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.

Utilities and Corporate Services Committee Meeting - May 9, 2018

Administration presented a report on the status of the recommendations of the Bow River Working Group (BRWG) and identified opportunities to move forward more urgently on upstream flood mitigation on the Bow River.

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Update on Upstream Bow River Flood Mitigation

Administration presented a report on the status of the recommendations of the Bow River Working Group (BRWG) and identified opportunities to move forward more urgently on upstream flood mitigation on the Bow River.

Committee recommended that Council:

Send a letter to the Province requesting:

  • The Province reconvene the Bow River Working Group with a renewed governance framework as soon as possible;
  • All projects in The City’s 2017 Alberta Community Resilience Program application be approved and funded as submitted; and
  • The Province work with Administration to develop a proposed scope of work for a bi-lateral Task Force to address The City’s flood mitigation, policy, and watershed management issues.

That Council hold a strategic meeting with respect to integrated watershed management and the resiliency plan, no later than the fall of 2018.

Council approved the recommendations.

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Transportation and Transit Committee - May 3, 2018

The purpose of the 25 Avenue SE LRT Separation project is to establish a recommended grade separation of the Red Line LRT tracks and 25 Avenue S.E.

 The recommended plan will address congestion as well as operational concerns that have been noted at the intersection of Macleod Trail and 25 Avenue S.E. (Photo source: City of Calgary)

The recommended plan will address congestion as well as operational concerns that have been noted at the intersection of Macleod Trail and 25 Avenue S.E. (Photo source: City of Calgary)

25th Avenue S.E. LRT Grade Separation Functional Planning Study

The purpose of this project is to establish a recommended grade separation of the Red Line LRT tracks and 25 Avenue S.E. The recommended plan will address congestion as well as operational concerns that have been noted at the intersection of Macleod Trail and 25 Avenue S.E. The City worked with communities and area stakeholders in the development of the plan. This study identified three alternative concepts to an interchange and has evaluated them relative to The City’s policies and objectives, as well as stakeholder priorities. Committee recommended that Council:

  1. Receive the 25 Avenue S.E./LRT Grade Separation Functional Planning Study report for information;
  2. Direct Administration to re-evaluate the TOD potential of all concepts and develop a recommended long-term plan to grade separate 25 Avenue S.E. and the Red Line LRT tracks, once flood mitigation measures are in place and a new floodway zone has been identified and/or a new land use and development information is available for the Erlton station area; and
  3. Direct Administration to implement the short-term recommendations as noted in the Investigation: Alternatives and Analysis section, as funding becomes available.

Council approved all recommendations.

Rundle Master Plan Transportation Analysis

Administration undertook planning policy work in 2016 and 2017 to develop the Rundle Master Plan that sets the stage for transit-oriented development around Rundle LRT Station. It is a step towards transforming this key location into an even more attractive community and regional destination. Committee recommended that Council:

  1. Receive the Rundle Master Plan Transportation Analysis report for information; and
  2. Direct Administration to carry out the recommended Transportation Analysis to inform and support planning policy work to make the Rundle Master Plan a statutory document starting in 2018.

Council approved all recommendations.

Angle Parking in Cul-de-Sacs

Administration previously recommended that Council adopt the same parking requirements as the City of Edmonton, where the minimum radius of the cul-de-sac must be 15 meters to accommodate angle parking. This standard is focused on the larger vehicles that provide emergency response, municipal services and personal delivery, so they may have access to the homes and buildings surrounding the cul-de-sac. However, less than 1% of all residential cul-de-sacs in Calgary meet this recommended size. As directed, Administration has developed a process to evaluate and support angle parking requests from residents who live on smaller cul-de-sacs. Committee Recommended that Council:

  1. Direct Administration to implement a new service for residents to request angle parking in cul-de-sacs of any configuration, where the suitability and number of parking spaces will be determined by Administration’s case-by-case assessment;
  2. Direct Administration to recover the costs associated with the necessary review, assessment and installation of signs and pavement marking from the Applicant; and
  3. Support the Calgary Parking Authority’s proposal to implement a 2018 pilot project to issue warnings for first-time angle parking violations in residential cul-de-sacs.

