Ward 9 Great Neighbourhoods Calgary – Gian-Carlo Carra

This is the official website for Gian-Carlo Carra, City Councillor for Ward 9 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Transportation and Transit Committee Meeting - February 8, 2018

Sarcee Trail and Richmond Road Interchange Functional Planning Study

The Committee recommended that Council approve the executive summary for the Sarcee Trail and Richmond Road Interchange functional planning study including the recommended interchange plan as summarized on Exhibits ES-5 and ES-6 of attachment 1. Also, that Council direct Administration to include the recommended interchange plan as summarized on Exhibits ES-5 and ES-6 of attachment 1 as a candidate project for evaluation within the next update of the Transportation Infrastructure Investment Plan (TIPP) prioritization process.

This report outlines the recommendations of the Sarcee Trail and Richmond Road Interchange Functional Planning Study completed by ISL Engineering and Land Services Ltd. A summary of the study that identifies the recommended interchange plan and the public engagement program undertaken as part of this study is included in Attachment 1.

Calgary Pathways and Bikeways Plan Update Status Report

The Committee recommended that Council receive this report for information. The Committee direct the City Clerk to canvas members of Council for interest in serving on the Pathways and Bikeways Project Steering Committee and return to the closed portion of the February 26 Regular Meeting of Council with a report to be heard in conjunction with the Calgary Pathways and Bikeways Plan Update Status Report.

The vision of the updated Calgary Pathways and Bikeways Plan is a seamless network that connects people to the places they want to go, provides for safe, continuous, and efficient nonmotorized options, creates recreational opportunities, and supports active transportation. The goal of the project is to incorporate new policy plans, establish new criteria for route planning, publish an interactive map online and develop a 10-year construction list.

e2 (Energy Efficient) Street Lighting Program Update

 The Committee recommended that Council receive this report for information.

The City of Calgary has completed a planned four-year project replacing approximately 84,000 street lights across the city with new energy efficient LED (light-emitting diode) lights a year and a half ahead of schedule and on budget. At a total cost of $32.6 million to complete, The City of Calgary is expected to save approximately $5 million a year in electricity consumption as a result of this capital project. Advancing the schedule for this project allowed The City to realize operational savings of almost $7 million sooner than planned. The conversion was completed in August 2017 to achieve cost savings and reductions in energy usage. The change to LED fixtures will enable The City to reduce electricity costs by an anticipated $50 million over a ten-year period. The energy savings from this project will be reinvested in lifecycle maintenance of street light infrastructure in Calgary.

Active Transportation Annual Update 2017

The Committee recommended that Council receive this report for information.

Administration is providing an annual update of the 2011 Council-approved Cycling Strategy and 2016 Council-approved Pedestrian Strategy. These strategies have outlined 10 goals with almost 100 specific action items to support active transportation city-wide. Administration has been working across the areas of planning, design, build, operate, and maintain, as well as education and encouragement, to advance these goals. Investments that have made it more comfortable, connected and safe for people to be active have shown positive outcomes.

Council News in Brief is an informal summary of highlights from Calgary City Council’s meetings. The City Clerk provides the complete and formal documentation of Council’s meetings.

 

 

Community and Protective Services Committee Meeting - February 7, 2018

Calgary Tree Disaster – Recovery and Restoration Final Update

The Committee recommended that Council receive for information the Calgary Tree Disaster – Recovery and Restoration Final Update.

The 2014 September snow event damaged over 50 per cent of Calgary’s urban forest. The Calgary Tree Disaster 2014 Recovery Framework presented to Council on 2014 November 17, provided a recovery plan with principles and key result areas that guided the recovery of the city’s urban forest. On 2014 November 24, Council approved this comprehensive recovery plan that acknowledged the value and benefits of a safe and resilient urban forest. At that time, Council approved $35.5 million for the recovery program, and Calgary Parks redirected Urban Forestry operational and capital funds to further supplement the restoration and resiliency work. The formal program is now complete; however based on key learnings, some funding will be carried forward into 2018 and directed towards supplemental watering and pruning of new trees planted during the course of the program.

Community Representation Framework Program Update

The Committee recommended that Council direct Administration to continue work to establish a new approach to community representation based on the direction of the Community Representation Framework Task Force by engaging with community stakeholders and return to Council with a final report on the Community Representation Framework no later than the end of 2018.

This update report provides an overview of the progress of the Community Representation Framework program. The work is intended to optimize the effectiveness of organized community groups in representing the diverse interests and perspectives within their communities and to work more effectively with The City when addressing community-building matters like planning and development processes or community-driven initiatives.

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Planning and Urban Development Committee Meeting - February 5, 2018

Designation of the Church of the Redeemer as a Municipal Historic Resource

The Committee recommended that Council give three readings to the proposed bylaw to designate the Church of the Redeemer as a Municipal Historic Resource.

Designation offers legal protection to an evaluated historic resource, preserving it for the future and making the owners eligible for financial assistance in maintaining the property through existing Municipal and Provincial incentive programs.

Designation of the Houlton House (Congress) Apartments as a Municipal Historic Resource

The Committee recommended that Council give three readings to the proposed bylaw to designate the Houlton House (Congress) Apartments as a Municipal Historic Resource.

Designation offers legal protection to an evaluated historic resource, preserving it for the future and making the owners eligible for financial assistance in maintaining the property through existing Municipal and Provincial incentive programs.

Designation of the West End Telephone Exchange Building as a Municipal Historic Resource

The Committee recommended that Council give three readings to the proposed bylaw to designate the West End Telephone Exchange Building as a Municipal Historic Resource.

Designation offers legal protection to an evaluated historic resource, preserving it for the future and making the owners eligible for financial assistance in maintaining the property through existing Municipal and Provincial incentive programs.

