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Regular Meeting of Council Nov. 23, 2015

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The Nov. 23, 2015, Regular Meeting of Council included:

Ward Boundary Commission Final Report

The Ward Boundary Commission presented proposed ward boundary changes to Council. The Commission was appointed by Council, as an independent body, to undertake revisions to ward boundaries and provide recommendations in time to come into effect before the next General Election in 2017. Council referred the report to the Returning Officer to consider a phased approach given Calgary's slower population growth and housing starts forecasts in order to keep ward boundary populations more consistent from ward to ward. The goal in Council's policy is to keep ward population deviations as close to +/- 10-15% as possible. The revised plan will be brought back to Council for final approval.

Citizen Satisfaction Survey

Each year The City conducts a Citizen Satisfaction Survey to understand citizens’ perceptions about quality of ife in Calgary and overall satisfaction related to The City and its services. This year, Council initiated additional research related to Calgary’s economy to understand the current impact of the economy on Calgarians and The City’s role given the current economic environment. Council received the survey findings for information. The full report can be found online at

Fire Department Zero-Based Review 

Council received the Zero-Based review (ZBR) of the Calgary Fire Department carried out by Behr Energy Services Ltd (Behr) and approved Administration’s recommendations in response to the report. Behr reviewed all services provided by the Calgary Fire Department at a high-level, and then reviewed in depth seven service areas crossing four broad themes (Management and Leadership, Diversity and Inclusion, Resource Optimization, and Asset and Facility Management). The areas reviewed make up more than 90% of the total Fire Department operating budget, making this ZBR the broadest in-depth review yet. The impact of the proposed recommendations is expected to realize significant savings and improved service effectiveness. Administration will report back to Council before 2017 January with a detailed implementation plan.

Rules for secondary suites and backyard suites (Councillor Notice of Motion)

Council approved five out of six proposed changes to the Land Use Bylaw intended to alleviate barriers to the creation of legal secondary suites. The proposal directs Administration to return to Calgary Planing Commission by no later than Q2 2016 with the bylaw amendments for review and approval. The amendments involve changes to existing rules that regulate lot dimensions and floor area requirements.

Food donation tax incentive (Councillor Notice of Motion)

Council unanimously approved a proposal to support the National Zero Waste Council's food waste reduction proposal by urging the federal government to implement tax incentives for food producers and suppliers to donate unsold edible food. The proposal intends to reduce unnecessary food waste, decrease disposal costs to municipalities, reduce the environmental impact of food waste and alleviate hunger and poverty.

Taking care of business during construction of Green Line (Councillor Notice of Motion)

Council approved a proposal directing Administration to consult with the business community that will be impacted by construction of the Green Line to develop a Business Support Program where appropriate. The Program would aim to reduce disruption, keep businesses open and accessible during construction and support businesses through possible communication, marketing and issues resolution strategies and procurement opportunities. Administration was requested to report back to the Transit and Transportation committee prior to beginning construction.

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