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Build Calgary - Updates

The Build Calgary Video Series is a recent addition to this web page. The six-part video series will help citizens and other stakeholders to better understand the challenges that Build Calgary has been tasked to meet. The video series includes a look at why Build Calgary is needed, along with specific chapters on the five project initiatives.

Off-site levy bylaw receives unanimous approval

On Monday, Jan. 11, 2016, City Council approved Bylaw 2M2016, the new off-site levy bylaw. Council made the decision following a public hearing that included a detailed presentation and report  from Administration. Presentations were also made from members of the development industry.

The report proposed updated off-site levy rates and community services charges for implementation on Feb. 1, 2016.

Off-site levies are charges that developers pay to the City of Calgary to help with the cost of off-site infrastructure. Off-site infrastructure includes major components like water and wastewater treatment facilities; recreation centres; connecting pipes; major roads, intersections, traffic signals and bridges; fire halls; libraries; transit buses; and, police stations.

The City of Calgary thanks all stakeholders who contributed to the process.

 

 


December 17, 2015

The off-site levy bylaw will go to Public Hearing on Jan. 11, 2016. In preparation for that hearing, City Administration have publicly released four documents. The first is the off-site levy bylaw report to  to City Council.

Attachment 1 (C2016-0023) is the proposed off-site levy bylaw, including the City of Calgary's Off-site levy & community services charges background report, which gives a detailed look at the entire process.

Attachment 2 (C2016-0023) shows the specific Community Services Charges.

Attachment 3 (C2016-0023) is the 2016 Work Plan, which identifies a set of key deliverables to resolve issues outlined in the off-site levy process.

Finally, Attachment 4 (C2016-0023) includes letters of support from members of Calgary's development and home building industry.

 


October 29, 2015

Build Calgary held the third workshop with stakeholders from throughout the development and home building industry on Oct. 15, 2015. This is a major step leading into creation of a new off-site levy bylaw. Please see the link below to find out what was discussed at the workshop.

What We Heard Report: This attachment provides a summary of the key themes and questions discussed at the Oct. 15 session.

Stakeholder workshop presentation: This is the presentation that was shown at the event. Click on it for full slides.

  


June 24, 2015

Build Calgary held the second workshop with stakeholders from throughout the development and home building industry on June 24, 2015. This is part of the ongoing process of creating a new off-site levy bylaw. Please see the link below for more information:

What We Heard Report: This attachment provides a summary of the key themes and questions discussed at the June 24 session.

Stakeholder workshop presentation: This is the presentation that was shown at the event. Click on it for full slides.

 


June 22, 2015

Build Calgary was front and centre at the June 22 session of City Council. The presentation focused on financial challenges facing the City of Calgary, with specific focus on infrastructure funding.

Build Calgary PowerPoint presentation #1
Build Calgary PowerPoint presentation #2
Council video: http://agendaminutes.calgary.ca/sirepub/mtgviewer.aspx?meetid=1785&doctype=MINUTES

Utilities & Environmental Protection is overseeing a financial review of water, wastewater and drainage lines of service, work that is taking place in parallel to Build Calgary’s off-site levies review. UEP’s review is to ensure financial sustainability when it comes to the City of Calgary’s utilities and to meet the principles of certainty (revenue assurance), fairness and equity (benefit allocation and cost recovery) and efficiency (a process that is simpler to administer).

The City’s current model for water and wastewater levies aims to recover half the cost, an approach that isn’t sustainable for utilities. A new calculation method is being developed and tested.

Build Calgary will continue to engage with members of Calgary’s development industry and other stakeholders to ensure the new model works for all parties. Communication will continue via Calgary.ca/BuildCalgary, along with meetings and workshops with stakeholders.

City Council accepted the June 22 report for information. Further updates will be provided to Council as the work progresses.

 


June 1, 2015

The City of Calgary is proud to release the 2011-13 off-site levy report as part of its commitment to openness and transparency. The report contains both a high-level summary and detailed appendices of levies that have been collected by the City of Calgary. In the report, you will find specific levies that were collected from 2011-13, what projects were funded during this time period and the outstanding balance. Feel free to contact Kathy Dietrich (Kathy.dietrich@calgary.ca) if you have any questions.

