Great Neighbourhoods ARPA
  October 30, 2009




                     •   Great Neighbourhoods
Presentation Overview

 •Introduction
 •Evolution of GN
 •GN ‐ this is it!
 •Wrap Up and Jim Diers
 •Question and Answer
The Evolution of
      Great Neighbourhoods
•   Research
•   Framework
•   Corporate Improvement Team Process
•   Governan...
Researched Other Cities

     • Toronto
     • Vancouver
     • Seattle
     • Baltimore
     • Philadelphia
     • Washin...
Researched Other Cities

•   Best practices
    – Strong Commitment to neighbourhoods
    – High impact strategic investme...
Creating the Made in Edmonton
           Approach
Framework
Governance Structure
Corporate Improvement Team
            Process

• Provided feedback on the framework

• New ideas

• Challenged the Framew...
Corporate Improvement Team
            Process
• Short focused and intensive
• 16 - three hour session in one month
• Over...
Great Neighbourhoods
      This Is It!
Great Neighbourhoods Goes
        Operational

     •   Incremental
     •   Budget
     •   Staff
     •   Infrastructure...
Office of Great Neighbourhoods

 • Director of the Office of Great Neighbourhoods
 • Great Neighbourhood District Coordina...
Great Neighbourhoods
  Corporate Steering Committee

• High level
• Identify people and resources
• Approve/Support strate...
Great Neighbourhood
Advisory Committee Role


 • Review recommendations

 • Scrutinize plans

 • Review issues
Great Neighbourhood
Advisory Committee Role


• Discuss solutions

• Assign department staff
GNDC


Coordinate – Streamline - Facilitate &
              Influence
GNDC Connection
                                            City of Edmonton/Admin.
        Projects, Programs, Services  ...
Web Portal
Neighbourhood Revitalization




                   Alberta Avenue
Project leadership
Shared Vision
Challenges
Attributes
Process
Community Consultation
Physical Components
Community Components
Streetscape Improvements
Safe Streets
Beautification and Cleanliness
Impacts

IMPACTS
Top of the List
“Think about the many good, the many
excellent things happening in this city.
Along 118th Avenue east of 9...
Façade improvements

                   16 busineses have had 
                   façade improvements




Before




     ...
Programs and services
• Develop community directory, community
  events, and resource centres. Eight annual
  events now t...
Business development

• 19 new businesses on 118 Ave

• Nina Haggerty Centre for Arts built, reinforcing
  area’s arts foc...
City investment in Alberta
            Avenue
• Departments already have resources assigned
  to the area.
• Revitalizatio...
City investment in Alberta
            Avenue
• City Council has committed $150 million over 10
  years to support neighbo...
Alberta Avenue



                            Jasper Place




                 McCauley
RESULTS




Handy Bakery, before and after
façade improvement
Clean Up

• Five blocks have undergone streetscape
  improvements. Five blocks are underway.
• More than 1,200 items picke...
Crime Statistics

• Good progress, still some
  work to do
• Actual crime dropped 24%
• 107 drug houses were
  reported
Sense of community
• Community Art Coffee House
• Gallery, live performances, meeting place
Learnings

• City staff need opportunities to work on solutions
  together, and to work collaboratively with the
  communi...
Learnings

• Design charrette workshop important.
• International experts brought instant credibility.
  Dan Burden and Ji...
Learnings

• Timing is everything.
• Council’s leadership, designated City staff,
  resources, investment, and a community...
Physical improvements,
community events, business
development, community
involvement, reduced crime:
factors in changing A...
Neighbourhood Engagement

• Aim: To inspire staff and community volunteers
  to make their neighbourhoods the places they
...
Neighbourhood Engagement
• In mid-November 2009, the City will conduct
  three "Community Evenings" with Jim Diers,
  reno...
Jim Diers
Thoughts to Leave With
• Build from the strengths of your neighbourhoods
• Partner where ever possible
• Coordinate across...
Questions
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Great Neighbourhoods - Conference 2009 (D4)

