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COCShortDescription: We would like to share updated information about an ongoing sanitary sewer installation project at Laycock Park.

COCDescription: <p> <strong>Project update</strong></p> <p><img src="/citycouncil/ward-4/PublishingImages/News-articles/LP%20Sanitary.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br />We would like to share updated information about an ongoing sanitary sewer installation project at Laycock Park. We are working to expand the capacity of our sanitary sewer system in north Calgary. The Nose Creek Sanitary Sewer Trunk will move sewage flows from north Calgary to the Bonnybrook Wastewater Treatment Plant. These upgrades are needed to meet future growth needs in north Calgary, Airdrie, Balzac, and the Calgary International Airport.</p> <p> Storm outfall N31 was identified for replacement in 2014 due to its deteriorating condition. Because it is less than 10 metres from the sanitary work, we will be replacing the outfall while we are doing work in the area.</p> <p> <strong>Updates and planned work</strong></p> <p> Recent work along 6 St NE south of Laycock Park will be complete in November 2016</p> <p> At Laycock Park, Water work that began in 2012 is now expected to be completed between January and April 2017 and includes installation of a short section of sanitary sewer pipe underneath Nose Creek and replacement of storm outfall N31.</p> <p> After work at Laycock Park is complete, an important connection between the existing sewer and the newly-built sewer can be completed. This ‘diversion manhole’ will be built near the south gates to Laycock Park at 6 Street N.E. This work is estimated to start by May 2017.</p> <p> We will be sharing more information about the pedestrian bridge installation and park enhancement work as these details become available.</p> <p> <strong>Construction impacts</strong></p> <ul><li> Several large pumps and generators will be used to divert Nose Creek around the construction site. There will be noise from these pumps and generators, and they will be running 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Steps will be taken to minimize this noise as much as possible.</li> <li>Lay down areas for construction equipment will be in the Laycock Park parking lot which is currently closed.</li> <li>Construction access will be from 6 Street N.E., with some intermittent access required via Blackthorne Road. • Noise and dust impacts will be monitored and will adhere to City bylaws.</li> <li>Work hours are typically Monday to Saturday, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., with some days going as late as 9 p.m.</li></ul> <p> <strong>Project information</strong></p> <p> If you have any questions or concerns, please contact 311 (24 hours, seven days a week).</p> <p> We regret the inconvenience our work may cause, and thank you for your patience as we continue work on this critical infrastructure.</p> <p><img src="/citycouncil/ward-4/PublishingImages/News-articles/Laycock%20Park%20Sanitary%20Upgrades.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br />​</p>

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Back | February 03, 2017

Project update


We would like to share updated information about an ongoing sanitary sewer installation project at Laycock Park. We are working to expand the capacity of our sanitary sewer system in north Calgary. The Nose Creek Sanitary Sewer Trunk will move sewage flows from north Calgary to the Bonnybrook Wastewater Treatment Plant. These upgrades are needed to meet future growth needs in north Calgary, Airdrie, Balzac, and the Calgary International Airport.

Storm outfall N31 was identified for replacement in 2014 due to its deteriorating condition. Because it is less than 10 metres from the sanitary work, we will be replacing the outfall while we are doing work in the area.

Updates and planned work

Recent work along 6 St NE south of Laycock Park will be complete in November 2016

At Laycock Park, Water work that began in 2012 is now expected to be completed between January and April 2017 and includes installation of a short section of sanitary sewer pipe underneath Nose Creek and replacement of storm outfall N31.

After work at Laycock Park is complete, an important connection between the existing sewer and the newly-built sewer can be completed. This ‘diversion manhole’ will be built near the south gates to Laycock Park at 6 Street N.E. This work is estimated to start by May 2017.

We will be sharing more information about the pedestrian bridge installation and park enhancement work as these details become available.