Council approved all recommendations.

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Priorities and Finance Committee Meeting - May 1, 2018

In 2016, Council approved Foundations for Home: Calgary’s Corporate Affordable Housing Strategy. The Strategy identifies inadequate housing supply as the single most pressing challenge facing Calgary’s affordable housing sector.

 In 2016, Council approved Foundations for Home: Calgary’s Corporate Affordable Housing Strategy. The Strategy identifies inadequate housing supply as the single most pressing challenge facing Calgary’s affordable housing sector.

In 2016, Council approved Foundations for Home: Calgary’s Corporate Affordable Housing Strategy. The Strategy identifies inadequate housing supply as the single most pressing challenge facing Calgary’s affordable housing sector.

2017 Year-End Capital and Operating Revisions Report, PFC2018-0541

Administration presented the 2017 Year-End Capital and Operation Revisions. The report informed Council of Administration’s approved net operating budget revisions for the period of 2017 July 01 to 2017 December 31. The report also included capital budget revisions for the period of 2017 July 01 to 2018 March 31 that had been previously approved or require Council approval. The following was approved:

  1. Capital budget revisions, as identified in Attachment 1; and
  2. Receive for information:   Attachment 2 - Capital Budget Revisions (previously approved); Attachment 3 - Capital Budget Revision Summary; Attachment 4 - 2017 Operating Net Budget Changes; and Attachment 5 - Council Decisions/Referrals Having Actual or Potential Future Year Operating Budget Impacts.

Affordable Housing Capital Development Program, PFC2018-0491

In 2016, Council approved Foundations for Home: Calgary’s Corporate Affordable Housing Strategy. The Strategy identifies inadequate housing supply as the single most pressing challenge facing Calgary’s affordable housing sector. The Affordable Housing Capital Development Program creates a long-term pipeline of prioritized projects to increase the supply of affordable housing. Administration gave a presentation entitled "Affordable Housing Capital Development Program.”

The Committee recommended that Council:

  1. Receive for information the remaining allocation of funds within Program 489; Activity 403980 - Increase Affordable Housing as outlined in Attachment 1 - Page 8.
  2. Adopt in principle the lifecycle maintenance, new builds, and redevelopment programs as outlined in Table 2 Budget Summary of Capital Development Program on page 8 of this report (Details included in Attachments 1 and 2);
  3. Refer Attachment 2: Program Budget Overview to 2018 November One Calgary Service Plans and Budget for consideration through the unfunded capital development list;
  4. Direct Administration to continue to pursue federal and provincial funding opportunities for developments identified in Attachments 1 and 2; and
  5. Request that Attachment 2 remain confidential pursuant to sections 23 and 24 of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act until such time as the budget for the Program has been approved and released by Council. 

Council approved all recommendations.

Report on Sustainability Framework for Calgary’s Cornerstone Arts Organizations, PFC2018-0357

In 2017, Council granted $2 million in bridge funding to Calgary’s Cornerstone arts organizations with the proviso that they work with Calgary Arts Development Authority (CADA) to develop a sustainability framework for the future. Subsequently, the ten Cornerstones worked with CADA to develop a framework which helped to determine what would be required to sustain the cohort of key cultural assets now and into the future.

The Committee recommended that Council:

  • Accept CADA’s use of the Sustainability Framework as an assessment tool to determine the sustainability and impact of arts organizations in Calgary.
  • Direct Administration to take into account CADA’s recommendation for increased municipal funding to sustain arts organizations as part of the development of One Calgary.

Council approved all recommendations.

Proposed Code of Conduct for Elected Officials Bylaw, PFC2018-0554

On 2018 March 19 Council directed the Integrity and Ethics Office to consolidate the Ethical Conduct Policy (CP2017-03; Effective Date 2017 July 24) and the Integrity Commissioner Complaints Policy (CP2016-08; effective date 2016 December 19) into a single document to be enacted as a bylaw. Council further directed the Integrity and Ethics Office to draft the bylaw to make its compliance with the Code of Conduct for Elected Officials Regulation AR 200/2017 clear and accepted the recommendations of the Integrity and Ethics Office as to how to address gaps between current Policy and the Code of Conduct for Elected Officials Regulation. The Ethics and Integrity Office presented a proposed Code of Conduct for Elected Officials Bylaw in accordance with the direction of Council.

