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Planning and Urban Development Committee Dec. 3, 2018

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The Dec. 3, 2018, Planning and Urban Development Committee meeting included:

Building Maintenance Bylaw Update

Committee received a report on the results of recent consultation with industry representatives and advocacy organizations as well as a proposal to comprehensively evaluate the Building Maintenance Bylaw prior to recommending changes to the bylaw.  The Alberta Building Code states that a building owner may not allow an unsafe condition to be sustained. However, there is no clear requirement to maintain buildings. To address that legislative gap and to enhance safety incident prevention, Calgary Building Services proactively created the Building Maintenance Bylaw 33M2016. This bylaw was adopted by City Council in June 2016 with an implementation date commencing in January 2017. The bylaw requires building owners to ensure minimum levels of building maintenance are occurring on their buildings. Committee approved this to go forward to council with the recommendations that Council allow sufficient time for Administration to review the effectiveness of the Building Maintenance Bylaw and direct Administration to provide a monitoring report to Council through the SPC on Planning and Urban Development no later than Q3 2020 and a final evaluation report with a scoping report, risk matrix and amendments if required through the SPC on Planning and Urban Development no later than Q1 2022.

Calgary Airport Vicinity Protection Area Regulation Amendment

Committee received a report with information on the proposed amendment to the AVPA Regulation resulting from collaborative discussions between administration and the Calgary Airport Authority to allow for residential intensification within certain areas of the 30-35 Noise Exposure Forecast protection area. This item will go forward to council with the recommendation that Council:

(1) Request that the Office of the Mayor connect with the Provincial Minister of Municipal Affairs to clearly state that a 10-year moratorium on Transit Oriented Development (TOD) adjacent to any substantial municipal and/or provincial investments in transit infrastructure is unacceptable. (2) Direct that Administration and the Office of the Mayor secure a negotiated allowance for the ability for TOD areas within the AVPA, and particularly the Inglewood MAX Purple TOD area. (3) Request that Intergovernmental Affairs strive to achieve this outcome no later than January 2019.

Cannabis Store Separation Distance Policy for Eighth Avenue South Downtown

This report proposes amendments to the Cannabis Store Guidelines to add a 300 metre separation distance between Cannabis Stores with at-grade entrances on parcels along Eighth Avenue South in the Calgary Downtown Business Association Business Improvement Area. This portion of Eighth Avenue from Macleod Trail S.E. to Ninth Street S.W. includes Stephen Avenue Mall, a pedestrian-oriented retail, dining and entertainment area. It is important that Eighth Avenue South develop a complete retail street to support a quality public realm, livability and continued commercial and residential development. The purpose of the separation distance is to prevent clustering and ensure there is a wide variety of at-grade retail and other commercial opportunities.  Committee approved this to go forward to Council with the recommendation that Council adopt, by resolution, the proposed Cannabis Store Guidelines as presented. 

33rd and 34th Avenues S.W. (Marda Loop) Streetscape Master Plan Update

Administration presented a report for information that was based on the 2016 April 11 direction from Council to create a comprehensive streetscape master plan for 33rd and 34th Avenues S.W., which was to include future SW Bus Rapid Transit integration and potential funding options for this component. This will go forward to Council with the recommendation that Council direct administration to return, through the Planning and Urban Development Committee, to Council in Q2 2019 with a comprehensive Streetscape Master Plan for 33rd and 34th Avenues S.W. (Marda Loop) that will include options that are integrated with the proposed SW Bus Rapid Transit route at Crowchild Trail and 33rd Avenue S.W. intersection, along with funding options.

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