Archived Developments

Updates and Events August, 2020

(1)  Parking Survey – Until August 31st
One of the most frequent complaints the BCA receives is in regards to parking.  Spillover parking can be either from nearby homes or from businesses.

Right now existing City rules and bylaws require that non-residential building tenants (i.e. retail stores or commercial businesses) have to provide a set minimum number of parking spots.  This varies depending on the type of business; for example, a medical office usually requires more parking than a similar-sized retail store.

The City is proposing the removal of minimum parking requirements for non-residential buildings in the Land Use Bylaw, and wants your input.

The City of Calgary is proposing to allow businesses and developers to advise how much parking makes sense for their development, rather than relying on parking rates in the Land Use Bylaw. This change is expected to provide relief to businesses, create walkable and attractive communities and support Calgary’s climate goals.

Parking was on the Agenda on June 15, 2020 at the Standing Policy Committee on Planning & Urban Development.  The result was that City Administration was to report back to Council with amendments to the Bylaw to eliminate parking minimums for commercial uses, and consider removal of parking minimums for multi-residential uses at a Public Hearing of Council on November 2, 2020.

Do you agree or disagree?  You can find details and a FAQ site here:   https://engage.calgary.ca/parking
This is your chance to comment, so please do provide your input.

(2)  Calgary Metro Region Board (CMRB) – until September 4th
The Calgary Metro Region Board (CMRB) includes Calgary and nine other municipalities such as Airdrie, Cochrane, Chestermere, etc.
A new growth plan is being developed this year for the entire region.  Even though you live in Calgary, how does the City find the right balance when planning for the next million people in the region or when considering shared services?  Who pays for shared services?

This public engagement is coordinated by the CMRB. Visit the website for the ways you can have your say in the region’s growth and development. https://engage.calgary.ca/GrowthPlan

The background info and survey are here:  https://cmrbgrowthplan.ca/regional-growth-and-servicing-plan

Some challenging questions!  For example, would you rather…

Have more single-family homes in lower density communities, using more land for development, or have more infill and mixed use homes in higher density communities, using less land for development?

(3)  Business panel looking for participants
Do you own or operate a business in Calgary?

The City is looking for members of Calgary’s Business community to participate in our Business Perspectives Panel. The panel is an online research forum with more than 800 Calgary-based decision-makers from a variety of industries.

Joining the panel gives you an opportunity to actively provide input to City Administration and Council, share your perspectives on a variety of critical business topics, and help shape business-facing programs and services through online surveys and other research activities.

To learn more about the panel or how to join, see this website:  https://pra.ca/current_research/calgary-business-perspectives-panel/

(4)  Brentwood Crime Statistics
If you are interesting in seeing what is happening (or not happening!) in Brentwood, crime statistics can be found here.

https://mycalgary.com/crime-statistics/brentwood-crime-activity-update/

(5)  Brentwood CA Annual General Meeting – September 2, 2020 at 7:00 (Registration at 6:30)
Location:  Brentwood Sportsplex Hall at 1520B Northmount Drive NW

If you are planning ahead, consider attending the AGM and meeting some other Brentwood residents.
Watch the BCA website for updates and further information:  www.brentwoodcommunity.com

Brentwood LRT Station Upgrades

Brentwood LRT Station park-n-ride will be receiving some upgrades over the next few weeks.

As a part of this project we will be working on the following:

–        Rehabilitation of concrete in areas on the stairs, ramps, pedestrian bridges that currently pose as potential trip hazards

–        Application of a concrete traffic coating membrane on the pedestrian bridges

–        Installation of new handrails/guardrails along the stairs, ramps, and bridges

–        Upgrades to lighting along each of these areas

The contractor will be working hard to minimize any inconveniences to our customers, there will be times in which specific areas of the ramps, stairs, and/or bridges may need to be closed to allow work to occur accordingly without jeopardizing safety to pedestrians using this infrastructure. That said, this project will be completed in phases to ensure access to the station head or across Crowchild Trail is maintained and adequate signage will be used to redirect pedestrian around specific construction areas as required.

We appreciate our customers patience as we work to complete this project as quickly as possible.

3220 Boulton Rd NW

DP2020-3373

This is an application for a secondary suite containing a family room, kitchen, 3 bedrooms, bathroom and laundry/mechanical room.

All comments are due by July 15, 2020.

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47 Butler Cres NW

DP2020-3285

This is an application for a secondary basement suite containing a living area, kitchen, bathroom, 2 bedrooms and laundry/mechanical room.

All comments are due by June 25, 2020.

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2828 Brentwood Blvd NW

DP2020-1738

This is an application for a secondary basement suite containing a living area, kitchen, bathroom, 1 bedroom and furnace/mechanical room.

All comments are due by June 25, 2020.

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5312 Barrett Dr NW

DP2020-3062

This application is for a secondary suite containing a living area, kitchen, 1 bedroom and bathroom.

All comments are due by June 17, 2020.

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4340 Brisebois Dr NW

DP2020-3002

This is an application for a secondary basement suite containing a living area, kitchen, 2 bedrooms, bathroom, furnace/utility room.

All comments are due by June 16, 2020.

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3812 Brooklyn Cr NW

DP2020-2178

This is an applicaiton for a home business for fitness and conditioning sessions in the garage.

All comments are due by June 9, 2020.

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1471 Northmount Dr NW

DP2020-2289

This is a Development Permit for a secondary suite in the basement consisting of a living/dining area, 2 bedrooms and a bathroom.

All comments are due by June 3, 2020.

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5111 Bulyea Rd NW

DP2020-2496

This is an application for a Development Permit (DP) to allow for a backyard suite above the garage (new single garage beside existing garage, and suite above both).

All comments are due by May 23, 2020.

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4611 Brisebois Dr NW

DP 2020-1621

This is an application for a basement secondary suite containing a living and kitchen area, 2 bedrooms and bathroom.

All comments are due by May 14, 2020.

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47 Bennett Cres NW

DP2020-2155

This is an application for a secondary basement suite containing a living and kitchen area, 2 bedrooms, bathroom and utility area.

All comments are due by May 21, 2020.

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5319 Brisebois Dr NW

DP2020-2188

This is an application for a secondary basement suite containng a living area, kitchen, 2 bedrooms, bathroom, furnace and utility area.

All comments are due by May 7, 2020.

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3408 Bulyea Cr NW

DP2020-1419

This is an application for a secondary basement suite.  It will contain a living area, kitchen, 2 bedrooms, bathroom, furnace and utility area.

All comments are due by May 6, 2020.

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#140, 10 Brentwood CM NW

DP2020-1865

This application is for a ground floor fitness centre.

All comments are due by May 4, 2020.

Click here to view the Request for Comment.

Application was approved May 11, 2020.  No appeals and released June 5, 2020.

3912 Brantford Dr NW

DP2020-2085

This is an application for a secondary basement suite containing living area, kitchen, 3 bedrooms, bathroom and laundry.

All comments are due by April 29, 2020.

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4115 Brisebois Dr NW

DP2020-1596

This is an application for a secondary suite containing a kitchen, bathroom, living area, 3 bedrooms, and furnace/utility area.

All comments are due by April 7, 2020.

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1246 Northmount Dr NW

DP2020-1217

This application is for a secondary basement suite which will contain a living area, kitchen, 2 bedrooms, bathroom and furnace/utility room.

All comments are due by March 30, 2020.

