Lethbridge residents are invited to help shape the community's long-term vision for a distinctive, centrepiece area of our city.
Work begins today on developing a new master plan for the Civic Precinct, a 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.
Between now and June, online and in-person community engagement opportunities will be offered for stakeholders and other residents to participate in developing the Civic Precinct Master Plan. Starting today, residents can share their initial input online at www.lethbridge.ca/CivicPlan.
"The Civic Precinct Master Plan will build 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," says George Kuhl, Planning Initiatives Manager for the City of Lethbridge.
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.
Opportunities to participate
From April 16-20, the public can participate in developing potential concepts for the future of the Civic Precinct:
- April 16-20, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. – Self-guided static display in the City Hall foyer
- Tuesday, April 17
1:30-3 p.m. – View preliminary concepts at City Hall in the Culver Room (main floor)
4-7 p.m. – Public open house in the City Hall foyer
- Wednesday, April 18, 1:30-3 p.m. – Drop-in Design interactive session at the downtown Lethbridge Public Library (Theatre Gallery)
- Thursday, April 19, 1-5 p.m. – View concept development and refinements at a drop-in session at the downtown Lethbridge Public Library (Theatre Gallery)
In late May, a follow-up forum will be held to share draft concepts and receive comments on the draft master plan from stakeholders and the public. A final master plan is expected to be ready for presentation to City Council for adoption sometime this summer.
Any decisions in the future about uses of buildings within the Civic Precinct area will be made in consultation with the organizations that own or occupy them.
George Kuhl, Planning Initiatives Manager
City of Lethbridge