Fonds ccg-2078 - Town Planning Commission (Committee) fonds

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Town Planning Commission (Committee) fonds

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CA ccg ccg-2078

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  • 1911-1914 (Creation)
    Town Planning Commission (Committee)

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0.13 m of textual records

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The Town Planning Commission (Committee) was established on November 13, 1911 by a resolution of Calgary City Council. The Commission was given the mandate to "obtain data and information on the subject of town planning and to prepare and recommend a comprehensive scheme of City Planning which will meet the requirements of this City of its future development." Members of the 1911 Town Planning Commission often referred to themselves as the City Planning Commission. Initial meetings were chaired by the Mayor of Calgary, John W. Mitchell but later, James W. Davidson was appointed to the position of President. Mr. Davidson served two non-consecutive terms as President of the Commission as did William Pearce. James H. Garden was the last person to serve in the position of President before the Commission dissolved in 1914. The major focus of the 1911 Town Planning Commission was the production of a planning scheme for Calgary. For this, they hired Thomas H. Mawson, a landscape architect and urban planner from England who had already contributed to Western Canada's urban landscape by developing designs for Stanley Park in Vancouver and for the Town of Banff. As well, the Commission also worked with provincial representatives to develop a Town Planning Act for Alberta. Mawson presented a preliminary plan to Calgary's City Council in April 1914, but the outbreak of World War I prevented the implementation of any of Mawson's ideas. Nevertheless, the Mawson Plan, as this design came to be known, remains one of the most popular early documents from Calgary's history because of the grandiose and optimistic vision Mawson presented to Calgarians. The Town Planning Commission (Committee) was dissolved on July 17, 1914. Calgary's next Town Planning Commission was not established until 1929.

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Thomas Mawson's "plan" consisted of two parts: the original drawings and the report which was presented to the Town Planning Commission (Committee) and then to City Council. After 1914, the drawings were lost until 1976 when they were accidentally uncovered during renovations to a private garage in Calgary. Shortly thereafter, the drawings were transferred to the Canadian Architectual Archives at the University of Calgary. Other documents from the Town Planning Commission (Committee) came to the City of Calgary Archives through several accessions between 1983 and 1987. Interim custodians of these records included the Planning Department and the City Clerk's Department of The City of Calgary.

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The fonds consists of correspondence, minutes, speeches, a published copy of the report prepared by Thomas Mawson entitled "The City of Calgary: Past, Present and Future. A Preliminary Scheme for Controlling the Economic Growth of the City" (commonly referred to as The Mawson Plan) plus a confidential appendix to the report.

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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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Although formally named the Town Planning Commission, this Commission is also referred to as a Committee in part to distinguished it from a separate Town Planning Commission established in 1929.<br><br>

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