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4507 Brisebois Dr NW

DP2020-1135

This is an application for a secondary basement suite.  It will contain a living area, kitchen, 2 bedrooms, bathroom and laundry area.

All comments are due by March 25, 2020.

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4131 Brisebois Dr NW

DP2020-0891

This is an application for a secondary basement suite containing a living/dining area, kitchen, 3 bedrooms, bathroom and laundry area.

All comments are due by March 18, 2020.

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3212 Boulton Rd NW

DP2020-0892

This is an application for a secondary basement suite consiting of a living/dining area, kitchen bathroom, 2 bedrooms and laundry area.

All comments are due by March 12, 2020.

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#312A, 3630 Brentwood

DP2020-0867

This is an application for Genesis Physiotherapy at Brentwood Mall, and requests 2 new windows within the mall interior.  The business has an interior location within Brentwood Mall, physically next to Safeway.

The request is to add 2 new windows at the opposite end of the business site from the main entrance – ie the north facing exterior wall of the mall and facing the parking lot on the north side.

All comments are due by Mar 12, 2020.

Click here to view the Request for Comment.

Application was approved on March 16, 2020.  No appeals and released April 13, 2020.

3124 Blakiston Dr NW

DP2020-0738

This is an application for a secondary suite containing a living/dining area, kitchen, 1 bedroom, bathroom and laundry area.

All comments are due by Mar 11, 2020.

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3007 Brentwood Blvd NW

DP2020-0890

This is an application for a secondary suite consisting of a living area, kitchen, 2 bedrooms, bathroom and laundry area.

All comments are due by Mar 10, 2020.

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5215R Northland Dr. NW

DP2020-0552

This is an application for the Walmart at Northland Village Mall, and requests 1) a garden centre, 2) refurbishing the exterior facade, and 3) new fascia signs.

If you would like to view the details please contact the BCA as the drawings as they are to large to post.

All comments are due be Feb 25, 2020.

Click here to view the Request for Comment.

3808 Brighton Dr NW

DP2020-0400

This is an application for a secondary suite. There will be a living and dining area, kitchen, 2 bedrooms, bathroom and laundry area.

All comments are due by February 18, 2020.

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2924 Blakiston Dr NW

DP2020-0242

This is an application for a secondary suite containing a living area, kitchen, bathroom, 2 bedrooms and laundry area.

All comments are due by Feb 12, 2020.

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4207 – 26th Street NW

DP2020-0213

This application is for an addition to the existing home (replace front sunroom, replace rear deck), replacement of the existing garage, and addition of a backyard suite above the new garage. The proposed suite (above the garage), has an area of about 804ft2, and consists of living, dining and kitchen spaces, 2 bedrooms, and a bathroom.

All comments are due by Feb 6, 2020.

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5335 Brisebois Dr. NW

DP2020-0130

This application is for a secondary suite consistig of living area, ktichen, bathroom, 3 bedrooms and laundry/utility room.

All comments are due by Feb 3, 2020.

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3224 – 52nd Avenue NW

DP2019-6248

This is an application for a secondary suite consisting of a living area, kitchen, 2 bedrooms, bathroom and laundry/mechanical room.

All comments are due by Jan 30, 2020.

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5111 Northland Dr. NW

DP-2019-6576

This is an application for exterior renos, retail and consumer services.

All comments are due by January 23, 2020.

Click here to view the Request for Comment.

Application was released on Sept 18, 2020 with no appeals.

1339 Northmount Dr NW

DP2019-6354

This is an application for exterior storage shed and exterior renos at the back of the building.

All comments are due by January 9, 2020

Click here to view the Request for Comment.

This application was cancelled.

450 Brentwood Way NW

DP2019-5543

This application is for Change of Use to Restaurant.

All comments are due by December 30, 2019.

Click here to view the Request for Comment.

Permitted Use was removed on Nov 21, 2019.  No appeal,  released Jan 27, 2020.

3219 52 Ave NW

DP-2019-5892

This application is for a secondary suite in the basement containing living area, kitchen/dining area, bathroom and 2 bedrooms.

All comments are due by December 17, 2019.

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#12, 3616 – 52 Ave NW

DP2019-5761

The application is for a Change of Use for Child Care Services and Instructional Facility

All comments are due by December 19, 2019.

Click here to view the Reqeust for comment.

Application was approved Dec 23, 2019. Open to appeals to SDAB Dec 26, 2019 to Jan 16. 2020.

3919 Brentwood Rd NW

DP2019-5499

This is an application to install a freestanding sign, digital message sign.

All comments are due by November 21, 2019.

Click here to view the Request for Comment.

This application was approved Dec 13, 2019.  Open to appeals from Dec 19 to Jan 9, 2020.  Released Jan 13, 2020.

5104 Bulyea Rd NW

DP 2019-5586

This application is for an addition to the NE end of the existing home of approximately 1176 sq. ft. and will consist of a new garage and living space.

All comments are due by November 19, 2019.

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3840 Brighton Dr. NW

DP 2019-5426

This application is for a backyard suite above the garage.  It will consist of 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, living/dining aea and kitchen space.  It will be approximately 1128 sq ft. and access is through an internal stairway.

All comments are due by November 18, 2019.

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5019 Barron Cres NW

DP2019-5299

This is an application for a 2nd floor addition above an existing attached garage.  Approx. 212 ft.  and a new deck for the rear of the home.

All comments are due by November 12, 2019.

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3228 – 52 Ave NW

DP 2019-4937

This is an application for a secondary suite in the basement consisting of a living area, dining kitchen, 2 bedrooms, bathroom, separate heating and laundry facility.

All comments are due by November 5, 2019.

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3420 Benton Dr NW

DP2019-4475

This is an application for a secondary basement suite which contains a living area, a kitchen, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a separate mechanical/furnace room, and a separate laundry facility.

All comments are due by Sept 23, 2019.

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December 10, 2019 update to Crowchild Trail Upgrades

Good morning,

The end of the year is just around the corner and we’d like to provide you with an update on where we’re at with the Crowchild Trail Upgrades Project.

Work completed to date:  It’s been a busy two years on-site:

 Bridges and roadways:

  • Completed much of the life cycle rehabilitation and structural work on the Bow River, Memorial Drive, and Bow Trail bridges
  • Added a northbound traffic lane on Crowchild Trail (between Memorial Drive and 5 Ave N.W.)
  • Installed a new signalized intersection at 10 Avenue S.W. & Bow Trail
  • Installed permanent signals, upgraded roadworks and completed landscaping at Crowchild Trail & Kensington Road N.W.
  • Still to come:

o   Open an additional northbound lane along Crowchild Trail (straight through from Bow Trail to 5 Ave N.W.)

o   Open an additional southbound lane along Crowchild Trail (straight through from Memorial Drive to Bow Trail)

o   Final paving, minor structural work and general landscaping

On and off ramps:

  • Moved the westbound Bow Trail to northbound Crowchild Trail ramp to the right side of Crowchild Trail
  • Moved the westbound 10 Avenue S.W. to northbound Crowchild Trail ramp to the right side of Crowchild Trail
  • Relocated the northbound Crowchild Trail to eastbound Memorial Drive ramp
  • Widened the northbound Crowchild Trail to eastbound Bow Trail ramp (and extended the merge lane)

Pathways and crossings:

  • Added a new West Hillhurst pathway which connects from Kensington Road to the pedestrian overpass at 21 Street N.W.
  • Made intersection improvements at Crowchild Trail & 5 Avenue N.W.
  • Installed a new signalized crossing at Parkdale Boulevard & Kensington Road N.W. so pathway users have a dedicated, more direct connection to the Bow River Pathway Network

Work continuing into 2020

While our team finishes up the structural work over the river, The City has re-prioritized the lifecycle rehabilitation of three additional bridges in the area and elected to complete these projects simultaneously. By coordinating the work of multiple City departments, we can limit repeated disruptions and maximize efficiencies. That said, all components of the Crowchild Trail Upgrades Project (listed above), as well as the added rehabilitation work on the following three bridges, will be complete by the end of summer 2020:

  • Southbound Crowchild Trail bridge (over Bow Trail)
  • Westbound Bow Trail ramp to southbound Crowchild Trail (over Bow Trail)
  • Westbound Memorial Drive Bridge (over Crowchild Trail)

You’ll continue to see crews on-site, narrowed lanes, temporary closures and reduced speed limits. While we’ve straightened out the lanes over the river, construction is ongoing. Please slow down through the area and visit Calgary.ca/crowchild for the latest updates.

Thank you for your continued patience and cooperation,

Jeff Baird

Senior Transportation Engineer, Crowchild Trail Upgrades

1396 Northmount Dr NW

DP 2019-5249

This is an application for a secondary basement suite containing a living/dining area, kitchen, 3 bedrooms and a bathroom.

All comments are due by November 12, 2019.

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3716 Brooklyn Crescent NW

DP2019-4913

This application is to allow for an addition to the existing home.  It encompasses the space on both ground and basement floor.

All comments are due by Oct 21, 2019.

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3307 Boulton Rd NW

DP2019-4722

This application is for a secondary suite in the basement containing a kitchen, living area, 3 bedrooms, bathroom and furnace/utility room.

All comments are due by Oct 16, 2019.

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Updates for September, 2019

Upcoming Events for September 2019.

(1) Saturday, September 14th – Paint the Pathway!
Please note the date has been changed to the 14th.  We’ll start at 10:00 a.m. and will continue on into the afternoon.

We’re still looking for lots of volunteers.  If you can paint (or use a stencil!) or have artistic talents to share, we’d love to have you join us. We’ll also need people to help manage registration or the snack table, or help supervise young painters.
If you would like to join the fun, please contact Linda at the Brentwood CA at 403 – 284 – 3477 or at office@brentwoodcommunity.ca.

We’ll meet at the corner of Bearspaw Drive and 33rd Street, right beside the Old Hall Building.  Please pre-register as soon as you can so that we know how many volunteers we’ll have, how many supplies or snacks to buy, and also so that we can contact participants with further information and details.

There is also more information available on the BCA website http://brentwoodcommunity.com/2019/08/19/paint-the-pathway-project/

as well as on the facebook page https://www.facebook.com/BrentwoodYYC/.

(2) Saturday, September 14th – Playgroup Meet-up Event from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

In conjunction with the Paint the Pathway project, there will be a Meet-up event.  This is a family friendly get-together for past and present playgroup members, as well as other Brentwood families that would like to attend.
Everyone welcome!
Meet at the playground beside the Old Hall.  Look for lots of kids and painters on the pathway!
https://www.facebook.com/BrentwoodYYC/photos/a.507819362603784/2640378716014494/?type=3&theater

(3) Thursday, September 5th – Brentwood CA Annual General Meeting
Registration begins at 6:30 with the meeting to follow at 7:00, as well as refreshments after the meeting.

The meeting will be upstairs in the Sportsplex (1520B Northmount Drive, right behind SWC Pool).

Interested in finding out more about events and opportunities in Brentwood?  Come out and meet the BCA Board members and hear summaries of the past year’s activities.  Everyone welcome.
http://brentwoodcommunity.com/2019/08/19/bca-annual-general-meeting-sept-5-2019-7pm/

(4) Bobcats in Brentwod
Many area residents have reported bobcat sightings, especially around the area of Bannerman Drive where a mother bobcat with 3 cubs has been spotted.  Fish and Wildlife has been contacted but generally they will respond only when an animal is injured, makes contact with a person or there are some other extraordinary circumstance.   (The City of Calgary does not handle wildlife management; it falls under provincial government jurisdiction.)

According to Fish and Wildlife officers, a bobcat attacking a human is extremely unlikely, as they hunt rabbits, hares and small mammals like mice and squirrels.  Bobcats are opportunistic hunters and may attack domestic pets.  It is suggested to keep cats indoors and have small dogs supervised as they may be vulnerable.  More information and tips to prevent bobcats from coming into your property and steps to take when bobcats are encountered can be found here:  https://www.alberta.ca/bobcats.aspx

(5) Northland Mall Redevelopment
In August, members of the Development and Transportation Committee met with representatives from Dialog, the design team for Northland Mall.  A new Development Permit has been submitted for the redevelopment.

Basically, the plans for the mall have been scaled back from the previous version we saw a few years ago.  The parkade near the Winners will stay, as will the Walmart, the Best Buy and the McDonald’s.  The middle section of the mall will be torn down and replaced with free-standing buildings, likely restaurants.
The other major change is that one parcel of the property, directly across from Brebeuf Junior High, has been sold to another developer.  The developer is planning about 250 units in a 6-storey building on this section of land.  The plans for this would require a Land Use Amendment at City Council.  We do not yet have detailed plans for this phase, but they will likely be sent to us later this year.

If you are interested in seeing the plans, we have posted them on the DTC website: https://developments.brentwoodcommunity.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/DP2019-4089-Northland-Redevelopment-Plans-5111-Northland-Dr-NW.pdf
A complete, more detailed set of plans is available for viewing at the Brentwood CA office between 9:00 and 4:00.  You may also contact the BCA to make other arrangements to view them.

If you have any comments to submit, the deadline is September 12, 2019.

(6) Community Values Statement
This document was written by DTC members and is intended to be a summary of what our community considers most important.  This document was written by DTC members and is intended to be a summary of what our community considers most important.
https://developments.brentwoodcommunity.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/DTC-Community-Development-Guidelines-Sept-2019.pdf

We use this as a guideline to evaluate Development Proposals that we receive or to respond to other concerns in our community.
Please take a look and we’d be happy to hear comments from you.

Thank you!

Melanie Swailes

On behalf of the Development and Transportation Committee

Brentwood Community Association

4211 Blow St NW

DP2019-4278

This is an application for a secondary basement suite and contains a kitchen, 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, and a separate mechanical/furnace/laundry room.

All comments are due by Sept 23, 2019.

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4039 Brentwood Rd NW

DP2019-2655

This is an application for a Conference & Event Facility with an accessory liquor service.  Will also include

  1. Conference and Event Centre with Accessory Liquor Service
  2. Counseling Service
  3. Place of Worship
  4. Child Care Service (90 children)

All comments are due by Sept 23, 2019.

Click here to view the Request for Comment.

This application had no appeals and was approved on Oct 25, 2019.

5111 Northland Dr NW – Sept 2019

DP2019-4089

This is an application for revised plans to Northland Village Mall.  This revision is to the original DP2015-2676.

All comments are due by September 5, 2019.

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5111 Northland Dr NW

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Crowchild Trail Update – September 5, 2019

We’d like to provide you with a few updates relating to the Crowchild Trail Upgrades Project:

1) New Signalized Crossing: Parkdale Boulevard & Kensington Road N.W.