Non-Growth Management Overlay Area Combined Outline Plan and Land Use Application Fees

The Committee recommended that Council direct Administration to maintain the current fee structure for combined Outline Plan and Land Use applications for Non-Growth Management Overlay areas, until such time as a broader fee review is initiated.

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Regular Meeting of Council - January 29, 2018

2017 Citizen Satisfaction Survey Results

Council received for information a presentation on the results of the 2017 Citizen Satisfaction Survey.  The Citizen Satisfaction Survey is an important tool for examining the larger picture of citizens’ overall perceptions of, and satisfaction with, The City of Calgary. This presentation represents a public release of the 2017 survey results. The presentation deck and the full report is now posted to Calgary.ca.

Alberta Community Partnership Grant-Regional Recreation Study for The City of Calgary and Rocky View County

Council approved The City of Calgary’s involvement in the Alberta Community Partnership grant application and project titled: Regional Recreation Study for The City of Calgary and Rocky View County and directed administration to bring a report on the project outcomes to the Intergovernmental Affairs Committee upon completion of the project.

Setting Mayoral and Councillor Term Limits and Recall

Council did not approve a motion on setting mayoral and councillor term limits and recall to three terms. Discussion lead to the following Notice of motion’s arising were approved by council:

• Council request the Mayor write a letter to the province requesting amendments to the Local Authorities Election Act on the topics of an elected member of council being nominated to run as a candidate for provincial or federal level of government resigning their position at city council and forfeit transition allowance upon being elected as an MLA or MP and; that the candidate’s surplus campaign funds or those generated since the last municipal election be donated to The City for the purpose of defraying the costs of a by-election.

• Council requests that the topic of Electoral Reform be added to a future meeting of the Intergovernmental Affairs Committee.

Improving Accessibility and Reducing Injuries through Snow and Ice Control Reform

Council approved a motion to direct Administration to review walking-focused snow and ice control policies to improve the accessibility, safety, and equity of Calgary’s walking network; and that Administration report to Council with options to improve walking-focused snow and ice control, including One Calgary budget impacts, returning through the Standing Policy Committee on Transportation and Transit by the end of Q2 2018.

Spending on External Conferences

Council approved amendments to a motion that limits the number of members of council attending The Federation of Canadian Municipalities 2018 Annual Conference to the Mayor, FCM Board Director and five Councillors to be chosen by a vote of Council, and that attendees of the FCM 2018 Annual Conference present a two-minute summary along with a one-page written summary of findings and value achieved from the Conference at IGA Committee Meeting no later than July 2018. Council also directed the Coordinating Committee of the Councillors Office (CCCO) to draft a Council policy with respect to travel for future Federation of Canadian Municipalities and Alberta Urban Municipalities Association conferences attended by Councillors occurring at the taxpayers’ expense and return to Council no later than 2018 Q3.

Olympic Bid Update

Council received for information a verbal update on the Olympic Bid including information on the IOC visit to Calgary, project updates, BidCo Funding Commitments and Observer Program Commitments.  Council directed Administration to return to Council with an update on the financial commitment towards a Bid Corporation by the other orders of government and a debrief regarding the PyeongChang Observer Program no later than 2018 March.

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Council News in Brief - Regular Public Hearing Meeting of Council - January 22, 2018

Land Use Items:

All land use items reviewed by Council were approved with the exception of:

Land Use Amendment (Oakridge – Ward 11)

This land use amendment proposes a redesignation of land to accommodate a mixed-use development.  Council approved first reading. Second and third reading withheld pending further consultation with Councillor and Development Permit to Calgary Planning Commission (no later than 2018 June).

Road Closure and Land Use Amendment (Silver Springs – Ward 1)

This application proposes redesignating two parcels in the community of Silver Springs to accommodate redevelopment of the site for multi-residential development, specifically affordable housing.  First Reading of Bylaws 2C2018 and 29D2018 were approved.   Second and third reading withheld pending conditional approval of Development Permit by Calgary Planning Commission.

Planning Matters Not Requiring Public Hearing

Secondary Suites Land Use Amendment Advertising Bylaw (2M2018) Approved by Council.

Designation of Fairey Terrace as Municipal Heritage Resource: Report recommendations were adopted.

Designation of Nimmons Residence as Municipal Heritage Resource: Motion to withdraw (at the applicant's request) was adopted and item was withdrawn.

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SPC on Transportation & Transit - January 18, 2018

Carshare Parking Policy Update

The Committee recommended that Council receive this report for information.

The Carshare Parking Policies (Attachment 1) were designed to allow citizens and businesses the benefits of carsharing in Calgary while managing parking activity of shared vehicles. The policies have been successful in discouraging clustering behaviour, as defined in the policy, in both residential and commercial areas by encouraging the carshare organization (CSO) to proactively redistribute their vehicles and allowing for a financial surcharge to the CSO if clustering occurs. Since July 2017, Administration has not levied the financial surcharge to the CSO as clustering, as defined in the policy, has not occurred. The Carshare Parking Policies provide clear direction that CSOs are required to pay for parking and adhere to on-street time restrictions and other parking restrictions, consistent with all other parkers. The Carshare Parking Policies have provided Administration with guidance to engage with CSOs and citizens in a consistent and transparent manner.

Multi-Family Residential Parking Reduction Policy

The Committee recommended that Council receive this report for information.

The Multi-Family Residential Parking Reduction Policy (Attachment 1) was approved by Council in 2015 May and has provided Administration with guidance in considering significant parking relaxations for new developments. The policy provides guidance to the most appropriate locations and additional considerations to manage any potential parking impacts from the developments. Administration is not proposing changes to the policy through this report.