  1. 1. Great Neighbourhoods ARPA October 30, 2009 • Great Neighbourhoods
  2. 2. Presentation Overview •Introduction •Evolution of GN •GN ‐ this is it! •Wrap Up and Jim Diers •Question and Answer
  3. 3. The Evolution of Great Neighbourhoods • Research • Framework • Corporate Improvement Team Process • Governance • Transition to Operational
  4. 4. Researched Other Cities • Toronto • Vancouver • Seattle • Baltimore • Philadelphia • Washington
  5. 5. Researched Other Cities • Best practices – Strong Commitment to neighbourhoods – High impact strategic investment – Coordinated multi departmental approach – Ensure city building Strategies and Service match with district neighbourhood service delivery – Web pages devoted to neighbourhood service delivery – Neighbourhood Service Centers
  6. 6. Creating the Made in Edmonton Approach
  7. 7. Framework
  8. 8. Governance Structure
  9. 9. Corporate Improvement Team Process • Provided feedback on the framework • New ideas • Challenged the Framework concepts • How to make Operational
  10. 10. Corporate Improvement Team Process • Short focused and intensive • 16 - three hour session in one month • Over 60 staff from across the corporation • 5 Teams broken into corporate improvement areas • Final review of recomendatons
  11. 11. Great Neighbourhoods This Is It!
  12. 12. Great Neighbourhoods Goes Operational • Incremental • Budget • Staff • Infrastructure • CIT Process • Committee
  13. 13. Office of Great Neighbourhoods • Director of the Office of Great Neighbourhoods • Great Neighbourhood District Coordinators • Senior Planner • Revitalization Coordinators • Capital City Clean Up • Neighbourhood Empowerment Team
  14. 14. Great Neighbourhoods Corporate Steering Committee • High level • Identify people and resources • Approve/Support strategy, direction and scope • Approve recommendation from OGN and other GN committees
  15. 15. Great Neighbourhood Advisory Committee Role • Review recommendations • Scrutinize plans • Review issues
  16. 16. Great Neighbourhood Advisory Committee Role • Discuss solutions • Assign department staff
  17. 17. GNDC Coordinate – Streamline - Facilitate & Influence
  18. 18. GNDC Connection City of Edmonton/Admin. Projects, Programs, Services •Social Worker •CRC •Transportation Engineer • Influence OGN •Land Use Planner • Connecting •Parks Planner people and •Bylaw Enforcement Departments GNDC •EPS (Community • Information Liaison Officer) • Coordination •Neighbourhood Revitalization Issue Resolution Coordinator •Project Managers District, Cross/Multi Departmental
  19. 19. Web Portal
  20. 20. Neighbourhood Revitalization Alberta Avenue
  21. 21. Project leadership
  22. 22. Shared Vision
  23. 23. Challenges
  24. 24. Attributes
  25. 25. Process
  26. 26. Community Consultation
  27. 27. Physical Components
  28. 28. Community Components
  29. 29. Streetscape Improvements
  30. 30. Safe Streets
  31. 31. Beautification and Cleanliness
  32. 32. Impacts IMPACTS
  33. 33. Top of the List “Think about the many good, the many excellent things happening in this city. Along 118th Avenue east of 97th Street, a slow transformation is happening, from grungy pawn shops and bums to a colourful close-knit community. The city is doing its bit with a first-rate streetscape retrofit.” -- Edmonton Sun Columnist Graham Hicks, September 10, 2009
  34. 34. Façade improvements 16 busineses have had  façade improvements Before After
  35. 35. Programs and services • Develop community directory, community events, and resource centres. Eight annual events now take place. • Develop activities to build a sense of community
  36. 36. Business development • 19 new businesses on 118 Ave • Nina Haggerty Centre for Arts built, reinforcing area’s arts focus
  37. 37. City investment in Alberta Avenue • Departments already have resources assigned to the area. • Revitalization Strategy focuses those resources on achieving the priorities and vision of the community. • City Council investing over $35 million over 5 years in Alberta Avenue.
  38. 38. City investment in Alberta Avenue • City Council has committed $150 million over 10 years to support neighbourhood revitalization projects. • City Council also created a $150,000 matching grant to help start and sustain community improvement projects or activities.
  39. 39. Alberta Avenue Jasper Place McCauley
  40. 40. RESULTS Handy Bakery, before and after façade improvement
  41. 41. Clean Up • Five blocks have undergone streetscape improvements. Five blocks are underway. • More than 1,200 items picked up from homes, alleys • 92% compliance on 300 community standards bylaw notices issued
  42. 42. Crime Statistics • Good progress, still some work to do • Actual crime dropped 24% • 107 drug houses were reported
  43. 43. Sense of community
  44. 44. • Community Art Coffee House • Gallery, live performances, meeting place
  45. 45. Learnings • City staff need opportunities to work on solutions together, and to work collaboratively with the community. • Housing section was not involved. Community did not identify housing specifically as an issue. Those staff would have provided a different perspective.
  46. 46. Learnings • Design charrette workshop important. • International experts brought instant credibility. Dan Burden and Jim Diers led various workshops. • Focus was on what was possible (not whether it was possible)
  47. 47. Learnings • Timing is everything. • Council’s leadership, designated City staff, resources, investment, and a community willing to participate – all key components. • Duration of activities is important
  48. 48. Physical improvements, community events, business development, community involvement, reduced crime: factors in changing Alberta Avenue.
  49. 49. Neighbourhood Engagement • Aim: To inspire staff and community volunteers to make their neighbourhoods the places they want them to be by engaging assets in the community and increasing connections to build a sense of community ownership. • Key Message: People are the answer to many of the challenges Edmonton’s neighbourhoods are facing.
  50. 50. Neighbourhood Engagement • In mid-November 2009, the City will conduct three "Community Evenings" with Jim Diers, renowned community engagement expert. 800+ participants expected. • In February 2010, Jim Diers will return to Edmonton for workshops with select grassroots community volunteers and stakeholders. This will lead to small grants in late Spring 2010.
  51. 51. Jim Diers
  52. 52. Thoughts to Leave With • Build from the strengths of your neighbourhoods • Partner where ever possible • Coordinate across municipal departments • Coordinate with the community • Invest now or risk the cost be greater later
  53. 53. Questions

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