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.
4712 Benson Road NW
This application is by the homeowner to operate an architectural business within his residence.
All comments are due by: Sept 29, 2017
#117 4820 Northland Drive NW
Change of Use to Liquor Store
All comments due by October 17, 2017
5120 Shaganappi Trail NW
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
3228 Breen Road NW
This application is for a Home Occupation Renewal for Esthetics.
All comments are due by: November 16, 2017
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’ll use this chance to pass on some other comments.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Remember, letters are due by noon on Monday, March 5 in order to be included in the Public Submissions for Council.
- Send your letter to all of the following:
Brentwood CA: email@example.com
Councillor Sean Chu: Ward04@calgary.ca
All Councillors: if you send out a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, it will be forwarded to all councillors.
Mayor Nenshi: email@example.com
Public Submissions for the Council Hearing: PublicSubmissions@calgary.ca
- Consider speaking at the Hearing on March 12. There is information on the back of the letter you received.
- 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.
- For more information in a readable format, the Federation of Calgary Communities has this link: https://calgarycommunities.com/secondary-suite-report/
- 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
- 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
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
This application is for a Financial Institution.
All comments are due by February 15, 2018.
4520 Brisebois Drive NW
This application is for a secondary suite.
All comments are due by: December 21, 2017.
4615 Brisebois Drive NW
This application is for a Sunroom Addition to the rear of the house.
All comments are due by: November 21, 2017
131 Baker Crescent NW
This Application is for an addition of a front porch on a single detached dwelling.
All comments are due by: December 1, 2017.
5428 Bannerman Drive NW
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
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?
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.
Friday, May 4, 10:30 – Walking With Coyote, Walk on Nose Hill with a U of C Professor specializing in coyote and wolf ecology.
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
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.
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!
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.