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  • May 09, 2012 2:08 PM | Anonymous

    Your child’s artwork could be chosen as the cover of Recreation Program Guide this winter!

    We are asking children aged 5-12 to create a poster that visually describes, and represents their favorite experience(s) while participating in a recreational activity, program or event. For more information go to the Rec 100 website.

    http://www.cocnmp.com/recreation/gallery-posters.php

  • May 08, 2012 10:20 AM | Anonymous
    The newest West LRT update was just released. To view it go to www.westlrt.ca
  • April 26, 2012 9:55 AM | Anonymous

    On Wednesday, May 2, 2012, from 4-8 p.m., at Westbrook Mall, The City’s Transportation Planning is hosting a public information session on the West LRT Pedestrian and Bicycle Improvements Project – Phase 1. The information session will be an “open house” format with display boards showing new cycling route, connections to LRT stations and a number of road improvements as part of the West LRT Pedestrian and Bicycle Improvements Project.

    The scope of Phase 1 includes improvements to key cycling and pedestrian routes leading into three LRT station areas: Shaganappi Point Station, Westbrook Station, and 45 Street Station. The boundaries of Phase 1 are (from east to west) Crowchild Trail, Sarcee Trail, (from north to south) Spruce Drive/Sovereign Crescent and 26 Avenue S.W. Through 2011, The City of Calgary called together a stakeholder group of people from the area communities and people from the cycling community to provide input about the routes in phase 1. The stakeholder group met twice in 2011: once to provide comments and concerns about cycling in the area and a second time to provide feedback on bicycle route concept plans. Planning for Phase 2 will begin in late 2012 and includes the 69 Street, Sirocco, and Sunalta LRT Stations. The City will again bring together a stakeholder group of people from the area communities and people from the cycling community.

  • March 06, 2012 10:45 AM | Anonymous
    Calgarians are invited to share their opinions and concerns through an online survey.
    It's quite simple, just nine questions, completely anonymous, and will only
    take you a few minutes to finish.

    http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2DFBQBS

    There's a very good reason why you should do this survey: the City of
    Calgary has invited Calgary River Valleys to present the views of its members and
    stakeholders (and that means YOU!) in two current projects: the
    "Biodiversity Strategic Initiative" and the "Riparian Assessment,
    Streambank Stability & Flood Control Guidelines."  They'll forward the survey
    results to the City's policy- and decision-makers in the form of
    recommendations that represent the perspectives and values of informed
    Calgarians - which means that you can help shape the City's direction and
    policies!

    They'll close the survey at 9:00 am on Monday, April 16, 2012.

    Please forward this email to anyone else you know who's also interested in
    these topics.

    If you have any questions, contact Mac Hickley at 403-268-4867.
  • February 10, 2012 8:52 AM | Anonymous
    What's the difference between a great neighbourhood and the BEST neighbourhood? What factors make that truly winning combination undefined amenities, price, curb appeal, low crime rate and intangibles such as friendliness of the neighbours? Fill out Avenue's Best Neighbourhoods Survey and let us know what you think makes a neighbourhood great and then tell us how your own community stacks up. 

    See this year's results for Calgary's Best Neighbourhoods.

    Avenue and Leger Marketing will then crunch the numbers and use the responses to weight the factors plus include even more data from the City on the location of parks and amenities, crime statistics, tax assessments, average lot size, and more to determine Calgary's Best Neighbourhood.

    For those communities that are new enough that comprehensive data is not available, Avenue will also use the survey responses to questions about what makes a great neighbourhood for a story on Best New Communities for 2012.

    Complete survey now.
  • February 07, 2012 10:17 PM | Anonymous

    CALGARY- After struggling for months over whether to allow Canada Olympic Park land to be turned into a large retail development, the city is now considering a dramatic and costly Plan C- buy the land. Council voted Monday to study a potential purchase of 19 hectares at the base of Paskapoo Slopes.It’s unclear how much the property would cost a valuation will be part of the study but city hall already has up to $60 million in loan guarantees tied up in other parts of the COP expansion venture. WinSport Canada had expected to repay those loan guarantees through selling land along the Trans Canada Highway to a retail developer after getting rezoning. That plan was up in the air, however, as city planners disagreed with WinSport on how to ensure some office developments would be part of that retail project, and when a future highway interchange would expand to meet that traffic demand. Buying the land would let the city sidestep that complex disagreement, but the city is unsure how to come up with the funds to do so. “The city had some of our top people on this file over the last couple of months, and this is what they came up with a way to move forward,” Mayor Naheed Nenshi said in council Monday. Council will likely vote on a potential purchase when the city presents its study in June. For several months, council has delayed a decision on a new master plan for the lands surrounding the site of the 1988 Winter Games’ ski jump, bobsled track and freestyle skiing hill. The less-controversial parts of the project include hotels, a film studio, and a large park with cross-country ski trails on the Paskapoo Slopes, south of the proposed retail land. Nenshi suggested that instead of big box retail on the site, it could become part of that park and ski-trail area. Conservation groups had also called on the city to block a move to flatten the lower slopes for large stores and their parking lots. Jim Younker, chief operating officer for WinSport and head of its rezoning application, could not be reached for comment. Ald. Dale Hodges said a letter from WinSport stated the group agrees that council should hold off any decisions until June. Although the market value of those 19 hectares of COP land is still to be determined, Younker had said previously that there was a gap of up to $20 million between the potential sale price of those parcels if WinSport’s plans were approved and the price if city planners’ alterations were approved. Under then-mayor Dave Bronconnier, council agreed in 2010 to give WinSport up to $60 million in loan guarantees to ensure the sports agency could build new ice arenas. The organization has only drawn down about two-thirds of that amount.