The Committee recommended that Council:

  1. Adopt the proposed Code of Conduct for Elected Officials Bylaw (Attachment 1); and
  2. Rescind the Ethical Conduct Policy (CP2017-03) (Attachment 3) and the Integrity Commissioner Complaints Policy (CP2016-08) (Attachment 4) on the day that the Code of Conduct for Elected Officials Bylaw comes into force.

Council approved all recommendations.

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Community and Protective Services Committee – May 2, 2018

 
 The City of Calgary is increasingly recognizing the importance of advancing gender equity and diversity as it strives to build an inclusive workplace and deliver effective services. Photo source: CMLC

The City of Calgary is increasingly recognizing the importance of advancing gender equity and diversity as it strives to build an inclusive workplace and deliver effective services. Photo source: CMLC

Gender Equity and Diversity Scoping Report

The City of Calgary is increasingly recognizing the importance of advancing gender equity and diversity as it strives to build an inclusive workplace and deliver effective services. Administration has examined current and emerging practices used to advance gender equity and diversity at The City and in other municipalities. This analysis focused on three main areas: the community; City Boards, Commissions and Committees (BCCs) and Council, and; The City’s workforce.

The Committee recommended that Council:

  1. Direct Administration to develop a strategy to advance gender equity and diversity and report back to Council through the SPC on CPS no later than Q2 2019;
  2. Direct Administration to complete a gender equity and diversity baseline assessment with respect to: community; City Boards, Committees, Commissions and Council; and The City’s workforce, to inform the development of the strategy;
  3. Direct Administration to establish an Advisory Committee on social wellbeing and report back to Council through the SPC on CPS with Terms of Reference no later than July 2018, with positions to be filled at the October 2018 Organizational Meeting of Council, and; 
  4. Approve the Social Wellbeing Principles and direct Administration to develop a social wellbeing Policy and return to Council through the SPC on CPS no later than Q1 2019.

Council approved all recommendations.

Calgary Sport Tourism Authority Update

The Calgary Sport Tourism Authority (CSTA) was established under The City of Calgary’s Civic Sports Policy in 2005 to increase Calgary’s capacity to bid for sporting events. Tourism Calgary has overseen the administration and management of the CSTA. To adjust to the changing environment, and align CSTA’s activities with The City’s proposed Sport for Life Policy, Cultural Plan and Tourism Calgary’s Destination Strategy: Ultimate Hosts. Ultimate Host City, Tourism Calgary is proposing a new Calgary Sport & Major Events Committee.

The Committee recommended that Council:

  1. Approve the Calgary Sport & Major Events Committee Terms of Reference as presented, and;
  2. Direct Administration work with Tourism Calgary to bring a recommended slate of committee members for appointment to the Calgary Sport and Major Events Committee for Council’s consideration no later than Q2 2018.

Council approved these recommendations.

Proposed Sport for Life Policy

In 2005, Calgary’s Civic Sport Policy (CSPS002) was adopted by Council, becoming the first policy of its kind in Canada. Given that over 10 years have passed, The City initiated a Civic Sport Policy Review consisting of a current state analysis, stakeholder interviews, facilitated focused discussions, expert panels, municipal benchmarking, a sport infrastructure report and a general population study. This collective body of work was used to develop the proposed Sport for Life Policy.

The Committee recommended that Council:

  1. Rescind, in whole, Calgary’s Civic Sport Policy, and;
  2. Approve the proposed Sport for Life Policy

Council approved these recommendations.

Cultural Plan Integrated Policy Framework

Administration recommended that Council receive the Cultural Plan Integrated Policy Framework update and direct Administration to utilize the framework to ensure that planning culturally is reflected in the development of future plans, policies and processes, including NextCity. Council approved this recommendation and also directed Administration to undertake an exploratory discussion of formally including a cultural component in the Developed Area Guidebook and ARPs and ASPs at the NextCity Advisory Committee.

