March 18, 2020 Get Engaged!

March 18, 2020 Get Engaged!

March 18, 2020

In this issue:

  • COVID-19 Update
  • Meet our Faces of Community 2020!
  • Helping out during COVID-19

… and more!

COVID-19 Update
Yesterday, our Premier announced that Albertans are prohibited from attending public recreational facilities and private entertainment facilities, including community centres. We sent out communications informing our members with facilities to shut down to the public immediately. We are seeking clarification on if this includes staff of community facilities and will communicate this out via email and social media when we know. Please click here to view the update from yesterday.

As a public health precaution all our workshops and events have been postponed until further notice. Our online Table Talk Tuesday learning sessions will continue as planned. These sessions are online only. To ensure the health and safety of our members, staff, and community, we will not be providing in-person support until further notice and the majority of staff are working remotely. We are currently working to develop resources to help support our members as well as compile resources from our community network. Click here to view these resources. This page will continue to updated.

Audit files should still be dropped off at our office. Please call our office at 403-244-4111, before dropping off files. Our auditors will no longer be doing on-site visits for the foreseeable future. If you have questions for your auditor, please reach out to them via email. We will continue to support our members in all matters via email throughout this time, please click here for our staff directory.

These are unprecedented times and we thank you for your understanding. Now more than ever, being neighbourly is incredibly important. Find ways to support family, friends, and neighbours because we are all in this together.

All workshops and events have been cancelled until further notice. Our online Table Talk Tuesday learning sessions will continue as planned. These sessions are online only.

Table Talk – Policies: The 3 C’s – March 31, 2020
Table Talk – When the Vote Seems Urgent – April 7, 2020

Click here for more upcoming events

Meet our Faces of Community 2020!
We are proud to introduce you to our Faces of Community 2020! Throughout the entire month of March we will be introducing you to each of these amazing volunteers through our social media. Click here to meet each of these amazing volunteers!

Let us know how we did!
We know surveys aren’t super fun, but our annual member satisfaction survey is an important way for us to get feedback from you, our members, on the programs and services we offer you! The survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. Click here to take our survey by the April 12 deadline.

Policies: The 3 C’s Online Learning
Join us for our next Table Talk Tuesday online session Policies: The 3 C’s. Learn about the three policies that can help prevent conflict and misunderstandings in 15 minutes, with another 15 minutes for a live Q&A with our Education Coordinator. Click here to register. Please note that these are online sessions only. Missed a session? Check out our archived Table Talk Tuesday videos by clicking here.

Helping out during COVID-19
While these are scary times, we have seen communities across the city step up to help support their neighbours. Keeping your safety, and the safety of others in mind, check out some of what we have seen below:

  • To help keep their community stay happy and healthy while maintaining social distancing, the Tuxedo Park Community Association has started offering their yoga classes online!
  • Many communities are encouraging their residents to decorate their windows with crafts to encourage community building while still practicing social distancing. See the above picture from the Killarney-Glengarry Community Association!
  • The Haysboro Community Association has initiated a neighbour support program that encourages people who need help with getting groceries, snow shovelling, dog walking, and childcare, or those who would like to help with those tasks, to fill out an online form through Google Docs.

These are just some examples of what our communities are doing across the city to help out during these difficult times. If your community has a great initiative, or if you know of any other great ideas, please email us and we would be love to share these ideas.

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! ​​​​

*Please note: These dates may be subject to change during these uncertain times. We will keep you updated as we know more.

1. Guidebook for Great Communities and North Hill Communities Local Area Plan
The Guidebook for Great Communities and North Hill Communities Local Area Plan went to the Standing Policy Committee on Planning and Urban Development (PUD) on March 4. Minutes and the stream from the meeting can be found here. Both documents will go forward for a public hearing at the April 27, 2020 Combined Meeting of Council. The final proposed draft of the Guidebook can be found here. The draft North Hill Communities Local Area Plan can be accessed by clicking this link.

2. Guidebook 101 Video
If you missed the Guidebook 101 sessions but wanted to learn more about the Guidebook for Great Communities, a video of the presentation has been produced. Click the link above to view it.

3. Municipal Development Plan and Calgary Transportation Plan
The Municipal Development plan (MDP) and Calgary Transportation Plan (CTP) are documents that will guide land use and transportation in Calgary in the long term. The City is proposing amendments to the two plans and will be collecting feedback online until March 20. Click the link above to provide your feedback.

4. Ward Boundaries
The City is conducting a minor review of ward boundaries. If you live in wards 3, 5, 7 and 12 you may be impacted by the potential changes. The changes are intended to balance the population across the wards in Calgary. The City will like your feedback, please click the link above to provide comments by March 19.

5. Greenline Open House Dates
On January 29, members from the Green Line presented an updated Stage 1 alignment Green Line LRT route to City Council. The open house sessions and pop-ups have been cancelled, please click the link above to view the engagement boards and to provide your feedback online.

6. Heritage Conservation Tools and Incentives
The Heritage Planning team will be presenting a report on potential policy tools and financial incentives to increase the conservation of heritage resources at Standing Policy Committee on Planning and Urban Development on April 1, 2020. Please review the summary report and read about other heritage initiatives by clicking the link above.

COVID-19 Community Organization Resources
During these unprecedented times, we want to provide support the best we can to both our members and other community organizations so that they can continue to support their communities. Click the link above to view. These resources have been compiled from a variety of sources and will continually be updated.