PHASE ONE: ENVISION

In Phase 1 [ENVISION] we were looking to get a better understanding of the local area and your communities. Gaining a better understanding of everything that makes your community tick will help the project team proactively explore ideas with your aspirations, concerns and viewpoints in mind.

Phase one engagement occurred through from Fall 2019 to Winter 2020

Throughout phase one we:
  • held 20 in-person events and meetings
  • conducted 48 days of online engagement, for the broad public and targeted stakeholders.
  • made over 400,000 people aware of the project through our communications program
  • connected with over 7,700 participants online or in-person
  • received over 2,500 ideas and contributions across this phase

To review the What We Heard Report and summary of engagement for this phase, please click here.

You can also check out the conversation below or see what the working group is up to here.

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PARTICIPATION

Below is a breakdown of participation throughout the phase one.

AWARE 400,000+

The number of people who were made aware of the project and opportunity to get involved. Tools used to build awareness included: Facebook, Twitter, bold signs and informational displays, mailed postcards, community newsletter ads, and email updates.

INVOLVED 7,700+

The number of people who actively or passively got involved in some way. This includes people who visited the website, attended a pop-up event, subscribed for email updates, attended a working group session, etc.

CONTRIBUTIONS 2,500+

The number of pieces on input received in the first phase of engagement. This includes feedback received online, at pop-up events and through the working group sessions.

ENGAGED 1,500+

The number of unique individual contributors. Includes people who provided input online or in person.

DEMOGRAPHICS

The following is a breakdown of participant demographics from those that responded to the survey.

PARTICIPANTS BY COMMUNITY

Acadia16%
Chinook Park3%
Eagle Ridge2%
Farview17%
Haysboro18%
Kelvin Grove3%
Kingsland5%
Maple Ridge9%
Southwood10%
Willow Park17%
I do not live in the area2%


PARTICIPANTS BY AGE

Under 18

4%

18 – 24

7%

25 – 34

18%

35 – 44

27%

45 – 54

22%

55 – 64

15%

65+

7%

PARTICIPANTS RENT VS. OWN

Own

91%

Rent

9%


PARTICIPANT LONGEVITY IN THE AREA

Under 1 year

4%

1 – 5 years

25%

6 – 10 years

18%

11 – 20 years

22%

20+ years

29%

I don’t live here

2%

KEY THEMES

Overall, there was a high level of interest in the project, and a wide range of input was received from the community.

The high-level themes that emerged throughout all of the comments received in phase one include:

  • Citizens value the areas proximity to amenities and regional destinations (River, Deerfoot, Fish Creek, Hospital etc.);
  • Citizens value the current diversity of local businesses is the areas (shops, restaurants etc.);
  • Citizens value parks space and mature trees, would like to see more park space and are fearful about a decline in park space in the future;
  • Citizens would like to see more universally accessible and walkable communities with better pedestrian connectivity and improved pedestrian realm and more cycling connections;
  • Citizens would like to see improved and/or revitalized commercial areas (particularly along Macleod Trail), are concerned about lack of building maintenance and would like to see more beautification in the area;
  • Citizens are fearful that a declining population may lead to area amenities not being sustainable (i.e. closed schools, businesses); and
  • Citizens would like to see diverse housing options to support different socioeconomic needs, particularly more options for seniors who are wanting to age-in-place.

WHAT WE DID

While project work is still underway to develop the draft concepts for the local area plan, all input collected through this phase has been used so far to inform planning analysis by The City and was shared with the Working Group to inform the sessions completed to date.

The Working Group and The City came together to prioritize the themes heard from citizens and this information was used to help develop draft guiding principles for the project. The input collected will continue to be used by the project team to inform work with subject matter experts as they draft concepts and policies.

These draft guiding principles will be used to help evaluate ideas and concepts as the project progresses. These will also help inform our conversations about tradeoffs and benefits as options are developed.

These draft Guiding Principles are:

Identity: Promote collective identities that draw people together through places and spaces to learn, gather, connect, express and thrive.

Mobility Choices: Advance mobility options for all types of trips, destinations, and abilities in a safe manner.

Connectivity: Improve connectivity and accessibility between communities for all modes through identifying local enhancements to the existing network and prioritizing improvements to east-west connections.

Macleod Trail: Support the evolution of Macleod Trail from a barrier between communities to a liveable destination that connects diverse people and places.

Housing: Support change to the existing built forms and densities of communities to provide a dynamic range housing choices for all over the long-term.

Open Spaces: Enhance, conserve, and restore the major open spaces along the Bow River and Glenmore Reservoir and the park spaces in between.

Industry and Commerce: Build upon the strengths of Fairview Industrial and other local industrial and commercial areas, while supporting the revitalization of underutilized areas.

Resiliency: Embed climate resiliency and innovation through accounting for adaption and mitigation in planning and decision-making.

The feedback collected in phase one will also help:

  • Determine a vision for the area;
  • improve understanding of community priorities and concerns;
  • inform draft urban form and building scale maps; and
  • inform draft development policies for the local area plan.

NEXT STEPS

The project team is currently undertaking planning analysis and working with subject matter experts to develop draft concepts and policies for the draft local area plan. Your input, and the input of other citizens and stakeholders, will help City the project team understand people’s perspectives, opinions, and concerns as they conduct this work.

Public input is an important part of local area planning, but is one of many areas of consideration in the decision-making process. Other considerations include looking at: economic viability, technical feasibility and other existing city policies.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be some impacts to the Heritage Communities project timeline and the timing of phase two is still being determined. Project timelines will be adjusted as required to ensure meaningful public engagement can take place in connection with the project. Any online and/or in-person public engagement opportunities scheduled in the future will be shared as soon as they are confirmed. In phase two, we will share the draft concepts and report back on what we heard in phase one and how input has influenced decisions or if decisions were not influenced by public input, we will explain why.

