January 8, 2020 Get Engaged!

January 8, 2020 Get Engaged!

January 8, 2020

In this issue:

  • Don’t miss out on Cork Connection!
  • Internal Controls from Three Perspectives
  • Calgary Awards: Nominations opening soon!
  • Calgary Subdivision and Development Appeal Board (SDAB) Fee Changes

… and more!

Don’t miss out on Cork Connection!
Our 5th annual Cork Connection Wine Tasting & Silent Auction fundraiser is on Saturday, February 1 from 7-10 pm at the Dalhousie Community Association! This is an event you don’t want to miss! Join us for a fun evening filled with wine, cheese, an exciting silent auction, and great community spirit! Not only is this event a blast, but it will help us raise funds so that we can continue supporting Calgary’s amazing community volunteers. Click here to get your tickets before January 26!

Exciting Workshops!
Was one of your new years resolutions to learn or try something new? Well we have good news for you! We have some exciting workshops coming up in 2020 to help you do just that! Join us for Board Basics 201, Partners in Planning, Engaging Vulnerable Populations, Internal Controls from Three Perspectives, and so much more! Click here to check out our events/workshop calendar and register today!

Click here for more upcoming events

Internal Controls from Three Perspectives
Have you ever wondered if your organization uses its assets efficiently, if all the funds are accounted for, or if you are vulnerable to theft or fraud? Click here to register for our Internal Controls from Three Perspectives workshop on January 21! This is an excellent opportunity to learn from us and our friends at Servus Credit Union and Toole Peet Insurance on how to safeguard your organization and maximize the use of your resources. Each presenter will offer stories and practical controls that should be put in place to ensure your organization thrives!

Congratulations Ariam!
After six years with us, our Engagement and Partnership Coordinator, Ariam Wolde-Giorgis, has moved on to another career adventure. While we are sad to see Ariam go, we wish her the best of luck in her future endeavours! We appreciate your patience as we transition her position. Please click here to contact Alana-Dawn with any questions you may have during this time.

Calgary Awards: Nominations opening soon!
Do you know a Calgarian who has made an important contribution to our city or community in 2019? Consider nominating them for a Calgary Award! The 26th Calgary Awards Program launches on January 15, 2020. For categories and nomination details, click here.

Calgary Foundation Pitch Night: Neighbour Grants LIVE
Do you have a project that will improve, enhance, or revitalize your community? Apply for the Calgary Foundation’s Pitch Night: Neighbour Grants LIVE! Finalists are selected to pitch their idea to a live studio audience. The audience, in collaboration with a panel of judges, award up to $50,000 to winning groups in grants ranging from $3,000 – $10,000! Click here to apply by March 2, 2020 or to learn more.

Here are a few highlights from our urban planning world this month. Be sure to check our blog for a complete listing of recent events and updates! ​​​​

  1. Calgary Subdivision and Development Appeal Board (SDAB) Fee Changes
    Starting on January 1, 2020, the appeal filing fees increased to $200. Note that the appeal fee will still be refundable if an appeal is withdrawn before the hearing begins or at the discretion of the SDAB board after the hearing has began. Click the link above to find out what the SDAB does and how to file an appeal.

    2. Partners in Planning
    Have you recently joined your Planning Committee or are you interested in how urban planning happens in the City? Partners in Planning is back, our first core course “Understanding Planning and Design” will be this Saturday January 11 from 9:00 am to 12:00pm. Come learn about planning policies that guide development and growth in the City. We also have an optional introduction session to the Guidebook for Great Communities. Click the link above to RSVP.

    3. Citizens+Students Website is now live
    Since 2013, the Federation has partnered with the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape’s (SAPL) Master of Planning students to help selected communities identify issues regarding density, physical planning, urban design, land use to create final products that reflect the needs of the communities. Please visit the website through the link above to browse the project library, learn about the process and how to get involved in the project.

    4. Guidebook 101 Information Session
    Do you sit on your planning committee or are you involved in urban planning in your community? The City is adopting a new Guidebook for Great Communities (GGC) which directs how communities will evolve and grow. Join us for an information session where we will discuss the vision and intent of the Guidebook; how the new policy changes will be applied to applications and the potential effect the changes will have in your community and the City. Click the link above to register for either the January 18 or January 22 sessions.

    5. Community Outreach on Planning and Development Toolkit Launch
    The City recently launched the Community Outreach on Planning and Development Toolkit. The aim of this toolkit is to help people–from community members, community associations, builders, developers and landowners, to business owners, City planners and Councillors–understand and be successful in their community outreach role. This toolkit includes information, tools and resources to:

  • Clarify what community outreach is and who is responsible for what.
  • Clarify when, where and how people can initiate and get involved in conversations about planning and development in Calgary.
  • Improve understanding of City planning and development processes and tools.
  • Support builders, developers and landowners with their community outreach efforts.
  • Support citizens and community members as participants in community outreach.

Volunteers and members of community associations should check out the Community Involvement Toolkit; this section has resources like “How to respond to development applications and Outreach tools for citizen involvement in planning

Community Engagement A Foundational Practice of Community Change
Is your organization planning and aspiring to increase your engagement and connections with your community? We have great resources to help you!