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Planning and Urban Development Committee May 1, 2019

The May 1, 2019, Planning and Urban Development Committee meeting included:

Land Use Bylaw Amendment – Enabling Pop-Up and Interim Uses

Over the past three years, The City has focused on a number of initiatives to make Calgary an attractive place for businesses, including initiatives such as the Centre City Enterprise Area, and the new online business portal. The initiative proposed in this report continues to build on the previous initiatives.  Administration is proposing changes to Land Use Bylaw 1P2007 to include two new categories of uses as follows: (A) Pop-Up Uses: These uses have low to moderate impact on surrounding areas and can pop up in a commercial or industrial space for 4 consecutive days without a development permit; and (B) Interim Uses: These uses have low impact on surrounding areas and can occupy a vacant commercial space for up to six (6) months without a development permit. The Planning and Urban Development Committee directed Administration to: (a) prepare an amending bylaw to the Land Use Bylaw 1P2007 (b) forward the proposed bylaw, to accommodate the required advertising, and this report, directly to the 2019 May 27 Combined Meeting to Council. Committee recommends that Council hold a Public Hearing for the proposed amending bylaw and give three readings to the proposed Land Use Bylaw Amendment in Attachment 1.

Update Report on the Main Streets Investment Program and the Established Area Growth and Change Strategy

Committee received a report providing a progress update on the second portion of the citywide growth strategy, focused on established area and the Main Streets Investment Program as well, including next steps indicated for 2019 in anticipation of a 2020 March report proposing outcomes and recommendations of phase 1 of the work. The 179 completed residential communities of Calgary, 24 Main Street areas and approximately 70 potential transit-oriented development (TOD) locations are being considered as the Established Area Growth and Change Strategy progresses. These programs are meant to intentionally support strategic growth in existing communities of the city, as part of the implementation of long term policy goals. A joint update report allows for a common discussion about investment in existing communities through these programs. Committee recommended that Council: Direct Administration to report by 2020 March to Council, through the Priorities and Finance Committee, with Phase 1 work elements, as identified in this report, and refinement of plans and timing for Phase 2 work.

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

Committee received a presentation on the Marda Loop Streetscape Master Plan.  On April 11, 2016 Administration was directed by Council to create a comprehensive streetscape master plan for 33rd and 34th Avenues S.W., which was to include future SW Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) integration and potential funding options for this component. The streetscape master plan provides a vision to guide ongoing redevelopment of the public realm, supports the Main Streets program, and provides design options that will integrate with the future SW BRT station located at Crowchild Trail S.W. and 33rd Avenues S.W. This report outlined the completion of the work and Transportation Leadership Team approved streetscape master plan.

Enabling Successful Infill Development – Options for Changes

Committee received a report on this topic which included Administration’s focus on how the evolution of developed communities can continue to support growth in our city while accommodating citizens’ needs. The report focuses on one initiative – enabling successful infill development – but also shows how this initiative links to bigger policy goals and approaches. Proposing both amendments to the Land Use Bylaw (the Bylaw) as well as recommendations to ensure the alignment between various planning initiatives, this report begins the conversation about changing and configuring planning tools in a way that better achieves our desired goals, ensuring that Calgary is a city where current and future citizens’ needs are met. Committee Directed Administration to: (a) prepare an amending bylaw to the Land Use Bylaw 1P2007 and (b) forward the proposed bylaw, to accommodate the required advertising, and this report, directly to the 2019 June 17 Combined Meeting of Council.  Committee also recommend that Council hold a Public Hearing for the proposed amending bylaw at the 2019 June 17 Combined Meeting of Council; and (a) give three readings to the proposed Land Use Bylaw Amendment; and (b) direct Administration to return, through the Developed Areas Guidebook report, with an outline for what new developed area districts could look like and how the 12 issues will be addressed.


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