Thursday, September 24, 2009

Plan It Calgary headed back to Council on Monday

Plan It Calgary will be heading back to City Council on Monday, September 28.

This will be the second time that Plan It has gone to Council – it first went in late June of this year when City Council had three days of discussion on the blue print for Calgary’s future.

By the end of the three days, City Council gave Plan It its first reading (proposed bylaws need three readings to be passed) and asked City Administration to make approximately 100 amendments to the plan before bringing it back to Council for further review.

The City’s Plan It Team spent the summer evaluating each proposed amendment and preparing recommendations for Council’s decision. In preparing these recommendations, the Plan It team met with several external and internal stakeholders including members from the Federation of Calgary Communities, the Urban Development Institute - Calgary, Calgary Homebuilders Association, Sustainable Calgary, Calgary Chamber of Commerce, Bow River Basin Council and the Institute of Transportation Engineers as well as several individual stakeholders.

Some of the key changes to the Municipal Development Plan and the Calgary Transportation Plan (the two plans collectively make up Plan It Calgary) include:

- Clarifying how the 60-year targets will be applied and implemented (The Plan It Calgary team is recommending that these numerical targets remain in the plan)

- The revision of the density target for green field communities (new communities in Calgary) from 70 residents per hectare to 70 residents or employees at local businesses per hectare.

- Clarifying the policies on greening the city and green infrastructure

- The removal of specific river crossings at 50th Ave SW and Shaganappi Trail

- A proposed start date of February 1, 2010 for implementation

The full reports going to Council are available from the Plan It Calgary website. If approved the amended Plan It Calgary plans will guide the city’s growth for the next 50 to 60 years.

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