The Jan. 23, 2017, Regular Meeting of Council included:
2017 Business Tax Rate Bylaw
Council approved the 2017 Business Tax Bylaw. Council approved Action Plan Mid-Cycle Adjustments which included the 2017 business tax as a municipal revenue source with a “0 percent tax rate increase” for the twenty fourth year in a row. The 2017 Business Tax Rate Bylaw is needed for The City to collect business taxes in 2017.
Municipal Non-Residential Phased Tax Program
Council approved a Municipal Non-Residential Phased Tax Program to assist non-residential property owners affected by the economic downturn. The Municipal Non-Residential Phased Tax Program has been developed to limit the increase in municipal non-residential property taxes to 5% in 2017, (not including the effect of Business Tax Consolidation). It is expected to benefit owners of approximately 6,000 non-residential properties.
Highland Park Land Use Amendment
Council reviewed the an application to redevelop the former Highland Park Golf Course. Council gave first and second reading to four of the bylaws which to related to redesignating land on the perimeter of the proposed new development. Council directed Administration to work with the applicant on revisions the application, including adjustments to the green space plan, and report back at the March 20th Council meeting. Highland Village Green is a multi residential development proposed for the site of the former Highland Park Golf Course.
Renaming the Langevin Bridge as the Reconciliation Bridge
Council approved the Notice of Motion to rename the Langevin Bridge as the "Reconciliation Bridge" as a sincere act of reconciliation on behalf of the citizens of Calgary. Council waived the usual process required under the Municipal Naming, Sponsorship and Naming Rights Policy. Council directed Administration to consult with the Mayor's Office, interested Members of Council, Treaty 7 Knowledge Keepers, CAUAC and the Calgary Heritage Authority in developing wording and procuring a plaque that both explains the history of all bridge structures at the location, as well as the story of Hector Langevin and the story of the Indian residential school system and its impact on Canada's Indigenous community, to facilitate community dialogue. Council further directed Administration to work with these stakeholders to organize a ceremony in 2017 to rededicate the Langevin Bridge as the "Reconciliation Bridge" and to foster healing and reconciliation within the community.
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