Charters taking shape

The vision of Red Deer as a safe, vibrant and community-minded city is taking shape.

he vision of Red Deer as a safe, vibrant and community-minded city is taking shape.

City council heard a brief overview of the work completed and the work ahead related to the movement, design, dialogue, economy, safety and identity charters during the first day of operating budget deliberations.

These work plans were introduced during the 2012 operating budget talks as part of the city’s strategic direction.

Lisa Perkins, director of corporate transformation, said the charters are in various stages of being completed. The progress on the Integrated Mobility Study or the “mobility playbook” is nearing completion and will be before council in the coming months.

“It is going to be so foundational to how we move within the city,” said Perkins. “You will start seeing some of that come into the action in the way we build roads, trails, and transit systems to ensure they are integrated.”

In 2013, staff will delve into the identity charter which defines who Red Deerians are and who they want to be as well as the aspirations of a community.

“It is going to influence our architecture, our designs, our planning,” said Perkins. “It’s going to be a part of our centennial celebrations. I think it’s something all members of the community can be excited about.”

The social master plan outlining the city’s social obligations is scheduled to kick off this fall. More details on the individual charters will unfold during this week’s budget deliberations.

The charters are scheduled to be completed at the same time as the strategic plan finishes at the end of 2014.