COVID-19 Project Update

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there have been some impacts to the Heritage Communities project timeline:

  • Project timelines have been adjusted as required to ensure meaningful public engagement can take place in connection with the project.
  • The timeline for working group sessions has also been adjusted as required.
  • Any online or in-person public engagement opportunities scheduled in the future will be shared as soon as they are confirmed.

We will continue to provide updates on this project and its timelines as we move through the LAP process.


Heritage Communities Local Area Planning Project Working Group

Between August 28 and September 22, The City was accepting applications for the Heritage Communities Local Area Planning Working Group. This working group will provide key input into the Heritage Communities project and will help ensure different viewpoints and perspectives are brought to the table. We received over 170 applications from the broader community.

Members of the working group will participate in seven focused sessions where they will engage in dialogue and discussion of the broader planning interests of the entire area as we develop a new local area plan for the communities of: Eagle Ridge, Kelvin Grove, Kingsland, Fairview, Haysboro, Acadia, Southwood, Willow Park, Maple Ridge and Chinook Park.

There are 34 members in the working group. The group is made up of: 7 representatives from the area Community Associations, 3 Development Industry Representatives and 24 members from the general community area. To review the Terms of Reference for the Working Group, please click here.

Meet the Working Group - review the working group biographies here.

Testimonials from other working group participants

"I had a wonderful experience as a member of the North Hill Working Group. I got to meet so many great people from surrounding communities and have some really interesting discussions with them and The City. Some had similar concerns, some had different concerns, but what I really learned is that we are all interested in the well-being of our communities. I'm really grateful I had this opportunity to take input from the wider community and collaborate with such a diverse group of people." - Aysia S, North Hill Communities working group member


What communities are involved?

The Heritage Communities Local Area Plan initiative includes the communities of: Eagle Ridge, Kelvin Grove, Kingsland, Fairview, Haysboro, Acadia, Southwood, Willow Park, Maple Ridge and Chinook Park.

What is the deadline for applying to the group?

Applications were accepted until September 22, 2019.

How were working group members selected?

The City analyzed each application received and made efforts to select members that represented a broad range of perspectives and interests. Efforts were made to ensure the group included;

  • both renters and owners
  • a balance of male and female participants
  • a diverse range of ages
  • student, family and single professional perspectives
  • business owners and those that work in the area
  • both new and long term residents

Unlike a research based focus group, this group is not meant to be statistically representative of the area, but best efforts were made to ensure a broad demographic representation and range of perspectives were included based on the applications that were submitted

How often will the working group meet?

There will be seven three hour working group sessions held between October 2019 and October 2020. These meetings are tentatively scheduled in the following months (and are subject to change):

Oct 2019 Nov 2019 Dec 2019
Jan 2020 Feb 2020 May 2020 Sept 2020

*Note an additional session could be scheduled as project needs arise.

Who is on the working group?

The working group structure would intend to represent a broad range of stakeholder and citizens views and will include up to 34 members. Membership is compromised of;

  • 24 members representing the general community
  • 7 members from: Community Associations in the plan area
  • 3 members from Representatives of the Development Industry

How many representatives does each community get on the working group?

In addition to one designated Community Association representative, each community is given general member spots. These spots for general members have been allocated to each community based on the population distribution relative to the entire plan area.

Chinook Park1
Eagle Ridge1
Kelvin Grove1
Maple Ridge1
Willow Park3

What is the purpose of this working group?

The purpose of this group is to serve as a sounding board to The City’s project team and participate in more detailed dialogue about the broader planning interests of the entire area including; connectivity of the communities, transition areas, interface and with a focus on big ideas and actions/ opportunities for future growth.

To review the terms of reference, please click here.

What is the authority of the working group?

The Working Group does not have an approving role for the new local area plan. Rather, it serves as an advisory group, representing a cross-section of opinions and interests, to assist in setting policy direction for the new local area plan. The City Project team will try and accommodate the direction of the Working Group whenever possible, but City policy, budgetary, and technical considerations will also be factored into the decision making process and the final outcome will include a balance of community input, technical and policy feasibility and market viability.

What are The City’s expectations of working group members?

  • Group members are expected to participate in the seven Working Group sessions and provide input into the local area planning process;
    • Review the local area planning project information, examine the benefits and trade-offs of growth, and provide input into solutions that meet community needs for growth;
    • Act as liaisons to their respective stakeholder groups and the broader community to help ignite broader community interest, gather input and share information about the project;
    • Complete homework and research assignments, where applicable, throughout the project.

When will I be notified if I have been selected for the group?

All applicants have been notified of their status as of October 29.

Where did the applications come from?

We received 170 applications from the broader community. The breakdown by community is as follows:

Chinook Park9
Eagle Ridge5
Kelvin Grove6
Maple Ridge14
Willow Park22
Other Communities5
Development Industry5

I have more questions I would like to ask before I consider applying.

Please email and a member of the project team will get back to you as soon as possible.


Working Group Session Four: Function & Scale (Phase One)

On Tuesday, January 21, 2020, the working group participated in the fourth session hosted by Willow Ridge Community Association. At this session working group members participated in activities to:

  • Learn about the concepts of purpose, function and scale
  • Build upon the activity heat map created, layering on function and scale

Presentation from the session: Session 4 Presentation: Function & Scale

Working Group Session Three: Activity Levels and Attributes (Phase One)

On Wednesday, December 11, 2019 the working group participated in the third session hosted by Indefinite Arts in Fairview. At this session working group members participated in activities to:

  • Learn about the concept of activity levels
  • Map different activity levels throughout the plan area
  • Assign attributes to different activity areas using aspirational photos

Presentation from the session: Session 3 Presentation: Activity Levels & Attributes

Working Group Session Two: Community Assets & Amenities (Phase One)

On Wednesday, November 6, 2019 the working group participated in the second session hosted by CKE Community Association. At this session working group members participated in activities to

  • Identify current assets and amenities in the area
  • Identify gaps in assets and amenities in the area
  • Identify future opportunities in the area

Presentation from the session: Session 2 Presentation: Community Assets & Amenities

Working Group Session One: Planning 101 (phase one)

On October 16,2019 the Working Group participated in their first session, hosted by the Haysboro Community Association. At this session working group members:

  • Met their fellow working group members and got to know each other.
  • Learned about the project and the engagement process.
  • Built an understanding of The City's the planning process.
  • Learned about the local context and key concepts that will be considered as we move forward with this plan.
  • Reviewed the roles and responsibilities of the working group.

Presentation from the session: Session 1 Presentation: Planning 101