Monday, November 7, 2011

A Century of Vision: “Town Planning Week” proclaimed in recognition of Calgary Planning Commission Centennial

Nearly one hundred years ago, on November 13, 1911, City Council established the first Calgary Planning Commission.

Today in Council Chambers, in recognition of the Calgary Planning Commission centennial, Mayor Nenshi proclaimed the week of November 7 to 14, 2011 as “Town Planning Week.”

During a presentation of a scroll containing 267 names of past and current members of the Commission, Mayor Nenshi said, “Council knew then, as we know today, that great cities don’t just happen. They’re planned.

“Over the years, the volunteer members of Calgary Planning Commission have dedicated countless hours of their time to Calgary’s form, function and identity as a great city.”

Accepting the scroll on behalf of the Commission, Chair David Watson said, “Our goal as a community is to plan for, implement and realize Calgary’s vision for a sustainable city and region. It’s all about building a better city and Calgary Planning Commission plays an integral role in helping make sure this happens.”

The centennial scroll will be on display at City Hall all week as part of a “Century of Vision” exhibit.

As a legacy to the next hundred years, The City is also currently working on a series of videos and corresponding teacher resources that are intended to start instilling in kids an appreciation for and understanding of the city planning process.

Commenting on the video legacy initiative, Watson said, “It is hoped that the video legacy initiative will help influence kids – the next generation of citizens – to feel that they have a role to play in realizing Calgary’s vision to be a sustainable city. Citizens play an important role in the way Calgary takes shape and individual choices will impact our ability to realize our vision for the next hundred years.”

The legacy videos and teacher resources will be officially launched during the Calgary City Teachers’ Convention, February 16 & 17, 2012. In the meantime a sneak peak is available on the Century of Vision webpage,

You can also submit your Historic Calgary photos, or look at others, on our Historic City of Calgary Flickr page,

Over the past century, Calgary has grown from 100 to 850 square kilometres, and during this period it is estimated that Calgary Planning Commission members have dealt with more than 16,000 agenda items. In 2011 dollars, the volunteer time committed by members is estimated to exceed $20 million. Notable past members of CPC include two former Premieres (William Aberhart, Ralph Klein), one Lieutenant Governor (Grant MacEwan) and numerous Mayors, Ministers, MLAs and Aldermen.

Today, members of the Calgary Planning Commission are appointed annually by City Council to make recommendations on planning matters, act as the approving authority on all subdivision matters and to make decisions on large or complex development applications.

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