Phase two will include multiple engagement opportunities for the public to get involved, learn about the draft plan and provide input to evaluate the concepts in the draft local area plan for the Heritage Communities.

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YOUR INPUT

Engagement for phase one is now closed. In phase one, there were five topic areas for you to provide feedback on.

  1. Community Values: What do you love about your community & the area?
  2. Areas for Improvement: What are the current challenges?
  3. Hopes & Fears: What scares you & what are your big ideas?
  4. Calling all kids! Draw us a picture. We want to see what the kids love most about their neighbourhood
  5. Show Us: Have a location specific idea or concerns to share with us?

Please click through the tabs below to see what your neighbours had to say.

VALUES

WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT THE AREA?

We want to hear what you love and value most about your community and the Heritage area.

Tell us about the hidden gems. What are the assets that exist in your community? What makes your community unique and contributes to its character? Why do you love your community?

Tell us a story and feel free to include photos of the things you love.

AREAS FOR IMPROVEMENT

NOT EVERY COMMUNITY IS PERFECT.

When it comes to growth and redevelopment, we want to know what are the current challenges?

What kind of barriers currently exist in the community? What isn’t working and needs attention? What are the pain points that currently exist? What are the burning issues related to current redevelopment in your community?

Using this tool, please share your ideas below and it will be posted on a sticky note within the page. If you agree with a previous sticky note give it a thumbs up, if you disagree, give it a thumbs down.

3 November, 2019

Anonymous says:

“Several intersections along Fairmount Dr would benefit from dedicated turn lights/lanes to avoid near misses as cars use wide lane to pass.”

3 November, 2019

Anonymous says:

“How do we connect Fairview to pathway system? Highway, tracks, and ginormous hill impede 3 sides, and no pathways w/in to connect via roads.”

3 November, 2019

Anonymous says:

“More public art in Fairview! Fencing of parks & schools, sound barrier walls, walls & fencing of industrial properties, Glenmore overpass.”

3 November, 2019

Anonymous says:

“Fairview has great opportunity for light industrial/commercial areas to be re-envisioned.”

3 November, 2019

Anonymous says:

“Closing of the Glenmore pedestrian underpass bridge adjacent to the train tracks has made accessing shops on Macleold Tr. more difficult.”

3 November, 2019

Anonymous says:

“Congestion on Flint near the Winners plaza is ridiculous in the afternoons and on weekends.”

3 November, 2019

Anonymous says:

“How do we encourage land/business owners to invest in revitalization of local residential plazas? There are several eye sores in Fairview.”

3 November, 2019

Anonymous says:

“The crosswalk at Fairmount dr. and Franklin always needs repainting and the signs are obstructed by other roadsigns. Drivers don't stop.”

3 November, 2019

Anonymous says:

“Speeding is a problem on Fairmount dr. between Flint and Glenmore. There are no speed limit signs posted either NB or SB to remind people.”

3 November, 2019

Anonymous says:

“Biking from Fairview is difficult and just plain dangerous. The sidewalk north of Flint could be a multi-use path vs. adding a bike lane.”

3 November, 2019

Anonymous says:

“Make access to the businesses along Macleod trail more pedestrian/bicycle friendly. Ex: I wouldn't dare bike with my kids to the Starbucks”

3 November, 2019

Anonymous says:

“Try listening to what the citizens of this community want and don't want. You allow us to "give input" and then you ignore it.”

HOPES & FEARS

WHAT ARE YOUR HOPES & FEARS ABOUT GROWTH & REDEVELOPMENT?

Growth and redevelopment means change and we get it, change can be scary. Redevelopment can bring forward problems and concerns when not done in a thoughtful way, but change and growth can also bring opportunity, revitalization, and some exciting things that contribute to vibrant and welcoming communities.

We invite you to participate in conversations with your neighbours about your hopes and fears connected to growth and redevelopment in the area. This tool allows you to post your comments for your neighbours to see and you are also able to reply to comments posted by your neighbours. Please keep it respectful.

We want to hear from you about:

  • HOPES: We want you to think about big ideas! What great outcomes would you like to see from growth and redevelopment? What are your aspirations for your community through change? What should things look like in 20 - 30 years? Who currently isn’t being served well enough by your community, and what opportunities exist to fill those gaps? What would make your community better, safer, more accessible and enjoyable? Where do you see the biggest opportunity for growth in the community?
  • FEARS: We want you to think about future threats. What problems or concerns do you have with future redevelopment? What scares you most about change to your community as a result of redevelopment?
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CALLING ALL KIDS!

DRAW US A PICTURE!

This activity is for the children and youth in the Heritage Communities! We want to see what the kids in the Heritage Communities love most about their neighbourhood, or what their hopes for the future are.

Draw us a picture and show us:

  • What you think makes your neighbourhood a great place to live!
  • What are your favorite spots and destinations.
  • What big ideas do you have and what do you think the area should have in the future?

SHOW US!

Have a location specific opportunity or challenge to share with us?

Show us on the map below.

Using the marker please place a pin showing us locations where you think potential opportunities for redevelopment exist (blue pin) or where redevelopment challenges currently exist (red pin).

You can use the zoom function to get in closer.


HOW ARE WE DOING?

Tell us what you think of this engagement opportunity. Select the option that best describes your experience.

The survey form is now closed. Thanks for your contributions.