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Regular Meeting of Council- April 23, 2018

 
 Administration engaged with the member nations of Treaty 7, the Metis Nation of Alberta Region 3 and the Calgary Aboriginal Urban Affairs Committee (CAUAC) to determine which flags would be appropriate to display in the Chamber. (Photo source: Eric Peters)

Administration engaged with the member nations of Treaty 7, the Metis Nation of Alberta Region 3 and the Calgary Aboriginal Urban Affairs Committee (CAUAC) to determine which flags would be appropriate to display in the Chamber. (Photo source: Eric Peters)

Olympic Bid proposed public engagement approach & vote of the electors (plebiscite)

In March 2018, The City of Calgary received confirmation from the provincial and federal governments that they would commit funding to the Calgary 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (OPWG) Bid Corporation (BidCo). The funding from the provincial government is contingent upon several conditions including that The City holds a plebiscite at a time when there is enough information for Calgarians to make an informed decision on the costs and benefits of hosting the 2026 OPWG.

At the Priorities and Finance Committee meeting on April 10, 2018, the Committee recommended that Council approve a public engagement approach (including a plebiscite). During that meeting, a motion was passed that required Council to, “reaffirm its support for the investigation of a bid by Calgary for the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games”. Council directed Administration to draft the terms of reference for a new subcommittee to help better manage Olympics engagement related matters until BidCo is operational.

On April 23, having voted to continue exploring the opportunity for a bid, Council approved the Olympic Bid Proposed Public Engagement Approach. Administration presented terms of reference for the Olympics Engagement subcommittee; they were accepted by Council. Council elected that Councillors Colley-Urquhart, Demong, Jones and Woolley and Mayor Nenshi will sit on the newly formed committee. With respect to the plebiscite, Council voted in favour of a plebiscite, which was clarified by The City’s Legal team to be non-binding; they directed Administration to return in June 2018 with key details related the timing, funding and proposed wording for the plebiscite question. The motion to explore the possibility of allowing all citizens over the age of 14 to vote was not passed.

Indigenous flags to be displayed in Council Chamber

Administration engaged with the member nations of Treaty 7, the Metis Nation of Alberta Region 3 and the Calgary Aboriginal Urban Affairs Committee (CAUAC) to determine which flags would be appropriate to display in the Chamber. During this engagement, Administration received feedback from all nations, and continues to work to refine a strategy and proposal for the display of these flags. Council directed Administration to continue their work, which furthers The City’s efforts on the journey towards reconciliation. They also directed Administration to provide a formal presentation update to CAUAC.

The City of Calgary 2017 annual report

The City of Calgary’s Annual Report for 2017, titled Delivering Value for Citizens, contains audited, consolidated financial statements of the corporation. These statements are prepared in accordance with principles and standards established by Canadian Public Sector Accounting Standards (PSAS) of Chartered Professional Accountants Canada, as required by the Alberta Municipal Government Act. The 2017 financial statements for The City’s Annual Report have be audited by Deloitte LLP, Chartered Professional Accountants. Administration recommended that Council approve the Annual Report and the External Auditor’s Year-End Report.

Multilingual communications & engagement policy notice of motion

Council priorities identify the need to include opportunities for all Calgarians to participate in civic life to help create a prosperous city. Calgary has a large and growing immigrant community, representing almost 30% of the city’s population. Additionally, almost 30% of Calgary’s population does not identify English or French as their first language. The motion for a multilingual communications & engagement policy recommended that Council direct Administration to develop and report back:

  1. No later than Q3 2018 on a short term communications and engagement approach for translation and increasing access for ethno-cultural communities;
  2. On recommendations for a policy, strategies and implementation plan that includes standards of service for translation and interpretation (including timelines, resources and budgets) that incorporate the work done on the Channel Strategy for ethno-Cultural communities, and;
  3. No later than Q4 2018 on the resourcing needs of the Office of the Councillors and the Office of the Mayor as they relate to communications and engagement with ethnically diverse communities in Calgary.

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Regular Public Hearing Meeting of Council - April 16, 2018

 
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Planning matters for public hearing

All secondary suite applications were approved except for the items listed below.

· A land use amendment application in the Mayland Heights area which recommended the redesignation of a property to permit a secondary suite was not approved.