Construction impacts

  • Several large pumps and generators will be used to divert Nose Creek around the construction site. There will be noise from these pumps and generators, and they will be running 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Steps will be taken to minimize this noise as much as possible.
  • Lay down areas for construction equipment will be in the Laycock Park parking lot which is currently closed.
  • Construction access will be from 6 Street N.E., with some intermittent access required via Blackthorne Road. • Noise and dust impacts will be monitored and will adhere to City bylaws.
  • Work hours are typically Monday to Saturday, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., with some days going as late as 9 p.m.

Project information

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact 311 (24 hours, seven days a week).

We regret the inconvenience our work may cause, and thank you for your patience as we continue work on this critical infrastructure.



Categories: Water Services

Back | December 21, 2016

Cycle Track Pilot Program

Now that Council has elected to make the Cycle Track Network a permanent fixture in Calgary I would like to take this opportunity to articulate my side of the debate one last time. Again, I have never been anti cycling only anti nonsense. I believe that if the cycle track was a project that benefitted the majority of Calgarians I would support it. But the fact remains we are a winter city where over 99% of Calgarians do not commute via bicycles. We are also a city that has funded one of the largest cycle path systems in Canada. So, at some point someone has to stand up and say enough is enough.

The cycle track network decision is one of those decisions that on the surface sounds great but in reality does not make much sense. From day one I have been articulating very distinct points in regards to the Cycle Track Pilot Program:

  • Calgarians were told by administration that harsh Calgary weather had no effect on bike ridership. If this is the case, then why did the pilot project capture two summer seasons and just one winter season? I believe common sense, and even the tracker numbers themselves, tell a different story. It is apparent that inclement weather does affect cycling numbers and I would like this fact to be taken into account when Council considers making the cycle track permanent. Calgary has poor weather for at least 6 months out of the year and we are adding “fair weather infrastructure” to appease less then 1% of the population. Yet, the Green Line which will move 100,000 Calgarians a day, reduce GHG emissions and forever change how Calgarians move throughout the city is overshadowed. I ask… where is this type of passion for making the Greenline a reality?!
  • In order to get the cycle track pilot program approved Council was told that businesses would benefit from increased cycle traffic. Now, that the pilot program has been completed, there is nothing in the numbers saying that businesses benefited from cycle tracks. In fact, all I can find is how businesses were negatively affected. I know that the economic downturn is being used as the excuse as to why revenues are down. But I want to go on the record to say that businesses who are already struggling do not need us adding further challenges. Grandstanding that cycle tracks are good for business is simply glossing over the fact that taxpaying Calgarians are the ones who are taking the brunt of this. 
  • Another point that was used to get the pilot project approved by Council was the notion that road safety and traffic flow would increase once the cycle network was in place. Now, we see that collisions increased and commuting times were increased by 20%. Why are these facts being deemed a success? A decrease in safety is never acceptable and commuting times for almost 99% of commuters should not be considered a success. Increased commute times harm our environment and place additional stresses on the majority of Calgarians.
  • The fact that non cyclists would begin to use bicycles in order to commute to work was another claim used to get the pilot project passed. To present I have not been shown any data that demonstrates this to be the case.

So, when I realized that Cycle Tracks were being voted in by Council I decided to try and better serve Calgarians by putting forward an amendment:

 My Amendment - Calgary Cycle Track Network Yesterday in Council I brought forward an amendment to the Calgary Cycle Track Network:

 "That council remove the 8 Avenue (west of 3rd St) and relocate the 12 avenue portion of the Cycle Track Network to 10 Avenue.”

The reason I brought this amendment forward is multi pronged:

