Brookfield Residential Properties: Identifying and Engaging Stakeholders
In early summer 2012, Brookfield Residential Properties Inc. (Brookfield), a Calgary-based residential property developer with holdings throughout North America, had an opportunity to develop a vacant site in the inner-city community of Scarboro, in the southwest quadrant of Calgary. Brookfield did not own the site but was working with the landowner to request that the city of Calgary rezone the site from single family to Direct Control to allow a proposed 52-unit project. Brookfield's proposed housing development project was planned by following the policies set out in Calgary's Municipal Development Plan. The plan was focused on the densification of Calgary's population, particularly in the inner city and along established public transportation routes. The question was, how could Brookfield proceed to get buy-in for its project from Scarboro and the surrounding communities? The authors Norm Althouse and Peggy Hedges are affiliated with University of Calgary.