· A land use amendment application in the Hawkwood area which recommended the redesignation of a property was abandoned and therefore not approved.

All land use items were approved except for the item below.

· A land use amendment application in the Bowness area which recommended the redesignation of a property to permit rowhouses was not approved.

Olympic bid proposed public engagement approach
The City of Calgary has confirmation from the provincial and federal governments that it will receive funding to explore the potential for a bid to host the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. This funding is subject to several conditions, including that The City hold a plebiscite. Given the short timeline before final bid submission, Administration proposed a public engagement approach, including a plebiscite, and recommended it be approved and initiated as soon as possible to meet this condition.

Last week, a motion passed during the Priorities and Finance Committee meeting that required Council to reaffirm its commitment to, and support of, continuing forward with the exploration of a possible bid. The motion also included an amendment that directed Administration to draft guiding principles and Terms of Reference for an Engagement Advisory board to help guide Council’s decisions.

Council voted to continue bid exploration until June, when the final reports on benefits and costs of the 2026 Olympics will be ready. They amended the motion and voted in favour of setting up a sub-committee (which would include Council representation) to deal with matters related the Olympics. At the next meeting of Council, sub-committee members will be appointed and terms of reference will be reviewed and approved.

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 – April 11, 2018

 
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Abbeydale-Applewood park train whistle cessation

Transport Canada regulates rail crossings to ensure that they are safe and usable for all types of traffic. One measure of safety is the warning whistle, which is blown as a train approaches an intersection. This measure can be omitted if alternate safeguards are used. Calgary Parks has taken the appropriate steps to install separate safety elements. The committee recommended that Council approve the cessation of train whistling at the rail crossing location known as Mile 121.30 of the CN Three Hills subdivision. Council approved this recommendation and directed administration to provide notification to the Canadian National Railway, the headquarters of Transport Canada Rail Safety Directorate and other relevant stakeholders as required.

Livery industry improvements -Bylaw review

In recent years, the livery industry has been evolving quickly due to technological advancements and new market entrants. Following the conclusion of a one year review of the Transportation Network Company industry, Administration proposed amendments to the Livery Transport Bylaw to improve clarity for livery fee calculation, further address public safety, and encourage operational flexibility, competition and service innovation. Administration also recommended that a full review of livery fees be performed in order to analyse fees for all industry participants and determine an equitable fee structure that reflects the lessons learned from the pilot regarding public safety, consumer protection and service quality. Council directed that Administration complete a full review of the fee structure in the Livery Transport Bylaw and report it back to Council no later than Q2 2019.

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Combined Meeting of Council - April 5, 2018

 
 CREDIT SOURCE: Eric Engman/Associated Press

CREDIT SOURCE: Eric Engman/Associated Press

Cannabis legalization – proposed bylaws

The Community and Protective Services Committee made three bylaw recommendations: (1) that the Business License Bylaw be amended to include licence categories for Cannabis Stores and Cannabis Facilities; (2) that the existing Smoking Bylaw be repealed and replaced with a new Smoking and Vaping Bylaw, and; (3) that a new bylaw outlining where, when and how cannabis may be consumed in public be approved.

These three bylaws were approved by Council.

2018 property tax related bylaws

Property taxes are a primary source of funding for The City’s operating budget which supports the delivery of municipal services. Administration recommended that Council approve a combined property tax rate increase of 0.20% for residential and 1.0% for non-residential properties. Council approved these rate increases, which include a deferred increase of 2.9% from 2017. 

Administration also recommended that Council approve both the proposed Machinery and Equipment Property Tax Exemption Bylaw and the proposed Rivers District Community Revitalization Levy Rate Bylaw. Council’s gave their required approval for these property tax related bylaws as well.

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Regular Meeting of Council- March 19, 2018

 
 Council Chambers in the City of Calgary. 

Council Chambers in the City of Calgary. 

Planning matters for public hearing

All secondary suite applications were approved except for the item listed below:

  • A land use application seeking redesignation for the purposes of future redevelopment in Capitol Hill was not approved.

