department.

We perform an advisory role and provide comments to the City on how a proposed development fits into the community and suggest changes based on community feedback. Our volunteers also deliver neighbour notices to residents adjacent to pending developments.

The BCA holds no jurisdiction or authority in any planning matters or in decisions made by the City of Calgary.

Committee Meetings

Our meetings are open to all Bowness residents, organizations, business owners, and applicants who have given an RSVP.

The discussion at meetings forms the basis for the BCA’s comments to the City. 

Meetings are usually held the 1st Wednesday of every month at 7:00 pm at the Bowness Community Association (room varies and will be communicated to guests prior to the meeting). 

Visit the events calendar to confirm the next meeting time. 

Let us know you’re coming! RSVP required to planning@mybowness.com

Committee Contact Info

Planning & Development Coordinator – Logan McEachern

Committee Chair – Jeff Riedl 

Committee Secretary – Jean Woeller

Email: planning@mybowness.com

Phone: 403-288-8300 (ext. #134)

Interested in formally joining the Committee? Fill out the form at the bottom of the page and we will contact you with more information.

How to comment on the Development map

The City of Calgary Development Map (DMAP) allows all residents to see pending development applications and leave comments directly. 

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  1. Access the Development Map at dmap.calgary.ca.
  2. By default, the map shows all recent applications, even ones that are not currently accepting public comments. To only display applications that can be commented on, click on the filter icon and search for applications that are under review 
  3. Click on a highlighted plot to see details for the application and leave comments.* 

(*Note that the application package on the DMAP may contain less detail than the full version received by the BCA. The BCA can share the full plans with individual neighbours upon request, but must ensure the plans do not become publicly distributed.)

Applications Currently Accepting Comments

New: Semi-Detached Dwelling, Secondary Suite (basement), Accessory Residential Building (garage)
Comments Due March 8, 2024

8308 34 AV NW R-CG
New: Townhouse (1 building); Secondary Suites (4 suites); Accessory Residential Building (garage)Comments Due March 21, 2024

8304 47 AV NW R-CG
New: Rowhouse Building (1 building), Accessory Residential Building (garage)
Comments Due March 21, 2024


New: Single Detached Dwelling, Backyard Suite (garage) Accessory Residential Building (garage)
Comments Due March 5, 2024

Amendment: Multi-Residential Development (2 buildings)
Comments Due March 13, 2024

City resources AND developer INFO SESSIONS

City of Calgary and Ward 1

Bowness is located in Ward 1 and is represented at City Council by Councillor Sonya Sharp. 

To learn more and contact her office, visit this webpage.

Developer Info Sessions

Sometimes, property developers host community information sessions to gather feedback on project plans and proposals. Information on these sessions will be posted here as details are made available to the the BCA. 

Reference Documents

We have recently ratified (February 2018) a new Terms of Reference that guides our mandate, membership requirements, and procedures. If you would like to know what terms the Bowness Planning & Development Committee operates on, please read them here:

Planning and Development Terms of Reference Ratified March 2018

View the City of Calgary's interactive land use bylaws here



A local framework, created with the input of many Bowness residents, and updated periodically. This document provides local context and values, that may not be addressed in municipal bylaws and guidelines.

Bowness ARP

Calgarians spoke of the need for a more sustainable city that provides the citizens of today and in the future with a high quality of life, high quality of living environments and convenient means to get around. These Plans describe the vision for a long-term pattern of growth and development in Calgary over the next 60 years. They provide policies that integrate social, economic and environmental objectives for the next 30 years>

When developments are proposed in the community, they may be discretionary or contextual. Discretionary applications are those that may not meet city bylaws or require relaxations from standard guidelines. As such, these applications are submitted to neighbors and community associations for their comments. These are typically the applications that are under review at the Planning & Development meetings.

Applications that do not have relaxations and meet all city bylaws, are processed in a fast track system as a ‘contextual application’. The criteria for Contextual’ applications are here.

Do you wish to appeal an approved application? The Federation of Calgary Communities has put together a helpful guide to appealing through the Calgary Subdivision and Development Appeal Board

Interested in being part of a Bowness Community Association Committee?

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