Community Projects

2017-2018 Federation Community Planning Projects

University of Calgary Environmental Design – Professional Planning Practice Studio
January-April 2018

In this community partnership process senior planning students and EVDS Planning Instructors work on a variety of planning issues in consultation with selected community associations related to both short term problem solving and long term visioning of community enrichment opportunities. The focus is on physical planning and urban design of the built environment and how changes to land use, transportation, greens space, local services and streetscapes can affect positive changes at a neighborhood scale. There is a strong community consultation process involved in developing both studio projects and solutions. Final presentations and reports and design products are produced for the communities involved. 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.

Exploring Communities
September-December 2017 (Community asset map)
January – March 2018 (Building Safe Communities, Engage U, Place Making)

For the 2017-2018 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 the fall of 2017. Exploring Communities will work with four different communities around the city and senior level urban studies students at the University of Calgary to create a community asset map. An asset map provides the opportunity for community leaders to understand the influencing factors (social, economic, physical and etc.) that make each community unique. Examples of these influencing factors include: the number of pathways, languages spoken in a community, or the number of home businesses found in each neighbourhood amongst many others. Using this tool, our community associations then can understand the different layers that make up their community and use them for future programs, events, and initiatives. Site visits and community engagement will make up part of this course.

Following the completion of the community inventory, participants will follow Tyson, Ariam, Ben, or Carrie to work on one of these three projects:

1. Building Safe Communities (BSC): Once the community inventory is completed, the CA board and residents will be invited to participate in the BSC process. BSC is a community engagement approach to working with the CA and identified partners to provide tools and resources to support resident-led strategies on crime prevention and safety. The BSC coordinator will work with a variety of community partners and residents to identify strategies and initiatives focused on preventing and reducing crime as well as creating safe communities. From this process comes a unique plan of action in which residents will carry out as citizen led initiatives.

2. Engage U: Using the community inventory, Engage U will work with the CA board to look at creating opportunities to engage the broader community including those residents typically not engaged. This will include but is not limited to, building an inclusive understanding of the dynamics in a community and an understanding of how to build community participation through engagement and collaboration. All this will conclude with support for a CA board chosen project or program.

3. Place making: Place making is the act of turning spaces into places. Space is a physical location, whereas place is a location that has a connection to its users, making the place an experience. Using the community inventory and the value statements created, the Federation and the CA board will work together to create a place making strategy. This strategy could be to write an identity plan, transform a public gathering space, or etc. How and what that will look like is up to the community strategy! In essence, the hope is to create another great community asset that everyone in the community can access and use!


To read about last year’s project, click here

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

The application form is available here and the deadline for the project is August 18th 2017. 


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.

Orientation and Training

Held once a year (date TBD). During training, we will review our upcoming workshops and events and duties associated with each event.

No prior planning experience is required but an interest in planning is welcome!


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: November 3, 2017