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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Find planning confusing? We can help!

Have you ever wondered who decides what gets built where in Calgary? The answer is more complicated than you might think.

Good land use planning is key to ensure our city is a great place to live, work and play. However, many different polices and decision-making bodies regulate development to achieve this goal, which can make it tough to know how and when you can effectively participate in the planning process.

If you are passionate about land use planning but are still learning how it all works, you might be interested in some of the upcoming Partners in Planning courses. Three core courses cover the basics of the development approval process, and three elective courses cover topics like transportation planning and community character.

The courses are free to attend, thanks to a partnership between the Federation of Calgary Communities and The City. Attend as few or as many as you like, but if you complete all three core courses and at least one elective, you will receive our Partners in Planning Certificate.

If you would like to join us, all you need to do is register online so we know you’re coming.

Partners in Planning Courses

Basics of Implementation Planning
Learn about the planning process and how to respond to development and land use applications circulated to your community.

The Land Use Bylaw
Learn how to navigate and understand Calgary’s Land Use Bylaw and how the rules are applied to development applications. This is an excellent overview of this important document.

Development Appeals at the SDAB
Learn about the appeals process, what makes a well-reasoned planning case and how to give effective presentations to the Subdivision and Development Appeal Board.

Transportation
Moving people and goods between places is just as important as having great places to go. Learn how The City prioritizes transportation projects, encourages transit use and cycling, and how traffic impacts are considered.

Planning for Growth and Change
Planning a city requires long-term thinking. Learn about The City’s 60-year land use and transportation plans and how their vision can direct growth and change. Find out how to influence the evolution of your community.

Community Character
Learn what creates “community character” and how architecture, building scale, landscape and their relationship with public spaces, through good design and planning decisions, can be used to strengthen and enhance community character. This course draws from the fields of urban design and heritage planning. There is a walking tour portion, so dress as appropriate.

The City of Calgary and Shaw Communications Inc. announce nine new Wi-Fi locations

Following a successful roll-out of The City’s public Wi-Fi program, The City of Calgary and Shaw Communications have announced nine new locations where the public can access the high-speed Shaw Go WiFi network at no cost.

Shaganappi Point LRT Station
The new locations include:
  • Shaw Millennium Park
  • Shaganappi Point LRT Station
  • Maple Ridge Golf Course
  • Shaganappi Golf Course
  • Father David Bauer/Norma Bush Arenas
  • Rose Kohn/Jimmie Condon Arenas
  • Henry Viney/Stu Hendry Arenas*
  • Optimist/George Blundun Arenas*
  • Ernie Starr Arena*

“We are really encouraged by the early success of the public Wi-Fi program and the positive feedback from Calgarians,” says Heather Reed-Fenske, manager, Information Technology. “Shaw has been an excellent partner and their operational team has fulfilled our desire to expand free Wi-Fi into city facilities and allow the public to use technology when visiting a park, arena, golf course, or LRT station.”

Devonian Gardens
Since the launch of public Wi-Fi, from May 2014 until the end of August, there have been more than 163,000 connections to the public Wi-Fi service, with total data usage peaking at more than 357,000 MB. The most popular location based on guest connections is the Chinook LRT Station, with over 63,000 users connecting to the ShawGuest hotspot. Guests logging in at Devonian have used over 930,000 minutes and over 188,000 MB of data, making it the most popular location for surfing the web for longer periods of time.

The City will continue to expand public Wi-Fi hotspots in partnership Shaw Communications Inc., Parks, Recreation and Calgary Transit. For more information on public Wi-Fi visit Calgary.ca.
* service available end of October 2014

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Trinity-Paskapoo Slopes feedback goes to developers

The City of Calgary has completed a detailed team review (DTR) of the proposed development for the East Paskapoo Slopes. As part of the review, we have collected your feedback through well-attended open houses and workshops, and compiled it with feedback from City staff from various departments. 159 comments have been sent to the developer for review.

Take a look at the Trinity-Paskapoo Slopes Detailed Team Review Summary and find the full technical calgary.ca.

Accessory units and affordable housing in a growing city

Many people in Calgary consider our city as world class, modern, having taken our place in the world of great places. Yet, one of the challenges for many Calgarians is having an affordable place to live.

Will breaking down the barriers to accessory units solve our housing challenges? No. But it can play a big role towards a comprehensive solution. YYC has made gains, and a simple change, waiving the $5,000 processing fees has generated a big up-tick in applications and legalization of some our unknown illegal units.



We all have a role to play in educating everyone about the potential to have an ongoing supply of accessory units that can go a long way to making this city, a place that offers everyone the opportunity to live in safe, affordable places so that they can establish themselves and provide the knowledge, skills and creativity to keep growing this city.

Read the full blog written by Rollin Stanley, General Manager of Planning, Development And Assessment at The City Of Calgary.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Anderson Station TOD redevelopment project takes its next steps

The City has recently submitted an Outline Plan and Land Use Application to redevelop the Anderson Station land site.

The land area consists of 20 acres, currently making up Anderson LRT station, bus terminal and park and ride. Future plans for the space include roads, parks, building specifications, and other desired land uses in the Anderson Station area.

Following several public engagement events and working in consultation with various City departments, the goal of this proposed plan is to establish a model transit and pedestrian-oriented destination in south Calgary where people can live, work, shop, learn and play.

The final vision is guided by a number of design principles, namely to:

  • Maximize connectivity to and through the site to minimize traffic conflicts and increase transit access;
  • Balance height and scale of development between residential areas to the west with commercial areas to the east;
  • Build walkable streets that encourage multi-modal access, safety, and access to buildings;
  • Pursue a blend of uses that keep the site active throughout the day and week, and serve the surrounding neighbourhoods;
  • Create memorable public and green spaces;
  • Provide for flexible development blocks that respond to change in market conditions;
  • Design for year-round use and livability;
  • Connect to and expand the regional pathway network; and
  • Orient higher buildings towards MacLeod Trail to create an urban boulevard.

View the latest project summary and proposed concept images of the redeveloped area.

Following this submission and a review of any recommended changes, a final application will be presented at Calgary Planning Commission in early 2015.

For more information on the Anderson TOD development and the wider station area plan please visit Anderson Station TOD policies and plans and Calgary.ca/AndersonTOD

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