Category Archives: Urban Planning

Infill is a matter of good neighbourliness City team responsible for inspections and complaints

Every worker at a residential infill site must keep it tidy and secure, among other requirements. When those rules aren’t being followed, residents can use the 311 complaint line and a new resource: the city’s infill compliance team.

“The team has authority to do proactive inspections on infill sites in older neighbourhoods, to ensure all types of issues can be addressed on site,” said Adrienne Hill, spokesperson with the city’s sustainable development. Continue reading Infill is a matter of good neighbourliness City team responsible for inspections and complaints

Residents talk to problem properties task force Task force urges people to keep reporting properties

Problem properties are littered throughout the city, often causing unsafe or undesired living conditions.

“A problem property is a chronic offender. It’s where there’s been a multitude of issues,” said John Lazaruk, team lead with the city’s community standards branch. Lazaruk explained problem properties can include ongoing conditions such as derelict vehicles, illegal suites, or a neglected or abandoned property. Continue reading Residents talk to problem properties task force Task force urges people to keep reporting properties

Residents voice opinions at open house Stadium Station Redevelopment Plan progresses

Several dozens of residents attended the Stadium Station Area Redevelopment Plan (ARP) open house on April 20, where city staff were present to offer information and clarify concerns.

The ARP complements work done on 2008’s Stadium Station Transit Oriented Development (TOD) plan. In 2013, after a developer expressed interest in the Muttart site located just south of the LRT station, council asked city administration to reassess the TOD plan and identify options for mixed-use development on that site and on the city-owned park-and-ride lot. In December 2014, council allocated over $14 million for TOD-supportive infrastructure at Stadium station and, the following month, Brookfield Residential purchased the Muttart site. Continue reading Residents voice opinions at open house Stadium Station Redevelopment Plan progresses

The rules of public and private parking Knowing the bylaws can help you park properly

Parking can quickly become a source of conflict between neighbours. But before you get angry with the guy who keeps parking his truck in front of your house, let’s review the rules.

First of all, you don’t own the parking spot in front of your house, the city does. Street parking is just that: on the street. The city sets the rules through traffic safety bylaw 5590. And as tempting as it may be to prevent other people from parking in front of your house by placing objects or signs on the road, keep in mind you can be charged for doing so. Continue reading The rules of public and private parking Knowing the bylaws can help you park properly

Comparing communities of two different cities Pinpointing the ways in which a community thrives

Travel is eye-opening. You’re in a new place and you can’t help comparing it to home.

When I went on a recent working trip to Havana, Cuba, it made me see our neighbourhoods in a new light. A better light. And it made me angry some people still think we live in a questionable part of town. Continue reading Comparing communities of two different cities Pinpointing the ways in which a community thrives

City seeks input for future of river valley parks Dawson Park and Kinnaird Ravine plan enters phase two

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The city kicked off the second phase of the Dawson Park and Kinnaird Ravine Master Plan last month by asking citizens to share their vision for the future.

An open house held at Alex Taylor School on Jan. 17 invited residents to help craft a vision statement, vote on preferred features, and map out their ideal park to inform design concepts that will be presented in the next phase.

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Northlands is home to horse racing until 2018 Victory and heartbreak mark last day of thoroughbred season

Horse racing will continue at Northlands until 2018. In November, Northlands and Horse Racing Alberta (HRA) reached an agreement to continue racing at the park until July 2018, when Century Mile, the new track outside the city, is ready.

Mat Monaco, executive director of The Horsemens Benevolent and Protective Association of Alberta (HBPA), said it’s a positive commitment.

Continue reading Northlands is home to horse racing until 2018 Victory and heartbreak mark last day of thoroughbred season