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 It was originally approved in 2000 and is now out-of-date as our city has changed over the years.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 

Free Compost!

Green Cart compost giveaway

The City of Calgary is offering free compost for residents to use in their yards and gardens this spring. The compost is made from the food and yard waste collected in the Green Cart program.
  • When: Saturday May 5, 12, 19 and 26
  • Hours: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Location: Calgary Composting Facility – 12111 68 Street SE – See driving directions.
  • Cost: FREE for Calgary residents.

The compost area does not accept garbage or other materials. For available disposal options, please see our Landfill Locations and Hours and Landfill Throw ‘N’ Go facilities.

For more info visit calgary.ca

Community Planning Workshop this Sunday

From the Anderson to Heritage Coalition:

Do you live in

Acadia, Fairview, Haysboro, Kingsland, Southwood, or Willowridge?

The Planning and Development Directors of 6 communities have come together to form the Anderson to Heritage Coalition.  Our goal is to advocate for community improvements as developers re-invest in Macleod Trail.

How do you move through the communities?

By Car, Bike, or Foot, we want to know your favourite routes.

RSVP to Kim

Acadia Recreation Complex

Read the Anderson to Heritage Coalition Community Proposal

Anderson to Heritage Coalition

Reminder: Spring meeting & Movie tonight!

A reminder that we’re holding a spring community meeting to update the community, and watch a 30 minute documentary on community-building in Calgary.

7:00-7:45 Community update
7:45-8:15 Our City Our Soul: Five Neighbourhood Stories (Documentary)
8:15-9:00 Social time and Networking

Snacks, juice and water are provided.

Cash Bar for wine and beer.

ARC Lounge – April 18

Blackfoot Exhibition Game – Honouring Fairview Arena Heroes!

Exhibition Game Information

Blackfoot Exhibition Game on March 15 2018 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm at the Acadia Rec Complex – Honoring Fairview Arena Heroes!

Let’s Pack the ARC! Everyone is invited to enjoy some action packed minor hockey.

Blackfoot Hockey

What: Novice 1 Blackfoot Exhibition Game honoring Calgary Safety Codes Officer, Rob Trotta & Fairview Arena Manager Bruce Falconer.

When: Thursday, March 15, 2018 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Where: Acadia Recreation Complex – 240 90 AV SE

On February 20, 2018, Novice 1A Blue and 1B Gold from Blackfoot Hockey Association were scheduled to practice from 4:30pm to 5:30pm at Fairview Arena. At approximately 4:50pm that same day, the arena roof collapsed crushing the stands and ice surface.

To show our appreciation to Calgary Safety Codes Officer, Rob Trotta & Fairview Arena Manager Bruce Falconer for making the right call to shut down the arena and put safety first, the teams are hosting an exhibition game in their honor. Prior to puck drop, there will be a ceremony at center ice.