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Saturday, May 27, 2017 - The City of Calgary is hosting a WORKSHOP REGARDING THE PROPOSED REDEVELOPMENT AT THE BRENTWOOD COOP SITE.  You need to pre-register in order to take part, and you will find a link below.  The purpose of the workshop is to gather feedback from residents regarding what they would like (or not like) around this TOD (Transit Oriented Development) site. 

 

You may have seen the preliminary plans which include a 40-storey tower as well as other high-density towers in addition to a new Co-op store and gas bar.  This is your chance to not only view the plans in greater detail but also provide your input.  Your opinions matter because they will help determine what ultimately gets built there.  Please consider signing up for this session.  (An earlier workshop on May 25th is already completely full.)  Also, please pass this on to other friends or neighbours in the area who might be interested.

Location:  Triwood Community Association

Time:  from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 (noon)


REGISTER FOR THE WORKSHOP

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 – OPEN HOUSE REGARDING PHASE ONE OF THE NORTHMOUNT DRIVE IMPROVEMENT PROJECT


The City of Calgary is hosting an information session for the community to view the Phase One plans.  The initial work to take place this year is around the 14th Street intersection, from Carol Drive to Cambrian Drive.  Bike lanes will be added as well as new turn lanes for transit buses. 

 

As part of the initial work along Northmount Drive, there will be nine curb extensions intended to improve pedestrian safety along the corridor, including one outside of Captain John Palliser School. You will find more information on the attachments/links below.

You do not need to register as this is a drop-in information session only.

Location:  Cambrian Heights Community Association, 600 Northmount Drive N.W.

Time:  from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. 


INVITATION TO MAY 30TH EVENT                                     INFORMATON HANDOUT

CITY OF CALGARY UPDATE re Northmount Drive N.W. Improvement Project
Phased Construction Starting in 2017

Since 2015, The City has been working with stakeholders and the Triwood and Brentwood communities to develop an improvement plan for Northmount Drive N.W., which would safely accommodate all travel modes. Public input was used to develop options, and in October 2016 citizens were asked to provide feedback on proposed parking changes, school bus pick-up and drop-off zone improvements, pedestrian improvements and the overall concept, including bicycle facilities. The What We Heard Report is now available on the project web page.

Through engagement with the community and stakeholders The City updated the design to better reflect the concerns that were heard about the corridor. With increased scope and costs for the updated design, The City will phase construction on Northmount Drive N.W., starting this year with Phase 1 at the 14 Street N.W. intersection.
 
Phase 1, from Cambrian Drive N.W. to Carol Drive N.W., will consist of safety and operational improvements at the intersection. This will include adding a transit queue jump, a lengthened left-turn lane from westbound Northmount Drive N.W. to southbound 14 Street N.W. and a bicycle connection through the busy intersection. The intersection will also be re-paved to improve the surface quality of the roadway.

Construction is being coordinated with other City departments (Calgary Transit and Roads) to save costs and minimize impact to the community. The remainder of the corridor will be constructed as funding becomes available.
 
Detailed design is currently being completed. The City will post the final plans when they are available and communicate with stakeholders before and during construction.
 
Thank you for your input and participation in this project. The final plans have been significantly improved as a result of the community’s assistance with the design.
 
Please visit the project web page for updates. 

Development and Transportation Committee


At the Brentwood Community Association (BCA) meeting on January 31, 2017, we were pleased to welcome many new members who have volunteered to help out with various groups and committees.  A big thank you to each of you!

 

The new BCA Development Committee met for the first time that evening, with 15 members in attendance:  Rhianne Fiolka, Ona Stonkus, Jeff Swailes, Marilyn McLean, Mark Rowland, Wendy Gardiner, Vick Rempel, Deborah Russ, Keith Lee, Irma Lambert, Steve Randall, Janice Niven, Felix Haspel, Peter Johnson (BCA Director), Melanie Swailes (BCA Director and Chair), and Kirk Osadetz (V.P. BCA). 

 

The Development Committee will be working on the following areas:

 

  • All proposals and Development Permits (DP) that are submitted for Brentwood (starting with the DPs currently underway) will need to be reviewed and evaluated, with comments submitted to the City of Calgary Planning Department.
     
  • To facilitate these reviews over the longer term, and to promote the general values of Brentwood residents, the committee has determined that our primary task will be to develop a “Statement of Community Values” to be used to inform our City Councillor, City staff, and developers about the values that Brentwood residents would like to see in new commercial, retail and residential developments within the boundaries of our community.  As well, this document will inform City Services as to how best to meet the needs of the Brentwood community with respect to mobility (traffic, bikeways, and pedestrian use) and other city services (sanitation and recycling).  We expect to produce this document by Thanksgiving.

    The Statement of Community Values concept has been used successfully by a number of communities in Calgary. To create this statement for Brentwood, the committee will likely start with a review of existing documents, then proceed to formulate a questionnaire for Brentwood residents so we all have the opportunity to provide input regarding the current and future state of our community.

    • In the meantime, the Committee has formed two sub-committees to handle the ongoing volume of work: one sub-committee will focus on current and ongoing developments proposed for the community, while the second will focus on current traffic issues, especially in alleys, and mobility plans (e.g. bike lanes).

