Doug Kelly is semi-retired after spending over 40 years in land development, primarily in Alberta. His main career focus was on residential, where he was responsible for developing over 20 neighbourhoods in Calgary and Edmonton. He produced and sold approximately 10,000 building sites for single- and multi-family dwellings. Doug was also responsible for producing and selling over 400 acres of serviced industrial sites and several-hundred-thousand square feet of retail commercial. His employers included Melcor Developments in Edmonton and Calgary (1972-76); Markborough Properties Limited in Calgary and Toronto (1976-89); Stovan Development Ltd., Toronto (1990); UMA Group, Calgary (1991-94); and Carma Developers (now Brookfield Residential) in Edmonton (1994-2007). Doug has tons of experience in land acquisition, approvals, land planning, engineering, construction and marketing.
In 2008 Doug embarked on writing a book called $100,000 an Acre: A Candid History of the Land Development Industry in Alberta. It features stories of the industry’s entrepreneurs post-WWII to the 1980s. His latest book, $200,000 an Acre: More Stories from the Albertans that Built Our Neighbourhoods, continues on from the 1980s to present day.
In 2013 Doug pioneered the development of ‘skinny homes’ on 25-foot lots in Edmonton’s mature neighbourhoods by challenging the existing bylaw. He has since been involved in the successful development of over 20 infill housing units.
Doug has always played an active role in the Urban Development Institute, where he has been chair of both Calgary and Edmonton chapters, president of the Alberta division, and the only member to have held all three spots. In 2010 he became an honorary life member.
Doug and his wife, Lindsay, live in Edmonton. They have four children and two grandchildren.