Tomorrow’s public hearing in council chambers will be the biggest that one alderman has seen since the start of his first term on council.
With 585 public submissions surrounding the Plan It Calgary documents on future municipal and transportation planning, citizens have definitely shown their interest in shaping the city’s future growth.
“(This amount of submissions) is ridiculously high if you were to compare it to the normal public hearings that we have with nothing controversial,” said Ward 3 Ald. Jim Stevenson.
“There’s nothing more controversial or major as far as an impact on the future of the city than this. So I don’t know what to judge this by or measure this by because this is a one-of-a-kind thing for me here since my time in city hall.”
Stevenson’s Calgarians have gotten involved.
“We have a tendency to think that as a council or our administration that we have all the great ideas,” said Stevenson. “People have to realize that the general public can come up with ideas or consequences that we haven’t thought of.”