P2S Calgary Regional PartnershipPresentation Speaking NotesOverview of the Calgary Metropolitan PlanCMP Intro VideoBefore I begin my presentation, I would like to show you a short segment from our overviewvideo of the Calgary Metropolitan Plan.It will provide a good introduction on the Plan.The video shows why the Plan is important to the Calgary Region to help protect our naturalresources.It also shows why collaboration is crucial to preparing for the 1.6 million people coming toCalgary Region over the next 60 years.Who is the Calgary Regional Partnership?Since 1999, the Calgary Regional Partnership (CRP) has provided opportunities for collaboration,efficiency and managed growth for the betterment of all communities in the Calgary Region.With a focus on future generations, thirteen municipalities across the Region are voluntarymembers of the Partnership, and work in collaboration to ensure that growth in the area issustainable over the long-term.The focus is on stewardship of our natural environment and water resources while fostering theRegion’s economic prosperity.Our organization is one of a kind. We are the only voluntary regional organization ofmunicipalities in Canada, and collectively we represent more than 1.2 million people. With thiscomes great responsibility – responsibility to continue to develop in a manner that is sustainableand prosperous for future generations.Calgary Metropolitan PlanPurpose of the PlanThe Calgary Metropolitan Plan provides a long-term vision to guide sustainable growth in theCalgary region and is well positioned to implement requirements under the South SaskatchewanRegional Plan
The CMP protects environmental assets throughout the region, including our watersheds andfuture water supply and quality.It directs new growth to areas well supported by infrastructure, while at the same timesignificantly reducing infrastructure costsBenefits/Links to SustainabilityThere is water for everyone in the Calgary Metropolitan Plan. Future urban residential andcommercial/industrial development is supported by regional servicing in identified PriorityGrowth Areas (PGAs).The CMP delivers an estimated $400 million dollars in water and sewer infrastructure savingsthrough a better-coordinated approach to regional growth, a more compact urban footprint,and a commitment to water conservation.The Plan’s compact settlement pattern will also result in a 70 per cent reduction in the amountof land required to accommodate new growth over the long term in the Calgary Region,compared to business as usual.The Plan improves mobility capacity and choices for moving goods, employees, customerstourists, and residents of the regionIncreases cooperation between neighbours, reduces the need to duplicate services forresidents, generating tangible financial savingsBenefits for the local economyo Provides greater certainty for infrastructure servicingo Develops and enhances business opportunities for the private sector to deliver the planswe are building togethero Attracts and supports business growth and investment consistent with regionalstrategies and supportive of local economic diversification efforts.o Provides a single regional interface for industry looking to locate in Calgary Region and amore coherent environment for business developmentDevelopmentCRP’s member municipalities adopted the CMP in 2009 and submitted the Plan to the Provincefor approval.
The plan was well-received and, after a cross-ministry review, The Province responded in 2010with some suggestions for improvement.A revised CMP was adopted unanimously by the then 14 CRP member municipalities on June 21,2012 and submitted to the Province for legislation.PrinciplesThe Plan’s key strategies address developmental and environmental objectives while consideringnecessary governance and servicing arrangements:1. Protecting the natural environment and watershed2. Fostering the region’s economic vitality3. Accommodating growth in more compact settlement patterns4. Integrating efficient regional infrastructure systems5. Supported through a regional governance approachI want to relate each principle to a local example that the Calgary Regional Partnership is involved with.Principle 1: Protecting the natural environment and watershedThis principle ensure that natural landscapes, ecologies and water sources are identified,respected and stewarded to ensure their function and integrity over time as the region grows.Infographic slide:I wanted to show you all this infographicabout the challenges relating to the Region’s watersupply.By 2070, there will be significantly more people in the Calgary Region but the water supply willremain the same.Therefore, it is crucial that we steward our water resources not just for today but for futuregenerations that are coming to the Region.Principle 2: Fostering the region’s economic vitalityAs a Partnership, we will work together to develop and enhance business opportunities for theprivate sector, improve our ability to attract and retain our labour force, promote the overallenvironment for business investment and enhance national and global recognition.Example: Explore Calgary Region video blogI wanted to show an example of regional collaboration that will create significant businessopportunities and boost our Region’s economic prosperity. It is the Explore Calgary Region site.
I will play a short segment from our blog from the launch of the ECR site to give you an idea ofwhat it can do for the region.Principle 3: Accommodating growth in more compact settlement patternsThe Plan emphasizes the uniqueness of existing municipalities and the development of morecomplete, healthy, transit-supportive communities, with employment and services locatedwhere people live.Infographic slide:I wanted to show you the development footprint in the Calgary Region with and without theCalgary Metropolitan Plan.In fact, with the Plan, more than three quarters of the growth anticipated over the next 60 yearscan be accommodated within the current urban boundaries (lowering sprawl).That means significantly decreased water consumption and infrastructure costs formaintenance/servicing.Principle 4: Integrating efficient regional infrastructure systemsWe will work toward a regional infrastructure system that incorporates complete transportationand mobility systems for the movement of people and goods, and regional water andwastewater servicingapproaches in support of member communities.Principle 5: Supported through a regional governance approachWe will enable collaborative implementation and maintenance of the Calgary Metropolitan Planand Calgary Regional Partnership activities, emphasizing a commitment to consensus-baseddecision making.Future of the Calgary Metropolitan PlanCurrent StatusAs I mentioned earlier, the Calgary Metropolitan Plan was adopted unanimously by the then 14CRP member municipalities on June 21, 2012 and submitted to the Province for legislation.The CRP is currently in mediation with the rural municipalities of Rocky View County and theMunicipal District of Foothills with regards to the CMP.Mediation will conclude at the end of June and it will be up to the Minister of Municipal Affairsto make a decision. We are hopeful a resolution is reached and we can move forward with thePlan.
Moving ForwardActually there are several municipalities that are developing council policies and directions inaccordance with the CMP.With Provincial legislation of the Plan, the Calgary Regional Partnership will begin an publicinformation/awareness campaign to ensure our stakeholders and the public know about thePlan and its benefits to the Calgary Region.