ABOUT THE PROJECT
Westbrook Communities Local Growth Planning Project Working Group
Between September 22 and October 14, The City was accepting applications for the Westbrook Communities Local Growth Planning Working Group. This working group will provide key input into the Westbrook Communities project and will help ensure different viewpoints and perspectives are brought to the table. We received over 175 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: Wildwood, Spruce Cliff, Westgate, Rosscarrock, Shaganappi, Glendale, Killarney/ Glengarry, Glenbrook and the portions of Upper Scarboro/Sunalta West and Richmond that are west of Crowchild Trail..
There are 39 members in the working group. The group is made up of: 9 representatives from the area Community Associations, 5 Development Industry Representatives and 25 members from the general community area. To review the Terms of Reference for the Working Group, please click here.
Meet the Westbrook Communities Working Group members - read the 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
"For years, our residents have often requested newer local
planning to update the last City-led planning exercise that covers all of our
neighbourhood, which last took place in the late 1970s, and guide local
redevelopment. Because area redevelopment plans tend to be small and prevent change,
the City reviews them rarely. Covering larger areas, local growth plans can be
reviewed and updated more often, making them better able to reflect reality and
guide future growth. As a member of our local growth plan working group, I've
been very impressed with the positive, collaborative, and open process. The
best part has been having a diverse group of Calgarians from our area
(including residents, business owners, builders, and City planners) listening
to each other and working together to solve local problems to make a better
place for everyone." - Nathan H. North Hill Communities working group member
What communities are involved?
The Westbrook Communities Local Growth Plan initiative includes the communities of: Wildwood, Spruce Cliff, Westgate, Rosscarrock, Shaganappi, Glendale, Killarney/Glengarry, Glenbrook and the portions of Upper Scarboro/Sunalta West and Richmond that are west of Crowchild Trail.
What is the deadline for applying to the group?
Applications were accepted until October 14, 2019.
How were working group members selected?
The City analyzed each application received for the general community members and industry rand 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
The Community Association representatives were selected by each of the Community Associations and The City was not involved in their selection process.
How often will the working group meet?
There will be seven three-hour working group sessions held between November 2019 and November 2020. Sessions will be held on evenings or weekends. These meetings are tentatively scheduled in the following months (and are subject to change):
|Nov 2019||Dec 2019||Jan 2019
||Feb 2020||March 2020||June 2020||Oct 2020|
*Note an additional session could be scheduled as project needs arise.
Who is on the working group?
The working group structure is intended to represent a broad range of stakeholder and citizens views and will include up to 40 members. Membership will be compromised of:
- 25 representatives of the general community
- 9 representatives from community associations in the plan area
- 5 representatives of the development industry
Who applied for the working group?
We had an overwhelming response from the community and received over 175 applications from the community.
The breakdown of applications received by community is as follows:
|Upper Scarboro/Sunalta West||7|
How many representatives will each community have on the working group?
There will be one designated representative from each Community Association in the plan area. In addition to this there are allocated spots to the general community, these have been allocated based on population distribution of the community relative to the total population of the plan area.
The breakdown (inclusive of CA reps) is as follows:
|Upper Scarboro/ Sunalta West||1|
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 growth 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 growth planning process;
- Review the local growth 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.