 


May 4, 2015

Administration provided an update to Council on two Build Calgary initiatives: off-site levies and land supply. The presentation focused on the potential for off-site levies in Calgary’s established communities.

Off-site levies are charges to developers for infrastructure that isn’t specific to one community (i.e. local) but, rather, infrastructure that serves a number of communities. Examples of infrastructure that would be funded, in part, by off-site levies are expressways, interchanges, sewage treatment plants and linear utilities connections.

The presentation highlighted growth trends in Calgary including where growth has taken place in the past, present and what is expected in the future. The goal, under the Municipal Development Plan, is for 50% of new growth to take place in new communities and 50% of new growth to take place in established communities.

In 2001-02, 14% of new growth took place in established communities while, in 2013-14, that number increased to 42%.

To accommodate the increased growth in established communities – and to help the City of Calgary meet the objective of financial sustainability – new strategies are needed. Administration outlined next steps regarding off-site levies in established communities. They include:

  • conducting an infrastructure capacity analysis;
  • assessing the city centre program, coordinating and reviewing all current re-development initiatives;
  • identifying other re-development funding options;
  • researching re-development funding best practices;
  • establishing a cross-departmental team that includes representation from Centre City Planning, Utilities & Environmental Protection, Transportation, Community Services & Protective Services, Law and Finance.

Once the work team is established, a work plan with deliverables and timelines will be finalized.

City Council accepted the May 4 report for information. Further updates will be provided to Council as the work progresses.

 


April 30, 2015

Build Calgary held the first workshop with stakeholders from throughout the development and home building industry on April 30, 2015. This is a major step leading into creation of a new off-site levy bylaw. Please see the links below to find out what was discussed at the workshop.

What We Heard Report: This attachment provides a summary of the key themes and questions discussed at the April 30 session.

Engagement notes combined: This attachment provides verbatim notes of everything discussed at the April 30 session.

Stakeholder workshop presentation: This is the presentation that was shown at the event. Click on it for full slides.

 


March 8, 2015

Build Calgary’s mandate was recently rolled out to City of Calgary staff, members of City Council, industry partners and the public at large.

The work over the past few weeks has focused on forming project charters for the five Build Calgary initiatives: off-site levy bylaw, legislative framework, land supply process, regional coordination, and commercial/industrial/transit oriented development. Each of the initiatives is overseen by a project lead and those leads have formed their internal and external working teams.

On Friday, March 6, Joel Armitage – project lead of Build Calgary – provided a formal Build Calgary update to members of City Council during a Strategic Session of Council.

The update focused on the work that has been done to date on the five Build Calgary initiatives. Here are the highlights:

Off-site levy bylaw

Kathy Dietrich leads this initiative and has set up an external advisory team, which will help determine what the new bylaw looks like (ie- what is included, what is excluded). The bylaw essentially determines what infrastructure costs are handled by The City of Calgary and which are handled by the developers.

The target date to have a new off-site levy bylaw implemented is Jan. 1, 2016.

Land supply process

The City of Calgary, Urban Development Institute (Calgary) and Canadian Home Builders’ Association (Calgary) jointly delivered a lot supply report to members of industry on Feb. 13. The presentation, held at the Carriage House Inn, was a big step forward in the stakeholders working together to ensure the most accurate information on lot supply is available in Calgary.

Commercial/industrial/transit oriented development

John Potts, who is leading this initiative, recently held two chartering sessions with the internal team. Work plans will now be developed as Build Calgary is tasked with growing the non-residential tax base.

Legislative framework

Brenda King’s work on the legislative framework comprises development of a City Charter and review of the Municipal Government Act (MGA).

The City of Calgary is in the process of developing a City Charter which will provide us with the tools to manage growth, provide services and remain competitive with similar national and international municipalities.

The MGA, meanwhile, is the law under which all Alberta municipalities are empowered to manage their daily operations to meet their mandate of providing good government, delivering desirable services and developing viable communities. The Government of Alberta is currently reviewing the MGA, with input from Alberta’s municipalities.

Regional coordination

Diane Shearer oversees this initiative and recently presented a report to Intergovernmental Affairs on options The City of Calgary could pursue in the absence of a legislated Calgary Metropolitan Plan (CMP). The goal is to continue work to legislate the CMP and, in the face of some opposition, administrators are looking at other options on the best way to ensure an efficient and sustainable metropolitan region.

 


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