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Priorities and Finance Committee Oct. 2, 2018

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The Oct. 2, 2018, Priorities and Finance Committee meeting included:

Off-site Levy Bylaw Amendment Arising from New Community Growth Strategy 2018

Committee received a report on amendments to the Off-site Levy Bylaw to incorporate the developers’ proportionate share of the cost of off-site transportation and utility infrastructure attributable to the 14 new communities approved by Council on July 30, 2018. The amendments are necessary to ensure a funding source exists for a substantial part of the infrastructure required to support the new communities approved through the New Community Growth Strategy 2018. Committee approved the following and recommend:

  1. That the report be directed to the November 12 Combined Meeting of Council to the Public Hearing portion of the Agenda;
  2. That Council hold a public hearing on the proposed bylaw amendment; and
  3. That Council approve the proposed bylaw amendment to the Off-site Levy Bylaw.

Chinatown Cultural Plan and Local Area Plan – Update on funding and external partnerships

Committee received a report relating to the June 25, 2018, Council direction that Administration proceed with developing a Chinatown Cultural Plan and a culturally-based Local Area Plan, subject to developing funding options and exploring external partnerships. This report included updates on the external partnerships and outlined the recommended funding options available to proceed with the Council-directed Chinatown work. Recommendations where not approved. The lost motion will be forwarded to Council for information.

Council Innovation Fund Application: Chinatown Cultural Plan and Area Redevelopment Plan

Councillor Farrell and Councillor Chu sponsored an application to the Council Innovation Fund with the cooperation and support of Community Planning and Calgary Recreation. The application sought $250,000 to support the one-time creation of the Chinatown Cultural Plan and a culturally-based Local Area Plan, going towards its estimated budget of $600,000, to be used for anticipated consulting costs, including city-wide consultation and engagement conducted in several languages. Committee did not approve this application. The lost motion will be forwarded to Council for information.

Assessment and Tax Circumstances Report

Council approval is needed to cancel taxes accrued in individual tax accounts. The report given to Committee included the applicable 2016 and 2017 taxes accrued in property and business accounts that meet Administration’s criteria for prior year tax cancellation. The report also included the applicable municipal property taxes for non-profit organizations that applied and qualified for tax cancellations under the Non-Profit Tax Mitigation Policy. The following recommendations were approved: That the Priorities and Finance Committee recommend that Council under the authority of section 347 of the Municipal Government Act:

  1. Cancel property and business taxes for the amounts listed in the Attachment 1.
  2. Cancel 2018 municipal property taxes for the qualifying non-profit organizations for the amounts listed in Attachment 2.
  3. That Report be forwarded to the October 15, 2018 Meeting of Council.

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