Lethbridge residents are invited to help refine the community's long-term vision for the Civic Common, the four-square-block area that includes land occupied by City Hall south to the Civic Ice Centre as well as the Civic Field, the Yates Theatre, the Old Courthouse, the YMCA, the Fritz Sick Centre and the Lethbridge RCMP detachment.
In April this year, a series of interactive sessions were held with stakeholders and community residents to begin forming a long-term vision for what was initially referred to as the Civic Precinct. This initial engagement activity has directly influenced the draft master plan, including renaming the plan and area to Civic Common.
The results of the community engagement activities to date can be viewed in Section 4 of the Draft Civic Common Master Plan, which is available at www.lethbridge.ca/CivicPlan.
Opportunities to provide online feedback
"The project team is now seeking community feedback on the draft master plan and encourages residents to review the draft, full or short version, prior to completing a brief online questionnaire," says Andrew Malcolm, project manager. "The questionnaire will be open to the public until August 10, 2018."
All documents and the online questionnaire are available at the web link shown above.
The project timeline has been extended by a few months, and a final master plan is now expected to be ready for presentation to City Council for adoption in October this year. Any decisions in the future about uses of buildings within the Civic Common area will be made in consultation with the organizations that own or occupy them.
The Civic Common Master Plan is building on the existing planning framework for this distinctive area of Lethbridge. The concept of a civic square was envisioned 37 years ago in the 1981 Town Square Concept Report. This report recommended construction of a new city hall in this area as part of an enhanced civic centerpiece – a part of the vision that was realized when the current city hall opened in 1999.
The 2007 Heart of Our City Master Plan further developed this vision, incorporating the concept of a concentration of public facilities and amenities that would enhance the social, cultural, educational, environmental and economic vitality of this area. Facilities such as the Civic Ice Centre are aging, and a comprehensive long-term plan is needed to guide future decisions on fulfilling the community's vision for future public amenities in this area.
Andrew Malcolm, Downtown Revitalization Manager
City of Lethbridge