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Regular Meeting of Council Nov. 19, 2018

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The Nov. 19, 2018, Regular Meeting of Council included:

Moving Forward on Olympic Project

Council unanimously approved the directions to: Rescind Council’s authorization to the City Manager to negotiate the content of any documents or agreements required to conclude a cost sharing arrangement to host the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games; Formally thank internal and external groups and individuals involved in the project; Have a report to Council on the detailed total costs expended by The City on the project, including costs expended for the Calgary Bid Exploration Committee’s work, the City Secretariat’s work, and any City funds provided to, and expended by, Calgary 2026; Have the City Solicitor and General Counsel work with the Board of Directors of Calgary 2026 over the next few months to take all steps necessary to wind up the Calgary Bid Exploration Committee and Calgary 2026 and direct Mayor Nenshi, the City Manager and/or the City Solicitor and General Counsel to sign any documents necessary to wind up these companies; Immediately disband the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games Assessment Committee and remove scheduled meetings from the 2019 Council Calendar.  All reports to return to Council by Q1 2019. Council also approved that the Mayor advocate with the Provincial and Federal Government to continue their Olympic and Paralympic funding commitments to The City of Calgary, and report back to PFC on an as needed basis.

At-grade LRT Crossing Safety

This notice of motion was brought forward to Council related to a recent fatality at an at-grade LRT crossing and directs administration to provide and At-Grade LRT Crossing report that includes: Inventory of crossings and treatments; Inventory of protection measures, what they target, constraints and costs; Best practices in design from across the industry; History of incidents; How The City studies, adapts and audits these crossings; and Recommendations for Council on additional programs or initiatives that will address crossing safety. Council approved this notice of motion and Administration will report back to the SPC on Transportation and Transit Committee by Q2 2019.

Subdivision and Development Regulation Setbacks

This notice of motion relates to the Subdivision and Development Regulation definitions of setback distances from a development or subdivision for a residence, school, hospital, or food establishment to an operating or non-operating landfill, waste storage site, and operating and non-operating hazardous waste management facilities. The City of Calgary Charter, 2018 Regulation, effective January 1, 2018, gives Council the power to modify the setback distances in the Subdivision and Development Regulation and the definitions of “school”, “hospital”, or “food establishment”. Council directed Administration to: Scope out the requirements and implications of modifying the Subdivision and Development Regulation setbacks or the definition of “food establishment”, housing and/or other development types in accordance with the Calgary Charter Regulation including analyzing: (a) The risks and liabilities The City could assume; (b) The benefits and disadvantages; (c) Any challenges from an operational perspective; and (d) The additional resources that may be required for implementation. Administration will report back to Council through the SPC on Planning and Urban Development no later than Q3 2019 unless additional resources are required to complete the scoping exercise described above, and no funding source can be identified, in which case return to Council as soon as reasonably possible.

Waste Management Storage Site Operational Practices

This notice of motion was brought forward to Council highlighting concerns around the safety risks of waste management storage sites (locations at which materials are collected or received from multiple sources and are sorted and either sold for recycling or sent to landfill) storing large amounts of waste improperly leading to potential public safety hazards, including garbage landslides, fires and site contamination. Council directed Administration to report back through the SPC on Utilities and Corporate Services no later than Q1 2019 on an interim approach to minimizing safety risks of these operations; and report back through the SPC on Utilities and Corporate Services no later than Q4 2019 with: (a) A scoping report on The City’s authority to use existing controls to limit the safety hazard, risk and liability of The City of Calgary from the operation of waste management storage sites; and (b) Make recommendations for potential policy and potential regulatory requirements to standardize practices that reflect best practices.

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