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Planning and Urban Development Committee Mar. 9, 2016

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The Mar. 9, 2016, Planning and Urban Development Committee meeting included:

Environmental Open Space Work Program Update

Environmental Open Space (EOS) was introduced as a policy in the Council approved Open Space Plan. EOS policy guides planning decisions for Environmentally Significant Areas (ESA) or lands that have been identified as having conservation value because of their environmental and/or cultural characteristics.

Administration Recommendations: That the Standing Policy Committee on Planning and Urban Development recommends that Council receive this report for information.

The report provides a final status update on the Council directed Environmental Open Space work program. The program directed the completion of four interrelated projects:

  1. Amend EOS policy contained within the Municipal Development Plan, New Community Planning Guidebook;
  2. Develop a document that provides a technical framework for determining what lands qualify for direction under the EOS policy at the Area Structure Plan stage;
  3. Clarify the terminology relevant to Environmental Reserve in the Municipal Government Act; and
  4. Standardize how ESAs are depicted on Area Structure Plan maps.

Outstanding items: Calgary River Valleys submitted a letter with recommendations. Planners took information into consideration and made appropriate changes. Have scheduled follow-up meeting with Calgary River Valleys to discuss what has/has not been included. Meets conditions from a City perspective.

Outcome: New recommendation to include the EOS framework to report prior to going to Council. Move forward with appended recommendation.


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