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Business plans and budgets 2012-2014: achieving imagineCALGARY

The City’s three-year business plans and budgets mark the progressive steps The City needs to take to achieve our 100-year vision.

Our 100-year vision – Calgary: a great place to make a living, a great place to make a life

In 2006, Calgarians developed a blueprint for a sustainable future then they created the imagineCALGARY Plan for long-range urban sustainability.

The imagineCALGARY Plan describes a 100-year vision of the city in which Calgarians would like to live in and how to get there.  It contains the final 100-year vision, all of the 30-year targets and goals as well as strategies for accomplishing these goals.

With input from more than 18,000 citizens, the imagineCALGARY Plan was the result of the largest community visioning and consultation process of its kind in the world, at the time.

For more information, visit imagineCALGARY.

Bridging our 100-year vision with long-term planning

As shown in the diagram below, The City follows a continuous approach to achieving the 100-year vision of the imagineCALGARY Plan.

Achieving the imagineCALGARY Vision

The imagineCALGARY Plan, through the 2020 Sustainability Direction, guides the review of City Services, which forms the basis of The City’s three-year business plan. Taking into account the issues, service priorities and affordability, The City’s operating and capital budgets are finalized to fund the three-year business plan.

At the same time, The City maintains its flexibility to respond to economic, social, environmental and political changes through the annual budget adjustment process.

The 2020 Sustainability Direction

To bridge The City’s three-year budget cycle with the 100-year vision of imagineCALGARY and the 60-year outlook of the Municipal Development Plan and Calgary Transportation Plan, The City created the 2020 Sustainability Direction.

The 2020 Sustainability Direction identifies what must happen at The City over the next 10 years to contribute towards the imagineCALGARY 100-year vision.  It contains 10-year goals, objectives, targets, indicators and strategies.

A 10-year horizon provides a reasonable timeframe to:

  • Meet community needs and expectations;
  • Establish the capacity to deliver; and,
  • Achieve measurable results.

The 2020 Sustainability​ Direction contains 10-year objectives, targets, indicators and strategies to achieve the following goals:

  • Community Well-being
  • Prosperous economy
  • Sustainable Environment
  • Smart Growth and Mobility
  • Financial Capacity
  • Sustainable Corporation

It provides a framework for Administration to address Council’s Fiscal Plan for Calgary, which was built on the foundation of sustainability and imagineCALGARY’s long-term vision.​​​​