October 2022 Newsletter
Hi Ward 14!
Fall is such a beautiful and vibrant time of year. I find it is also a great time for a reminder to be safe and cautious on our streets, especially the residential ones. This is the time of year where kids are crossing streets, back in their school routines, and out trick-or-treating. It is important to give their safety some thought because they may not yet be quite mature enough to do that on their own.
Upcoming Budget Deliberations
You have likely seen this topic before, and you will likely see it again. Budget deliberations at City Council are coming in November. It is a process that happens every year, but during the year after an election it happens on a much larger scale. That is because we are setting some broad strategies and priorities for the next four-year period.
I hope you will look at my Online Property Tax Breakdown. This is a tool I had developed to give Calgarians a better idea of where their money is being spent. Once you do that, I hope you will let me know what you think is and is not important for the City of Calgary to spend money on.
Where to Park: Online Map Shows Calgary’s Residential Parking Zones
When planning a trip within the city, do not forget there are many residential areas in Calgary that have parking restrictions. The Calgary Residential Parking Zones map shows communities which have residential parking zones established to help communities control the number of non-resident vehicles parked there. To ensure you are parking in residential areas where permits are not needed, visit the map at https://maps.calgary.ca/CalgaryParking/.
To view more City of Calgary maps, please visit the Map Gallery at https://maps.calgary.ca/.
We’re updating how we advertise public hearings
The City of Calgary is introducing a new bylaw to modernize how we advertise public hearings of City Council on planning matters. Public hearing notices will now be fully detailed on our updated webpage.
The transition will be gradual. Newspaper ads will continue until June 2023, while the City uses other methods like social media, web ads and community newsletters to help inform the public of the changes.
Having the public’s participation in planning matters is important. My hope is that modernizing advertising methods will more effectively reach larger numbers of citizens on planning applications going to Council. The City has also increased efforts to connect citizens who have limited English language skills by creating language-specific ads.
-Councillor Peter Demong