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Ward 8 News: Making it easier to do business in Calgary – Centre City Enterprise District

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I am happy to announce that Council just approved an initiative I championed that will make it easier to do business in Calgary. This initiative removes significant barriers and will save businesses tens of thousands of dollars when they take a leap and choose to make a significant investment in Calgary.
Starting June 26th you will no longer require a development permit for changes of use, exterior alterations and small additions in the Beltline or Downtown. We are calling this the Centre City Enterprise District. This presents a balanced approach to a bold idea. It provides for a short term action and stimulus for building owners and businesses in the Centre City. This program is all about cutting red tape and supporting our business community.
Specifically, Bylaw 30P2017 accomplishes the following:
  •          Establishes a boundary for the Centre City Enterprise District
  •          Exempts change of use applications within the Centre City Enterprise Area from requiring a development permit, provided it is for a listed use in the district;
  •          Exempts applications for an exterior alteration within the Centre City Enterprise Area from requiring a development permit, unless it is a building on the Inventory of Evaluated Historic Resource;
  •         Exempts applications for an addition for an addition less than 1,000 square metres in size within the Centre City Enterprise Area from requiring a development permit, provided the proposed development still meets Section 24 Conditions for Development Permit Exemptions; and
  •          Exempts any applicable parking requirements
Last fall with vacancy rates at an all time high in both the Beltline and the Downtown Core, I heard from building owners and businesses who were struggling to make ends meet and be nimble in a changing economy. Where we have businesses willing to be flexible in order to respond to a difficult economy, so should our Government. We should be open and responsive, especially now, to be sure that we can support, not hinder, those who are looking to start a business.
I want to thank Calgary Economic Development, City Administration, BILD Calgary, NAIOP, our Business Improvement Areas, Community Associations and small businesses across the Centre City for coming together in such a collaborative way to support growth in our city.
If you have any questions about the Centre City Enterprise District you can contact my office at or the Planning Services Centre at 403-268-5311.

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