All other land use items were approved except for the item listed below:

  • Calgary Planning Commission recommended the refusal of an application to amend a land use bylaw in Britannia to include “Parking Lot – Grade” as an additional discretionary use. The CPC recommendation was filed and the bylaw was approved after amendment.

Olympic bid

1.    The City continues to work towards official confirmation of financial support from federal and provincial governments for the creation of a 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games Bid Corporation (BidCo).

Council has approved the following recommendations in the interim:

  1. Incorporate a BidCo to continue exploring a bid for the 2026 games.
  2. Give the Deputy City Manager the authority to exercise all powers and voting rights on The City’s behalf (subject to first seeking Council direction).
  3. Give the Mayor the authority to execute all BidCo resolutions and related documents required to establish the appropriate membership and governance structure of BidCo on behalf of The City (subject to the satisfaction of the Deputy City Manager, The City Solicitor, and General Counsel).
  4. Release an additional $1 million of Fiscal Stability Reserve funds that Council approved in November 2017.
  5. Approve a one-time increase in the 2018 operating budget of $2.5 million from the Fiscal Stability Reserve to complete the required $9.5 million total funding commitment to the BidCo.
  6. Update, including a robust public engagement plan and proposed reporting structure from BidCo, to Council on April 10, 2018

Economic Development Investment Fund governance and terms of reference

The Economic Development Investment Fund (EDIF) is an effort to create a more agile and responsive approach to supporting economic recovery and growth in Calgary. Council has allocated $100 million for the long-term funding of the EDIF. They approved the creation of: a non-profit Wholly Owned Subsidiary to govern the fund and approved Terms of Reference; Reserve Terms and Conditions; funding approval levels; decision-making authority; and the Governance Board members (nominated for a term of one year). The newly formed EDIF Subsidiary will report back to Council on the results of the pilot governance structure in early 2019.

Accessible taxi review

Following extensive analysis and assessment, the Committee recommended that Council proceed with a two-phased approach aimed at improving wheelchair accessible taxi service delivery. Council has approved phase one, which includes the implementation of an annual incentive for recipients who are clearly improving service delivery to customers with specific accessibility requirements. This approach will be funded primarily through a surcharge of $0.20 per trip applied to all taxi and TNC trips. Amendments reflective of this change will be brought forward no later than Q4 2018.  

The effectiveness of the program will be monitored for up two years. During this time the viability of phase two, a centralized dispatch to manage Calgary Transit Access, would be explored.

Improving compliance during snow route parking bans

Council has directed Administration to review opportunities to improve compliance during snow route parking bans. This review will include: (1) identification of alternative parking for residents who normally park on a snow route; (2) opportunities to improve communications to the public regarding when, and for how long, snow route parking bans are in effect; (3) how internal departments can better coordinate enforcement services, and; (4) if current fine schedules are effective.

Fire service provision in growth strategy

In July 2017, Council directed that administration undertake an independent consultant’s review of the Calgary Fire Department’s Fire Service Level Response Time Target policy. This review was part of a larger effort to evaluate options for setting response times in new community growth areas. In response to this review, Administration recommended that Council approve, as an interim measure, a maximum fire response time of 10 minutes, 90 percent of the time, in new communities as they develop, enabling development of new areas to commence prior to meeting the long-term performance target. Council did not approve this amendment to the policy.

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Regular Meeting of Council - February 26, 2018

Advocacy for extended producer responsibility

Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) is an environmental policy approach in which the producer of a product is responsible for that product through the post-consumer stage of its life cycle. EPR shifts the responsibility and costs of recycling from local governments to producers. This incentivizes producers to reduce waste associated with their products and packaging, and to create products that are readily reusable or recyclable. It can also provide financial savings and environmental benefits for municipalities and tax payers. The Intergovernmental Affairs Committee recommended that Council formally request that the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA) advocate to the Government of Alberta on behalf municipalities for the development of legislation to establish EPR.

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Regional water, wastewater and stormwater servicing policy

The City has been providing water and wastewater services outside of its corporate boundaries since approximately 1961. The City now provides these services to ten customers outside Calgary through servicing agreements. The Government of Alberta has recently mandated that new servicing agreements include a transfer of water licence to service users. The Intergovernmental Affairs Committee recommended that Council modernize and update their service policy bylaws to reflect that The City will not transfer its water licenses to any entity and will only provide services to new entities if: 1) they have their own licence capacity or; 2) The City’s existing infrastructure capacity can accommodate servicing them. This decision ensures that The City can continue its watershed management in the near and long term.