  • First, the 8 Avenue and Stephen Avenue portions of the Cycle Track Pilot Project failed to meet the objectives set out in the project. The targets not met include failure to meet cyclist volume targets, failure to reduce the number of collisions on 8 Ave SW (all modes), and creating a negative effect on businesses. Since significant objectives of the one year pilot project were not met I felt that the information should be reflected in Council’s final approval of the Cycle Track project. At the very least I was hoping that the Cycle Track portion of 8 Avenue would be limited to one side of the street.
  • The 12 Avenue section of the Cycle track barely met the pilot project objectives and increased vehicle travel time beyond target levels. Increasing commuting times harms the environment and places extra stress on the majority of commuters. As well, given the planned Greenline development for this roadway it makes little sense to spend taxpayer money on a permanent cycle track only to have to have it removed. I would have rather seen this section of cycle track moved to 10 Avenue where the cycle track originally was located.
  • It has been clear from the beginning that Administration wanted the Cycle Track Network in their portfolio and pushed hard to ensure it came to fruition. Instead, I believe investment in projects should be based on what makes sense for Calgarians and not on preconceived biases and goals. This idea that Calgary must have Cycle Tracks in order to be a “more progressive” city is an example of poorly reasoned planning at the expense of taxpayers. Council should only be allocating funding for the sections of the Cycle Track that have proven to be a success. The failure to approach this project in any other manner sends the message to Calgarians that we will conduct pilot projects for the purpose of pageantry and not merit. 

Categories: Cycling

Back | January 25, 2017



Census 2017: Applications Are Open

The City is recruiting for census takers and enumerators to begin the door-to-door collection in late April.

Every year The City conducts an annual civic census. These numbers not only tell us Calgary’s population and growth they help us in Council work with Administration to plan for variety of programs and services. The information collected is also used by the Province for the determination of grants if they are available, and outside agencies such as school boards, communities, businesses, charities etc. As you can see these number are very important in helping us run an efficient Calgary. During an election year, voter registration is conducted during census data collection. This information helps make the voting process easier and faster on Election Day.

If you are interested in becoming a census taker/ enumerator or know someone who would be interested you can visit calgary.ca/census for more information on the application process.

Who can apply?

  • 18 years of age or over.
  • available to conduct Census collection and voter registration information in late April.
  • able to walk in seasonable weather conditions.
  • able to complete online training at home, and available for an in-person session in March
  • able to operate a tablet computer (training is provided). Applications are open January 23 to February 9

Or you can apply in-person at the Election and Census Office (1103 55 Ave NE),

Mon – Fri from 8:30 am to 4 pm.

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Back | October 27, 2016

From Planning & Development to assist Ward 4 to host an informal walk in/walk out “ARP 101” on Thursday October 27th from 5:30 to 8pm at the Highland Park Community Association.

The scope and focus of an ARP within the City of Calgary has obviously changed over time as Calgary has moved from a growth city to a development city. By bringing in members from Planning & Development we can ensure that all residents get the most current information.

Invited to attend this event are the communities of Collingwood, Cambrian Heights, Greenview, Highland park, Highwood, North Haven and Thorncliffe. I have spoken with Councillor Druh Farrell, who is in support of this ARP information session, as these communities span two different Wards. 

The information covered by this event will include the following topics:

  1. What is an ARP?
  2. Under what authority (MGA) can a municipality approve an ARP?
  3. What area an ARP would comprise for an ARP in this area (map, aerial)?
  4. What are the typical policy inclusions in an ARP?
  5. What involvement would a community have in creating an ARP?

Thank you very much for your time on this matter. Please feel free to share the information with your members. If you have any questions please email my office at ward04@calgary.ca.

Thank you for your attention,

Councillor Sean Chu, Ward 4

Categories: Development and Projects

Back | March 02, 2017

 

As part of a long-term plan for the water supply system, The North Calgary Water Servicing project is now underway. A new water supply line (main) is required to service future development and to ensure the sustainability of the water supply system in north Calgary.

The Nose Hill Park portion of the project will be completed in two phases:

Phase 1: Soil Sampling (Mid-February – Early April 2017)

Phase 2: Construction (Summer 2017– Summer 2018)

Phase 1 – Soil Sampling


Photo Courtesy of AECOM

The City of Calgary is beginning soil investigations to confirm route selection for the north Calgary Water Servicing project. You will see drilling equipment like the unit shown at right, from mid-February until early April.

The crew will be taking soil samples in Nose Hill Park to gather information that will be used to confirm the route of the water supply line. 

