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Maintaining Elbow Park's Charm and Character

EPRA Development Committee

Roles of the Development Committee

  • Review Development Permit Applications and provide feedback to the City. 
  • Analyze and map our community to identify what is important to our residents, how we can preserve our character and identity. 
  • Engage residents with workshops and information sessions. 
  • Work with City Planners to create a Local Area Plan 


Planning Process

The Development Committee has an obligation to provide oversight in a fair, responsive, transparent and consistent manner. We strive to develop  strategies to evaluate applications for Development Permits under the policies set by the City of Calgary (through its long-term development plans, Land Use Bylaw and permitting process) and taking into consideration our community needs. We do not set policy on community issues like densification, secondary suites, safety or lot size but can help frame community guidance outlined in the EPRA Charter. 

Development Permit Applications that are fully compliant with the contextual rules under the existing Bylaw are not circulated to the communities for review. You can however provide comments online by going to: and search for the address in question. The City has started to add drawings to this website as well, which can be downloaded for viewing. This was intended to provide for the efficient permitting of projects without roadblocks while still maintaining stable communities, although it sometimes has the unintended consequence of not filtering design issues that the EPRA would like to comment on.

Development Permit Applications that are discretionary are still circulated to the communities. The EPRA Development Committee receives these plans and will call a review meeting. Notices are delivered in neighbour’s mailboxes to notify them of the time and date of the review meeting.

Concerns and comments are discussed and the Development Committee will then send a response letter to the City File Manager.

On This Page:

Planning for the Future

Proposed amendments to the Guide to Local Area Planning that have been presented to city administration by a multi-community group outlining the key concerns shared by many communities

Elbow Park Caveats & Restrictive Covenants

Did you know many properties in Elbow Park have caveats or restrictive covenants on the title which prohibit more than one house being built on one lot, restrict the number of garages and often prescribe setbacks from the street?

It's true. When Elbow Park was developed, the developers put these restrictive covenants (RC) or caveats containing restrictive covenants on many Elbow Park titles to ensure a consistent building scheme and to protect the character of Elbow Park. Many inner-city neighbourhoods in addition to Elbow Park, have similar restrictive covenants, including Mount Royal, Britannia, Bel-Aire, Mayfair, University Heights and Briar Hill.

In the Fall of 2022 neighbours in Elbow Park won a court case upholding a Restrictive Covenant.  
View court decision upholding restrictive covenants in Elbow Park here
Overview of Restrictive Covenants
View an example of a Restrictive Covenant (download pdf)

So how do these restrictive covenants work?

Restrictive Covenants are essentially contracts between the property owners to abide by those restrictions set out in the covenant. Any property with a restrictive covenant registered on its title can enforce it against any other property with the same restrictive covenant. You do not need to be an immediate neighbour or even live on the same street to enforce a restrictive covenant. You simply have to have the same restrictive covenant registered on your title. A restrictive covenant can only be enforced through the courts.

How do I find out if I have a restrictive covenant or caveat?

If you want to find out if you have an RC or Caveat on your title, the best way is to pull your land title. You can do so at a registry or online at:

Why does this matter?

There are currently and have been several applications to subdivide certain lots, relax setbacks and re-zone away from RC1 in Elbow Park in violation of the restrictive covenants. Because the covenants are contracts between the property owners, and not a municipal law or bylaw, the City of Calgary is ambivalent about them and often approves zoning changes, subdivisions and development permits that violate the covenants.

Many neighbours wish to preserve the character of Elbow Park and are endeavouring to ensure that future developments in Elbow Park comply with the terms of the restrictive covenants. This requires getting the word out to neighbours, real estate agents and developers that these restrictions exist and must be complied with. If and when a developer refuses to comply, a court application may be necessary. This has been done in other communities, including Britannia, and there are a few ongoing restrictive covenants enforcement actions in Elbow Park today.

Get Involved: Fundraising

If you believe that these restrictive covenants enhance our community and the value of your own property, please consider donating to the enforcement actions. You may have already been contacted to donate but if not, please email for instructions.

Relaxations/Removals etc.

It is important to note that if these covenants and caveats are too often ignored, relaxed or waived, that their legal strength is diminished. Some of you may already have been approached to consent to relax or remove caveats or restrictive covenants on a neighbouring property. Although it may seem harmless, please consider very carefully before discharging your rights.

EPRA Caveat Sub-Committee

In light of the upswing in development activity in Elbow Park, EPRA has recently sanctioned the creation of a sub-committee which is tasked with ensuring the restrictive covenants and caveats in Elbow Park are complied with. This is a brand new committee which would welcome any suggestions and input. Should you have any questions or suggestions, please contact

View enforcement proceeding documents here

Development Committee Links

“Districts” for Local Area Plan - the Administration is proposing 42 districts for the LAPs
LUB = Land Use Bylaw 
New Bylaw for ‘Low Density Residential’ 


MGA = Municipal Government Act
CTP = Calgary Transportation Plan
ARP = Area Redevelopment Plan (earlier type of area plan, as compared to the local area plans, see below)
LAP = Local Area Plan  (Multi-Community Area Plans created using the policies from The Guidebook for Great Communities) 

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