Delay North Hill Communities Local Area Plan

Delay North Hill Communities Local Area Plan

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North Hill Communities started this petition to Mayor Nenshi and Members of Council

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Below are the following documents:

  1. Cover letter to residents of Calgary or Community Associations
  2. Letter to Calgary Mayor and City Council (which you are signing)

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1. Cover Letter to Residents of Calgary or Community Association representative

We represent a group of citizens that will be directly impacted by the North Hill Communities Local Area Plan (NHCLAP) which is due to go back to Council for a vote on June 21st.

Attached is a letter which we have authored partly to raise awareness about the plan and the processes it has gone through, and to solicit support for our position. As the first multi-community Local Area Plan that the City is piloting, we are committed to providing the best possible outcome for our communities while also laying the best possible groundwork for future multi-community plans (Four more are already in process – with more to come).

We hope you will consider reviewing the letter, and if you feel that it has relevance to you, to consider adding your signature to it.

This letter and signatures collected to date were shared with the Mayor and Councillors on May 28th and June 14th. Signatures can still be added and an updated version will go out on June 21st.

Communities included in the NHCLAP: Rosedale, Crescent Heights, Renfrew, Mount Pleasant, Tuxedo, Capital Hill, Winston Heights/Mountainview, Highland Park, Greenview/Thorncliffe (south of McKnight Boulevard), Greenview Industrial Park

For more information on the NHCLAP: https://engage.calgary.ca/NorthHill

Other Communities currently involved in a multi-community Local Area Plan:

  • Heritage Communities (Area 31) – Eagle Ridge, Kelvin Grove, Kingsland, Fairview, Haysboro, Acadia, Southwood, Willow Park, Maple Ridge and Chinook Park.
  • Westbrook Communities (Area 10) – Wildwood, Spruce Cliff, Westgate, Rosscarrock, Shaganappi, Glendale, Killarney/ Glengarry, Glenbrook and the portions of Upper Scarboro/Sunalta West and Richmond that are west of Crowchild Trail.
  • West Elbow Communities (Area 2 & 3) - Altadore, Bankview, Cliff Bungalow, Elbow Park, Erlton, Garrison Woods, Lower Mount Royal, Mission, North Glenmore Park (north of Glenmore Trail SW), Richmond (east of Crowchild Trail SW), Rideau Park, Roxboro, Scarboro (east of Crowchild Trail SW), South Calgary, Sunalta and Upper Mount Royal.
  • Riley Communities (Area 4) - Sunnyside, Hillhurst, West Hillhurst and Hounsfield Heights - Briar Hill. Source: https://www.calgary.ca/pda/pd/current-studies-and-ongoing-activities/local-area-planning-in-calgary.html

Questions? Please contact your Councillor, City Planning Department or email your community association.

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2. Letter to His Worship Mayor Nenshi and Members of Council

The City of Calgary
Office of the Councillors
P.O. Box 2100, Station M
Calgary, AB, Canada T2P 2M5

Re: NORTH HILL COMMUNITIES LOCAL AREA PLAN

May 21, 2021

We respectfully request that the Mayor and Council delay the date of June 21st, 2021 for the North Hill Communities Local Area Plan (NHCLAP) approval and instruct Administration to consult with the nine communities involved. For this plan to be successful we feel it is imperative that the City facilitate and demonstrate significant awareness, participation, and support of affected citizens.

The first completed draft of the NHCLAP was introduced to the public on February 24, 2020. Two more revisions will be completed by June 1st, 2021. * The nine communities the NHCLAP is intended to serve have not been consulted on the subsequent versions. The June 1st, 2021 revisions will include policies drawn from the Guidebook for Great Communities (now the Guide for Local Area Plans) including 62 further amendments. This Guide was accepted as a “for information” guide for Administration to use and was not approved by Council by resolution or bylaw, and saw formidable public concern as expressed during the Public Hearing March 22-24th.

Community Associations and individual residents have never been provided with adequate time to review one of the “finished” versions of the NHCLAP. All feedback has been controlled by the City engagement practices. The public has only been able to see the “finished” plan(s) fleetingly before deadlines to submit to Special Policy Committee (SPC) or Council have arrived, and no Community Association or resident will have seen this latest version until it is released by June 1, 2021. Instead of complete conversations amongst residents, Community Associations, and City staff on the proposed drafts, we have been continually faced with the choice to either oppose or support.

We ask again that the Mayor and Council take the time to listen to resident requests and direct Administration to undergo the following: ensure residents are informed of the plan contents and potential impacts to their homes, parks, roads, and businesses through a mail out to affected addresses and conduct meaningful cooperative engagement and consultation with affected residents before returning to Council for approval.

A successful plan is one that has the participation and support of the people it affects. For the NHCLAP to be the success the City envisions, please give us the time and opportunity to contribute to its success.

The process followed by the City has been grueling for Community Association volunteers and individual residents who are overwhelmed, possibly unintentionally ignorant of the contents and impacts of the plan, and dealing with the enormity of the pandemic and busy lives. Given the potential for significant and lasting change the draft NHCLAP proposes, and that it will be the forerunner to future LAP’s, this plan should endure the most rigorous process of oversight and consultation before being adopted.

* Background:

The first completed draft of the NHCLAP was introduced to the public on February 24th, 2020. It was presented to SPC on Planning and Urban Development on March 4th, 2020 and in July Council voted to return it to administration for revisions. Those revisions occurred over the remainder of 2020 in concert with revisions to the Guidebook (using a City selected group of stakeholders), and a revised NHCLAP was then introduced on January 4 th, 2021. The plan then went to SPC PUD on February 3rd, 2021 where SPC voted to have it go to Council for Public Hearing on March 22nd, 2021. After the Public Hearing that occurred March 22-24, 2021, the NHCLAP was brought back to Council on April 12th where the Plan was referred back to Administration to incorporate amendments submitted by Councillors Farrell and Carra and policies from the Guidebook, as required, and return to Council June 21st, 2021.

Signed by the following Community Associations and Individuals:

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