Real Estate Development and the Planning Process

Real Estate Development and the Planning Process

Find out what it takes to get your real estate project approved

Real estate development projects can live or die by the way in which the development approval process is handled. Delivered in partnership with the Real Estate Development Institute (REDI), Canada’s leader in Real Estate Development education, this course explains how the development approval process works and offers insight into what it takes to get your project approved. Facilitated by industry experts, their local perspective on real estate development will provide learners with a realistic and practical understanding of the complexities of real estate development in Calgary and beyond.

Schedule: TBD
Program delivery: In-Person
Commitment: 18 hours
Investment: $589

Grant funding: This program could be eligible for grant funding that can cover up to 2/3 of the program costs. An Executive Education team member can help you bundle courses to meet the minimum hours needed for eligibility. For more information:

Participants come from a variety of fields including real estate development, banking, government, architecture, planning and engineering. The program is aimed for those who aspire to work in field of real estate development, expand understanding of the development process, and benefit from local expertise, perspectives and gain hands-on experience.

Participants who attend this course cover the following topics:

  • Subdivision, development and land use applications
  • Subdivision and development appeals
  • City council hearings
  • Working with the community and the civic administration

Mary Axworthy RPP, MCIP, is an urban planner with over 35 years’ experience in planning and public participation at the municipal level.  She retired from the position of Director of Land Use Planning & Policy, City of Calgary in 2012.  Her experience includes all aspects of land use policy and implementation planning.  She played a key leadership role in “Plan It Calgary”, a blueprint for smart, sustainable growth that shaped Calgary’s award winning Municipal Development and Transportation Plans (2010). 

Mary has a Master’s Degree in Environmental Design (Urbanism) from the University of Calgary, where she is now an Adjunct Professor.

She is also a member of the Alberta Municipal Government Board, a quasi-judicial board that hears appeals on commercial and industrial tax assessments and planning issues of provincial interest.