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Combined Meeting of Council Jul. 23, 2018

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The July 23, 2018, Combined Meeting of Council included:

Planning matters for public hearing

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

A land use application for property in Windsor Park was postponed to the Sept. 10, 2018, Public Hearing of Council.

A land use amendment application in Inglewood (located within the 30-35 Noise Exposure Forecast Area of the Airport Vicinity Protection Area) was given a first reading. The second and third readings were withheld until The City, the Province of Alberta, and Calgary Airport Authority have determined a process for making amendments to the Calgary International Airport Vicinity Protection Area regulation. Once the new process is established an application by Administration, to the Minister of Municipal Affairs, must be made for an amendment to the Calgary International Airport Vicinity Protection Area Regulation (after receiving an applicable development permit and conducting all necessary public consultation in accordance with the requirements of the above-mentioned regulation) to allow for residential development.

Amendment to Keystone Hills Area Structure Plan – transportation cap increase

The Keystone Hills Area Structure Plan contains a Growth Management Overlay Removal Area subject to a transportation cap of 1,400 units. While the specific transportation upgrades required to remove the cap have been identified and are known, there has been no funding available to advance the necessary transportation improvements to increase the existing cap, or remove the cap entirely. However, the area developers, in working with Administration, agreed to fund the immediate transportation network upgrades, so the existing unit cap may now be increased. Administration recommended that Council (1) Hold a Public Hearing on the matter, and; (2) Give 3 readings to the proposed bylaw. A public hearing was called, however no one addressed Council. Council voted to pass the bylaw as proposed.

Development Next to Freight Rail Corridors Policy

In March 2017, Council directed Administration to bring forward a Development Next to Freight Rail Corridors Policy no later than Q2 2018. The proposed policy uses a risk management approach to assist the Development Authority in decisions related to approving development permits next to freight rail corridors. The proposed Land Use Bylaw amendments add necessary definition and rules to guide development next to freight rail corridors. The Committee recommended that Council:

  1. Give three readings to the proposed bylaw;
  2. Adopt, by resolution, the proposed Development Next to Freight Rail Corridors Policy as outlined;
  3. Direct Administration to use the proposed Development Next to Freight Rail Corridors Policy Implementation Guide when making development decisions, and;
  4. Direct Administration to formulate an emergency response plan to the freight rail corridors that focuses on utilizing portions of public lands, and report back to the Standing Policy Committee on Community and Protective Services no later than Q2 2019.

Council approved all recommendations.

Update on Centre City Enterprise Area (CCEA)

The Centre City Enterprise Area (CCEA) was instituted in July 2017 to make it easier for tenants and new businesses to set up operations and for building owners to make improvements to their buildings to accommodate and attract new tenants. Administration has been monitoring the impact of the CCEA and has found that it is having a measurable impact. Several matters have been flagged for continued investigation, including, the impacts of not requiring servicing assessments, impacts of heritage buildings not being part of the change of use development permit exemption, and general retail business location trends. Administration recommended that heritage buildings be included in the development permit exemption available through CCEA to ensure they can attract the widest possible range of tenants. The Calgary Heritage Authority is in support of the amendment. The Committee recommended that Council: (1) Hold a Public Hearing on the matter, and; (2) Give three readings to the proposed bylaw. A public hearing was called, however no one addressed Council. Council voted to pass the bylaw as proposed.

Electronic notices for property assessment and the assessment review board

Administration has reviewed the feasibility of implementing paperless notices under the Municipal Government Act (“MGA”) and the City of Calgary Charter, 2018 Regulation (the “Calgary Charter”) and recommends that Calgary property owners be provided the option to receive their respective property assessment notices and Calgary Assessment Review Board (“ARB”) documents electronically. A City bylaw enabling an option for citizens to receive their assessment and ARB notices electronically will serve to conserve tax dollars, increase citizen convenience (through greater accessibility to City and ARB documents and ease of storage of these important documents), and preserve the environment. The Committee recommended that Council: (1) Hold a Public Hearing on the matter, and; (2) Give three readings to the proposed bylaw. A public hearing was called, however no one addressed Council. Council voted to pass the bylaw as proposed.

Delegation Bylaw to support the Compassionate Tax Penalty Relief Program

In June 2018, Administration presented a proposal for a program to offer property tax penalty relief to property owners who have experienced a significant life issue which impacts their ability to meet property tax payment timelines. A fundamental concept of ensuring that the program functions as intended, is a Bylaw to delegate the authority necessary to allow Administration to adjust property tax penalties in accordance with the terms of the program. The Committee recommended that Council: (1) Give three readings to the proposed bylaw, to delegate the authority to reduce, refund or cancel taxes. Council voted to pass the bylaw as proposed.


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