Have your say on Chinatown's future
This summer, Calgarians are invited to have their say on the future vision for our city’s Chinatown.
“In this phase of engagement, we’re gathering community views on Chinatown including current issues, challenges and ideas for the future,” says Allison Chan, Planning Chinatown project manager.
Calgary City Council has asked City staff to gather input from Calgary’s Chinese community, Calgarians and other stakeholders on their vision for Chinatown.
“This will help us understand what outcomes are important for preserving Chinatown’s unique cultural identity and history,” Chan says. “We also want to ensure revitalization of the area supports a vision for Chinatown that is sustainable, thriving and culturally vibrant,” she adds.
The feedback obtained will be used to develop a set of guiding principles for the future of Chinatown. These principles will:
- Form the basis of a new Chinatown Area Redevelopment Plan, should Council direct City staff to proceed with new policy work.
- Be applied to a current land use application to determine how the application could be amended.
- Provide direction for the evaluating future applications prior to an area redevelopment plan update.
There are many ways citizens can have their say. Calgarians are invited to attend one of the many drop-in events happening this summer and speak to City staff, or provide feedback online. More formal events are being planned for September.
“Chinatown is the heart and home for Chinese Canadians and important to all Calgarians,” Chan says. “Your ideas, aspirations and hopes will help us create the best outcome possible and make Chinatown even stronger.”
Visit calgary.ca/planningchinatown to learn more and get involved.