Education and Workshops
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Workshops and Courses:
We offer a number of workshops and courses to help community members navigate planning and development issues, including Partners in Planning, Orientation to the Planning Process and Issues, and a Planning Committee Workshop. Scroll down for details.
Partners In Planning
|Basics of Planning Implementation (Core)||October 15, 2016||Kingsland Community Association (505 78 Ave SW)|
|The Land Use Bylaw Course (Core)||November 19, 2016||Highwood Community Association (520 27 Ave NE)|
|Development Appeals at SDAB (Core)||December 10, 2016||Strathcona Christie Aspen Community Association (277 Strathcona Drive SW)|
|Planning for Growth and Change (Elective)||January 14, 2017||Killarney-Glengarry Community Association (2828 28 St SW)|
|Planning Green Spaces and Public Amenities (Elective)||February 11, 2017||Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Association (1320 5th Ave NW)|
|Heritage Preservation and Community Character (Elective)||March 18, 2017||
Calgary Municipal Building (800 MacLeod Trail SE)
|What's Trending In Planning (Elective)||April 22, 2017||Capitol Hill Community Association (1531 21 Ave NW)|
For a preview of what upcoming PIP workshops will be like, please see our past PIP sessions (including links to presentations):
- Planning Green Spaces and Public Amenities- Feb 11 2017
- Planning for Growth & Change- Infill Development Jan 14, 2017
- The Basics of Implementation Planning- October 15, 2016
- The Land Use Bylaw- November 19, 2016
- Development Appeals at the SDAB- December 10,2016
- Community Character in Chinatown- March 18, 2017
- Whats Trending in Planning, May 14th 2016
- Community Character and Heritage – April 9, 2016
- Planning Green Spaces and Public Amenities – March 5, 2016
- Planning for Growth and Change- Feb 6 2016
- Development Appeals at SDAB, December 5, 2015
- The Land Use Bylaw (core), November 7, 2015
- The Basics of Implementation Planning, September 26, 2015
Orientation to the Planning Process
These small-group workshops, free for community members, reviews A 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.
Our orientation to the planning process workshop is taught in two parts:
|Orientation to the Planning Process 101: Welcome to the basics!||
November 15, 2016 7-9 PM
|Federation of Calgary Communities Offices (1609, 14th St SW)|
|Orientation to the Planning Process 201: What’s in the Planning Process||
February 28, 2017 7-9 PM
Click here to register for upcoming workshops.
Planning Committee Workshops
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. These courses are free for community members, and is taught in two parts:
|Planning Committees 101: Getting Started||
January 24, 2017 7-9 PM
|Planning Committees 201: Operating and Improving||
April 11 7-9 PM
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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.
Community Planning Exchange
This event series brings communities together to explore and focus on selected planning topics. Past events have included: Housing, Community Character, and Working with City Planners and Working with the Development Industry.
Below is some additional information and resources from previous Community Planning Exchange Events:
Community Planning Exchange on the Community Contribution to the Planning Process, April 25,2015
Navigating through the planning process can be a tricky journey. However, a clear understanding of the different roles and expectations of each party can help make the trip a lot smoother.Topics covered during this workshop include the community associations contribution to the City’s planning process; the challenges communities face (both in the inner city and in established communities); ideas on how to overcome community planning challenges; as well as what resources the Federation can offer to your planning committees. You can view the presentations below!
- City of Calgary Presentation (Presented by Shila Mckee & Heather Dybvig)
- Hillhurst Sunnyside Presentation (presented by Lisa Chong & Tim Kitchen)
- Federation of Calgary Communities Presentation
Following the last CPE, we’ve summarized some of the topics that were discussed from the day’s event as well as provided some additional resources offered by the City to communities. They can be viewed in the Commonly Asked Questions (CAQ) found below:
- Commonly Asked Questions (created by the Federation Planners)
Community Planning Exchange on Community Character, October 18, 2014
Describing what is important about a community or what characterizes a street or a community in the planning and development processes can sometimes be very difficult. At the same time, managing change through planning and development is critical to communities as they evolve. To take stock of what is significant to communities, and to understand communities’ identities, they have to understand where they have been before they know where they are going! You can view the presentations below!
- Beverly Sandalack, Faculty of Environmental Design, University of Calgary gave an introduction to community character
- Marilyn Williams, Heritage Management Consultant and Cliff Bungalow/Mission CA volunteer presented on community character and Statements of Significance. As well, she also hosted an exercise on to evaluate the area of Midnapore/Fish Creek/Shawnee Slopes through different lenses. Marilyn also referred to the Calgary Historic Resource Evaluation System Handbook.
The Federation has created a brochure that explains Statements of Significance, as well as provides information on SOS consultants and funding opportunities to have one done.
Community Planning Exchange on Housing, April 26, 2014
Our first Community Planning Exchange focused on housing. We hosted a discussion about the of Calgary’s housing needs and challenges on April 26, 2014. Presentations highlighted the geo-demographic data behind our growing city; the standard life-cycle of communities and how their needs change; the importance and impact of a diverse housing stock; satisfying the full spectrum of the housing continuum; and the evolution of a community, including new ideas and trends. For more information check out the original event listing here or click on the presentations below.
- Derek Pomreinke from Geodemographics at The City of Calgary
- Gail Sokolan and Alison Crawley from the Office of Land Servicing and Housing at The City of Calgary
- Martina Jileckova from The Calgary Homeless Foundation
- Dr. Noel Keough with The Faculty of Environmental Design from The University of Calgary
- Panel Discussion Video
The Heritage Roundtable is a knowledgeable group of Calgarians focused on ensuring the physical history in our midst is preserved and promoted. They host quarterly events that are free for all and always include networking. Event topics have included sharing insights into pro-actively addressing local preservation through planning, compiling information on local points of historical significance, and identifying and supporting time-honoured architecture or landscapes. Heritage Roundtable has strong ties to the local heritage community and through a relationship with the Federation of Calgary Communities, their message continues to grow. Check our calendar for upcoming heritage events.
To get on the Heritage Roundtable emailing list, please message firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line, "I Consent to Heritage Roundtable Emailers."
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