A Pilot Project to Empower Communities
The Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues (EFCL) wants to empower people to create communities they love.
Community Leagues respond to their community’s needs as well as manage communication with other stakeholders who are looking to create change in their neighbourhoods, including the City, builders, and developers.
But often communities find themselves in a bind when it comes to effectively creating the kind of changes they want to see. How can they make their communities into places where they love to live? How can communities be more proactive, and less reactive? How can they respond effectively to challenging development proposals? What is the scope of what individual communities can do, given the constraints of provincial legislation and overarching municipal policies and regulations?
The EFCL believes these are important questions to ask and answer. As a result, we launched a project to create a Community Vision with a pilot community, as well as a toolkit and template so that other communities can follow suit and create their own Community Vision, too.
The benefits of creating a Community Vision are many:
- Creates common goals that everyone can work towards, which helps with volunteer attraction and retention, community spirit, and community engagement,
- Ensures good use of league resources (grants, time, money),
- Effectively expresses what makes your community unique,
- Helps communities respond more easily to land development applications, and
- Proactively advocates for and attracts the kind of development communities want.
Congratulations Dovercourt Community League!
The Community Vision Field Booklet is intended to serve as a guide for community-led strategic planning at the neighbourhood level. Much of the insight in this document is based on the real world community visioning experience of the neighbourhood of Dovercourt.