The Jun. 20, 2016, Regular Meeting of Council included:
Community Representation Framework
Council approved the formation of the Community Representation Framework Task Force. The new framework will evaluate the efficacy of organized community groups in representing communities and will clarify roles, relationships and responsibilities of such groups in building and sustaining complete communities. The City’s policies, practices and role in supporting organized community groups will be examined and key stakeholders consulted to develop a framework for inputs into decision-making that maximizes relevant public benefit on matters related to community building.
Building Maintenance Bylaw
Council approved a building maintenance bylaw. The new bylaw applies to buildings that are five or more storeys tall and 10 or more years old, and is intended to ensure public safety with regard to building exterior maintenance. The bylaw establishs a minimum maintenance standard and a requirement to carry out a building exterior visual assessment on a regular basis. The bylaw was developed using a stakeholder engagement process which brought together building owners, property managers, and building science professionals to identify and resolve the key issues.
Payday Lending And Financial Inclusion
Council approved recommendations brought forward by the Payday Lending and Financial Inclusion Task Force for municipal and provincial policy change, including amendments to the Business License Bylaw. With these new changes to the Business Licence Bylaw, the previously adopted Land Use Bylaw changes and the introduction of the Provincial Act to End Predatory Lending, the Task Force has seen significant successes from their work and Council has directed Administration to formally conclude the Task Force. The amendments to the Business License Bylaw will increase municipal oversight of payday lenders by introducing new requirements for accountability.
Calgary Transit Park and Ride
Council directed Administration to develop a general park and ride strategy for current and future CTrain stations with the goal of optimizing park and ride and TOD opportunities and report back no later than June 2017. Administration was also directed to do further study on the feasibility of transitioning towards a 100 percent monthly reserved parking system and report back by Q1 2018.
Green Line Quarterly Update
Council received an update on the update on the status of Green Line activities, including the evaluation of the five options for crossing the Bow River. Council directed Administration to report back with one recommended option for the Centre City alignment (excluding the Beltline) crossing the Bow River by September 2016 to enable continued public engagement, refine design, risks, and cost estimating, and prepare for anticipated funding application submissions in early 2017.
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