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Great Neighbourhoods - Conference 2009 (D4)

Great Neighbourhoods - Conference 2009 (D4)



Session D4 - ARPA 2009 Conference

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    Great Neighbourhoods - Conference 2009 (D4) Great Neighbourhoods - Conference 2009 (D4) Presentation Transcript

    • 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 • Governance • Transition to Operational
    • Researched Other Cities • Toronto • Vancouver • Seattle • Baltimore • Philadelphia • Washington
    • 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
    • Creating the Made in Edmonton Approach
    • Framework
    • Governance Structure
    • Corporate Improvement Team Process • Provided feedback on the framework • New ideas • Challenged the Framework concepts • How to make Operational
    • 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
    • Great Neighbourhoods This Is It!
    • Great Neighbourhoods Goes Operational • Incremental • Budget • Staff • Infrastructure • CIT Process • Committee
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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 •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
    • 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 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
    • Façade improvements 16 busineses have had  façade improvements Before After
    • 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
    • Business development • 19 new businesses on 118 Ave • Nina Haggerty Centre for Arts built, reinforcing area’s arts focus
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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 picked up from homes, alleys • 92% compliance on 300 community standards bylaw notices issued
    • 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 community. • Housing section was not involved. Community did not identify housing specifically as an issue. Those staff would have provided a different perspective.
    • 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)
    • 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
    • Physical improvements, community events, business development, community involvement, reduced crime: factors in changing Alberta Avenue.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Jim Diers
    • 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
    • Questions