    jmarkusoff@calgaryherald.com. © Copyright (c) The Calgary Herald 

  • February 03, 2012 6:35 AM | Anonymous
    Celebrate 100 years of family fun with Recreation this February and beat the winter blues while you're doing something fun and healthy for the whole family. Go for a swim or ride the waves at our indoor water parks, cross-country ski, join our indoor golf celebration, or check out one of the many family-focused activities we've planned in February to celebrate family.

    For more details click here.
  • January 19, 2012 10:18 PM | Anonymous

    At the annual AGM for the CHPH Community Association, the new 2012 board of directors was elected. To view, go to About Us

  • January 10, 2012 6:39 AM | Anonymous
    As part of the Signage Regulation Review project,  The City is looking at the use of digital (electronic) signs and third party advertising signs (billboards).

    Because the Calgary Land Use Bylaw does not contain regulations dealing with brightness, rate of message change or ambient light levels related to the light emissions from digital signs, administration was directed to prepare interim measures to deal with the influx of digital signs in Calgary in 2010.

    In May 2011, The Regulation of Digital, Electronic and Computer Signage Special task force directed administration to prepare a new bylaw to go forward to council, with changes from the original recommendation of administration earlier that year.

    Some of the goals of this project are to:
    • Research best practices from other cities to get a better understanding of regulations for these types of signs and adapt them to create a "made in Calgary" solution; 
    • Update the Billboard Development Policy to look at the current development context in the City;
    • Update the regulations in the land use bylaw to deal with digital technology and some of the issues related to digital sign operation (such as brightness, message timing, ambient light emissions); 
    • Review various safety studies and ensure that the sign regulations focus on the safety of Calgarians; and
    • Ensure that the regulations and policies achieve the goals set out in the Calgary Municipal Development Plan.
    The digital and third party advertising sign review project includes a series of public information and stakeholder meetings to examine the official regulations, the interim regulations and the Council approved "Billboard Development Policy Guide for Calgary".

    The next series of open houses are running this week at the following locations and times:
    • North West Communities (Banff Trail Community Centre - 2115 20 Ave NW) Monday, January 9, 2012 from 7 to 9:30pm
    • South East Communities (Inglewood CA Hall - 1740 24 St SE) Tuesday, January 10, 2012 from 7 to 9:30pm 
    • North East Communities (Pineridge CA Hall - 6024 Rundlehorn Dr NE) Wednesday, January 11, 2012 from 7 to 9:30pm; and 
    • South West communities (Glamorgan CA Hall – 4207 41 Av SW) Thursday, January 12, 2012 from 7 to 9:30pm.
    If you can not make it to any of these open houses, please email landusebylawreview@calgary.ca or call 403-268-3748 to provide your feedback. Find more information on calgary.ca

