Community and Protective Services Committee Meeting - February 7, 2018
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.
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.