Confirmation requires soil testing along the proposed route by means of drilling 21, 15cm (6”) bore-holes and determining the soil properties below the surface. The process is known as Geotechnical Drilling.

Phase 2 – Construction

The proposed alignment of pipe traverses Nose Hill Park from the southwest to the northeast. The method of construction would involve the use of tunneling due to the pipe depths proposed. Construction would cause minor surface disruption in the southwest and northeast corners at the entrance and exit of the proposed tunnel. No other surface work would be required in the park.

Protecting the Environment

To protect the surface environment, drilling will be completed during winter months when the ground is frozen. Rare plant and bird surveys will be conducted prior to drilling. Mitigation measures will be in place to conserve protected species.

Questions/Concerns

Please contact 311 if you have any questions or concerns. You can also visit www.calgary.ca/nosehill for more information about this Water Services project. 

Geotechnical investigation will take place at the locations on the map. There will be impacts to the areas adjacent to these test locations. These impacts will be rehabilitated, prior to leaving the site.

 

The City of Calgary, Water Services has an established program of evaluation, planning and upgrading of infrastructure to ensure appropriate levels of service is provided to customers while protecting the environment and public health. The City of Calgary annually invests in upgrade projects that address both capacity and lifecycle needs.

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Categories: Water Services

Back | January 13, 2017

On Monday, January 16th 2017, Council will be hearing from the public on the Highland Park Golf Course re-development.

If you wish to speak on this development, please come to City Hall, and register at the front by Council Chambers. You are allowed 5 minutes to speak. This development is scheduled on the agenda to start in the morning, but after conversations with some of my colleagues, this agenda item will likely be moved to 1:00 PM on Monday.

Thank you to the community for their hard work, and advocacy for every resident in Highland Park and surrounding communities. It is their strong advocacy, and passion that has brought this development to change for the better.

I am working with my colleagues now to ensure that Monday will be a positive day for the community, and that reassurances are given to the community that this development will be a benefit to residents of Highland Park, and all Calgarians.

Monday January 16th 2017 - Combined Meeting of Council

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Back | November 14, 2016

Are Doing a Great Job But Can Always Do Better!

After proudly serving as a member of the Calgary City Police for over 21 years I can say that public safety is one of my top priorities. That is why yesterday, after reflecting on Administration’s report at Transportation and Transit Standing Policy Committee meeting, I moved to have the Traffic Safety Plan for 2018-2022 brought before Council. This action passed unanimously at committee and when the plan is brought before Council I will be providing my full support for this public safety initiative.

Over the last several years I have heard from residents of Ward 4 that pedestrian and traffic safety is of great importance to them. That is why on February 10th 2016 I took it upon myself to host a WARD 4 Pedestrian Safety Open House. During this event stakeholders and representatives from the community, the Calgary Police Service and the City of Calgary gathered to talk about this issue. I heard feedback from over 100 residents and was able to then use that feedback in advocating for the implementation of various traffic calming measures throughout Ward 4. In fact, this event was so successful that the City of Calgary, in conjunction with the Calgary Police Service, has decided to host Pedestrian Safety Open Houses throughout the other 13 wards in Calgary.

Although Calgary has the lowest casualty collision rate (see chart below) in all of Canada, something we need to share with our residents, I know we can always do more. That is why I supported this motion yesterday and will continue to do so as we move forward. I strongly feel that safety initiatives, which encourage both awareness and education, are vital to ensuring our mobility routes in Calgary are as safe as possible. Pedestrian and traffic safety is the responsibility of everyone. Period. It is imperative that each of us take accountability for our own actions and ensure Calgary remains as safe as possible. Together, as a city, we can work toward lasting solutions.

