Outreach Roles & Responsibilities
We all have a role in building a great city and by working together we can create a city and communities filled with awesome places and spaces for us to live, work and enjoy.
Builders / developers: Builders and developers physically construct the places and spaces that are the foundation in the creation of communities and the formation of cities.
Landowners: Land/property owners have rights and decide if and when to build something new on their land.
Community members: Citizens and community members (from residents, to local business owners, community association members and other local groups and organizations) contribute local knowledge and insights connected to specific areas within our city.
The City of Calgary: The City works with developers, landowners, business owners and community members to create plans that provide direction on how and where future building and development should happen. The City also reviews and ultimately approves or refuses proposals to rezone land or develop land.
The people connected to a role might change depending on the project type. Different roles can apply to different people depending on the type of project (e.g. City initiated versus landowner/applicant initiated).
For example, City Administration is the outreach lead for any City initiated policy work (such as the creation of a local area plan), but the applicant is the outreach lead for their development proposal and associated development application. In both scenarios, the general responsibilities of the outreach lead (listed above) remain the same.
|Policy Plans (new)|
|Policy Plans (new): City Administration||undefined: Lead|
|Policy Plans (new): Community Groups or Member-based Organizations||undefined: Connector & Participant|
|Policy Plans (new): Community||undefined: Participant|
|Policy Plans (new): Development Industry||undefined: Participant|
|Policy Plans (new): City Council||undefined: Decision maker|
|Development Applications (Land Use, Policy Amendments, Development Permits)|
|Development Applications (Land Use, Policy Amendments, Development Permits): Applicant||undefined: Lead|
|Development Applications (Land Use, Policy Amendments, Development Permits): City Administration||undefined: Support|
|Development Applications (Land Use, Policy Amendments, Development Permits): Community Groups or Member-based Organizations||undefined: Connector & Participant|
|Development Applications (Land Use, Policy Amendments, Development Permits): Community||undefined: Participant|
|Development Applications (Land Use, Policy Amendments, Development Permits): City Council (policy plans & rezoning),
Calgary Planning Commission (Outline Plans & more complex Development Permits),
Development Authority (less complex Development Permits)
|undefined: Decision maker|
Clarifying community outreach roles and responsibilities connected planning and development projects helps clarify who does what. Each role, shown below, includes a description and associated responsibilities.
|Role: Decision maker||Description:
The Municipal Government Act (MGA) is the law under which all Alberta municipalities are empowered to shape their communities. The MGA helps ensure citizens are provided with the opportunity to be involved in municipal decision-making processes, including minimum requirements public notification and opportunities for comment on planning matters.
Public participation mechanisms regulated under the MGA include:
- Open Meetings: Municipalities are required to hold all their council and committee meetings open to the public, with some exceptions.
- Notices and the Right to Be Heard: A citizen’s right to receive notice of certain matters to be considered by a municipal council (e.g. statutory plan amendments, road closures, etc.).
- Access to Information: The public can request any information from their municipality.
- Petitions: Citizens can petition council to allow for a vote on an advertised bylaw or resolution, to create a new bylaw, or to amend or repeal an existing bylaw or resolution.
The City fulfills minimum requirements through notice posting, application circulation and commenting through the online development map. This is in addition to the public hearing on land use redesignation applications.
When it comes to outreach led by Applicants there are no mandated requirements, but The City’s general recommended minimum approach is for applicants to complete the Outreach Assessment tool which helps applicants assess and consider the potential impact of their proposal within the context of the community they are working in and provides guidance on high-level outreach considerations. In addition to completing the Outreach Assessment tool, The City recommends connecting with the surrounding neighbours, community association or relevant member-based organizations and area Councillor early in the process to discuss their development ideas. Applicants will be asked to submit an Applicant Outreach Summary to explain what community outreach efforts where undertaken.