Elbow View Area Structure Plan


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On May 11, 2021, Council held a public hearing to consider the proposed Elbow View Area Structure Plan (ASP). Following the hearing, second reading of the Elbow View ASP Bylaw was passed and Administration was directed to submit the plan to the Calgary Metropolitan Region Board (CMRB).

In response to CMRB feedback, the project team made amendments to the proposed Elbow View ASP and supporting technical studies. The proponent hosted both an in-person information event and a virtual information session to update the community on the changes that have been made to the Plan since the May 11, 2021 public hearing:

If you have any questions about these events, please email O2 Planning & Design at engage@o2design.com.

The Proposed Elbow View Area Structure Plan document can be viewed below:

Please note, changes from first reading are shown in red and deleted text is shown by strikethroughs.

Updated technical studies:


On February 11, 2020 Rocky View County Council approved a Terms of Reference for an applicant-led Area Structure Plan for the Highway 8 area. A group of landowners within the plan area are leading the Elbow View Area Structure Plan (ASP), and have retained O2 Planning + Design to assist in the preparation of the ASP. Once drafted, the ASP will be presented to Council for consideration.

Located along Highway 8, between the Tsuut’ina Nation and the Elbow River, and next to the communities of Elbow Valley West and Springbank, Elbow View has been identified as a Growth Corridor in the City of Calgary-Rocky View County Intermunicipal Development Plan. The new Elbow View ASP will include over 900 hectares of land, taking a big-picture approach to developing the remainder of this highly valued landscape. At full build-out, which will be a multi-decade planning and development process, Elbow View could provide a range and mixture of housing types, as well as community-supportive services and commercial opportunities to serve the larger regional area.

The Elbow View ASP will outline future land use, development phasing, transportation, environmental protection, emergency services, general design, and utility service requirements, to guide the community to accommodate future growth in an environmentally and fiscally sustainable manner.

Recent milestones in the Elbow View ASP project include:

  • First Reading of the bylaw on December 22, 2020
  • Virtual public information session held April 26, 2021
  • Public hearing May 11, 2021
    • Second reading of the bylaw and direction to submit the plan to the Calgary Metropolitan Region Board. On July 9, 2021, CMRB Administration recommends refusal, so the application is withdrawn.
  • Council approves amendments to the Elbow View Area Structure Plan and directs Administration to resubmit to CMRB July 27, 2021
  • CMRB Administration recommends refusal on September 9, 2021. The application is subsequently withdrawn.

Recordings and reports relating to these meetings are available on the Council agenda webpages.

To view the County’s submissions on the Elbow View ASP, please visit the Calgary Metropolitan Region Board website.

Project Timeline

  • Phase 1: Site Analysis & Concept Development
    March – May 2020
    The first of two engagement opportunities takes place in this phase to identify initial land use concepts and existing conditions, including opportunities and constraints. Public feedback will inform the ASP land use concepts and draft policies.
  • Phase 2: Concept Refinement
    June – November 2020
    The second engagement opportunity takes place in this phase based on the draft ASP that is presented. Public feedback will help to finalize the preliminary concept for the Elbow View ASP and formulate the necessary policies to guide the community’s growth. 
  • Phase 3: Presentation and Public Hearing
    December 2020 – May 2021
    The Elbow View ASP is granted First Reading. The Plan was considered at a Public Hearing and was granted Second Reading on May 11, 2021. Further, Administration was directed to refer the plan to the CMRB. The CMRB Administration recommended refusal of the ASP and it was withdrawn by the County. The ASP was resubmitted to the CMRB in July 2021. It was again recommended for refusal by CMRB Administration and withdrawn by the County.
  • Phase 4: Refinements and Public Hearing
    April 2022 - TBD
    Further changes have been made to the proposed Elbow View ASP based on the CMRB Administration assessment and recommendation. The plan will proceed to Public Hearing and second reading in Q3 of 2022. If Second Reading is granted, the Plan will again be referred to the CMRB for review and approval.

Get Involved

The landowner’s group has retained O2 Planning + Design to facilitate the public engagement for the Elbow View ASP.

If you have any questions about the project, please email Jessica Anderson at janderson@rockyview.ca or O2 Planning at engage@o2design.com.


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