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​All casualty collision rate

(Collisions/100,000 population)

​Pedestrian casualty collision rate

(Collisions/100,000 population)

​Calgary (2015) ​205

​25.2

​Edmonton (2015)      ​342 ​36.7
​Ottawa (2015) ​395 ​37.0
​Toronto (2015) ​530 ​49.9

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Categories: Pedestrian Safety

Back | January 19, 2017

On Monday, January 16th 2017, the Highland Park Golf Redevelopment Land Use application came before Council. After two days of deliberations, where the applicant, community and Council discussed the merits of the plan, Council voted to adjourn this meeting to next Monday, January 23rd 2017. This deferment ensures that all Councillors will be in attendance and that ongoing conversations about the project can continue. I believe that many of my colleagues brought forward insightful questions for Administration, the applicant and the community stakeholders in attendance. The extra week is an excellent opportunity for continued dialogue around the redevelopment plan and for further efforts to meet community needs. I look forward to the process and for a continuation of the productive deliberations on Monday, January 23rd 2017.

During the process I brought forward, to my colleagues, numerous amendments to the application that I believe would address the main concerns I have heard from extensive consultation with the community. These amendments, due to the delay, will now be brought forward on Monday. This redevelopment project is vital to the fabric of the community of Highland Park and I want to ensure that the best decision is made by council. At this time I would like to let you know that my amendments, and requests, include:

  • Capping overall, and specific, density levels within the site
  • Ensuring adequate green space remains after redevelopment
  • Removing the applicant Relaxation Clause
  • Ensuring a proper buffering zone between development and the existing community
  • Ensuring proper Slope Adaptive development
  • Prohibiting access through the residential section of 44 and 43 Ave
  • Strengthening plan adherence to the City of Calgary Design Guidelines

Thank you for your attention,

Sean Chu, Ward 4 

Categories: Development and Projects

Back | December 31, 2016

With 2016 coming to a close I would like to share my New Year’s Resolutions for 2017.

It has been a tough time for hundreds of thousands of Albertans who have been negatively affected by the recent downturn in the economy.

Whenever Albertans are tested by lower resource productivity we come out stronger and more resilient than before. I know we will once again do that in 2017. As such, I would like the residents of Ward 4 to know that when it comes to municipal issues I will continue to be there to listen to their feedback and concerns. Together I know we can get through these tough times.

With 2017 here, I would like to ring in the New Year with some resolutions of my own:

  1. Given the tough economic year faced by so many in 2016 I will continue to do what I have done since 2013 and advocate for lower taxes and utility rates. Often, elected officials see a tax increase as “small” or “not a big deal.” However, to the everyday citizen an increase means another $100 that would go to paying for a bus pass, a load of groceries, or school supplies for their children. To most Calgarians any raise in taxes and utility rates is a big deal. I was glad to see my colleagues agree to offset this year’s Property Tax increase by tapping into the Fiscal Sustainability Fund. However, if we were to control our spending proactively then we could avoid having to try and lower taxes retroactively. I want to try and do whatever I can to help keep as much money in people’s pockets as I can.
  2. I will continue to support the Green Line Light Rail Transit project. If we can secure provincial funding for this project, the last portion of funding that is still required, and then work on the largest LRT line in Calgary’s history can begin in 2017. I am very proud to have been part of a small group that recognized the need for the Green Line and helped secure the Federal funding in June 2015. The Green Line will completely reshape Calgary and Ward 4 by providing light rail transit to Calgarians. I will continue to advocate to my Provincial counterparts in Edmonton to fund the Green Lines remaining $1.53 Billion missing portion so that the complete 45km track from Seton to Keystone can be completed.
  3. I will continue to press for City Administration to find efficiencies. After spending three years on Council already doing this I know we have found some savings but more can still be done. I will continue to make Council ponder the question of whether we are spending tax dollars on needs or wants. Calgarian’s needs must be met but frivolous spending on wants increases tax and utility rates needlessly.
  4. I will support the City of Calgary policy that reduces the wages of Councillor’s by 2.49%. From day one I have said that Council should lead by example.
  5. I will continue my open door policy into 2017. This means that any Ward 4 resident who wishes to speak to me can. I will try my best to respond directly to calls, emails and tweets. I know not everyone will agree with all of my stances but I will give everyone the respect of being heard and try to foster good conversation. In my opinion good discussion is needed in democracy and in 2017 I will continue to listen to those that want to be heard.
  6. I will also continue to not support the idea that municipal jurisdictions should have taxation powers. This is being discussed by some elected officials in the conversations surrounding City Charters.
  7. Finally in 2017, I will continue my quest for implementing common sense. Sometimes government can over think things when more basic thinking is required. To achieve this I will continue to ask foundational questions that ensures more common sense is utilized. This will include asking whether it is the City’s job to address this issue, can the market or an origination do this more efficiently than Government and whether Council is respecting tax payers money. Tax dollars come from ratepayers and for every new initiative or project this means that taxpayers must foot a larger burden. All of our decisions should be based with this notion in mind.

