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Calgary City Community Leader Enters Second Day of Public Hearing – Calgary

The Large Community Guide will appear on Tuesday for another day of public hearing in front of the Calgary City Council after 125 people signed up to speak on the document.

The city has stated that the guide is intended to update and streamline some of the city’s planning guidelines and provide tools to help communities develop local plans. The move is set to help spur redevelopment in inner-city communities as Calgary seeks to keep half of its growth within the existing city limits.

“The Large Community Guide is a compilation of our standard guidelines that apply or may apply in different areas of the city through … the local area plan, which is the unique guidelines for each ward,” said Debra Hamilton, director of ward planning , opposite the Council Monday.

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The need to change the city’s planning process stemmed from an outdated process that didn’t work for the Calgarians.

“Our problem was that we had a planning system that was not straightforward, or understandable, or easy to use, and that often relied on outdated guidelines and regulations that were designed with what was on the ground, not what we were, in mind introduced us, ”said the lead planner Lisa Kahn.

“The system has not sufficiently enabled the results of citizens and businesses.”

Enter the travel guide used in conjunction with Local Maps (LAP). North Hill parishes are one of four areas in which the city controls LAPs.

“We need a system that makes it easier for companies to achieve better shape in our communities and that really addresses the needs of many, not just the needs of a few,” said Kahn. “The North Hill Churches Guide and Local Area Map are just two parts of that system.”

The guide is intended to help the municipalities continue their journey through time and inform the local planning process.

“Calgary is a young city and it’s been quite a journey so far,” said Teresa Goldstein, city manager for community planning. “Calgarians have also seen tremendous changes in the types of households that live in our city.”

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Goldstein said demographics in the city are changing as more Calgarians get older, choose not to get married or have children, or even later to buy houses.

“In 1980 households that consisted of one or two people with no children were about 30 percent. Today it makes up about half of the Calgarians. “

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This means that the average number of people per house has fallen from four to 2.6.

“If we help our communities cope with these waves of population decline and population growth, the city can continue to invest in our communities and, most importantly, talk about our future,” said Goldstein.

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The guide has received significant opposition in recent weeks from several community associations and councilors wanting a late decision on the plan.

Ward 11 Coun. Jeromy Farkas was an outspoken opponent of the Guide. City councils accused him of disseminating misinformation or of not having been properly informed of the content of the guide.

On Monday, Ward 4 Coun. Sean Chu tried to halt the counseling debate until November 15, less than a month after the upcoming local elections. His motion was defeated 3:11, just himself, Farkas and Coun. Joe Magliocca votes.

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Several panels of speakers attended the public hearing on Monday evening. Although the guide was supported by several speakers who said the plan may not be perfect but addressed the need for organized redevelopment, many of the speakers called for changes and more consultation.

Speakers’ concerns included the impact of higher density development in their neighborhood, clarity of plan, and community engagement.

Terry Wong, President of the Broun Hill Community Association in Hounsfield Heights, was one of the first to speak.

“There is definitely a need for housing styles, townhouses and townhouses,” said Wong. “But they have to be placed in the right place, they have to be placed in such a way that communities sit at the table and have a voice.”

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