Plan It Calgary Engagement
Plan It Calgary involved extensive engagement with key industry members, City Council, community leaders and Calgarians. Thousands more provided input through open houses, public hearings, round table discussions and workshops.
Timeline of engagement activities
- Public Hearing of Council to allow the public and special interest groups a forum to voice their opinions to Council.
March to May 2009
- 12 public open houses throughout the city to give Calgarians an opportunity to learn about, view and comment on the proposed plans.
- Public event providing citizens an opportunity to view a summary of the public feed that was collected over the previous 18 months. In addition, attendees had the opportunity to hear internationally renowned speakers Lawrence Frank and Dr. Gavin McCormack speak about the links between public health and the built environment.
- The two day Plan It Calgary Summit & Design It event provided Calgarians an opportunity to have a say about how communities and the city could grow in the future. The summit provided an opportunity to learn about how Plan It Calgary will influence future growth, hear from international experts on city growth and land use and transportation challenges, find out about what the research had indicated to that point and provide input on what their priorities are for land use, transportation and the evolution of Calgary communities in the future. Over 250 participants comprised of citizens, community members, members of the development and home building industry and other various groups attended the event.
- The consultation paper, Towards a sustainable city: key directions for land use and mobility was made available for public and stakeholder comment, with the deadline for feedback closing July 31, 2008.
- The Federation of Calgary Communities (FCC) promoted three workshops. These sessions focused on talking about the eight Key Directions. Participants discussed assigned key directions and then brainstormed "opportunities" and "challenges" that may result from those key directions. Results were summarized and presented to the Standing Policy Committee on Land Use, Planning & Transportation, on October 15, 2008.
- In an effort to test ideas and scenarios which may be applicable on a city-wide basis, the City is hosted a week-long Charette process (case study) to test land use and transportation scenarios along the 17 Avenue S.E. corridor.
- A series of Focus Groups were completed to learn from the public how changing the design of the city to make it more sustainable could also improve quality of life for residents.
- At the end of 2007, the City completed a Telephone Survey and related Workbook Questionnaire asking Calgarians how they feel the city should grow including which transportation, housing and land use development options the City should provide in the future.