As 2016 comes to a close and 2017 begins anew these are some of the resolutions I look forward to bringing to Council in the New Year. I hope that 2017 is a better year for Calgarians and I am excited to see how we all come together in 2017 to make this city an even better place to live.

I am always here to listen to Calgarians and my Ward 4 staff is available to help as much as they can. Please feel free to contact me for any City related issue at ward04@calgary.ca or 403-268-3727.

Thank you for a memorable 2016, and wishing you and your family all the best in 2017!​

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Back | June 03, 2016

Apply to volunteer on a City Board, Commission or Committee.

Calgary City Council is accepting applications from Public Members interested in volunteering their time and expertise in service to their City on the following Boards, Commissions and Committees:

Aboriginal Urban Affairs Committee (Calgary)
Advisory Committee on Accessibility
Airport Authority (Calgary)
Audit Committee
BiodiverCity Advisory Committee
Calgary Parking Authority
Calgary Technologies Inc.
Calgary Transit Access Eligibility Appeal Board
Combative Sports Commission
Council Compensation Review Committee
eGovernment Strategy Advisory Committee
Heritage Authority (Calgary)
Planning Commission (Calgary)
Police Commission (Calgary)
Protective Services Citizen Oversight Committee
Public Art Board
Saddledome Foundation
Taxi Limousine Advisory Committee

The deadline for application submissions is Thursday, June 30, 2016.

City Council will select Board, Commission and Committee members at its Organizational Meeting of Council on October 24, 2016. For further information on the application and appointment process, please visit Calgary.ca/cityclerks or contact the City Clerk’s Office at 403-268-5861.​

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Back | December 20, 2017

My office has been receiving a number of emails regarding secondary suite reform in Calgary, and what this means to them if they decide to create one, below is a set of common questions and answers, if you have more questions you can reach out to my office or read more about it online​.

What do the proposed changes mean for homeowners?

Under current rules, homeowners in some parts of the city can get a development permit and/or building permit through the City to build their suite. In other parts of the city, where the land use (zoning) does not yet permit secondary suites, homeowners have to ask Council for permission (a change to the land use) in order to proceed with a development permit and/or building permit. If Council approves the land use change, then the next step is obtaining the proper building permits (sometimes you need a development permit before the building permit).

If the proposed bylaw changes are approved, the rules will be consistent across the City and Council approval is no longer required because all homeowners will have the ability to develop a suite (there will no longer be a need for a land use redesignation). Moving forward a homeowner would go straight to the development permit or building permit stage.

When will Council review the new rules?

We are targeting a Council Public Hearing date of March 12.

What happens if a homeowner has a current application in to develop a secondary suite?

In advance of the report back in 2018 March, one Motion Arising directed Administration to "consider holding new applications and not schedule any land use redesignation applications for secondary suites, for consideration by Council, until the 2018 March Public Hearing" and this requires immediate action.

If a homeowner currently has an application in progress that already has approved land use, then the application will continue to be processed normally.

At the 2017 December 14 meeting of the Calgary Planning Commission (CPC), 11 applications to accommodate secondary suites will be directed to the 2018 March 12 Public Hearing of Council. Applications heard on or after the 2018 January 11 CPC meeting will also be heard at the 2018 March 12 or later Public Hearing of Council. Depending on the outcome of the 2018 March report, there may no longer be a requirement for a Public Hearing of Council for secondary suites.

