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Regular Meeting of Council Mar. 20, 2017

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The Mar. 20, 2017, Regular Meeting of Council included:

2017 Group One Local Improvement Projects

Council approved adopted the bylaw for the 2017 group one local improvement projects. Local Improvements (LI’s) are construction projects on City property that Council considers to be a greater benefit to a particular area of the municipality than to the whole municipality. Examples include street or lane paving and driveway crossings. Through the LI process, property owners have the opportunity to upgrade infrastructure to improve quality of life in their community. LI charges are assessed to adjacent benefiting properties and then added to property taxes until the costs are repaid.

2017 Local Improvement Bylaws for Barclay Mall and Stephen Avenue Mall

Council approved adopted the 2017 Local Improvement bylaw for Barclay Mall and Stephen Avenue Mall. The Barclay Mall and Stephen Avenue Mall are important pedestrian corridors in Calgary’s city centre. Enhanced maintenance has been achieved through Local Improvement Bylaws. The improvements attract business, residents and tourism to the downtown and contribute to the Calgary economy overall.

Highland Park Golf Course

Council approved the five proposed bylaws. Bylaw 32D2017 was amended to include a new map. Council directed Administration to return to Council with City-initiated land use redesignations to bring into effect the Developer’s proposal for additional open space. In response to concerns regarding open space and working with Administration, the Applicant has committed to providing additional open space that will allow for more programmable and usable open space with better connections. This additional open space compliments the potential integration of the adjacent City-owned parcel into the central open space which would facilitate a Developer funded pathway connection through this parcel to the regional pathway network. In addition, the application as a whole will assist in realizing the goals and objectives of the Municipal Development Plan, Transit-Oriented Development Policy Guidelines, and other relevant municipal policies. The Highland Village Green development will be located on the site of the former Highland Park Golf Course.

Accessible Taxi Review Update

Council approved amendments to the Livery Transport Bylaw which will eliminate the annual Accessible Taxi Plate License fee. Council directed Administration to report to Council in 2018 Q1 with an options analysis and assessment that will seek to conclude the CTA and LTS scoping review which will provide recommendations for collaboration on service delivery and accountability with the accessible taxi industry. Based on engagement and data analysis, Administration recommended the elimination of Accessible Taxi Plate Licence (ATPL) fee as a means to relieve some of the financial burden on the industry.


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