Land Use Bylaw1P2007

The City of Calgary Land Use Bylaw 1P2007

PART 7: COMMERCIAL DISTRICTS

Division 9: Commercial – Office f#h# (C-O f#h#) District

Purpose

828 The Commercial — Office District is intended to be characterized by:
a buildings containing select uses that contribute to locations of high employment;
b a limited number of other uses that support Offices;
c locations along or near major roads and transit facilities;
d pedestrian connections;
e varying building density established through maximum floor area ratios for individual parcels; and
f varying building height established through maximum building height for individual parcels.

Permitted Uses

829 1 The following uses are permitted uses in the Commercial — Office District:
a Park;
2 The following uses are permitted uses in the Commercial — Office District if they are located within existing approved buildings:
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d deleted
e Office; and
3 The following uses are permitted uses in existing approved buildings in the Commercial — Office District if:
a a minimum of 90.0 per cent of the building's gross floor area contains those uses listed in subsection (2) (a) through (f) inclusive; and
b they are located on or below the ground floor of the building:
viii Library;
xiv deleted
xv deleted
4 The following uses are permitted uses in existing approved buildings in the Commercial — Office District if:
a a minimum of 90.0 per cent of the building's gross floor area contains those uses listed in subsection (2)(a) through (f) inclusive;
b they are located on or below the ground floor of the building; and
c the public area is 150.0 square metres or less:

Discretionary Uses

830 1 Uses listed in subsection 829(2) are discretionary uses if they are located in proposed buildings or proposed additions to existing buildings in the Commercial — Office District.
1.1 The following uses are discretionary uses in the Commercial — Office District if they are located within existing approved buildings and if the public area is greater than 150.0 square metres.
2 Uses listed in subsection 829(2) are discretionary uses if they are proposed in an existing building that does not have at least one commercial use that has been approved after the parcel was designated as a commercial land use district.
3 Uses listed in subsection 829(3) are discretionary uses in the Commercial — Office District if:
a they are proposed for a new building or new addition to a building;
b they are located in a building where less than 90.0 per cent of the building's gross floor area is used for uses listed in subsection 829(2)(a) through (f) inclusive; or
c they are located above the ground floor of the building.
3.1 The following uses are discretionary uses in the Commercial — Office District if:
a they are proposed for a new building or new addition to a building;
b they are located in a building where less than 90.0 per cent of the building's gross floor area is used for uses listed in subsection 829(2)(a) through (f) inclusive; or
c they are located above the ground floor of the building.
4 The following uses are discretionary uses in the Commercial — Office District:
a deleted
c.2 deleted
f deleted
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g.1 deleted
k.1 deleted
n deleted

Rules

831 In addition to the rules in this District, all uses in this District must comply with:
a (a) the General Rules for Commercial Land Use Districts referenced in Part 7, Division 1;
b the Rules Governing All Districts referenced in Part 3; and
c the applicable Uses And Use Rules referenced in Part 4.

Floor Area Ratio

832 The maximum floor area ratio for parcels designated Commercial — Office District is the number following the letter "f" indicated on the Land Use District Maps.

Building Height

833 The maximum building height for parcels designated Commercial — Office District is the number following the letter "h" indicated on the Land Use District Maps, expressed in metres.

Use Area

834 1 Unless otherwise referenced in subsection (2), there is no use area restriction for uses in the Commercial — Office District.
2 The maximum use area for a Retail and Consumer Service, or a Retail and Consumer Service combined with any other use, is 465.0 square metres.

Front Setback Area

835 The front setback area must have a minimum depth of 6.0 metres.

Rear Setback Area

836 1 Where the parcel shares a rear property line with a parcel designated as:
a a commercial district, the rear setback area must have a minimum depth of 3.0 metres;
b an industrial district, the rear setback area must have a minimum depth of 3.0 metres;
c a residential district, the rear setback area must have a minimum depth of 6.0 metres; and
d a special purpose district, the rear setback area must have a minimum depth of 6.0 metres.
2 Where the parcel shares a rear property line with:
a an LRT corridor or street, the rear setback area must have a minimum depth of 6.0 metres;
b a lane that separates the parcel from a parcel designated as a residential district, the rear setback area must have a minimum depth of 6.0 metres; and
c a lane, in all other cases, the rear setback area must have a minimum depth of 3.0 metres.

Side Setback Area

837 1 Where the parcel shares a side property line with a parcel designated as:
a a commercial district, the side setback area must have a minimum depth of 3.0 metres;
b an industrial district, the side setback area must have a minimum depth of 3.0 metres;
c a residential district, the side setback area must have a minimum depth of 6.0 metres; and
d a special purpose district, the side setback area must have a minimum depth of 6.0 metres.
2 Where the parcel shares a side property line with:
a an LRT corridor or street, the side setback area must have a minimum depth of 6.0 metres;
b a lane that separates the parcel from a parcel designated as a residential district, the side setback area must have a minimum depth of 6.0 metres; and
c a lane, in all other cases, the side setback area must have a minimum depth of 3.0 metres.

Landscaping In Setback Areas

838 1 Where a setback area shares a property line with an LRT corridor or street, the setback area must:
b provide a minimum of 1.0 trees and 2.0 shrubs:
i for every 35.0 square metres; or
ii for every 50.0 square metres, where irrigation is provided by a low water irrigation system.
2 Where a setback area shares a property line with a parcel designated as a residential district, the setback area must:
b provide a minimum of 1.0 trees:
i for every 30.0 square metres; or
ii for every 45.0 square metres, where irrigation is provided by low water irrigation system; and
c provide trees planted in a linear arrangement along the length of the setback area.
3 Where a setback area shares a property line with a lane or a parcel designated as a commercial, industrial or special purpose district, the setback area:
b may have a sidewalk along the length of the building; and
c provide a minimum of 1.0 trees and 2.0 shrubs:
i for every 35.0 square metres; or
ii for every 50.0 square metres, where irrigation is provided by a low water irrigation system.

Employee Area

839 All developments must have an outdoor area, for the use of employees, that is a minimum of 10.0 square metres.

Reductions of Minimum Motor Vehicle Parking Requirement

840 deleted

Excess Motor Vehicle Parking Stalls

841 Where the number of motor vehicle parking stalls provided for uses is in excess of 6.0 stalls per 100.0 square metres of gross usable floor area, those excess stalls must be located in either underground or structured parking.

Required Bicycle Parking Stalls

3 The minimum required number of bicycle parking stalls for all other uses is the minimum requirement referenced in Part 4.

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