Goes into effect – Thursday, September 5

We have installed a brand-new signalized crossing along Parkdale Boulevard so pedestrians and cyclists have a dedicated, more direct connection to the Bow River Pathway Network. You may notice some traffic control on-site later this afternoon and evening while the signalized crossing is being officially activated.

2) New Signalized Intersection: 10 Avenue S.W. & Bow Trail 

Goes into effect Saturday, September 7

The road and tie-in work is complete and the new signalized intersection will go into effect on Saturday. This means that police officers will be on-site directing and managing traffic temporarily while the signals are being activated. Please drive slowly through the area and allot a bit of extra time if you’re going that way.

3) Home Stretch Of Roadwork Along NB Crowchild Trail & EB Bow Trail Area

Friday, September 6 (9 p.m.) – Tuesday, September 10 (5 a.m.)

We are entering the final push to complete the majority of roadwork along the northbound Crowchild Trail/eastbound Bow Trail S.W. area. This final push entails milling and paving work, along with an increase in construction activity this weekend.

What does an increase in construction activity entail?

  • An increase in loud, disruptive overnight work (including asphalt milling and paving on Sunday and Monday nights respectively) between the hours of 9 p.m. – 5 a.m.
  • An increase in the number of workers on-site.

We’re thankful for your continued patience.

If you would like more information about this project, including a full list of upcoming road impacts and closures, please visit www.calgary.ca/crowchild.

124 Brown Cres NW

DP2019-4121

This is an application for a basement secondary suite.  The suite includes a kitchen, dining area, 2 bdrms, bathroom and furnace/utility room.

The comments are due by September 4, 2019.

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Current Updates For August 2019

Brentwood – We’re Number One!

Avenue magazine has ranked Brentwood as the top overall community in Calgary in their annual “Best Neighbourhood” edition!

The results were based on what respondents indicated was most important to them and then 185 communities in Calgary were ranked based those aspects.  The main items of importance were:

  • A high proportion of park space and pathways
  • Good access to supermarkets, grocery stores and food markets
  • Walkability (the percentage of daily errands that can be accomplished on foot in the area)
  • The number of restaurants, coffee shops, bars and pubs
  • Good access to major roads
  • Strong community engagement

A digital edition is available online at www.avenuecalgary.com.  For a print edition, a free copy is available at a number of locations across the city:  a full list of locations is at www.avenuecalgary.com/find-avenue/.

Brentwood Activate YYC Painting Project!

Through the Federation of Calgary Communities, the Brentwood CA will be “activating” a pathway in our community and we hope you will join us!
Activate YYC is a microgrant initiative in which communities temporarily change spaces to encourage people to “walk, play and be neighbourly”.  We have chosen to paint the long pathway that starts at the end of Bearspaw Drive and runs through the fields between Brebeuf and SWC schools (also beside the community garden).

The pathway is currently in rough shape but will be repaved in the next week or two.  After that, we’d like to paint some vibrant designs on the pathway.  You can find more information and see some examples here:   https://activateyyc.calgarycommunities.com/  We also have a Little Free Library that we’d like to install near the old hall and the pathway.  This is a main route used daily by many residents and students, so we’re hoping to make this a very vibrant pathway!

Meeting:  Thursday, August 15 at 7:00 p.m. at the Brentwood CA boardroom (upstairs in the skating arena).
We will be brainstorming ideas, setting a date for the project, and trying to work out the details.  If you are interested, please send me a quick reply.  If you can’t attend the meeting but would like to help with the project, please also let me know.

Tentatively, we plan to paint on the second weekend in September (the 7th and 8th).  We will need lots of volunteers who can draw designs, paint, supervise, handle snacks or water stations, etc.   This would also be a great project for a group of older students, an art club, etc., so hopefully we will have many volunteers helping bring this project to life!

Thank you for your interest!

Brentwood is a great community not only because of all its amenities, but also because of our many residents who are always eager to help make us even better!

Melanie Swailes

On behalf of the Development and Transportation Committee

Brentwood Community Association

Crowchild Trail Upgrade – July to August

We’d like to provide you with a few updates relating to the Crowchild Trail Upgrades Project and give you an overview of the construction activity that will occur this summer:


1) Finishing Touches: Crowchild Trail & 5 Avenue N.W. Intersection

Begins July (approx. one month)

Now that summer is here, we can take this intersection from its current interim state to being fully completed. For the next month we will be back in this area finishing up the curb work, installing accessibility ramps and widening out the sidewalks. Similar to last year, there will be nightwork involved and we will be staging the noisiest work earlier on in the evenings whenever possible.


2) Add-On Rehabilitation Work

Begins Mid-July (will be ongoing)

In an effort to increase efficiencies and avoid multiple disruptions to citizens, the following structures will be rehabilitated while we’re already in the area:

  • Southbound Crowchild Trail bridge (over Bow Trail)
    • This work will involve a continuous single lane closure along southbound Crowchild Trail (over Bow Trail); access to the Bow Trail/City Centre exit ramp will be maintained.
  • Westbound Bow Trail to southbound Crowchild Trail ramp
    • Associated lane and ramp closures will be scheduled during off-peak hours.

3) New Signalized Intersection: 10 Avenue S.W. & Bow Trail

Begins July – End of August

The road and tie-in work has begun, and by the end of this summer we’ll have a new signalized intersection installed to help improve traffic flow in this area.


4) New Signalized Crossing: Parkdale Boulevard & Kensington Road N.W.

Begins July – End of August

By the end of this summer, we will have a brand new signalized crossing added along Parkdale Boulevard so pedestrians and cyclists have a dedicated, more direct connection to the Bow River Pathway.


5) Relocation Of Westbound Bow Trail To Northbound Crowchild Trail Ramp

Begins August (approx. one month)

The new westbound 10 Avenue S.W. ramp has been built and now we can relocate the westbound Bow Trail ramp to the right-hand side of Crowchild Trail as well.

Once complete, the 10 Avenue S.W. merge condition onto Crowchild Trail will be eliminated and traffic from both the westbound 10 Ave S.W. and Bow Trail ramps will join together and enter northbound Crowchild Trail as a dedicated, added right-hand lane.


6) Installation Of Permanent Signals: Crowchild Trail & Kensington Road N.W.

Begins this summer (approx. two months)

Last year the additional northbound lane was added through this intersection, now we’re coming back to install the permanent signals including the remaining roadworks and landscaping.


7) Construction Of Noise Walls

Begins this summer

Construction on the following noise walls will begin this summer, with landscaping to follow.

Click here to see map.

1388 Northmount Dr NW

DP2019-3939

This application is for a secondary suite in the basement containing a kitchen and living area, 2 bedrooms, a bathroom, and a separate furnace/utility room.

All comments are due by August 27, 2019.

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4903 Batchelor Cres NW

DP2019-2999

This application is for a secondary basement suite consisting of a kitchen, living area, 3 bedroom, 3 bathrooms, furnace/utility room.

All comments are due by Aug 18, 2019.

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3307 Breton Cl NW

DP2019-3242

This is an application for a new garage added to the front of the property.

All comments are due by July 28, 2019.

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4119 Bowlen St NW

DP2019-2813

This is an application for a secondary suite with a kitchen, living room, 1 bedroom, bathroom, separate laundry and separate furnace/utility area.

