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Utilities and Corporate Services Committee Apr. 17, 2019

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The Apr. 17, 2019, Utilities and Corporate Services Committee meeting included:

Proposed Non-Market Housing Land Disposition Policy

Committee received a report requesting approval of a Council policy which will guide Administration in the identification and transfer of surplus City-owned land at below market value to Non-Profit Housing Providers. The purpose of this policy is to scale-up Non-Profit Housing Providers, assisting them in accelerating the development of their shovel-ready projects. This will help raise the percentage of non-market housing in Calgary to the national average of 6 per cent, which The City cannot do alone. Administrative guidance for this policy will fit into the larger Corporate Land Strategy which is currently being developed by Real Estate & Development Services and will be forwarded to Council beginning in Q2 2019. This will go forward to Council with the recommendation that Council: (1) Adopt the Non-Market Housing Land Disposition Policy; (2) Direct the ongoing administration of the Non-Market Housing Land Disposition Program by requesting Administration to report back with up to 10 separate development sites to be offered in a sales package in 2019 and every two years following, with performance of the program to be reviewed at the end of each business cycle; and (3) Direct Administration to formalize the coordination of the offering of surplus City-owned land with both provincial and federal funding application review so that resources from all levels of government can work together in the most effective way and report back on the progress of this work by Q2 2020; (4) Direct that this Report go to Council no later than 2019 May 27.

Update to CS005 – Sustainable Building Policy 

Committee received a report on Sustainable Building Policy. The 2008 Sustainable Building Policy has now reached a stage of maturity and a review was initiated as per Council Policy CC046 (Council Policy Program). The proposed updates to the policy have been developed using 10 years of lessons learned by The City and our project partners. In addition, the updates are in response to advancements in the green building industry, including the evolution of best practices, building certification programs, the introduction of the National Energy Code for Buildings, and multiple citizen, Council, and Corporate directives, policies, and targets.  There are five recommended updates to the Policy, developed in close consultation with a working group of building infrastructure design, construction, and operations subject matter experts, as well as City staff and industry partners. The recommended updates are intended to introduce greater clarity on policy applicability and City priorities, simplify governance, and focus on achieving high performing infrastructure.  This will go forward to Council for approval.

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