Council passed a set of guiding principles to be used to analyze the CalgaryNEXT project at Monday’s Council Meeting. Before The City initiates public consultation, Council and Administration need to understand whether the Project is feasible. This requires further examination of the environmental contamination on the proposed site, the operational requirements of the fieldhouse, and the revenue potential of the Community Revitalization Levy. It is important to note that The City has not received an application for CalgaryNEXT, and it will be necessary for Council to determine how much work should occur without receiving an application and associated fees. Please view the entire CalgaryNEXT Analysis Framework Report to Council including the Administrative Work Plan here.
City of Calgary Guiding Principles for the CalgaryNEXT application
To ensure that all decisions and work related to CalgaryNEXT are undertaken in the best interest of Calgarians, I supported the Council motion to approve the following guiding principles:
1. Public money must be used for public benefit;
2. There must be extensive stakeholder consultation, public engagement, and open and transparent communications with Calgarians regarding the CalgaryNEXT proposal;
3. West Village must be designed and developed as a vibrant mixed-use neighbourhood;
4. Any new fieldhouse must meet the needs of key stakeholders including but not limited to, the University of Calgary, amateur sports groups, and the general public;
5. Any new arena-stadium/event facility located within or near Calgary’s centre city, must compliment the existing amenities of the centre city, and contribute to the centre city’s long term vibrancy and appeal; and
6. The cost for remediating contamination of the West Village site should be the responsibility of the polluter(s), to the extent that such recovery is legally possible.
Aligning all City directed work related to the CalgaryNEXT proposal to these principles will ensure a transparent process and the best possible outcome for Calgarians.
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