All comments are due by July 17, 2019.

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4820 Northland Dr. NW

DP2018-1460

This is an application for a new Restaurant.

All comments are due by May 14, 2018.

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2704 Brecken Rd NW

DP2019-2743

This is an application for a secondary basement suite containing kitchen, living room, 2 bedrooms, bathroom and furnace/utility room.

All comments are due by Jul 9, 2019.

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Current Update for June and July

Hi Brentwood and Charleswood Residents,

The City of Calgary is looking for your feedback on several topics:

  1. Residential Parking Permit Review – Deadline June 26, 2019:   

Recently, the Brentwood Community Association has received some emails from residents with concerns about parking, most often in the areas around the LRT station.  Some residents have contacted us to ask how they can apply for a restricted parking area on their streets.

This is your chance to let the City know what is or is not working in terms of parking on the streets where you live.  Everyone is encouraged to fill out this survey, even if you do not live on a street with restrictions (permit only, 2-hour, etc.).  You likely still face parking challenges in other areas where you are looking for a parking space or visiting a home with restrictions.  How do parking fees or parking rates affect your driving habits?

The survey is quite detailed, so you may wish to read the background information first.  This site has a Frequently Asked Questions tab that covers some of the basics.

https://engage.calgary.ca/RPP

The survey is only open until June 26, 2019.

  1. Smoking and Vaping – Deadline July 7, 2019

Should the Smoking and Vaping Bylaw be further strengthened?

Council has asked Administration to engage Calgarians on whether the Smoking and Vaping Bylaw should be stronger, with consideration to prohibiting:

  • Waterpipe (hookah/shisha) smoking in workplaces, public premises and specified outdoor places
  • Smoking and vaping in outdoor public parks and at outdoor public events
  • Smoking and vaping in hotel and motel roomsWhat do you think?  This survey is open until July 7, 2019.

https://engage.calgary.ca/smokingvaping

  1. Council News in Brief

Would you like to learn more about issues with which Council and various Committees (such as Finance, Transportation, Urban Development) have been dealing?

You can sign up to receive Council News in Brief.  You’ll receive an email with a few short paragraphs summarizing the recent decisions or debates at Council, as well as links for further information.  It’s a great way to keep track of what’s been happening, without getting bogged down into too much detail.  You won’t receive Spam mails, just updates after Council or Committee meetings.
There is a sign-up link on this page.

https://www.calgary.ca/CityCouncil/Pages/CouncilWardNewsBrief.aspx
If you do not wish to sign up, you can also flag the above link and just check it out online.

Thank you for your interest in our community and happy summer holidays!

Melanie Swailes

On behalf of the Development and Transportation Committee

Brentwood Community Association

3812 Brooklyn Cres NW

DP2019-2480

This is an application for a Home Occupation – Personal Trainer.

All comments are due by June 17, 2019.

Click here to see the Request for Comment.

This application was approved and released on July 12, 2019.

Crowchild Trail Upgrade Notice for 10th Ave SW

Update from the City of Calgary:

As part of the Crowchild Trail Upgrades Project, we are reconfiguring the westbound 10 Avenue S.W. to northbound Crowchild Trail ramp. As part of this work, the existing ramp will be FULLY closed for two weeks.

 The Impacts:

1) Beginning at 10 p.m. Thursday, June 13 and running straight through until 5 a.m. on Friday, June 28, the westbound 10 Avenue S.W. ramp to northbound Crowchild ramp will be closed.

2) Once complete, the newly-reconfigured westbound 10 Ave S.W. ramp will temporarily merge onto the right-hand side of Crowchild Trail.

3) The westbound Bow Trail to northbound Crowchild Trail ramp will continue to come up into its own lane on the far left-hand side of Crowchild Trail as it does now.

4) By the end of this summer, both ramps will be reconfigured and the 10 Ave S.W. merge condition onto Crowchild Trail will be eliminated; Traffic from the 10 Ave S.W. and Bow Trail ramps will join together and enter northbound Crowchild Trail as a dedicated, added right-hand lane.

 We will be messaging out the traffic impacts via on-site messaging, social media, the project website, our e-newsletter and some proactive media interviews. We will also be communicating and coordinating with emergency services to maintain access. Suggested detours and associated signage will be in place.

Your community members can continue to expect increased activity and frequent lane realignments all throughout the summer and fall. As always, the most timely information will be available on our project page.

3215 Barr Rd NW

DP2019-2539

This application is for a secondary suite in an existing basement and will contain a kitchen, living area, 1 bedroom, bathroom and furnace/utility area.  Parking is provided in double garage.

All comments are due by June 30, 2019.

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3108 Blakiston Dr NW

DP2019-2496

This is an application for a secondary suite in the basement and contains a kitchen and living area, 4 bedrooms, a bathroom, and a separate furnace/utility room. Tenant parking is provided in a double garage at the rear of the site with lane access, and suite amenity space is provided in the back yard.

All comments are due by June 17, 2019.

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5603 Brenner Cres NW

DP2019-2270

This is an application for a secondary suite in an existing basement.

All comments are due by June 6, 2019.

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Crowchild Trail Upgrades – May 2019

First Major 2019 Traffic Shift

Beginning at 10 p.m. Friday, May 24 and running straight through until 5 a.m. on Monday, May 27, there will be a significant increase in construction activity along the Crowchild Trail construction sites. In addition to regular roadworks, our crews will be temporarily (until the end of July) relocating the exit point from northbound Crowchild Trail to the eastbound and westbound Memorial Drive off-ramps.


This means…


Over the weekend:

  • More workers than usual will be on-site.
  • There will be single lane traffic in both directions along Crowchild Trail (over the river) throughout the weekend.
  • There will be ongoing rotating lane and ramp closures, relocated barriers, and re-painting of lane lines.

Effective Monday morning (5 a.m.):

  • The current exit to both the eastbound and westbound Memorial Drive off-ramps will be shifted 50 metres south (from now until the end of July).
  • BOTH the northbound and southbound lanes along Crowchild Trail will be realigned.

Please Note:

  • We are coordinating our lane closures with the Calgary Marathon happening on Sunday.

76 Brantford Cres NW

DP2019-1968

This is an application for a backyard suite above a three car garage.  Approximately 635 sq. ft.

All comments are due by May 31, 2019.

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3024 Blakiston Dr NW

DP2019-2086

This application is for a secondary suite in the basement.

All comments are due by May 23, 2019.

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1242 Northmount Dr NW

DP2019-2075

This is an application for a secondary suite.

All comments are due by May 27, 2019.

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3811 Charleswood Dr NW

DP2019-1691

This application is for a secondary suite in the basement.  It will contain a living room, kitchen, bathroom, 3 bedrooms and a utility/furnace room.

All comments are due by May 6, 2019.

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3311 Barrett Place NW

DP2019-0314

This application is for an addition to the west side of the second floor. The proposed addition will total about 370ft2 and contain 2 bedrooms.

All comments are due by February 19, 2019.

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3916 Brantford Dr. NW

DP2019-0018

This application is for a new secondary suite in the basement.

All comments are due by February 5, 2019.

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2923 Brentwood Blvd NW

DP2019-0192

This application is for a new secondary suite in the basement.

All comments are due by February 7, 2019.

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3827 Brooklyn Cres NW

DP2019-0239

This is an application for a secondary suite in the basement.

All comments are due by February 11, 2019.

