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City of Edmonton. Planning Department fonds
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- Graphic material - photograph
- Architectural drawing
City Architect and Building Inspector’s Department (1909-1970); Town Planning Department (1949-1958); City Planning Department (1958-ca.1977); Planning and Building Department (1984-1988); Planning and Development Department (1988-2011); Sustainable Development Department (2011-)
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CA EDM RG-17
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1902 - 2007 (Creation)
- City of Edmonton. Planning Department
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41.5 m textual records. - 580 photographs. - 12,326 architectural drawings
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A Town Planning Commission was established in 1929 to advise Council on matters pertaining to town planning. The Town Planning Department was established in 1949. The responsibility of the Planning Department was articulated in a 1952 organizational chart, which stated that the Town Planning Department was responsible for long and short term planning of the use and layout of the city, the preparation of layout plans for subdivisions and other specific projects, the approval of buildings plans for zoning and type of structure, and providing advice to City management on town planning matters.
In a 1983 brief to new City Councillors, Planning's function was stated as being "concerned with the way the city grows. It studies and provides advice on city development, especially the social, economic and environmental effects of growth and change. Planning considers how much land will be needed for housing, shops, industries, parks and transportation. It considers where each type of development should be located."
In 2015 the Sustainable Development website puts it the simplest terms possible. "The work of this department concentrates on planning and executing for the development needs of today and the future."
Scope and content
This fonds contains the records of the Planning Department and its predecessors. An arrangement has been placed on the records. They have been placed into the following series:
- Series 17.0: Planchecker's Files
- Series 1: Planning Department Records 1970-1982
- Series 2: Municipal Planning Commission
- Series 3: Names Advisory Committee
- Series 4: Address Coordination Committee
- Series 5: Permits
- Series 6: Photographs
- Series 7: Scrapbooks
- Series 8: Development Appeal Board
Immediate source of acquisition
This material was transferred to the City of Edmonton Archives from various departments between 1968 and 2017.
The photographs were assigned item numbers with the prefix EA-33.
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Some files are restricted.
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Copyright may apply.
Reproduction restrictions may apply.
Further accruals are expected.
This fonds also includes architectural drawings submitted to the City of Edmonton that are in the process of being described. If you cannot locate plans, please speak to the reference archivist.
Accession numbers: A68-38; A72-18; A74-88; A76-10; A76-101; A82-92; A83-93; A92-110; A96-35; A97-151; A98-180; A99-21; A2006-172; A2007-87; A2009-53; A2016-162; A2016-169; A2017-34
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City of Edmonton Archives
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