Fonds ccg-2059 - City of Calgary. Planning and Building Department fonds

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City of Calgary. Planning and Building Department fonds

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CA ccg ccg-2059

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  • 1911-1975 (Creation)
    City of Calgary. Planning and Building Department

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47.56 m of textual records and other material

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Planning activities began in Calgary with the establishment of the Calgary City Planning Commission by a resolution of Council in 1911 November. The Commission was to serve as an advisory of board to Council and was mandated to "obtain data and information on the subject of town planning and to prepare and recommend a comprehensive and exhaustive scheme of City Planning."[1] The Commission recommended that a professional planner be hired to prepare a town plan and as a result, Thomas Mawson was retained as City Planner on 1913 January 20, for the sum of $6,000.00. A preliminary plan was presenter in 1914 April, but World War I, 1914-1918 intervened and it was abandoned. Under the Mawson plan, Calgary would have embarked on a grandiose and expensive program of development, creating a city that is much different from what is familiar today. Having completed the task for which they had been appointed, the Commission dissolved after the presentation of the Mawson Report. For more information regarding the City of Calgary, Planning and Building Department administrative history, please link to the City of Calgary Archives homepage and click on the "fonds level descriptions" link.

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The fonds consists of correspondence and building permit registers of the Planning and Building Department. Series I: General Correspondence, 1952-1981, predominant 1960-1981. To provide information and advice to City Council, the Board of Commissioners and other civic bodies regarding matters of planning, development and construction. To prepare policy proposals on planning, development and construction. To enforce provincial and municipal legislation related to planning, development and construction. Series II: Director's office correspondence, 1974-1982. To supervise the operation of the Planning and Building Department. Series III: General Managers Files, 1970-1981. To supervise the land development process and to implement Council's policies related to planning. Series IV: Building regulations correspondence, 1964-1981. To manage the activities of the Building Regulations Division. Series V: Buildings Permit Registers, 1945-1970. To register the building permit applications. Series VI: Zoning Correspondence, 1942-1964, predominant 1958-1961. To document the applications for amendments to the zoning by-laws of Calgary, Forest Lawn, Montgomery. Bowness and Midnapore. To document the activities of the Zoning By-law Enforcement Officer appointed by the Planning Department. Series VII: Urban Renewal Files, 1966-1975. To manage the urban renewal program. Series VIII: City and community planning files, 1964-1985. To provide research and advice on planning matters. Series X: Land use and miscellaneous maps, 1934-1978, predominant 1972-1978. To describe actual, proposed or allowed land use. Series XI: Artificial series, 1945-1981, predominant 1972-1981. No specific function is described in this series as it has been artificially assembled by the archivist.

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Includes 1400 architectural drawings, 353 photo prints, 35 photo negatives, 3 ledgers.

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Records were transferred either directly from the City of Calgary, Planning and Building Department or from the Civic Records Centre in several separate transfers.



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  • The material is in English.

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In accordance with The City of Calgary's policy on Access to Municipal Information, records more than twenty-five years old are available for public use unless otherwise restricted. Records which are less than twenty-five years old are available for public use unless otherwise restricted by legislation. Please see the City of Calgary Archives Policies and Procedures Manual for further infomation regarding access to records.

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A descriptive finding aid is available at the City of Calgary Archives.

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The City of Calgary Archives may have reference material which may be associated to the fonds. All textual records are in closed storage. To view records please contact the City of Calgary Archives.<br><br>

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