12 Thousand Acres Plan

The City of Airdrie is undertaking a planning study for the 12,640 acres of land annexed from Rocky View County in 2012. This land is expected to provide the City of Airdrie with a 50 year land supply that will accommodate the development of services, amenities, and housing over the next several decades.

The 12 Thousand Acres Plan will lay the groundwork for how this development will happen. The goals of the project are to:

  1. Outline future Community Area Structure Plan (CASP) boundaries;
  2. Determine the sequencing for when new development areas can come online;
  3. Provide general direction on land uses for the annexed area, and;
  4. Outline what will be allowed for interim land uses before new areas are developed.


Along with the 12 Thousand Acres Plan, the City is also preparing a Community Area Structure Plan (CASP) for the lands east of the East Lake industrial area within the 12 Thousand Acres Plan boundary.



The City held an open house on October 4 and workshops on October 17 and 18, to introduce the project and gather feedback from residents. We have prepared a What We Heard Report from the sessions.

The input provided from these sessions are being used to develop a draft document for the 12 Thousand Acres Plan.

The draft plan will be brought back to stakeholders for further input and discussion in February/ March 2018. The Project team will also be asking for future direction on country residential/estate areas from residents. The plan will be updated based on this feedback and will be finalized for Council’s review in June 2018.


During our engagement on the plan, the City of Airdrie Planning Department was approached by the University Of Calgary Faculty Of Environmental Design and asked to assist a student team looking at a studio project on growth management and the planning and design of effective urban-rural interfaces. Planning staff walked the students through a similar exercise to the October 17 and 18 workshops and received a copy of the students’ presentation poster in January.

View the concept map created at U of C exercise facilitated by Planning Staff.

On October 17 and 18, the City of Airdrie Planning Department held workshops on the 12 Thousand Acres Plan to gather input and allow the community the opportunity to assist in drafting the first land use concepts for the project area.

View the concept maps created at the October 17 and 18 workshops.


On October 4, the City of Airdrie Planning Department held an open house to introduce the project and provide information to residents and stakeholders about the 12 Thousand Acres Plan, the project goals, and timeline.



The 12 Thousand Acres Plan will incorporate background information from a number other City documents and studies, looking at all our background work to-date to identify constraints and determine future development areas, sequencing, and land use.


Project timeline



Review Background Material

August 2017

Public Engagement

October 2017

Draft Plan Released

February 2018

Review and Edits to Draft

Mar–Apr 2018

Documents Presented to Council

June 2018


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