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Sports ramps Notice of Motion

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Should skateboard or sports ramps (bicycle, in-line skates, roller skates, etc.) be allowed on residential properties? Currently, sports ramps are allowed in parks, commercial and industrial areas. They are also allowed on residential property with an approved Development Permit.

In June 2015, Calgary City Council directed staff through a sport ramp notice of motion to talk to Calgarians about their opinions on sports ramps on residential property.

The City considered:

  • Whether a proposed maximum size of 1.5 metres (5 feet) high by 5 m (15 ft) wide by 6 m (20 ft) long is appropriate.
  • A Development Permit exemption for sports ramps within the allowable size.
  • Confirmation that proposed amendments to the Community Standards Bylaw, as part of its comprehensive review, will address excessive noise related to sport ramp activities.

Based on engagement, amendments were proposed for the Land Use Bylaw and Community Standards Bylaw.

The Standing Policy Committee on Community and Protective Services considered Community Standards Bylaw amendments and a framework for Land Use Bylaw amendments on June 1, 2016. Council directed Administration to prepare Land Use Bylaw amendments. The amendments were considered by the Calgary Planning Commission on September 22, 2016 and Council approved their recommendations on November 7, 2016.

What we did: Engagement summary

View the complete public engagement overview

An independent consultant conducted a representative telephone survey in November and early December 2015. This survey reflects the opinions of Calgarians in general and results are within a margin of error ±4.4 per cent, at a 95 per cent confidence level.

Project outreach and communications

The sports ramps online survey and open houses were promoted to the public from Oct. 19 to Nov. 18, 2015.

  • Project information posted online: Oct. 15, 2015
  • Newsletter content provided to community associations for distribution: Oct. 1, 2015
  • The City’s Planning & Development Dispatch newsletter: Nov. 1, 2015
  • Federation of Calgary Communities Get Engaged e-newsletter: Nov. 4, 18 and Dec. 2, 2015
  • E-newsletter to subscribed community association distribution list: Nov. 17, 2015
  • Calgary Herald newspaper ads: Oct. 15 and Nov. 12, 2015
  • Online and digital marketing: Oct. 19 - Nov. 18, 2015
  • Land Use Bylaw amendment wording and a guide to skateboard and sports ramps were available for review from June 16 to September 2, 2016
  • Circulation to Community Associations on preliminary Land Use Bylaw wording: June 16, 2016
  • Optional June 22, 2016 meeting
  • Circulation to Community Associations on Draft Land Use Bylaw wording and a draft guide to skateboard and sports ramps: July 27, 2016
  • Optional September 1, 2016 meeting

Options for Calgary City Council consideration

Calgary City Council will make the final decision on whether skateboard/sports ramps should be allowed on private residential properties. On June 1, 2016, the Standing Policy Committee on Community and Protective Services considered the report in its public meeting. The Committee recommended approval. The minutes are available through City Clerks.

The report attachments included a proposed amendment to the Community Standards Bylaw for noise and Land Use Bylaw regulation options. A summary of public engagement was also attached.

A report on land use bylaw amendments went to the Calgary Planning Commission on September 22, 2016. Council will consideramendments at it’s November 7 Public Hearing.  The report number is CPC2016-298, M-2016-21.  If Council approves amendments, they will be effective on November 21, 2016.​

Circulations to Community Associations and optional meetings to discuss Land Use Bylaw amendment wording and a guide to skateboard and sports ramps were available from June to September. The Federation of Calgary Communities has also distributed this information. If you would like to read the report or watch the Council meeting, please look for the November 7 Public Hearing Agenda​; The report  CPC2016-298 and the Bylaw is 43P2016.

Questions about skateboard and sports ra​mps? 

A Guide to Skateboard and Sports Ramps is available to help parents and children navigate through the process.  If you have any placement or size questions, please call 403-268-5311.

Questions about noise? 

Need more information on bylaws related to noise​, including tips for reducing skateboard and sports ramp noise? Or if you’d like to contact us directly with your questions, please call 311.