This report will provide an update of the observed impacts from completed projects. The first zero parking building approved under the policy, N3 in the East Village, opened to residents in spring 2017. Administration has found limited parking spillover impact due to the development as on-street occupancy in the area has remained at under 60%. A trip generation study revealed that residents of zero parking buildings are choosing active modes (walking, cycling) for the majority of their trips. Administration has received interest in further zero-parking developments in pre-application meetings.

Council News in Brief is an informal summary of highlights from Calgary City Council’s meetings. The City Clerk provides the complete and formal documentation of Council’s meetings.

SPC on Community and Protective Services - January 17, 2018

Inclusive Play Spaces Implementation Plan

The Committee recommended that Council receive the Inclusive Play Spaces Overview and Inclusive Play Spaces Implementation Plan for information. The Committee also recommended that Council direct Administration to put forward inclusive play initiatives as part of the 2019-2022 budget cycle in both capital and operating programs where feasible, and implement a life-cycling process where underutilized play structures at the end of their lifecycle are removed and replaced with more inclusive play spaces. The SPC on community and Protective Services recommends that Council support Administration in their efforts to pilot an adult mobile fitness program in the summer of 2018 with appropriate evaluation.

Community Services Prevention Investment Framework

The Committee recommended, after amendment, that Council approve the Community Services Prevention Investment Framework Terms of Reference (attachment 1) to guide the investment decisions for $3 million in one-time funding (allocated to Community Services during the 2018 Budget Deliberation and Adjustment Process).

This report presents the Community Services Prevention Investment Framework as the strategic framework for the allocation of the $3M in one-time funding. The Framework integrates existing prevention strategies and approaches, with an intent to leverage partnerships and resources to increase protective factors and reduce risk factors by expanding prevention programs and services. The Terms of Reference included as Attachment 1 will be used to guide investment decisions, bridging the continuum of prevention work across Community Services and the Calgary Police Service.

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SPC on Planning & Urban Development - January 15, 2018

Update of Approving Authority of Changes to Municipal Historic Resources

The Committee recommended that Council revoke all previous delegations of power authorizing certain individuals under section (6) and (7) of section 26 of the Historical Resources Act. The Committee also recommended that Council appoint the City Manager, or the individual authorized to act in the City Manager’s absence, as the approving authority for matters outlined in subsections (6) and (7) of section 26 of the Historic Resources Act, with the powers and functions described and the authority to further delegate as the City Manager determines appropriate.

The Alberta Historical Resources Act legislates conditions in which the council of a municipality may, by bylaw, designate historic resources as part of the fulfillment of the Minister of Culture and Tourism’s responsibilities to “…the preservation, the study and interpretation, and the promotion of appreciation of Alberta’s historic resources”.

Designation by a council as a Municipal Historic Resource ensures that “Notwithstanding any other Act, no person shall destroy, disturb, alter, restore or repair an historic resource that has been designated under this section…without the written approval of the council or a person appointed by the council for that purpose”. (Alberta Historical Resources Act, Section 26 (6))

Designation of the Fairey Terrace as a Municipal Historic Resource

The Committee recommended that Council give three readings to the proposed bylaw to designate Fairey Terrace as a Municipal Historic Resource.

Designation offers legal protection to an evaluated historic resource, preserving it for the future and making the owners eligible for financial assistance in maintaining the property through existing Municipal and Provincial incentive programs.

Designation of the Nimmons Residence as a Municipal Historic Resource

The Committee recommended that Council give three readings to the proposed bylaw to designate the Nimmons Residence as a Municipal Historic Resource.

Designation offers legal protection to an evaluated historic resource, preserving it for the future and making the owners eligible for financial assistance in maintaining the property through existing Municipal and Provincial incentive programs.

Planning & Development Policy Prioritization Strategy

The Committee recommended that Council receive this report for information.

Industry/City Work Plan 2017 Year-end Report

The Committee recommended that Council direct Administration to provide a mid-year communication to all Council members on the progress of the 2018 Industry/City Work Plan, no later than 2018 July. The Committee also recommends that Council direct Administration to report back to the SPC on Planning and Urban Development with a 2018 year-end Industry/City Work Plan report, no later than 2019 January

 

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SPC on Priorities & Finance - January 16, 2018

2018 Business Improvement Area Budgets and Enabling Bylaws

The Committee recommended that Council approve the proposed 2018 Business Improvement Area (BIA) budget (attachment 1 - revised) and authorize each BIA board to amend its respective budget by transferring amounts to or from a BIA board’s reserve; and transferring amounts between expenditures so long as the amount of the total expenditures is not increased. The Committee also recommended that Council give three readings to the 2018 BIA Tax Bylaw and the 2018 Tax Rates Bylaw. It was recommended that this report and attachments be forwarded to the 2018 January 22 Public Hearing of Council as a matter of Urgent Business. 

ZBR Program Update

The Committee recommended that Council receive the six attachments for information.

The Zero-Based Review (ZBR) program complements The City of Calgary’s other continuous improvement activities by adding a periodic, more thorough review of whether the right services are being provided in the right way. This work is especially important in the current economic climate when resources are limited but the demand for City services is not.

Downtown Parking Strategy Off-Site Improvements Fund

The Committee recommended that Council approve the creation of the Off-Site Transportation Improvements in Lieu of Parking Fund per the terms of the attachment; and this report be directed to the 2018 February 20 Public Hearing of Council to be heard in conjunction with the proposed Land Use Bylaw and Land Use Planning Policy amendments. 

2018 Business Tax Rate Bylaw

The Committee recommended that Council give three readings to the proposed 2018 Business Tax Rate Bylaw setting the 2018 Business Tax Rate at 0.0161; and this report and attachments be forwarded to the 2018 January 22 Public Hearing of Council as a matter of Urgent Business.  