Cooperative stormwater management initiative: Master Stormwater Agreement

The Intergovernmental Affairs Committee recommended that Council sign a cooperative agreement no later than February 28, 2018, so it may continue to be part of discussions with other municipalities around stormwater drainage on the east side of Calgary’s metropolitan area.  

Water utility bill adjustment

In September 2017, Council approved a proposal directing unusually high water bills to be immediately forgiven while an in-depth analysis of the scale and scope of water billing issues be conducted. Within this analysis, potential consumer appeal mechanisms, cost estimates for free inspection services, and wastewater billing processes were also evaluated.

From these efforts the Utilities and Corporate Services Committee recommended that council: 1) direct the committee to further investigate options for appeal mechanisms for customers and report them back by Q4 2018; 2) incorporate the financial impacts of billing adjustments into utility rate setting and; 3) investigate and identify what an assistance program for low income customers might look like if it were to be implemented. All recommendations were passed by Council.

Parental leave for Councillors

As there is currently no existing policy regarding parental leaves for Councillors, a proposal was brought forward that a report be prepared, by the end of Q2 2018, outlining the provisions of a new parental leave bylaw. This bylaw will address a number of aspects such as the duration of leave entitlement, how constituents will be represented, compensation and benefits, the process to request leave, the approval authority and any other appropriate aspects.

Emotional support animals within responsible pet ownership bylaw

A proposal has been brought forward to Council regarding how animals are categorized and/or certified as emotional support animals within The City. This proposal included the request to consider provisions for appropriate care of such animals within Calgary’s urban setting. Council has asked that Community & Protective Services work with Alberta Health Services to find a mutually agreeable solution and report the outcome back no later than Q3 2018.  

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Priorities and Finance Committee Meeting - February 22, 2018

2018 Supplementary Property Assessment and Tax Bylaws

The Priorities and Finance Committee recommended that Council: 1) review the Supplementary Property Assessment Bylaw and Supplementary Property Tax Bylaw for 2018, and; 2) forward the associated report to the March 19, 2018 Regular Meeting of Council. Council has passed similar bylaws each year. Creating a bylaw based on these recommendations will give The City the authority to prepare assessments in order to levy 2018 supplementary property taxes.

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 New Community Growth Strategy

The Priorities and Finance Committee recommended that council direct administration to: 1) put forward strategic growth recommendations in Q2 2018 that increase the level of City commitment and investment in new communities in the next four year cycle and beyond; 2) produce a report on the implementation of the New Community Growth Strategy no later than Q4 2019, and; 3) bring forward, no later than Q3 2018, findings and recommendations regarding the development of an Established Areas Growth Strategy, including funding and timing considerations, to complement the New Community Growth Strategy.

The recommendations support economic development, give The City the flexibility to react to shifts in market demand and address Industry’s interest in investing in new community development. They also maintain balance between the ownership of oversight and accountability, the risks of said ownership and the opportunity for industry partnership.

Regular Public Hearing Meeting of Council – February 20, 2018

Planning Matters for Public Hearing

All secondary suite applications were approved.

All other land use items were approved except for the items listed below.

  • A land use application to redesignate a property in Montgomery through an amendment to the Montgomery Area Redevelopment Plan was not approved.
  • Calgary Planning Commission recommended that the Eau Claire Area Redevelopment Plan be amended to allow redesignation that would increase allowable maximum height and floor areas. Council referred the item back to administration for changes and will revisit the matter at the April 16, 2018 Public hearing.

Urgent Business

The Intergovernmental Affairs Committee recommended that Council select a Member of Council to represent The City at the 2018 Alberta Urban Municipalities Association's (AUMA) Spring Municipal Leaders’ Caucus in Edmonton and that the selected attendee report their key insights and learning back to Council on February 20, 2018. They also recommended that Council write a letter to the Alberta government urging them to reconsider the process through which police funding is collected from various municipalities.

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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.