Secondary suite applications that were heard at CPC on November 2 and November 16 (20 applications in total) are scheduled to go to the 2018 January 22 Public Hearing of Council, and the applications heard at the November 30 CPC (8 in total) are scheduled to go to the 2018 February 20 Public Hearing of Council. These applications will continue to be advertised and placed on the Council agenda for both January and February for Council deliberation.

What should homeowners do if they want to start a secondary suite application before March 12?

New applications received after Monday December 18 will be processed to the furthest possible extent, but ultimately will then be held until council deliberates the proposed new rules in March 2018.

What new fee will be charged as part of these process changes?

The City will be reinstating a fee for applications for secondary suites. Details on this fee will be brought forward with the report in March 2018.

How can affected stakeholders get more information or give feedback on this process?

Information on the Secondary Suites Process Reform can be found at www.calgary.ca/secondarysuites.

Further information on timelines and proposed changes will be posted there as the work progresses.

Categories: Secondary Suites

Back | January 16, 2017

All Calgary property and business owners should have received their assessment notice by now. We encourage everyone to carefully review their assessment and ensure that all the information is accurate.

The 2017 property assessments are based on the market value of property on July 1, 2016 and its physical condition as of Dec. 31, 2016. The 2017 business assessments are based on the typical net annual rental value of the business premises on July 1, 2016.

Tools are available to help property and business owners understand their assessment, review all the details we have on record that contributed to their assessment, and calculate their estimated 2017 taxes (Calgary.ca/revenueneutral). All of this information is available by logging into Assessment Search at Calgary.ca/assessment. Instructions on how to set up an account are available on Assessment Search.

After reviewing their assessment details, if customers have any questions, they should contact Assessment at 403-268-2888 during the Customer Review Period (on now until March 6, 2017) to speak with an assessor. It’s a free call and once the assessor reviews the details on record, if anything needs to be changed, Assessment will do so and send the customer an amended assessment. Changes will only be considered if received during the Customer Review Period.

If customers are still not satisfied that their assessment is a reflection of market value/typical net annual rental value on July 1 of last year, they may file a formal complaint with the Assessment Review Board. There is a fee to file a complaint. Note: customers can only appeal their assessment, not their taxes.

Categories: Tax

Back | March 21, 2017

Hello Ward 4 Residents,

Save the date! Thursday, May 25th 2017 Ward 4 Traffic / Pedestrian Safety Meeting

As your Ward Councillor I am dedicated to keeping our streets safe for users of all modes of transportation. As such, I would like to invite you to the City of Calgary, and Calgary Police Service (CPS), annual Community Traffic/Pedestrian Safety meeting on:

Thursday, May 25th 2017 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Thorncliffe Greenview Community Association (5600, Centre Street North)

ward 4 pedestrian safety 

The meeting will give residents an opportunity to hear about the Calgary Safer Mobility Plan and learn how we are keeping Calgary’s roads safe for all users. At this event residents will also be given the chance to voice their ongoing concerns.

As a 21 year veteran of the Calgary Police Service, traffic safety is of paramount concern to me. This issue also consistently appears as a top concern in citizen satisfaction surveys so I also know it is of great importance to you. That is why the Traffic Safety meeting is open to all Ward 4 residents and will be a forum that fosters discussion, raises awareness, and leads to real solutions.

CPS who utilizes both education and enforcement to ensure the safety of drivers and pedestrians, rely heavily on traffic safety requests, as a key indicator of where targeted enforcement and education are needed, to address traffic concerns. So, based on your feedback at this meeting, CPS will be able to conduct additional enforcement in our Ward and report-back their findings. The City’s Transportation Department will then be able to research and recommend specific engineering measures that could be applied where issues other persist.

For more information about the sessions, visit Calgary.ca/trafficsafety.

