The Calgary Regional Partnership is a voluntary organization of municipalities that have come together to plan for long-term regional growth. But how does a voluntary organization achieve meaningful implementation of the regional growth plan if it has no legislation? As the planning and infrastructure lead with CRP, that was the task Kelly was responsible for. To bridge between voluntary action towards voluntarily binding, regional context statements evolved. Based on the work done in BC’s regions, Kelly developed a template and process guide for consideration by the CRP members and Board.
The process was presented and adopted in November 2014. CRP members are now developing regional context statements to include in their Municipal Development Plans. The statements are a declaration of how the municipality is unique in the region and aligns with the Calgary Metropolitan Plan. This mechanism creates a voluntarily binding commitment for municipal members to work towards the implementation of a sustainable, long-term plan for growth in the Region.