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

Pathway and Bikeway Implementation Plan – Survey

Calgary and Area Pathway and Bikeway Implementation Plan Update Project

Engagement phase two – May 15 – June 8, 2018

The City is updating the Calgary and Area Pathway and Bikeway Plan. It was originally approved in 2000 and is now out-of-date as our city has changed over the years. Many of the pathways and bikeways proposed in the original plan have been built, or are now obsolete because of new developments.

We’re looking for your help in determining how we should prioritize the build out of our network. You can share your feedback by participating in our online survey from May 14 until June 8. The survey and details can be found at Calgary.ca/pathwaybikeway.

Pathway Survey

Pathway Survey

Celebrate Neighbour Day with us!

The Acadia Community Association is teaming up once again with McDougall United Church to celebrate Neighbour Day 2018 – what better way to do so than with a block party?

Our goal is to unite all our Acadia community groups such as the Acadia Networking and Action Group, the Acadia Friendship Circle, and the Acadia Community Garden and Art Society.  The people at McDougall and we, at the community association, agree that connecting with one another should be a priority for community builders.  We will serve hot dogs and refreshments and it will be a great opportunity to meet some neighbours and find out what some of these groups have been up to. Last year, about 200 people of all ages joined us to celebrate and get to know some local businesses. This year, the bouncy castle returns, along with some of our favourite community groups and businesses such as Cornerstone Chapel, the Alberta Tennis Centre, and Rucas Bakery.  Come meet and say hi to Mayor Nenshi at 11:30am! Please, join us, neighbours!  We look forward to celebrating Neighbour Day with you.

McDougall United Church
8516 Athabasca ST SE
11:30am – 3:30pm

Neighbour Day 2018

Neighbour Day 2018

2018 Transit Service Review

Transit Service Review Survey (Closes Friday May 18)

The City of Calgary is building new and improved Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) routes that will shape the way the broader transit network operates. As part of this project, Calgary Transit is reviewing dozens of existing bus routes to develop a more effective and efficient bus network in Calgary.

The goal of this review is to implement a revised bus network linking into the following new BRT routes:

  • 17 Avenue S.E. BRT
  • North Crosstown BRT
  • South Crosstown BRT

The existing bus network is being revised based on the following objectives:

  1. Make efficient use of the BRT infrastructure (e.g. stations, queue jumps, separate lanes)
  2. Provide routes that are more direct and easier to understand
  3. Reduce travel time
  4. Operate more frequently with a longer span of service on some routes (e.g. start earlier, end later)
  5. Provide better service to key destinations
  6. Reduce duplication of service
  7. Increase ridership

We will be collecting stakeholder and citizen feedback online and at open houses throughout the city. We will report back in the early summer 2018.

Transit Service Review Survey