Brentwood Co-op Site Redevelopment – August 2017 Dates and Events

Summer is a time for picnics and barbeques, hiking and swimming, and time to enjoy the outdoors.  The last things most of us want to think about are development permits, rezoning applications and meetings, and that includes your BCA Development and Transportation Committee (DTC)!


However, on June 28, the DTC found out that there would be some important meetings and events taking place in August regarding the entire Brentwood Co-op site - the area to be known as the Brentwood Commons redevelopment. 


What’s happening with the Brentwood Co-op site redevelopment?

Since the workshop sessions on May 25 and 27, planners from the City of Calgary have reviewed the comments and feedback from those meetings.  The Planning Department has submitted its overall review of the development permit to Quarry Bay (the applicant) and this included recommendations and comments for the site.  At the time of this writing, it is expected that there will be changes made to the application and to the version of the drawings that we have seen to date. 


The BCA as well as residents expressed concern over many aspects of the plans, especially in regards to the height of the buildings (one up to 40 storeys) and the layout of the main road through the site (right along Blakiston Park).  At the end of July or in early August, Quarry Bay will respond to the review, although we do not yet know what changes (if any) they might have made.


We need your feedback and opinions. 

Even though it is summer and we’re all busy with other activities, it is still important to provide your opinion to us and to the City of Calgary Planning Department.  To ensure we get as many responses as possible, there are numerous options:

-          Please mark the dates below on your calendar and plan to attend an event.

-          If you will be away, there will be an on-line comment form.

-          For those who prefer to comment on paper, in writing, there will be a drop-off comment box. 


Brentwood residents have shown a strong interest and response so far, and in fact, such a strong response that in May a second workshop session was needed to accommodate all those who wished to participate.  We thank all those who have commented or participated to date and we hope that we can continue to ask for such a great response from our residents.  The Development and Transportation Committee members are encouraged and motivated by your interest and strong support.


What is planned for August?

The City of Calgary has numerous different activities throughout the month where you can review the application, ask questions of City staff and provide your feedback.


Wednesday, August 9 to Wednesday, August 30 – Online Survey

-          Visit and leave your feedback on the City of Calgary online comment form.


Wednesday, August 9 to Tuesday, August 15 - Sounding Board at the Brentwood Co-op

-          A community Sounding Board will be set up in front of Brentwood Co-op from August 9 – 15.

-          Stop by and use the boards and sticky notes to share your thoughts and ideas about the Brentwood Co-op site.


Wednesday, August 9 to Tuesday, August 15 – Comment Box at the Brentwood Sportsplex

-          A comment box and copies of the comment form will be available at the Brentwood Sportsplex for those who wish to pick up a paper-copy survey instead of an online survey.  We will have a comment box available so you can drop off completed forms.

-          Please note that the community center will be closed for part of August as new flooring is installed.  If the building is closed, we will ensure there is a sign on the door, possibly directing you to the SWC pool or giving further directions.  We’ll do our best to make sure that paper copies and a comment box are available.


Tuesday, August 15, 2017, from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. – Pop-up event

-          At the Triwood Community Farmers’ Market, stop by to talk to City of Calgary staff or leave your feedback.  (At the Triwood Community Association, 2244 Chicoutimi Drive NW.)

-          Note:  if you are wondering why the events are to be held at Triwood instead of Brentwood, these events had already been arranged by the City of Calgary prior to BCA knowledge of the events.

-          Stay tuned for more pop-up events that will hopefully take place during the summer in Brentwood as City staff will be out and about to hear your feedback.


Thursday, August 24, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. – Open House

-          At the Triwood Community Center

-          Attend the City Open House to review project details, learn about what the City heard in the first phases of engagement and leave your feedback.


Website and Emails

To stay up-to-date on next steps for this project and these engagement opportunities, check the City of Calgary website: or go to and enter Brentwood Commons.

Email list for the Brentwood Development and Transportation Committee:

The DTC would like to be able to notify interested area residents about development permits (DPs), updates, meetings or other events.  If you would like to be added to our email list, please send your name, address (so we know what DPs might affect your property), phone number and email address to the Brentwood CA at  (This list would be for development issues only and is separate from the BCA mail-out list.) 



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

Phase 1 Construction: July - October 2017

This month, Northmount Drive N.W. will be re-paved between Cambrian Drive N.W. and Carol Drive N.W.  At the same time, several safety and operational improvements will be implemented at the intersection of Northmount Drive N.W. and 14 Street N.W.

Phase 1 also includes the addition of 10 low-cost curb extensions along the corridor to improve pedestrian safety.

We will make every effort to minimize disruptions during construction. Thank you for your patience. 

Phase 2 will be constructed when funding becomes available. Final plans are available at

Image of Northmount Dr NW improvements, looking west towards 14 St NW intersection

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.


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 < >


*  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

Visit the University of Calgary's website for further information re their long range development plan:

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.