 

Should you have questions about this committee, its work, or the “Statement of Community Values” please contact Kirk Osadetz, Melanie Swailes or Peter Johnson.  Information on contacting Board members is found on the “Volunteer Board of Directors” listing in the Bugle or on the BCA website.  Further reports from this committee will appear in following issues of the Bugle.

 

BRENTWOOD COOP REDEVELOPMENT - Presentation Boards from Community Open Houses (below)
Click Here for Brentwood Commons Redevelopment Community Engagement Results

Redevelopment at Brisebois and Northmount


SDAB Appeal Results

On Wednesday, October 26, 2016 the Subdivision and Development Appeal Board (SDAB) heard our appeal in a marathon session, lasting from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 pm at night.

  

We presented our submissions and answered questions, and then listened to submissions from representatives from the City of Calgary Development Authority Planning and Transportation Departments, as well as the developer, NORR Architects.  The seven Board members asked many questions and viewed many photos, maps and diagrams.  They then deliberated for almost 1 ½ hours before reaching their decision.

 

Unfortunately, we were not successful in our attempts to have the height or the size of the building reduced or to have the building set back further on the property.  Basically, once City Council gave First Reading in May 2015 and approved the rezoning in June 2016, the building is now within the maximum size that can be built.  We were attempting to try to minimize some of the perceived negative effects of the building and the Board did accept some of our recommended changes.  

 

The appeal was allowed in part, which means that the development permit can now go ahead, but with some conditional changes.

 

The Board listed 9 amendments to the existing development permit:

  • Removal of the rear patio deck accessed from the second storey office.  (This helps ensure privacy for adjacent homes near the proposed building.)
  • Installation of a greenscreen on the north side of the lane (basically a row of columnar trees to ensure some privacy for the adjacent home).
  • Street furniture and planters to be included in the boulevard areas along both Northmount Drive and Brisebois Drive.  (Usually the boulevard area cannot have benches, planters, etc., so this will enhance the space around the building.)
  • Addition of windows with obscure glass on the west side of the building.  (The west façade was visually unappealing because it was a flat wall with little to break it up.  The obscure windows will look better.)
  • Motorized blinds tied to sunset (so that lighting from the offices will not interfere with adjacent homes).
  • No light pollution to neighbouring homes (from exterior or parkade lighting).
  • Enhanced landscaping consisting of 10 blue spruce with a 1.5 meter spread on the west side.  (The site plans had indicated a utility right-of-way along this side, meaning no plantings were possible.  We determined that the right-of-way was only partially needed, meaning trees could in fact be planted.)
  • The hours of operation for the building must be limited to between 6:00 a.m. and 11 p.m. (so that neighbours will not be affected by building usage during the overnight hours).
  • The loading and delivery vehicles for the building can operate only between the hours of M-F from 7:00 a.m. to 10 p.m. and on Saturdays / Sundays / Holidays from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. (i.e. no very early morning garbage pickups or other commercial vehicles). 

 

 

Useful links:


May 2015 Update re Potential Redevelopment at Brisebois and Northmount  CLICK HERE


June 2015 Update re Potential Redevelopment at Brisebois and Northmount  CLICK HERE


July 2015 Update re Potential Redevelopment at Brisebois and Northmount   CLICK HERE


October 2015 Update re Potential Redevelopment at Brisebois and Northmount   CLICK HERE


Presentation October 22nd, 2015 re Proposed Development at Brisebois & Northmount  CLICK HERE TO VIEW 



April 2016 Update re Potential Redevelopment at Brisebois and Northmount  CLICK HERE


August 2016 Update re Potential Redevelopment at Brisebois and Northmount  CLICK HERE


September/October 2016 Update CLICK HERE


Brentwood Community Association’s submission to the City related to the initial rezoning application CLICK HERE


Brentwood Community Association's June 1st, 2015 submission to the City  CLICK HERE

 

City of Calgary Land Use Bylaw <  http://lub.calgary.ca >

 

*  For detailed description of existing zoning for this lot, refer to Part 7, Commercial Districts – Division 3, C-N2
*  For detailed description of requested rezoning for this lot, refer to Party 7, Commercial Districts – Division 6, C-COR1


UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY 
LONG RANGE DEVELOPMENT PLAN
Visit the University of Calgary's website for further information re their long range development plan:

NORTHLAND VILLAGE MALL
REDEVELOPMENT
Read about redevelopment plans for Northland Village Mall .. CLICK HERE
Secondary Suites - Information

In December 2014 City Council directed Planning, Development and Assessment to prepare Land Use Bylaw amendments allowing Secondary Suites in all residential land use districts in Wards 7, 8, 9 and 11.  Secondary suites include those within a house, such as a basement suite, as well as those separate from a house, such as an above-garage suite or a garden suite.

The proposed amendments would enable a single family home owner to apply for a secondary suite, in locations where previously not zoned (R-1, R-C1, and R-C1L).  The amendment would simplify the application process for these single family home owners by eliminating the need to apply and obtain a Land Use Redesignation.  Lane Use Redesignation must currently be approved by City Council during regular public hearings.  A total of 35,395 single family homes would become eligible for secondary suites in these four Wards.  

All single family home owners in these Wards would still be required to apply for a Development Permit, as part of the secondary suite application process.  Following public input and approval, home owners would then need to apply for a Building Permit and all related trades permits to construct a safe and legal secondary suite.

Information sessions about this proposed Bylaw amendment, and the requirements to apply and construct a legal and safe secondary suite took place this February and March 2015.  

Reports: