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

Avenue’s Best Neighbourhoods

Everyone had a great time at the Acadia Community Winter Carnival yesterday!  It’s one of the community events that’s led Acadia being named 4th best neighbourhood by Avenue Magazine Survey in 2016.  The year before, Avenue’s Best Neighbourhoods Survey put us in the third spot!

Avenue’s Best Neighbourhoods

I encourage you to take 5 minutes to take their survey.  Do it now, there’s only a few more days to share your thoughts on your awesome community!

Remember all the great things your community has to offer when filling out the survey.  Acadia is well situated in the city with easy access to downtown and onto many arterial road choices if you’re exploring outside the community.  We boast green space, many school choices, diverse places of worship.  With the Acadia Recreation Complex, Acadia Aquatic & Fitness Centre & Osten & Victor Alberta Tennis Centre, we’re a hub for active living! Our active Community Association is often recognized for it’s engagement.  Our community offers a number of housing choices, which attracts all the benefits of having people from all ages, wages and stages of life sharing a space.

Avenue's Best Neighbourhoods

Avenue’s Best Neighbourhoods

Homebrewing: Making wine and beer at home

Homebrewing: Making wine and beer at home

If you are curious about homebrewing, and maybe overwhelmed or intimidated by the equipment or setup, please come to my beginner’s “Where’s The Skills?” session.  I will have my equipment there and will walk thru the processes of making wine from kits, making cider from the apples from my tree, and making beer from grain.

I will have samples of my homemade wine, cider and beer.

Please RSVP so I have an idea of how many people to expect.

Blair

Homebrewing

Homebrewing