2019 Provincial General Election and Candidate Forums

April 16, 2019 is Election Day.  Advance polls are open April 9-13, 2019.  See here for more information: https://www.elections.ab.ca/current-election-information/

In the lead up to the Election, there are some all-candidate Forums for our Riding of Calgary-Acadia:

Friday April 5, 2019
1:30pm – 4pm
Canyon Meadows Community Association
848 Cantabrian DR SW
Click for more info

Tuesday April 9, 2019 (Meet and Greet event)
6:30pm – 7:30pm
Acadia Recreation Complex
240 Acadia DR SE

Thursday April 11, 2019
7:00pm – 9:00pm
Haysboro Community Association
1204 89 AV SW

CPS encourages citizens to complete the 9 p.m. Routine

While Acadia continues to have some of the lowest crime rates in the City, it’s always important to be vigilant.  The Calgary Police service is encouraging Calgarians to establish the 9 p.m. Routine.

The 9 p.m. Routine is a campaign that began in Pasco County, Florida and is now used by police agencies across North America to remind citizens to protect themselves and their property. The CPS is joining in on the routine and encourages Calgarians to do the same.

“The routine is simple,” says Sgt. Matt Baker of the CPS Centralized Break and Enter Teams. “Every night before going to bed we want all citizens to get in the habit of double checking that their vehicles, property and residence are secure. Offenders will often go down a street checking vehicles and houses for doors left open. By simply locking your door you could avoid waking up to an intruder in your home.”

The routine recommends:

  • Removing valuables from vehicles.
  • Ensuring vehicles are locked, windows are closed and if possible, parked in a garage.
  • Closing garage doors and windows.
  • Locking any person-doors in the garage, including those leading into a house.
  • Checking that all house doors – front, back, side and garage – are locked.
  • Ensuring all windows are shut.
  • Turning on an exterior light.

9pm Routine

Membership Deadline is Today!

Hi, just one last minute reminder that today is the deadline to purchase your 2018/19 membership in order to be eligible to vote at the AGM.

The date for our Annual General Meeting (AGM) is September 27.  To be eligible to vote, you must have your 2018/19 membership purchased by August 28 (30 days before the AGM).

You can buy them online here or visit the ARC (240 90 AV SE) during business hours.

Looking forward to seeing you in September!

Engage: Backyard Suites Guidelines

From the City of Calgary:

The City is looking at changing some of the Land Use Bylaw rules and developing guidelines to help make new backyard suites more acceptable and fitting in communities.  (Click here to be taken to the online survey.)

Backyard Suites Guidelines

About the project

On March 12, 2018 City Council approved amendments to the Land Use Bylaw that allow secondary suites as a discretionary use within the R-1, R-C1, and R-C1L land use districts. They also approved adding backyard suites to these districts, but asked City staff to develop standards relating to the design of backyard suites before finalizing this approval. These approvals are part of a process reform for secondary suites.

The standards for backyard suites under development will apply across all districts and are intended to improve the fit of backyard suites in built out communities.

City staff have been reviewing feedback from citizens from previous engagement on backyard suites, discussions at Council, and feedback from neighbouring land owners on past backyard suite applications. This background has given city staff a preliminary overview of the major concerns that neighbours have about backyard suites.

Targeted discussions and workshops with representatives from a number of Calgary’s community associations were held to review these concerns, to discuss concerns that may not have been captured and to explore options to address these concerns.

These discussions, with the feedback from this survey, will form the basis for proposed rule changes and design standards for backyard suites.

Provide your comments on the City of Calgary website to share your feedback with the project team. The survey will be open until July 3, 2018.

Garage Suites