A great plan is inspiring, exciting as well as achievable, and will provide common goals and directions for people to work towards together.
A community plan is about who we are as a city and what we want our common future to be. Officially known as a Municipal Development Plan, it is a document which outlines a long-range vision for the future development of a community, whether it be a city, town or rural municipality. By law, every community in Alberta must have one, and due to complex changes which inevitably happen in communities over time, such plans need regular revisioning.
Medicine Hat’s current Municipal Development Plan was adoped in 2012. Circumstances in Medicine Hat have changed signifcantly since then, so it is time for a fresh outlook.
myMH will be crafted by taking community input and looking for opportunities for turning them into strategies and initiatives that will move us forward. Input gathered from thousands of Medicine Hat residents, business owners and organizations will be combined with City Council’s priorities to create a shared vision of the future. The plan and all of the public engagement will be completed by staff of the City of Medicine Hat Planning Department, with no funds allocated to outside consultants.
The myMH plan will shape the future of our built and natural environment, where we grow, determine how and what services are delivered, and how we ensure a prosperous economy. It will reflect our priorities as a community.
Discover some of the many perspectives about how cities are designed and how to make them better.
NOVEMBER 2017 to JANUARY 2018
Public engagement will begin with web/social media launch, several stakeholder sessions, a trade show event, invitation for "kitchen table conversations" and a public photo contest. A discussion guide will be created outlining the emerging Plan's overall vision for the City: strength, sustainability, health, livability. This guide will be presented to City Council to introduce the project and to encourage initial feedback.
FEBRUARY to MARCH 2018
During this period, the team will focus on reviewing the "Our Future" section of the Plan, and preparing content for upcoming public engagement events.
APRIL to MID-MAY 2018
The primary activity of this period will be public engagement events, focusing on topics of City health and livability within "Our Future". Sessions will involve public pop-up events, display at the Family Leisure Centre, forums with advisory boards & stakeholder groups, and a final public open house.
MID-MAY to JUNE 2018
Public engagement events will feature topics of City sustainability and strength within "Our Future". Opportunities to get involved will include more public pop-up events, perhaps another display at the Family Leisure Centre, additional sessions with advisory boards and stakeholder groups, and concluding with a public open house.
JULY to AUGUST 2018
During this period, the team will consolidate and analyze the input from the public and stakeholders, to date. They will also prepare information for "Our City", the next section of the Plan, which will include topics such as growth management, transportation network, and the like.
SEPTEMBER to OCTOBER 2018
Public engagement enters the final phase at this time, emphasizing elements of "Our City" and using various events and workshops to obtain public and stakeholder input. A summary of prevous feedback from "Our Future" will also be presented.
NOVEMBER to DECEMBER 2018
The team will analyze the feedback of stakeholders and the public from all phases of consultation. A draft version of the Plan will be written, incorporating the input from the community.
The goal is towards finalizing the project at this time period. The draft Plan is presented to City Council, highlighting how public input has been incorporated. Then the team will do amendments as directed by Council and complete the final Plan, which will be shared with the public as a conclusion to the project.