 

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Council News in Brief - Regular Meeting of Council, December 18, 2017

Election 2017 Response and Next Steps

Council directed that on or before the end of Q3 2018, the Returning Officer provide Council with a comprehensive four-year election program that modernizes and enhances Calgary’s election process and meets the expectation of voters, media and candidates. Council also directed the Returning Officer to include enhancements of ID requirements without disenfranchising voters, and that election eligibility requirements for voters and candidates be included in the report.

While the 2017 General Election was compliant with legislation, voters, candidates and media expressed concerns about their election experience. The Returning Officer has been analyzing these concerns and has identified that the majority of the issues arose from election day legislative and/or administration process matters.

Rundle Area Master Plan

Council received the Master Plan for information. Council directed Administration to use the Master Plan to evaluate development applications in the study area and to consider the goals of the Master Plan when making future infrastructure decisions pertaining to the area.

Administration is directed to report back to Council through the SPC on Transportation and Transit, by 2018 May, with a scope of work to further evaluate and develop an implementation plan for multi-modal transportation infrastructure needed to further support realization of the Master Plan. Council also directed Administration to consider making this a statutory Station Area Plan or ARP in conjunction with the upcoming report on plans for 2018 local area plan work.

The Rundle Area Master Plan is a comprehensive new planning document and a step towards realizing transit-oriented development within the Rundle station are. The plan area has significant potential to accommodate transit-oriented development, but is constrained. The Master Plan outlines a collaboratively developed vision for the future of this important northeast destination and policies intended to facilitate the realization of this vision.

Audit Committee 2018

Council received the report and revised 2018 work plan for information.

The proposed 2018 Audit Committee Work Plan is intended to be a guide for Audit Committee’s major governance activities for the year. The work plan outlines the planned reports to Audit Committee, grouped by meeting dates and indicates the accountability for each report.

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SPC on Utilities & Corporate Services

Integrated Civic Facility Planning Program
The Committee recommended that Council defer the Integrated Civic Facility Planning Program 2017 Status Update report to no later than 2018 Q2.

Proposed Acquisition – Belmont
The Committee recommended that Council approve recommendation one in the report and directed that the report be forwarded as an item of urgent business to the closed meeting portion of the 2017 December 18 Regular Meeting of Council. The Committee also recommended that the report, attachments and closed meeting discussions remain confidential until the transaction has been closed.

Proposed Sale – Glenmore Park
The Committee recommended that Council approve recommendation one in the report and directed that the report, attachments and closed meeting discussions remain confidential until the sale has closed except for attachment 4 and 5 which shall remain confidential.

Report for Information – Eau Claire
The Committee recommended that Council approve recommendations one and two in the report and directed that the report, attachments and closed meeting discussions remain confidential.

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SPC on Planning & Urban Development - December 13, 2017

33rd and 34th Av S.W. (Marda Loop) Streetscape Master Plan Update
The Committee recommended that Council receive the report for information; and direct Administration to return in Q4 2018 with a comprehensive Streetscape Master Plan for 33rd and 34th Avenues S.W. (Marda Loop) that will include options that are integrated with the proposed SW Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) route at Crowchild Trail. This report serves as an update to progress made on the 33rd and 34th Avenues S.W. (Marda Loop) Streetscape Master Plan.

Infill Property Development Policy Improvements - Scoping Report
The Committee directed Administration to report back to the Calgary Planning Commission no later than Q3 2018, with Land Use Bylaw amendments to address issues identified in Phase 1 and to report back to the SPC on Planning and Urban Development no later than Q4 2018, with results from Phase 2. Administration was also directed to include a 12th point pertaining to setbacks, in results in Phase 2.

On 2017 April 24, Council directed Administration to develop a scoping report on whether to move forward with Land Use Bylaw (LUB) amendments for 11 recurring and emerging issues related to infill development and report back by 2017 December. Administration proposed a 2-phased approach to addressing these items. Phase 1 is designed to allow for immediate resolution of specific issues on a shorter timeline through technical Land Use Bylaw amendments. Phase 2 deals with the 7 remaining items (eave and peak height, massing, hardscape coverage, green landscaping, non-conforming lots, materials and vehicle loading and storage), which impact all infill districts and require a more comprehensive review.

Homeowner and Small Business Support Improvements – Land Use Bylaw
The Committee recommended that Council hold a public hearing and give three readings to the proposed Land Use Bylaw Amendment. Administration is directed to prepare an emending bylaw to the Land Use Bylaw as outlined as proposed text in Attachment 1. Administration was also directed to forward the proposed Bylaw directly to a Public Hearing of Council no later than 2018 March to accommodate the required advertising.

Improving Communications to Citizens about Land Use and Development Plans
The Committee recommended that Council hold a public hearing and give three readings to the proposed Land Use Bylaw Amendment. Administration is directed to prepare an amending bylaw to the Land Use Bylaw as outlined as proposed text in Attachment 1 and to forward the proposed Bylaw directly to a Public Hearing of Council no later than 2018 March to accommodate the required advertising. Administration was also directed to revise advertising notifications to the public to be more visual, engaging and use plain language while maintaining City brand, to come back to committee by Q2.

Outdoor Café and Restaurant Parking Requirement Improvements
The Committee recommended that Council hold a public hearing and give three readings to the proposed Land Use Bylaw Amendment. Administration is directed to prepare an amending bylaw to Land Use Bylaw 1P2007 as outlined as proposed text in Attachment 1 and to forward the proposed bylaw directly to a Public Hearing of Council no later than 2018 March to accommodate the required advertising.

Rundle Area Master Plan
The Committee recommends that Council receive the Master Plan for information. Administration is directed to use the Master Plan to evaluate development applications in the study area and to consider the goals of the Master Plan when making future infrastructure decisions pertaining to the plan area. Administration is also directed to report back by 2018 May with a scope of work to further evaluate and develop an implementation plan for multi-modal transportation infrastructure needed to further support realization of the Master Plan.

