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Priorities for Community Vision

Action Plan engagement sought input from participants on priorities related to areas of focus embodied in The City’s long-term guiding strategic documents, including the Sustainability Direction 2020, The Municipal Development Plan, and the Calgary Transportation Plan.

Together these documents provide direction towards The City’s 100-year vision, and participants in each engagement stream were asked about these longer-term priorities for the upcoming four-year business cycle.

Exploration of participant priorities for community vision was accomplished through open-ended comments in qualitative research sessions, in-person events and through the online City Priorities Tool. In addition to open-ended comments, the online City Priorities Tool and in-person Dotmocracy allowed citizens to directly select their top three priorities within larger priority areas. For a detailed review of engagement specific to priorities, please see the community vision report for a detailed review of engagement specific to comment submissions, please see engagement discussions.

 City Priorities Tool  

Community Vision Priority Areas

Across engagement input streams and methods of input, the results show a strong alignment for high-level priority areas in terms of their relative importance to citizens and stakeholders. The table below illustrates the top priorities articulated in each engagement input method across engagement streams.

 High-level priority areas  

Community Vision Priorities within Priority Areas

Variety within priority areas: While there is a great degree of alignment with high-level category areas, there is greater variety of priorities within those high-level categories across engagement input streams.

Geographic preferences: There is more variety within priority areas than across them, responses show consistency between where participants live in the city and with the priorities expressed within each category. However while 83% of priority submissions included location information there is no way to ensure that results reflect ward-wide perspectives.

 City Priorities Tool  

Getting Around Calgary. The Getting Around Calgary category was chosen most frequently as a top-three priority across the city. Within this category, Transit was chosen most often as one of the top three priorities.

  • Patterns of responses by geography. Beyond Transit, there was a noticeable pattern across geographic areas of the City in terms which differing modes of transportation were selected as one of the top three transportation priorities. Furthest away from the core, vehicle-related priorities were chosen more often than any other modes of transportation. Geographic areas closer lying, but not closest to the core, chose vehicle-related priorities more often but also showed a higher incidence of choice for alternative modes of transportation-related priorities. Areas closest to the core chose alternative modes of transportation-related more frequently than vehicle-related priorities. This pattern is discernable within the ward-by-ward breakdown of the results and may be worth further exploration in the future.

Calgary’s Communities. The Calgary’s Communities category was chosen second most frequently as a top-three priority across the City. Within this category crime prevention and enforcement and affordable housing were chosen as one of the top three priorities with nearly the same frequency.

  • Patterns of responses by geography. Beyond the two most frequently chosen items, priorities within this category generally show more variability area to area than those in Getting Around. Crime prevention and enforcement was chosen most often across the city as a top-three priority followed very closely by affordable housing. A notable exception to this pattern is that in areas closest to the core Affordable housing was the most often chosen top priority and Crime prevention and enforcement was more likely to show as the fourth or fifth most chosen item as a top-three priority.

Growing Calgary. The Growing Calgary category was chosen third most frequently as a top-three priority across the City. Within this category Local parks, green spaces, sports fields was chosen most often as one of the top three priorities.

  • Patterns of responses by geography. Local parks, green spaces, sports fields was chosen most often across most areas of the city, however, in the least outlying areas, the most frequently chosen top-three priority was Reinvest in older community infrastructure. This pattern is discernable within the ward-by-ward breakdown of the results and may be worth further exploration in the future.

Calgary’s Economy. The Calgary’s Economy category was chosen fourth most frequently as a top-three priority across the city. Within this category a diversified local economy and small business growth and development were chosen as one of the top three priorities with nearly the same frequency.

  • Patterns of responses by geography. Priorities within this category showed generally strong alignment across areas of the City, with a notable exception of the centre and centre-east areas of the City. A diversified local economy was the most frequently chosen top-three priority across the city, except for the centre and centre-east areas of the City where Small business development and Local economy development were chosen more frequently.

Environment. The Calgary’s Environment category was chosen fifth most frequently as a top-three priority across the City. Within this category responsible use of water and energy and plant and maintain urban trees were chosen as one of the top three priorities with nearly the same frequency.

  • Patterns of responses by geography. While there is definitely variation Ward to Ward on environmental priorities, these do not appear in well-defined patterns based on geography.

How the City of Calgary Works. The How The City of Calgary Works category was chosen sixth most frequently as a top-three priority across the City. Within this category spending efficiency and cost saving measures and funding sources other than property taxes were chosen as one of the top three priorities with nearly the same frequency.

  • Patterns of responses by geography. While there is definitely variation Ward to Ward on spending priorities, these do not appear in well-defined patterns based on geography.