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The Federation of Calgary Communities represents community interests on stakeholder committees including some permanent committees, including Land Use Bylaw sustainment, and the Site Planning Team for Joint Use Sites. We also represent community interests on projects and city-wide consultations as they arise. We try to ensure that communities are aware of any proposed policy changes, and that community interests are brought forward for consideration.
The Federation employs two Urban Planners whose role includes:
- Educating and informing community associations about the planning process and current planning issues
- Helping communities deal with specific planning issues
- Encouraging networking and information sharing among communities and other groups on planning issues of common concern
- Facilitating community involvement in some planning processes
- Representing community interests on some city-wide planning issues, including serving on “stakeholder committees”
- Advocating the community association role in planning processes
- Assisting community associations in the establishment and operation of planning committees
- Promoting community visioning exercises and community-based planning initiatives
Community associations are an important participant in the planning and development process. They help to shape and communicate community goals and aspirations by playing a role in the creation of planning policy, such as local area plans, and in policy implementation, for example by commenting on development applications. They are repositories of local knowledge and history. They provide City authorities and development applicants with advice and insight into neighbourhood issues, concerns, and desires.
Community association “planning committees” may take on a number of roles and tasks related to community-building, change and improvement. They review applications for land use re-designation (rezoning), subdivision and development permits, and take on other proactive opportunities to affect change in their communities. The community association planning role may also address issues such as traffic, parks, heritage conservation and community improvements.
The latest news and information on planning issues is published in the regular Federation newsletter. Read the latest newsletter here.
A Community Guide to the Planning Process
The Federation of Calgary Communities, in collaboration with the City of Calgary, maintains a Guide to assist communities dealing with development and planning issues. “A Community Guide to the Planning Process” is available free as an online PDF, and printed copies can also be purchased for $25 + GST. Click here to view the most recent Community Guide to the Planning Process. Click here to purchase a copy.
The Federation offers workshops on the Guide (Orientation to Planning Process and Issues); check the Planning Education section for more information or click here to register for the next course.
A Case for Community-Led Planning
A Case for Community-Led Planning looks at the need for and benefits of grass-roots proactive planning at the community level. Find out what community-led planning is and how it has been utilized in Calgary in the past. Click here to view the document.
For more: The Federation is in the midst of preparing another document, A Guide to Community-Led Planning, that will explore implementation strategies and more of the ‘how-to’ elements behind community-led planning.
Planning Committee Resources
The Federation has resource materials for community association planning committees focused on citizen engagement. Specifically, these tools and resources are aimed at promoting more effective and representative planning committees, greater citizen involvement in community planning, and proactive, visionary planning exercises. Please visit the MEMBERS ONLY SECTION of our website to access a number of contacts, resources, and useful articles for community association planning volunteers. If you are having trouble logging in, please phone (403) 244-4111 ext. 202.
The Federation offers a related Planning Committee Workshop; check the Planning Education section for more information or click here to register for the next course.
The Federation’s Urban Planning staff can assist community associations to effectively contribute to the planning process by providing resources, education, and advice on issues. Contact information is below.
TRAINING AND WORKSHOPS:
The Federation offers workshops and courses to help community members navigate planning and development issues. To register for an upcoming course, please click here.
Planning Committee Workshop
Learn what planning committees can do, and how to develop the organizational structure to run an
effective planning committee. Discover some tips for working with other stakeholders in the planning process including The City, developers, local politicians and your own community members.
Orientation to Planning Processes and Issues
This small-group workshop, free for community members, reviews the Community Guide to the Planning Process and gives participants an opportunity to discuss planning related issues with colleagues from other community associations and Federation planners.
Partners In Planning
The Partners in Planning Program (PIP) is a planning skills certificate training program offered by the Federation of Calgary Communities in partnership with The City of Calgary. See the PIP pamphlet for more information.
Roundtables and Events
The Federation also provides opportunities for community representatives to network and learn about topics of interest by organizing, facilitating or promoting “roundtables” and other events on subjects related to planning, heritage and the environment.
Urban Planner & Engagement Facilitator
(403) 244-4111 ext. 210
Click here to e-mail Natasha
(403) 244-4111 ext. 203
Click here to e-mail Karly