Rundle Area Master Plan is intended to support an emerging conversation about how the areas around our Light Rail Transit stations in northeast Calgary will grow and evolve in the future. This Master Plan represents a starting point for strategic reinvestment and thoughtful redevelopment that will serve to transform the area into an attractive, vibrant and transit-oriented community.

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Council News in Brief - Combined Meeting of Council, December 11, 2017

Land Use Items

Secondary Suites
All secondary suites were approved with the exception of a suite in Springbank Hill.

Other Land Use Items
All other land use items were approved.

2018 Council Calendar
Council adopted meeting dates for inclusion in the 2018 Council Calendar. Adoption and publication of a Council meeting schedule for the upcoming year ensures an efficient and transparent notification process which meets legislated requirement for notice. The 2018 Calendar can be found on Calgary.ca

Short Term Rental Policy and Bylaws
Council approved this notice of motion directed Administration to explore the Business Licence, Land Use, Fire and Safety Codes requirements that would ensure Short Term Rentals, Bed and Breakfasts and Lodging Houses are subject to the appropriate level of safety and oversight, commensurate with their scale and purpose. Council further directed Administration to provide a scoping report with options (including costs of implementation) and recommendations through the Standing Policy Committee on Community and Protective Services no later than 2018 Q4.

Secondary Suite Process Reform
City Council approved this Notice of Motion and directed Administration to bring forward amendments to the Land Use By-law to include secondary suites as discretionary uses within R-1, R-C1, and R-C1L land use districts no later than 2018 Q1. Council further directed City Administration to bring forward changes to the Secondary Suite Registry that make enrollment in the registry mandatory (with a visible registration tag) for new secondary suites.

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Council News In Brief - SPC on Community and Protective Services, December 6, 2017

Indigenous Policy And Framework Engagement With Métis Nation Of
Alberta Region 3

The Committee recommended that Council direct Administration to work with Métis Nation of Alberta Region 3 to develop a Métis Nation of Alberta Region 3 Policy Implementation Guide that is reflective of their culture and history no later than the end of Q4 2018. The Committee further directed Administration to set up an Official signing and formal acknowledgement of the Council approved Indigenous Policy to include the Metis Nation of Alberta- Region 3, Treaty 7, City Council and the City of Calgary.

Historic and culturally informed Implementation Guides for the Indigenous Policy is an effective mechanism for Métis Nation of Alberta Region 3, to be known as a constitutionally recognized Indigenous people with a distinct culture and history. Offering Nations an opportunity to co-create culturally-informed Implementation Guides allows for the Corporation’s practices in voluntary engagement to be both inclusive and respectful of the uniqueness of Indigenous communities.

Livery Transport Advisory Committee Governance Review

The Committee recommended that Council receive this report and attachments for information and disband the Livery Transport Advisory Committee, effective 2018 January 01. The Committee further recommended Council direct Administration to adopt the Guiding Principles in Attachment 2.

Given the accelerated evolution of the livery industry in Calgary and the efficiencies gained from advanced technology, Administration has worked with Hara Associates to review the governance model and Terms of Reference for the Livery Transport Advisory Committee (LTAC).

Seniors Age-Friendly Strategy Update

The Committee recommended that Council direct Administration to maintain recognition as an age-friendly city with the World Health Organization, the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Government of Alberta by refining key performance indicators that are currently in development. The Committee further recommended Council direct Administration to bring forward for consideration an indicator reporting plan and any resource requirements in the context of the One Calgary 2019-2022 service plans and budget.

In 2016 November, Council directed Administration to identify key performance indicators relating to The City’s contributions to the community-wide Seniors Age-Friendly Strategy. These key performance indicators can be used to clarify the municipal role within the Seniors Age-Friendly Strategy and to track The City’s progress towards supporting social inclusion and wellbeing for Calgarians as they age. The key performance indicators can also provide the basis for an updated action plan that is required in order to maintain recognition as an age-friendly city by the World Health Organization, the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Government of Alberta.

2018-2020 Family And Community Support Services Funding
Recommendations

The Committee recommended that Council approve the recommended FCSS allocations of $8 million for 2018, $3.7 million for 2019 and $1.2 million in 2020. The Committee further recommended Council authorize Administration to access up to $750,000 from the FCSS Stabilization Reserve in 2018 for the purpose of funding capacity-building initiatives and responding to emerging social issues.

FCSS is one of the funding streams administered by Calgary Neighbourhoods, as part of a continuum of prevention investments in social programs. It has been in operation for over 50 years and has a solid track record of preventing a myriad of social problems before they escalate requiring more costly intervention programs such as policing and justice. The programs recommended for FCSS funding have been assessed through rigorous measures of efficiency and effectiveness. Council’s approval of funding for these programs will ensure Calgarians have access to essential preventive social support.
Access to the FCSS Stabilization Reserve Fund for the purpose of one-time investments will enable non-profit organizations to increase their capacity in delivering prevention programs and in responding to emerging social issues. A network of strong and responsive non-profit organizations enables The City to extend its reach in the delivery of essential preventive social programs.

Update on the Cultural Plan for The City of Calgary

The Committee recommended that Council accept for information this Update on the Cultural Plan for Calgary. The Committee further recommended Council approve the proposed governance model including the establishment of a Cultural Leadership Council.

With the adoption of the city’s first Cultural Plan in November 2016, Calgary joined leading cities around the world in recognizing that culture is a central force in shaping more livable cities. The Plan identified 5 Strategic Priorities and articulated 50 actions that would enable them to be achieved over time. Over the past year external partners have worked with The City to move forward on the Ten Priority Actions that were identified to be undertaken at no-cost or low-cost from 2016-2018. Administration has also made progress on implementing ways to internally integrate planning culturally throughout all business units so that “cultural vitality” is understood as a key measure of a livable and sustainable city. Detailed outcome measures are being developed in alignment with corporate quality of life indicators. This report outlines the progress that has been made and recommends a governance model to support the continued implementation of the Cultural Plan.