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431 Capri Ave NW

DP2019-0122

This application is for a basement secondary suite.

All comments are due by February 12, 2019.

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Liquor in Public Parks?

The City of Calgary wants to hear from you.

Online survey until January 31, 2019.   https://engage.calgary.ca/liquorinparks

The City of Calgary is conducting public research into a proposal which would allow Calgarians to consume alcohol in City parks.

Detailed information and FAQs can be found here: https://s3.ap-southeast-2.amazonaws.com/hdp.au.prod.app.cgy-engage.files/6715/4766/0826/FAQ_liquor_in_parks_Jan_2019.pdf

As per the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission regulations, the use of liquor in parks would apply to signed, designated picnic sites only, and liquor must be consumed with food. Public intoxication would not be tolerated.

What do you think? What would the impacts be?

Please fill out the survey and pass it on to other residents as well. Your opinion matters!

The City is considering a pilot project depending on the results of the public engagement. The survey will ask for postal codes to help identify potential sites. If the majority of responses are against liquor in parks in one postal code, then the City would not initially designate sites in that area.

Please consider writing a short email to the Brentwood Community Association (brntwdca@telus.net) and Councillor Sean Chu (ward04@calgary.ca) so we know what you think and can accurately represent you.

Thank you.

Development and Transportation Committee
Brentwood Community Association

Updates – January 2019

  • Residential Parking Permit Workshop – Thursday, January 10, 2019
    Time:6:30pm – 8:30pm
    Location: Triwood Community Association, 2244 Chicoutimi Drive NW

Description: An in-person workshop to discuss what is, and is not, working for you regarding the residential parking permit program.  Register here:  https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/residential-parking-permit-program-review-workshop-tickets-53820966961

  • Backyard Secondary Suites Guidelines – January 14, 2019
    After Council approved secondary suites in all areas of the city in March, guidelines for Backyard suites were not yet included. The Backyard Suite Design Guidelines have now been finalized with community and developer input. The Guidelines will go to Council on January 14th and there will be an opportunity for the public to provide input through a public hearing.
    The Guidelines and supporting information can be found here.  https://pub-calgary.escribemeetings.com/filestream.ashx?DocumentId=73779
    An application for a backyard suite in Brentwood has been received and is in the review process.  We have used the Guidelines to help us evaluate the proposal and have made suggestions for revisions to the applicant.  Since backyard suites will now be allowed, please take a look at the guidelines to see what types of items (building forms) have been included.
  • Residential Parking Permit Survey – Deadline January 17, 2019
    The City of Calgary is looking for your feedback in relation to parking permits, such as restricted resident parking, 2-hour parking, etc.   Anyone can fill out the survey.  Do you visit a home or business with restricted parking?  Do you live in a home with a parking permit system or within a 2-hour zone?
    If so, please complete the survey to let the City know how the current system is, or is not, working for you.
    More information can be found on this site:  https://engage.calgary.ca/
  • Development Permit Application Notices
    After March 2019, Development Permits will no longer be posted in the Calgary Herald every Thursday and will be posted on-line only.  Signs will still be placed in front of a site with a DP application, but please note that the signage remains in place for only one week.   You can view all DPs online at www.calgary.ca/development.
    We also post DPs on our website:   https://developments.brentwoodcommunity.com/current-developments/
  • Interested in Planning?  Partners in Planning Program
    The Federation of Calgary Communities (FCC) along with the City of Calgary offers a Partners in Planning program.  It is intended to help participants better understand the planning process, such as how a development gets planned and approved.
    Partners in Planning courses are free; however you do need to register in advance since space is limited. Most courses run on Saturday mornings from about 8:30 until noon.
    You can find more information here:  https://calgarycommunities.com/our-services/urban-planning/education/

You are also welcome to join us at our Development and Transportation Committee meetings.  We meet on the first Monday of every month at 7:00 in the BCA Boardroom.

4511 Brisebois Dr NW

DP2018-5832

This application is for a new secondary suite in an existing basement.

All comments are due by January 10, 2019.

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#101, 3604 – 52 Ave NW

DP2018-5534

This application is for a new restaurant in the Dalbrent Plaza. A facility seating area is for 53 persons.  The application requests a relaxation of 13 parking stalls.

All comments are due by December 27, 2018.

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3344 Barr Rd NW

DP2018-4119

This is an application for a secondary suite.

All comments are due by Oct 11, 2018.

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2903 Brentwood Rd NW

DP2018-4217

This is an application for a secondary suite.

All comments are due by Oct 12, 2018.

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4820 Northland Drive  NW

DP2018-3355

This is an application for a Cannabis Store.

All comments are due by  September 25, 2018.

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5116 Shaganappi Trail NW

DP2016-3041 sheet 14 DP110 and DP2015-2676 sheet DP1.01a.

The below drawings are revisions to the previous landscaping at Northland Mall.

4122 Brentwood Rd NW

DP2018-1826

This is an application is for a Change of Use for a Cannabis Store at the Brentwood Coop.

All comments are due by May 26, 2018.

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Brentwood Cannabis Update

The Brentwood Community Association has been receiving many comments and questions about cannabis Development Permit applications in our neighbourhood.

What is the deadline for submitting comments on the Brentwood applications?

–          June 15.  (We requested an extension for comments on all files, so this is the new date that supercedes all the info on individual files.)

–          Please submit any comments to the BCA at brntwdca@telus.net by June 15.  The members of the DTC will consolidate all letters into a submission for each application and will ensure that all letters are passed on to the file manager and the Planning Department.

–          Also cc our Councillor Sean Chu @ ward04@calgary.ca.

This mail is being sent out to all Brentwood CA members as well as those residents who have signed up for email updates with the Development and Transportation Committee.  If you have friends or neighbours who do not use email, please feel free to pass this on to them as well.

How do I find out about possible DP applications in my neighbourhood?

–          The City of Calgary posts a notice board in front of the property where an application has been submitted

–          The City of Calgary places an ad in the Herald every Thursday showing the DP applications by neighbourhood

–          The City of Calgary lists DP applications on its website:  http://www.calgary.ca/PDA/pd/Pages/Public-notices/Public-notices.aspx

–          In addition, the Development and Transporation Committee has created a website for DP postings:

https://developments.brentwoodcommunity.com/current-developments/

–          The DTC also delivers Neighbour Notifications to properties immediately adjacent to a DP application as a courtesy to those residents.

–          Finally, join the BCA and you will be added to the mailing list.  http://www.brentwoodcommunity.com/images/Membership_Information_2013_08_23.pdf

Click here for more Information on Cannabis.

1330 Northmount Dr. NW

DP2018-2251

This is an application for a Cannabis Store.

All comments are due by June 7, 2018.

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1343 Northmount Dr. NW

DP2018-1944

This is an application for a Cannabis Store.

All comments are due by June 13, 2018.

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Brentwood Co-op Redevelopment

In December 2016, both a Land Use Amendment (rezoning) Application and Development Permit (DP) were submitted for the Brentwood Co-op site. The rezoning application would have redesignated the property to allow for an increase in building height up to approximately 148 meters (486 feet) and 40-storey high.

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1344 / 1348 Northmount Drive N.W.

DP2015-4155

The project is a 3-storey building with retail and office space (non residential).

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Rogers Cell Tower Proposal

Rogers has retained a company, LandSolutions LP, to host an Open House for the community with respect to their proposal for a cell tower near Original Joe’s at Northland Plaza.  It will be held on August 23 from 5:00 to 7:00 in the BCA Boardroom if anyone is interested in attending.