Thank you,

Councillor Sean Chu

Ward04@calgary.ca

Categories: Community Traffic Solutions; Pedestrian Safety; Transportation; Traffic; Traffic Calming

Back | December 19, 2017

The Green Line is progressing forward and to ensure that Calgarians, and Community Associations are kept in the loop about next steps for the Green Line, and what the team has been working on so far you can sign up for regular email updates. They will have information on stations, construction updates, timelines, along with any more open houses that will be organized. So sign up and stay in the loop. Thank you for all the hard work done so far, 2017 was a busy year for the team, and the work involved to get the Green Line ready for construction is a huge task. Ward 4 will also see more land purchases along Centre Street as the north leg is prepared. The Green Line has a great website with lots of information and visuals of the Green Line, and what this will mean for your community. Take a look!

City news blog: Green Line LRT: All Aboard

2017 has been an eventful year for the Green Line. The City has been working closely with Calgarians over the last three years on planning the long term vision for the Green Line LRT, including setting the route and station locations. This year, the full 46 kilometre vision was approved by Council, and funding commitments were made by all three levels of government. Council also approved the first stage of construction, which includes building 20 kilometres of track from 16 Avenue N to 126 Avenue SE; 14 stations (including four underground stations); four park and rides; a new maintenance and storage facility; and a new fleet of light rail vehicles. Since these approvals, the team has been hard at work mapping out next steps and ramping up Green Line construction projects.

We need your help to move this project from vision to reality.

First things first: please subscribe to our email distribution list. This is the best way to ensure you’re getting the latest Green Line information from The City. We won’t always send snail mail about engagement opportunities and construction activities, so subscribing to receive our regular email updates is best.

Tell us how you want to see the Green Line integrated into your community.

We’re refining the design of the Green Line and want your input on safety and security, aesthetics and landscaping, and access to stations. From January to March 2018, we’ll be hosting sessions and online opportunities where you can provide feedback on how the LRT will look and feel in your community. Input collected from the public will be reflected in the technical documents that will guide the construction of the Green Line.

Subscribe to our email distribution list and watch for Facebook ads and other promotions in your community in the new year for session details, dates and times.

Green Line construction projects in your communities

Calgarians living or working along Stage 1 of the Green Line will have already started to see construction activity along the future Green Line route. These construction activities include items like utility relocation, environmental remediation and land preparation. Doing this work now means it will be easier to build the Green Line LRT tracks and stations in the future.

A full list of the projects under construction, in design or undergoing public engagement is available at www.calgary.ca/GreenLine

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Back | November 14, 2016

Green Line Update - November 2016

October was another busy month for the Green Line project, with public information sessions in the Beltline, transit oriented development workshops in Crescent Heights/Tuxedo Park and Highland, and ongoing community conversations about area and station development plans.

For the latest project news and other opportunities to get involved, visit Calgary.ca/GreenLine. Follow the Green Line story on Twitter @yyctransport #GreenLineYYC or email greenline@calgary.ca for further questions.

Upcoming events

Join us to review the proposed Developed Areas Guidebook, area redevelopment plans (ARPs) and station area plan (SAP) that will go to Calgary Planning Commission (CPC) in January 2017. This is your last opportunity to speak with City staff and see how public input has been considered in the community plans before they are reviewed by CPC and Council.

Inglewood and Ramsay ARPs

November 17, 2016

4:30-8:00 p.m.

Alexandra Dance Hall – 922 9 Avenue S.E.

Millican-Ogden ARP and South Hill SAP

November 15, 2016

5:30-8:30 p.m.

Banting and Best School – 1819 66 Avenue S.E.

Procurement update

The City of Calgary is currently completing the functional design, establishing funding scenarios, staging options and determining a contracting strategy to deliver The City’s largest infrastructure investment to date, the Green Line LRT. As is typical for a program of this scale and stage of development, The City is initiating a market sounding exercise to help inform the contracting strategy process.

A number of firms representing a cross-section of industry have been identified and will be contacted by The City’s advisor team in the coming weeks. Information that is received through the market sounding process will be summarized and presented to The City by the advisor team and incorporated into the contracting strategy that is currently being developed. Once funding parameters are understood and the contracting strategy is completed the overall program schedule can be finalized. 

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