SPC on Priorities & Finance Committee - December 5, 2017

Economic Development Investment Fund

The Priorities and Finance Committee recommends that Council: 1) Approve an additional allocation of $90 million for the long-term funding value of the Economic Development Investment Fund (EDIF) for a total of $100 million, and; 2) Direct Administration and CED to report to Priorities & Finance Committee with the EDIF Terms of Reference, including a strong governance structure, no later than 2018-Q1.

The recommendations were developed through best practice research on similar funds across North America and with the valuable insight and strategic advice from business leaders whom generously volunteered their time and expertise on the EDIF Steering Committee. Calgary’s economic recovery and prosperity remains a top priority for businesses and citizens. There is a need and urgency to increase the available funding for and to implement the EDIF.

Silvera for Seniors Budget Review

The Priorities and Finance Committee recommends that Council: 1) Review Silvera for Seniors’ 2018 capital and operating budgets, for consistency with The City’s operating and budgeting principles; 2) Request Silvera to pursue efficiencies and budget reduction measures to match the funding provided by The City through Action Plan 2015-2018 and the transitional funding provided by the Province; 3) Direct Administration to request that Silvera report annually to the Standing Policy Committee on Community and Protective Services as part of the Civic Partner Annual Report commencing in Q2 2018; 4) Direct Administration to request that Silvera’s business plan and budget for the 2019-2022 budget cycle be approved as part of the One Calgary budget and business process. This will include a review of the current lodge portfolio to confirm the transition of aging lodges to new properties and request the removal of lodges that are under contract with Alberta Health Services to provide health services; 5) Request Silvera for Seniors to submit their 2018 final budget plan once their Board has approved it and return to the Priorities and Finance Committee, and; 6) Direct that the Closed Meeting discussions remain confidential subject to Section 24 of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

Stampede BMO Expansion Review - Update and Work Plan

The Priorities and Finance Committee recommends that Council: 1) Receive this report for information,  and; 2) Direct Administration to continue the Stampede BMO Expansion Review Work Plan as outlined in Attachment 1 and report back on findings and next steps no later than Q1 2018.

Report on Investment in Calgary’s Cornerstone Arts Organizations

The Priorities and Finance Committee recommends that Council receive this report, on the investment of the funds provided for the Cornerstone arts organizations, for information. The $2 million in bridge funding that Council directed be invested in the Cornerstone arts organizations has been distributed to the ten arts organizations supported by the program.

Corporate Workforce Planning Update and Corporate Employee Survey Results

The Priorities and Finance Committee received a verbal report from City Solicitor, Glenda Cole, for information. Through this report it was identified that The City's total employee head count has decreased by 420 between October 2016 and October 2017. As well, savings of $20 million have been achieved by backing out growth that was no longer required. At the same time, employee satisfaction survey results showed only a slight decrease in employee satisfaction after years of increases.

Municipal Complex Structural Upgrade

The Priorities and Finance Committee recommends that Council approve the transfer of $12.2 million in project costs to be spent in 2017 and 2018 to the Corporate Cost Program 861 for the Municipal Complex Structural Upgrade. This funding ensures the long-term structural integrity of the Municipal Building along with required building codes compliance, safe re-occupancy of impacted areas and reactivation of the space within.

Plus 15 Program Implementation Plan

The Priorities and Finance Committee recommends that Council: 1) Receive the Plus 15 Program implementation plan in Attachment 1 and the Plus 15 Program Locations in Attachment 3 for information, and; 2) Approve the requested capital budget (Attachment 2) to be funded by corporate capacity identified by Infrastructure Calgary. The Plus 15 Program will provide design and rehabilitation work that will improve public safety, protect the longevity of the asset, decrease long-term costs and support short-term job growth.

Corporate Security Capital Request – Implementation Plan

The Priorities and Finance Committee recommends that Council: 1) Receive for information the Corporate Security Capital Request Implementation Plan in Attachment 1; 2) Approve the capital budget (per Attachment 2), to be funded by corporate capacity identified by Infrastructure Calgary, and; 3) Direct that Attachment 2 and 3 remain confidential pursuant to section 23(1) and 24(1) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIP) Act.  The Corporate Security Capital Program contributes to the safety of the public, employees, members of Council, and City information, sites and assets, while mitigating risk to the Corporation.

Assessment and Tax Circumstances Report

The Priorities and Finance Committee recommends that: 1) Council cancel 2015 and 2016 property and business taxes that meet Administration’s circumstances criteria for the amounts listed in the Attachment 1; 2) Council cancel 2017 municipal property taxes for the qualifying non-profit organizations for the amounts listed in Attachment 2, and; 3) Report PFC2017-1083 be forwarded to the 2017 December 18 Meeting of Council for approval.

2018 Business Tax Bylaw

The Priorities and Finance Committee recommends that: 1) Council give three readings to the proposed 2018 Business Tax Bylaw, and; 2) that Report PFC2017-1082 be forwarded to the 2017 December 18 Regular Meeting of Council for approval. This is the final Business Tax Bylaw which will be presented to Council for approval, due to the elimination of the business tax in the 2019 tax year through the Business Tax Consolidation process. Business Tax Consolidation will be reflected through a decline in the business tax rate. This year, the business tax rate will be 80 per cent lower than it would have otherwise been. The revenue lost from the business tax is made up through a higher non-residential property tax rate.

