Neighbourhood Studies focus on planned redevelopment in established communities to encourage growth while retaining the existing 'feel' of the area.
The City of Lethbridge’s “first” neighbourhoods are populated with residents that care about their neighbourhood, seek to be involved and are for the most part satisfied with their quality of life, components of their neighbourhood and their choice in residence location. These areas are not candidates for large-scale redevelopment but rather change must occur in a planned and thoughtful manner to add to the fabric of community and values present in the neighbourhoods today. Residents identified features about their neighbourhoods they would like to preserve and improve and there are measures that can be taken to assist in this regard.
As the Central Neighbourhoods are an integral component of a municipality, larger community discussions regarding the municipality’s growth, built form, open space, land use and sustainability in regards to the built and natural environments require a voice at the table for Central Neighbourhoods. Municipal planning documents need to provide a planning framework that is consistent with neighbourhood culture and character to guide citizens, developers and decision makers and allow for the neighbourhoods of today to have participation into development of the neigbourhoods of tomorrow.
The Central Neighbourhoods Issues Identification Study which was initiated at the request of residents within the City’s oldest neighbourhoods in 2005 and featured both an extensive and inclusive public engagement component to foster community dialogue on all aspects of living within a central neighbourhood, has been brought to a close with the presentation of these recommendations for City Council’s review.