The Calgary Journal
The Calgary Journal

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Community association fails to convince city council to conform to its condominium height rules

Two houses in a rowIn an 8-5 vote, Calgary City Council said "no" to a motion that would have prevented the construction of a 38-unit condominium building on 25th Avenue S.W., which violates the Mission community development rules.

The association expressed its resentment toward the plan to convert four adjacent homes into a condominium because the proposal does not conform to the current Mission Area Redevelopment Plan (ARP).

The current Mission ARP limits the height of buildings to 15 metres and the floor-to-area ratio — a measurement that helps determine population density — to 3.5.

HousesMany Calgary residents refer to their city as a "big, small town." With roughly 726 square kilometres of downtown condos, suburban-family homes, as well as parks and rivers, Calgary is a city that's continuing to build outwards.

According to the latest census data released in April 2013, Calgary's population grew by more than 30,000 people from 2012 to 2013, which is consistent with the rate of growth from the year before.

MoneySense magazine also rated Calgary as the No. 1 large city in Canada on its 2013 best places to live list. Not to mention Calgary was awarded the title of culture capital of Canada in 2012. With the city's reputation improving throughout the nation and money-hungry Canadians gravitating to Alberta's rich economy, questions around where these newcomers will live, how they will afford to thrive here and how the city can sustain them, are at the forefront of many minds.

Roads maintenance workers say they’re doing their best to clean up icy streets

snow plow thumbnailFunding for snow removal, lack of City trucks, and communication to Calgarians about snow and ice control were under review this week during the Jan. 27 city hall meeting.

Calgarians saw a 112-year record in snowfall in December along with additional snow in January that has left some roads impassable, and many Calgarians irritated.

Calgary mayor stresses importance of the strategy

CrosswalkthumbDuring the Nov. 18 meeting of Calgary's City Council – the first since the Oct. 21 election – re-elected mayor Naheed Nenshi made it known to everyone in attendance that the City's crosswalk paint program was something he is very much behind.

The paint testing program was announced over summer 2013. The program's purpose is to find more effective materials to paint crosswalk lines with and to set a consistent basis for how all crosswalks are designed and look going forward.