Extended driveways pose a number of real concerns. For this reason, property owners who want to widen an existing driveway or construct a new driveway must apply for approval by completing an online 311 request for new or widening driveways. This is the first step in the development permit approval process. Some issues with extended driveways that have been identified are:
- Impact on pedestrian safety as they cause ice and snow removal challenges
- Reduction of on-street parking
- The aesthetic impact on affected streets
- They do not comply with the Land Use Bylaw or the Drainage Bylaw
The City will continue to educate Calgarians about the regulations related to extended driveways by engaging the public to ensure that everyone understands that permission for extending a driveway must be obtained through the development permit process.
Many residents have voluntarily removed or started to remove the extended portion of their driveway while others are seeking development permits. As The City continues to work collaboratively with Calgarians to find solutions, our priority going forward is to learn from this success and create key strategies to mitigate additional extended driveways from occurring.
Bylaw Services is currently working with Land Use Planning and many other business units to continue to work on solutions that will help mitigate more extended driveways from being created. In addition, Land Use Planning is in the process of amending their existing bylaws to specifically address the issue of extended driveways in a comprehensive, accessible and easy-to-understand way so that citizens understand what their obligations are and what consequences of non-compliance will be. This will include educating Calgarians and private contractors about The City process that needs to be adhered to when developing an extended driveway.
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