  • January 03, 2012 9:55 PM | Anonymous
    Today, The City of Calgary mailed approximately 482,000 Property and Business 2012 Assessment Notices and commenced the Assessment 2012 Customer Review Period, which runs from January 03 to March 05, 2012. The 2012 Property Assessment values are based on a July 01, 2011 market valuation date and December 31, 2011 physical condition date as legislated by the Province of Alberta through the Municipal Government Act (MGA). The 2012 Business Assessment values are based on the July 01, 2011 typical net annual rental value of business premises. The assessed values, which are used as the basis for determining property and business taxes, are prepared annually by The City of Calgary. “Preparing assessments on an annual basis ensures property and business owners’ assessments maintain currency with changing market conditions and experience more stability in year to year property and business tax levels,” explains Stuart Dalgleish, Calgary’s City Assessor. “The market establishes the value of properties and businesses in Calgary; we simply measure that market value as of July 01 each year prior to the taxation year.” The 2012 Customer Review Period provides customers with the opportunity to review and ensure the accuracy of their 2012 Assessment and learn more about Calgary’s assessment process. In conjunction with the 2012 Assessment Notice mailing on January 03, 2012, The City of Calgary’s Assessment business unit is launching its redesigned Assessment Search website at calgary.ca/assessmentsearch, which will offer new and expanded online services to customers, within a Helpful, Convenient, Secure theme. “One of the changes to calgary.ca/assessmentsearch will be the introduction of a new secure login service for property owners, similar to the service introduced for business owners earlier in 2011. This secure service represents the start of property owners being able to access private assessment information about their own properties online, and includes improved search features, as well as new account management services. To continue to respond to the existing public demand for online assessment information, a public access feature will provide any members of the public with map and tabular based information for property locations and property assessment values. In addition to bringing about improvements for 2012, this new platform enables the Assessment business unit to offer more information and assessment services online in the future, and supports our effectiveness and efficiency endeavours,” explains Dalgleish. Enabling our new secure login service is The City’s new myID online account technology developed by the Information Technology business unit. myID is an online account service that allows citizens and businesses to securely access City services with a single login. Calgarians have asked for more City services to be available online and myID aims to provide, over time, a single point of access for citizens and businesses to connect with City of Calgary services. Assessment information is the first service to fully link to the myID online account service platform for citizens and businesses, with other City online services linking to myID accounts in the future. If customers still have questions after reviewing their assessment, they can call the Assessment business unit at 403-268-2888 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              403-268-2888      end_of_the_skype_highlighting during the 2012 Customer Review Period to have their inquiries answered over the phone or, if necessary, to book an appointment with an assessor.
     
    THE CITY OF CALGARY 2012 PROPERTY AND BUSINESS ASSESSMENT ROLLS
    KEY FINDINGS
     
    2012 Property Assessment Roll:
    • Based on the market value of property as of July 01, 2011.
    • Total number of accounts on the 2012 Property Assessment Roll is 456,000.
    • Total value of the 2012 Property Assessment Roll is 232 billion.
    • As a result of the 2012 Assessment, the typical market value residential property assessment change is -3% between 2011 and 2012.
    • This year, approximately 93% of residential properties’ revenue neutral taxes will be within ± 10% of last year’s taxes.
      • 62% of residential properties will see a revenue neutral tax decrease due to the 2012 assessment.
      • 38% of residential properties will see a revenue neutral tax increase due to the 2012 assessment.
    • 2012 median single residential assessment (excluding condominiums) is 400,000 compared to 410,000 in 2011.
    • 2012 median residential condominium assessment is 240,000 compared to 250,000 in 2011.
    • As a result of the 2012 assessment, the typical market value non-residential property assessment change is 2% between 2011 and 2012.
    • This year, approximately 60% of non-residential properties’ revenue neutral taxes will be within ±10% of last year’s taxes.
      • 63% of non-residential properties will see a revenue neutral tax decrease.
      • 37% of non-residential properties will see a revenue neutral tax increase.
    • Changes to the real estate market after July 01, 2011 will be reflected in values prepared for the 2013 Property Assessment Roll.
    • 2012 Business Assessment Roll:
    • Based on the typical net annual rental value of business premises as of July 01, 2011.
    • Total number of accounts on the 2012 Business Assessment Roll is 26,100.
    • Total value of the 2012 Business Assessment Roll is 2.7 billion.
    • As a result of the 2012 assessment, the typical net annual rental value business assessment change is -3% between 2011 and 2012.
    • This year, approximately 49% of businesses’ revenue neutral taxes will be within ± 10% of last year’s taxes.
      • 35% of businesses will see a revenue neutral tax decrease.
      • 65% of businesses will see a revenue neutral tax increase
    • Changes to the typical net annual rental market after July 01, 2011 will be reflected in values prepared for the 2013 Business Assessment Roll.
    THE CITY OF CALGARY 2012 PROPERTY AND BUSINESS ASSESSMENT ROLLS
    KEY DATES AND ACTIVITIES
     
    DATE KEY ACTIVITIES
    2011 July 01 Valuation date for 2012 Property and Business Assessment Rolls
    2011 October 03 – 2011 October 21 2012 Advance Consultation Period
    2011 December 31 Physical condition and characteristics date
    2012 January 03 2012 Property and Business Assessment Notices mailed
    2012 January 03 – 2012 March 05 2012 Customer Review Period
    Early 2012 February 2012 Business Tax Notices mailed
    2012 March 05 Final date to file a complaint with the Assessment Review Board
    2012 March 30 2012 Business Taxes due
    2012 May 2012 Property Tax notices mailed
    2012 June 29 2012 Property Taxes due
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