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Priorities and Finance Committee Jun. 28, 2016

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The June 28, 2016, Priorities and Finance Committee meeting included:

Deferral Report - Cut Red Tape - Response to Recommendations

The Priorities and Finance Committee accepted the recommendation by Administration to defer the Cut Red Tape – Response to Recommendations Report to no later than Q4 2016. This will provide Administration additional time to bring forward recommendations based on the deliverables and outcomes of the internal launch of Civic Innovation YYC.

eGovernment Strategy Advisory Committee Update, PFC2016-0148

The Priorities and Finance Committee recommends that Council receive the eGovernment Strategy Advisory Committee Report for information including the Committee and Administration’s recommendation to disband the eGovernment Strategy Advisory Committee in 2016 October (the Committee’s term end date), and that the Mayor send a letter to Committee members acknowledging their contributions and thanking them for their service.

The recommendation for the Committee to continue to the end of the term allows the members to provide advice on the establishment of a new Administration Committee to help guide the Analytics Calgary program: an External Advisory Committee on Civic Innovation YYC.

Calgary Ring Road Highway Transfer Agreement

The Priorities and Finance Committee recommends that Council approve the content of the Calgary Ring Road Amended and Restated Highway Transfer Agreement; authorize the City Manager and City Clerk to sign the agreement; and authorize the Director of Roads to consent to the Minister of Alberta Infrastructure for the acquisition of remaining lands required for construction of the South West and West portions of the Calgary Ring Road.

Corporate Affordable Housing Strategy

The Priorities and Finance Committee recommends that Council approve the Corporate Affordable Housing Strategy and confirm affordable housing as a priority; approve the Implementation Plan in principle and direct Administration to bring forward budget recommendations for 2017 and 2018 for Council consideration through Action Plan mid-cycle adjustments; direct Administration to provide a progress update on the Implementation Plan to Council through PFC by Q2 in 2017 and 2018; and rescind the 2002 Corporate Affordable Housing Strategy (Council Policy CS007).

Main Street Initiative - Funding for Phase 3 Engagement

The Priorities and Finance Committee recommends that Council approve the $450,000 budget request from Fiscal Stability Reserve to allow for communication and engagement on the Main Streets Initiative. The original program approval had a budget overspend of $857,000, but $680,620 was returned to the Fiscal Stability Reserve at the end of 2014 since it was not spent that year. This budget request for $450,000 from Fiscal Stability Reserve is to support engagement and communication for the final phase of the initiative, any unspent money will be returned to the Fiscal Stability Reserve.

Update on the Capital Investment Strategy

The Priorities and Finance Committee discussed items referred from Council’s Strategic Planning Meeting on June 27, 2016. Administration is seeking Council approval to proceed with a presentation of the 2016 capital recast to PFC on September 20; recasting the 2017 capital budget; reprioritizing the capital budget and bringing forward a proposed reprioritization list to Council in the fall of 2016. Given the current economic situation, Administration is also analyzing potential infrastructure investments that would support economic growth, create jobs and leverage City and private investment and will bring those forward to PFC along with any potential operating costs of capital. The Committee tabled the report until the July 19 meeting of the Priorities and Finance Committee.


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