Gated communities have been banned from future development in Calgary since 2001, due to key City of Calgary plans for “inclusive, integrated and a use for all” development. This has not hindered or hampered the speed of development in Calgary at all, and helps create a welcoming atmosphere. This hasn’t stopped some from trying to create them anyway. The most recent attempt was in 2014.
One of the most common reasons for residents wanting to put up with the expenses of a gated community is due to increased security. The problem is that locking yourself in isn’t the best way to become safer. The best way is to form community watches, help the less fortunate, and work towards making the community as a whole better. This helps everyone in the community, not just an elite few.
In Calgary, we should be building bridges, not walls.