Please click here for more information on the City of Calgary Telecommunication Antenna Structures Siting Protocals.

This proposal was approved on Oct 26, 2018.

3416 Boulton Rd NW

DP2018-3375

This application is for a new treehouse with a finished floor height (14ft) and balcony.

All comments are due by August 15, 2018.

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4039 Brentwood Rd NW

DP2018-3127

This application is for a new sign – Class C (Freestanding)

All comments are due by August 15, 2018.

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3224 Boulton Rd NW

DP2018-2603

This application is for a new deck and a secondary suite.

All comments are due by July 4, 2018.

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5040 Barron Dr. NW

DP2018-2307

This application is for a 3 bedroom secondary suite in the basement.

All comments are due by June 7, 2018.

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27 Brown Crescent NW

DP2018-1334

This is an application for a secondary suite.

All comments are due by May 28, 2018.

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4503 Buylea Rd NW

DP2018-1329

This is an application is to add a front porch and rear attached triple garage.

All comments are due by May 22, 2018.

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4819 Benson Rd NW

DP2018-0260

This application is for a new single detached dwelling.

All comments are due by March 16, 2018

May 30, 2018 Update:  Amended plans have been submitted due to concerns with the initial proposal.

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5243 Bannerman Dr NW

DP 2018-0260

This application is for an Addition: Single Detached Dwelling (main and second floor)

All comments are due by March 6 2018

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Riocan and Boardwalk Residential Apartment Tower at Brentwood Village Shopping Centre

DP2016-5185

The project will be an 11-storey residential tower with approximately 165 rental apartment units.

Date Submitted:  December 20, 2016
Date Approved:  August 25, 2017.  Permit pending release when conditions of approval have been met.

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Brentwood Co-op Redevelopment

In December 2016, both a Land Use Amendment (rezoning) Application and Development Permit (DP) were submitted for the Brentwood Co-op site. The rezoning application would have redesignated the property to allow for an increase in building height up to approximately 148 meters (486 feet) and 40-storey high.

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5221 Northland Drive NW

This application is for a new sign for the McDonald’s at Northland Mall.

All comments are due by December 4, 2017.

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4712 Benson Road NW

DP2017-3825

This application is by the homeowner to operate an architectural business within his residence.

All comments are due by:  Sept 29, 2017

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#117 4820 Northland Drive NW

DP2017-4242

Change of Use to Liquor Store

All comments due by October 17, 2017

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5120 Shaganappi Trail NW

DP2017-4255

This application is for changes to the A & W at Northland Mall site plan, exterior renovation and refurbish the building facade.

All comments are due by October 12, 2017

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3228 Breen Road NW

DP 2017-4829

This application is for a Home Occupation Renewal for Esthetics.

All comments are due by:  November 16, 2017

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3506 Beaver Road NW

Important Update for Dec 4 and Dec 11, 2017.  Click on MORE INFO to the right for Nov update.

DP2017 – LOC2017-0234

This application is for a re-zoning from R-C1 to R-C1s status to allow for a secondary suite on the above property.

All comments are due by:  Sept 20, 2017

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5682 Brenner Cres NW

DP2017-3987

This application is for a home-based business. The owner is applying for a license to operate a Colon Hydrotherapy business within his resident.

All comments are due by: Sept 27, 2017

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Secondary Suites – March 5 Deadline

Hi Brentwood and Charleswood neighbours,

I’ve received some emails telling me that I included the incorrect address for the Brentwood CA on previous materials.

The correct address is brntwdca@telus.net.

I’ll use this chance to pass on some other comments.

  1. Thanks to all who attended the open houses in Brentwood or in Triwood!
    The feedback we received was:
    – most residents did not think that backyard / garage / laneway houses should be included in the Motion (basement suites only if the Motion is approved)
    – most residents supported a mandatory registry (a suite has to be on the registry or it is illegal after the 2-year amnesty)
    – Most residents felt that there had to be better enforcement around suites (they had examples of problems or of repeated calls to 311 and bylaw)
    – Many residents felt there should be more fines or penalties if bylaw is repeatedly called to a home with a suite.
    – Most residents felt that there would be fewer problems with suites if there was an owner in the home with a suite (this is not part of the Motion but was frequently mentioned.  The City response is that only the use can be regulated, not the user.).
    – All residents agreed that suites had to be safe.  The number one concern had to be that suites were safe and therefore they had to be checked in some manner:  either through a development or building permit, inspection, etc.
  2. I’ve spoken to some residents who tell me they are unsure what to write and have asked if there is a template letter. There isn’t because it’s best if you write what you think, not a form letter.  That said, I have the following suggestions:
    – Keep it short and concise.
    – Start with a very brief statement about yourself – where you live, how long, etc., just a line or two.
    – use point form to make it easier to read.
    – Consider the points above and list the ones you agree or disagree with.
    – Make suggestions instead of listing complaints.  What would you like to see?
    – Thank the Councillors for taking the time to read your letter.
  3. Here is a sample based on a letter I received and with permission I’ve paraphrased it here. It doesn’t have to be complicated.  Just let us know what you think.

We are residents of …. and wish to comment on …. the Motion regarding Secondary suites..

  • “Backyard (garage / laneway) suites” are very different than basement suites and should not be included in the Motion.
  • If secondary suites are permitted anywhere in Calgary they should be registered and the appropriate development and building permits should be enforced rigorously.  There are about 16,000 secondary suites currently in Calgary, but only about 900 are registered.  Without registration, no enforcement of codes and bylaws is possible.
  • There should be significant fines for non-registered suites. Without enforcement, laws are disregarded.  Rigorous enforcement by bylaw is necessary.  There should also be fines for repeat bylaw calls regarding issues like property maintenance and upkeep or other violations.
  • Registered suites give prospective tenants a reasonable assurance that the suite is safe to live in. This should be a minimum standard for any suite, current or future.
  1. Thank you to all who have sent their letters already! This helps us to know what our residents think so we can submit a response to the City on behalf if the BCA.  It also helps Councillor Chu know what you think as he prepares for the Council Hearing.
  2. Remember, letters are due by noon on Monday, March 5 in order to be included in the Public Submissions for Council.
  3. Send your letter to all of the following:

Brentwood CA:  brntwdca@telus.net
Councillor Sean Chu:  Ward04@calgary.ca
All Councillors:  if you send out a mail to councillorweb@calgary.ca, it will be forwarded to all councillors.
Mayor Nenshi:  themayor@calgary.ca
Public Submissions for the Council Hearing:  PublicSubmissions@calgary.ca

  1. Consider speaking at the Hearing on March 12. There is information on the back of the letter you received.
  2. If you’d like to see what the Secondary Suites Registry is, click here. https://secondarysuites.calgary.ca/ This shows all the suites in Calgary that are approved and on the Registry. Zoom in to see detailed street locations.  Keep in mind that right now it is optional to be on the Registry so there are only about 900 in all of Calgary.
  3. For more information in a readable format, the Federation of Calgary Communities has this link: https://calgarycommunities.com/secondary-suite-report/
  4. If you are looking for the City’s website on the Secondary Suite Reform process:  http://www.calgary.ca/PDA/pd/Pages/Home-building-and-renovations/Secondary-Suite-Process-Reform.aspx
  5. If you are really keen and would like the detailed information about the Motions, this is the 37-page report that has been prepared for the Hearing on March 12:  http://www.calgary.ca/PDA/pd/Documents/public-hearing-on-planning-matters/2018/public-hearing-on-planning-matters.pdf

Thank you!

