Clarification - Parkland Secondary Suite Application
A recent flyer and community newsletter article have touched on the topic of secondary suites in Parkland, and I believe that some clarification is necessary. Many who have contacted me seem to be under the impression that a blanket rezoning to allow secondary suites is being considered for Parkland. This is not the case.
In actual fact, it is a single individual that has approached the Parkland Community Association asking for support of a laneway secondary suite on their private parcel of land. The City of Calgary considers the opinion of community associations in these matters, and it is common practice for applicants to approach—or lobby, if you will—the community association before or during the submission of their application.
Very astutely, the Parkland Community Association has decided to use this opportunity to determine whether or not they will support this or future applications of the same kind. They have asked Parkland residents to voice their opinion on the topic during their September 24th board meeting. I clearly understand the importance of this meeting and will be attending along with my staff.
To date the potential applicant has only approached the community association—at least that I am aware of. The community association in turn called the meeting in question. The City has not yet received the application being discussed, and as a result I have no knowledge of it other than what the concerned residents of Parkland have told me.
I have always been on the side of preserving the type of neighbourhood that my constituents originally agreed to live in. With that said, the purpose of our planning system is to accommodate the changing needs of this growing city, and I consider the opinions of Ward 14 residents the most important factor in my decision making. I will be paying close attention the tone of the Parkland board meeting.
Here are the meeting details:
Date: Thursday, September 24, 2015
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Parkland Community Hall (505 Parkvalley Road SE)
As was stated in the flyer, if you cannot attend the meeting you can contact me anytime. This has always been the case. I will also be paying close attention to the opinions of those who contact my office.
I sincerely hope that you have found this information helpful.
-Councillor Peter Demong