City Assessor Bylaw Amendment

The Priorities and Finance Committee recommends that: 1) Council give three readings to the proposed Appointment of Municipal Assessor bylaw, and; 2) Report PFC2017-1127 be forwarded to the 2017 December 18 Regular Meeting of Council for approval, required to update Bylaw 49M2007. Status Update on Project Management Practices and Capital Budget Process The Priorities and Finance Committee recommends that: 1) Council receive this status update for information, and; 2) direct that Administration bring further updates on the capital budget process through the One Calgary program. As the City-wide approach is maturing and being integrated with One Calgary, an update to the Capital Infrastructure Investment Strategy will be developed and returned to Council in 2018.

Referred Recommendation 10 of Report C2017-1123 (Attachment 11, 2017 Triennial Reserves)

The Priorities and Finance Committee recommends that Council: 1) Approve the changes to reserves recommended by the 2017 Triennial Reserves Review as outlined in Attachment 11.1 and Attachment 11.2; 2) Approve the list of reserves to be reviewed in 2018 as outlined in Attachment 11.3; 3) Approve the amendment of the Community Sustainability & Public Art Reserve as outlined in Attachment 11.4, and; 4) Receive for information the 2016 Report on Reserves and Long Term Liabilities, contained in Attachment 11.5.

Council News in Brief - Combined Meeting of Council, November 20, 2017

Land Use Items

All secondary suites were approved except for those listed below:

Secondary Suite in Deer Run

An application to redesignate the land use of a parcel to allow for either a secondary suite or backyard suite in the community of Deer Run was not approved.

Secondary Suite in Haysboro

An application to redesignate the land use of a parcel to allow for either a secondary suite or backyard suite in the community of Haysboro was withdrawn at the request of the applicant.

Olympic Bid Update

Council approve a budget of up to S1 million to fund a bid exploration for the 2026 Olympic Paralympic winter (OPW) games.  Additional funding of up to S1 million may be released once financial commitments to the bid corporation are secured from provincial and federal Governments.   Council directed administration to move beyond the Calgary bid exploration committee mandate to specifically explore venues outside of Calgary as part of an updated master facilities plan in order to reduce the costs of hosting the 2026 OPW games.  This report provided Council information regarding the additional financial requirements associated with the increased commitment needed to continue the pursuit of preparing a potential bid to host the 2026 OPW games.

Notices of Motion

Council deferred the Council Chamber Seating and Short term rentals policy and bylaws notices of motion were deferred to the next meeting of Council on December 11, 2017

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Archived Council News in Brief 2015 - 2017

Council News in Brief is an informal summary of highlights from Calgary City Council’s meetings. The City Clerk provides the complete and formal documentation of Council’s meetings.

Council 

2017

Combined Meeting of Council - November 20, 2017

Regular Meeting of Council - November 13, 2017

Public Hearing of Council - November 6, 2017

Combined Meeting of Council - July 31, 2017

Regular Meeting of Council - July 24, 2017 

Public Hearing of Council - July 3, 2017

Regular Meeting of Council - June 26, 2017

Strategic Meeting of Council - June 19, 2017 

Regular Meeting of Council - June 12, 2017

Regular Meeting of Council - May 29, 2017

Strategic Meeting of Council - April 25, 2017

Regular Meeting of Council - April 24, 2017

Combined Meeting of Council - April 10-11, 2017

Regular Meeting of Council - March 20, 2017

Combined Meeting of Council - March 13-14, 2017

Strategic Meeting of Council - March 6, 2017

Regular Meeting of Council - February 27, 2017

Regular Meeting of Council - January 23, 2017

Combined Meeting of Council - January 16, 2017

2016

Regular Meeting of Council - December 19. 2016 

Combined Meeting of Council - December 5, 2016 

Regular Meeting of Council - November 28, 2016

Special Meeting of Council - November 21-23, 2016

Combined Meeting of Council - November 7-8, 2016 

Combined Meeting of Council - October 3-4, 2016 

Regular Meeting of Council - September 26, 2016 

Strategic Meeting of Council - September 19, 2016

Combined Meeting of Council - September 12-14, 2016 

Regular Meeting of Council - July 25, 2016 

Combined Meeting of Council - July 4-5, 2016

Strategic Meeting of Council - June 27, 2016 

Regular Meeting of Council - June 20, 2016 

Combined Meeting of Council - June 13-14, 2016 

Strategic Meeting of Council - May 30, 2016

Regular Meeting of Council - May 16, 2016 

Combined Meeting of Council - May 2, 2016 

Strategic Meeting of Council - April 18, 2016 

Combined Meeting of Council - April 11, 2016

Strategic Meeting of Council - March 21, 2016

Regular Meeting of Council - March 14, 2016 

Combined Meeting of Council - March 7, 2016 

Strategic Meeting of Council - February 29, 2016 

Regular Meeting of Council - February 22, 2016

Combined Meeting of Council - February 8 - 9. 2016

Regular Meeting of Council - January 25, 2016

Combined Meeting of Council - January 11 - 12 , 2016

2015

Regular Meeting of Council - December 14, 2015

Combined Meeting of Council & Public Hearing - December 7 - 8, 2015

Special Meeting of Council - November 25, 2015 

Regular Meeting of Council - November 23, 2015

Strategic Meeting of Council - November 16, 2016

Combined Meeting of Council - October 5 - 6, 2015 

Combined Meeting of Council – September 14 - 15, 2015

Regular Meeting of Council – July 27, 2015

Combined Meeting of Council – July 20 - 23, 2015

Regular Meeting of Council – June 29, 2015

Strategic Meeting of Council – June 22, 2015

Combined Meeting of Council – June 15 - 16, 2015

Regular Meeting of Council – May 25, 2015

Combined Meeting of Council – May 11 - 13, 2015

Strategic Meeting of Council – May 4, 2015

Regular Meeting of Council – April 27, 2015

Combined Meeting of Council – April 13, 2015 

Meeting of Council – March 30, 2015

Combined Meeting of Council – March 9, 2015 

Strategic Meeting of Council – March 6, 2015 

Meeting of Council – February 23, 2015 

Combined Meeting of Council – February 9, 2015 (part 1)

