Community Projects

2018-2019 Federation Community Planning Projects

University of Calgary Environmental Design – Professional Planning Practice Studio
January-April 2019

In this community partnership process, senior students and instructors from the Master of Planning Program in the Faculty of Environmental Design at the University of Calgary are partnered with 2 Calgary communities. They work on a variety of planning issues in consultation with selected community associations related to short term-problem solving and long-term visioning. Contact Ben at planning@calgarycommunities.com if you have any questions! This option may be of interest to communities who have previously completed the Urban Studies visioning project and are interested in a focused follow up on specific topics or issues.

The application form is available here and the deadline for the project is September 30th 2018. 

Exploring Communities
September-December 2017 (Community asset map)
January – March 2019 (Exploring Communities)

For the 2018-2019 year, the Federation is looking for four communities to participate in our Exploring Communities program. Exploring Communities is unlike anything that has been offered at the Federation before, it combines programs from multiple departments (Engage U, Building Safe Communities, and Planning) and even has an implementation and storytelling piece to bring it all together. The first part of Exploring Communities will begin in January of 2019. Exploring Communities will work with four different communities around the city and senior level urban studies students at the University of Calgary to creating a community inventory. This will be done through identifying demographics, services, needs, and/or amenities unique to every community as well as engaging with the board of the community association. In doing so, the community inventory will help community associations better understand and serve their residents. The second portion of this program is a community project (post community inventory) which will focus on “how to use” the community inventory. An invitation to participate on the community project is dependent on board engagement during the creation of the community inventory and will be also be subject to the availability of a Federation staff member.

To read about previous projects, click here

If you have any questions, please contact Jen at engageinplanning@calgarycommunities.com


Our urban planners host and co-host a variety of events throughout the year, from small group discussions to workshops large and small. Volunteers help these events run smoothly! As an urban planning event volunteer, you play a support role at our urban planning events. Event planning takes a lot of preparation and organization, and some of the things volunteers help out with include:

  • Set up and take down for the event
  • Registration
  • Setting up the AV system
  • Collecting Evaluation forms
  • Equipment Transport
  • Taking photos
  • Facilitating small group discussions
  • any other tasks to ensure the event runs smoothly

Benefits of Volunteering

If you are interested in working in the field of planning or just generally interested in planning, there are many benefits to this role.

  • As an event volunteer, you would get firsthand experience of community-based planning in Calgary, with an understanding the planning challenges and opportunities community associations face.
  • Many of our workshops and events are held in collaboration with the City of Calgary or other key industry members. Working these events is an excellent opportunity to network and chat with City, community, and industry representatives.
  • Our workshops or event topics are often based on planning trends or bigger picture issues affecting community associations and the City as a whole. This is your opportunity to learn about how Calgary is planned!

Time Requirement

Up to 6 hours a month. Typically our events are scheduled in the evenings and on weekends.


To apply to volunteer at Federation of Calgary Communities urban planning events, click here.

Applications should detail the applicant’s background and experience, and reason for interest in this position. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Selected applicants will be contacted for a brief phone interview. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Last Modified: August 27, 2018