Melanie Swailes
On behalf of the Development and Transportation Committee
Brentwood Community Association

Calgary Parks and Pathway Bylaw Review

Share your feedback to help create vibrant, positive and interesting park experiences for everyone.

For more information click here: https://www.engage.calgary.ca/parksbylaw

MAKE OUR PARKS EVEN BETTER!

Is there something you wish you could do in the park that you aren’t allowed to do right now?  The Parks and Pathway Bylaw was last reviewed in 2003, almost 15 years ago. Since then a number of innovations have occurred that influence how we use parks from using goats to manage weeds, to the use of segways and drones – it’s time to review this bylaw.

The City wants to understand your vision for parks in Calgary and capture all the opportunities and issues that affect park users. This input will help determine how the Parks Bylaw should change, to make park experiences better for everyone.  Is there anything you want to change in our parks?  Do you have any ideas on how we can reduce user conflicts in parks?

Throughout February we will be collecting feedback from Calgarians. To share your thoughts please visit www.engage.calgary.ca/parksbylaw or call 311.

5615 Northland Drive NW

DP208-0269

This application is for a Financial Institution.

All comments are due by February 15, 2018.

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4520 Brisebois Drive NW

LOC 2017-0353

This application is for a secondary suite.

All comments are due by: December 21, 2017.

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4615 Brisebois Drive NW

DP 2017-4830

This application is for a Sunroom Addition to the rear of the house.

All comments are due by: November 21, 2017

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131 Baker Crescent NW

DP 2017-5083

This Application is for an addition of a front porch on a single detached dwelling.

All comments are due by: December 1, 2017.

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5428 Bannerman Drive NW

DP 2018-0290

This application is for an addition: Single Detached Dwelling (new front entry, extend front garage at basement level and the area above garage extension, rear cantilever)

All comments are due by March 6, 2018

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Northmount Drive Improvement Project Phase 1

Phase 1 for the bike lanes has begun along Northmount Drive.  Phase 1 involved repaving and roadwork around 14th Street, but also the installation of 10 yellow curb extensions along the corridor on the North and South side of Northmount Drive (see details below).

The curb extensions were intended to make pedestrian crossings safer, especially around 34th street (beside Captain John Palliser School).

However, the current placement of the curb extensions has caused some concern for cyclists.  Cyclists are not able to safely ride between the extension and the road curb so they have to ride around the extensions, very close to vehicles travelling on Northmount Drive.  Two near-misses with vehicles on the road have been reported to us.

The curb extensions are temporary until the full completion of the bike lanes along Northmount.  While the extensions appear safer for pedestrians, there are concerns that they increase the risk for cyclists who now have to ride closer to traffic.

The DTC is in contact with the City of Calgary about this issue.

We are open to resident comments.  What have you seen or experienced since the curb extensions were installed?

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5111 Northland Drive NW

CPC2016-039
LOC2015-0025

Northland Village Mall will be redeveloped as a multi-leveled, outdoor mixed-use that combines a retail base with a mixture of residential and office uses.

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Jane’s Walk Led by Brentwood Development Committee May 5 @ 10:00 a.m.

Jane’s Walk Event – This Weekend

Hi Brentwood and Charleswood Residents,

On May 4, 5, and 6th, there will be a number of “Jane’s Walk” events in our area.  Jane’s Walks are free, led by volunteers and a great way to experience something new in our community.

Who was Jane Jacobs?
Jane was an urban activist and writer (1916 – 2006).  She revolutionized the urban planning profession through her observations and writings about how cities funchtion.  Jane coined the phrases “eyes on the street” and the “ballet of the sidewalk”.

She believed in creating communities with a strong sense of belonging and spent a lot of her time observing people, interactions and neighbourhoods.  Jane’s Walks are a way of connecting to our own neighbourhood and seeing things in a new or different light.  We hope you will join one of the many walks in Calgary next weekend!

Where can I find a Jane’s Walk?

https://www.janeswalk.calgaryfoundation.org/

You can click on the date and the quadrant of the city to find walks in NW.

What events are being held in Brentwood?

Friday, May 4, 10:00 – Let’s “Power” Walk Together
Guides from Vecova (including power wheelchairs) will take you on a tour of the University looking at history and accessibility.

https://www.janeswalk.calgaryfoundation.org/walks/lets-power-walk-together/

Friday, May 4, 10:30 – Walking With Coyote,  Walk on Nose Hill with a U of C Professor specializing in coyote and wolf ecology.

https://www.janeswalk.calgaryfoundation.org/walks/walking-with-coyote/

Saturday, May 5, 10:00 – The New Brentwood – Blakiston Park, Towers and Public Spaces

A tour of the new Blakiston Park, the existing towers, and a look at the current and proposed development around the LRT Station. https://www.janeswalk.calgaryfoundation.org/walks/the-new-brentwood-blakiston-park-towers-and-public-spaces/

Saturday, May 5, 2:00 – Following Footsteps, Leading Change – Exploring Active Community Transportation
https://www.janeswalk.calgaryfoundation.org/walks/following-footsteps-leading-change-exploring-active-community-transportation/

A family event with a bike / walk along Northmount Drive, followed by a bike rodeo and other events at St. Luke’s School.

Sunday, May 6, 2:00 – Alleyway Amble:  Pollinators, Plantings and Potential in Suburban laneways
Amble alleyways, imagine place-making in lane-ways for pollinators, biodiversity and sustainability.

https:/ https://www.janeswalk.calgaryfoundation.org/walks/alleyway-amble-pollinators-plantings-and-potential-in-suburban-laneways/

Jane’s Walks are a great way to learn something new about our community, plus meet volunteers and other neighbours.

I hope to see you there!

Melanie Swailes,

On behalf of the Development and Transportation Committee, Brentwood Community Association

Public Art Survey

Do you have an opinion about Public Art in Calgary?

The City would like to know what you think!  Fill out the online Survey before April 15, 2018:   https://engage.calgary.ca/public-art-NOM

ABOUT THE PROJECT

Cities around the world have invested in art in the public realm as a means of creating a special sense of place for their citizens and tourists alike. In Calgary, since the adoption of the Corporate Public Art Policy in 2004, that investment has resulted in 54 permanent sculptures being installed, as well as artist-designed banners and murals, manhole covers, drinking fountains, bike racks, benches and 170 painted utility boxes in every ward of the city.

In 2014 an independent citizen survey conducted for The City by Ipsos Reid found that 87% of Calgarians believe that it’s important to have public art in Calgary and 81% agree that Calgary’s public art contributes to making our city a great place to live and visit. Furthermore, 83% of those surveyed supported a public art program that is inclusive when considering citizen input.

Since 2014, an average of 3500 citizens a year have participated in community engagements related to infrastructure projects that include public art in Transportation, UEP and Community Services. As the selection panel for each art project was increased from 5 to 7 members in 2014, over 200 citizens have served on selection panels to choose the art commissioned over the past three years. In 2017, Council directed that we determine best practices around fully engaging the public with the public art policy and practices.

Our goal is to better understand citizens’ expectations about their involvement in the public art process and to help The City improve both when and how citizens are involved and informed.