Standards Bylaw (CSB) promotes good neighbour relationships and healthy,
safe and vibrant communities by addressing nuisances through the regulation of
noise, weeds and grass, fire pit use, and untidy properties. The CSB contains regulations for property
owners and for property maintenance. Extensive public engagement was conducted to
review this bylaw. Findings and recommendations will be presented to the
Standing Policy Committee on Community and Protective Services on November 2,
2016 and is recommended to go to Council on November 18th. Ward 6
had a total of 1,116 calls about Community Standards Bylaw infractions in all
of 2015, and in comparison, is thousands less than inner-city Wards.
Areas of greatest concern in order of concern include:
Weeds and long grass
A telephone survey of 501 Calgary residents and online
survey of 683 participants formed the basis of proposed amendments. The areas
of the CSB and recommendations noted below are a reflection of areas of concern
for citizens with 11,000 total responses on proposed amendments of ways to
increase compliance of CSB.
• 45% (telephone) and 49% (online
survey) of citizens think unkempt properties are of significant concern;
recommendations include increasing fines.
• 39% (telephone) and 41% (online
survey) of citizens feel noise is a concern; recommendations include increasing
• 34% (telephone) and 37% (online
survey) said presence of weeds and long grass a concern – statistics did not
differentiate public vs. private property.
• 34% (telephone) and 35% (online
survey) are concerned with graffiti; please call in graffiti on public or
private property – it can be removed with assistance of City by applying for
private property abatement program.
• 78% of citizens are not
concerned about fire pits. Of the 22% (telephone) and 23% (online survey) who
are, safety and smoke are biggest concerns. Recommendations include the requirement
of an inexpensive screen mesh which has been proven to substantially reduce
smoke and increase safety.
• Unwanted flyers are of concern
to citizens, and it is proposed that signs indicating the unwanted deliver of
flyers be extended beyond businesses to include non-commercial flyers. 75% of
citizens agreed with this proposed change. I am concerned that those opting out
of flyers will no longer receive their community association newsletters, which
provide critical local community information.
• Housekeeping amendments also
being recommended to achieve an easier to use and understand CSB including many
increases to fines across offenses are being proposed.
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