Last week to submit regional planning input

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Area residents have until April 8 to submit their input on the Calgary Metropolitan Region Board’s (CMRB) draft growth plan for the region.

Ten municipalities are listed as members of the regional planning board. They include cities, counties and towns surrounding Calgary, plus Calgary itself.

“As municipalities continue to grow, urban and rural development areas are converging and boundaries between municipalities have become blurred,” reads online material from the board.

“As the region adds another million people, greater cooperation among all the municipalities that make up the Calgary Metro Region (CMR) will be needed to create a resilient and globally competitive region.”

One of the main documents meant to facilitate that cooperation is their draft Regional Growth Plan.

“The draft plan says that new development will only happen in prescribed areas rather than happening in an ad hoc way, with the exception of local employment areas and small subdivisions,” the online material continues.

“In this third phase of public engagement, we’re asking you how comfortable you are with these key elements of the draft plan.”

The survey takes roughly five minutes, most of the questions regarding development and answered as a ‘strongly agree’ to ‘strongly disagree’ type of situation. For those looking to provide feedback that doesn’t fit within the answers to those questions, there is a text field to submit comments.

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Participating in the survey is anonymous, although a postal code is required.

The survey is accessed at CMRBGrowthPlan.ca. On the website, there’s also the opportunity to submit comments in online forum-style discussions.

There are also two remaining virtual open house information sessions scheduled. While the “community-focused” open house was set to take place March 30 as of press time, the “business-focused” one is scheduled for April 6 and the “environment-focused” scheduled for April 8.

Further information from the CMRB on goals and details of their regional planning is available on the growth plan site or the main CalgaryMetroRegion.ca site.

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