City staff and stakeholders partner to deliver tomorrow’s planning system
Many current players within Calgary’s planning system, including City staff, communities, and builders, have expressed frustration about a process that sometimes stifles innovation, results in troubled working relationships, is overly complex, and limits collaboration and discussion. While many people are doing great work, the current planning process doesn’t live up to the potential of its people. This is a message that The City has heard consistently, regardless of audience.
As City Council noted when it launched Transforming Planning in June 2012, if we continue on our current path, we may not achieve our potential as a city as outlined in the Municipal Development Plan. The Transforming Planning team is working with City staff and stakeholders – industry, communities, and citizens – to design and deliver a results-based planning system that will help us build a vibrant, prosperous, and sustainable city.
At the core of this initiative is a working group that provides leadership and program development. Putting City staff, community, and industry at the centre of a major City initiative is an unusual approach, but it is beginning to yield results.
The working group is keen to implement improvements quickly, rather than wait until the end of a long study, so the Transforming Planning team will develop a new planning process and pilot development applications, concurrently. The results of the pilots will feed into the ongoing creation of the new planning system.
Beginning in March 2013, Transforming Planning will run began running a series of public engagement events on the emerging results. Please check Transforming Planning’s website for updates, email firstname.lastname@example.org. or follow on Twitter: @nextCITYyyc.
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