Combined Meeting of Council – February 9, 2015 (part 2)

Meeting of Council – January 26, 2015

Special Meeting of Council – January 16, 2015

Combined Meeting of Council – January 12, 2015 (part 1)

Combined Meeting of Council – January 12, 2015 (part 2)

Standing Policy Committee on Community & Protective Services 

2017

SPC - Community & Protective Services - March 1, 2017

2016

SPC - Community & Protective Services - November 2, 2016 

SPC - Community & Protective Services - September 7, 2016 

SPC - Community & Protective Services - July 6, 2016 

SPC - Community & Protective Services - June 1, 2016

SPC - Community & Protective Services - April 6, 2016

SPC - Community & Protective Services - March 2, 2016

SPC - Community & Protective Services - February 3, 2016

SPC - Community & Protective Services - January 15, 2016

2015

SPC – Community & Protective Services – December 2, 2015 

SPC – Community & Protective Services – November 4, 2015

SPC – Community & Protective Services – September 30, 2015 

SPC – Community & Protective Services – September 11, 2015

SPC – Community & Protective Services – July 15, 2015

SPC – Community & Protective Services – June 9, 2015

SPC – Community & Protective Services – May 6, 2015

SPC – Community & Protective Services – April 1, 2015

SPC – Community & Protective Services – March 4, 2015

SPC – Community & Protective Services – February 4, 2015

Standing Policy Committee on Planning & Urban Development 

2017

SPC - Planning & Urban Development - June 14, 2017

SPC - Planning & Urban Development - April 12, 2017

SPC - Planning & Urban Development - February 8, 2017

SPC - Planning & Urban Development - January 11, 2017

2016

SPC - Planning & Urban Development - November 4, 2016

SPC - Planning & Urban Development - October 17, 2016

SPC - Planning & Urban Development - September 14, 2016 

SPC - Planning & Urban Development - June 8, 2016 

SPC - Planning & Urban Development - May 6, 2016 

SPC - Planning & Urban Development - April 13, 2016

SPC - Planning & Urban Development - March 9, 2016 

SPC - Planning & Urban Development - January 13, 2016 

2015

SPC – Planning & Urban Development – October 7, 2015 

SPC – Planning & Urban Development – September 9, 2015

SPC – Planning & Urban Development – June 10, 2015

SPC - Planning & Urban Development - March 11, 2015

SPC – Planning & Urban Development –  February 11, 2015

Standing Policy Committee on Priorities & Finance 

2017

SPC - Priorities & Finance - July 4, 2017

SPC -Priorities & Finance - May 2, 2017

SPC - Priorities & Finance - April 18, 2017

SPC - Priorities & Finance - March 21, 2017

SPC - Priorities & Finance - March 7, 2017

2016

SPC - Priorities & Finance - December 13, 2016

SPC - Priorities & Finance - September 20, 2016 

SPC - Priorities & Finance - July 20, 2016 

SPC - Priorities & Finance - June 28, 2016

SPC - Priorities & Finance - June 7, 2016

SPC - Priorities & Finance - April 19, 2016

SPC - Priorities & Finance - March 15, 2016 

SPC - Priorities & Finance - February 16, 2016

SPC - Priorities & Finance - February 2, 2016

2015

SPC - Priorities & Finance - November 17, 2015

SPC - Priorities & Finance - October 27, 2015

SPC – Priorities & Finance – September 22, 2015

SPC – Priorities & Finance – September 8, 2015

SPC – Priorities & Finance – July 14, 2015

SPC – Priorities & Finance – June 23, 2015

SPC – Priorities & Finance – May 19, 2015

SPC – Priorities & Finance – April 21, 2015

SPC - Priorities & Finance - March 17, 2015

SPC – Priorities & Finance – February 17, 2015

Standing Policy Committee on Transportation & Transit 

2017

SPC = Transportation * Transit Committee - June 21, 2017

SPC - Transportation & Transit Committee - March 15, 2017

SPC - Transportation & Transit Committee - January 18, 2017

2016

SPC - Transportation & Transit Committee - December 8, 2016

SPC - Transportation & Transit - September 21, 2016

SPC - Transportation & Transit - July 20, 2016 

SPC - Transportation & Transit - June 15, 2016 

SPC - Transportation & Transit - May 18, 2016 

SPC - Transportation & Transit - April 20, 2016

SPC - Transportation & Transit - March 16, 2016

SPC - Transportation & Transit - January 20, 2016 

2015

SPC - Transportation & Transit - December 11, 2015

SPC - Transportation & Transit - November 18, 2015 

SPC – Transportation & Transit – June 17, 2015

SPC – Transportation & Transit – May 20, 2015

SPC - Transportation & Transit - March 18, 2015 

SPC – Transportation & Transit – February 18, 2015

Standing Policy Committee on Utilities & Corporate Services 

2017

SPC - Utilities & Corporate Services - April 26, 2017

SPC - Utilities & Corporate Services - March 22, 2017

SPC - Utilities & Corporate Services - February 22, 2017

2016

SPC - Utilities & Corporate Services - October 19, 2016

SPC - Utilities & Corporate Services - September 28, 2016

SPC - Utilities & Corporate Services - June 22, 2016

SPC - Utilities & Corporate Services - April 27, 2016

SPC - Utilities & Corporate Services - February 24, 2016

2015

SPC - Utilities & Corporate Services - November 20, 2015 

SPC – Utilities & Corporate Services – September 18, 2015

SPC – Utilities & Corporate Services – June 24, 2015

SPC – Utilities & Corporate Services – May 27, 2015

SPC – Utilities & Corporate Services – April 29, 2015