Petition opposing up-zoning 301 - 7 Ave NE from RC-2 (duplex) to R-CG (4 plex townhouse)

Petition opposing up-zoning 301 - 7 Ave NE from RC-2 (duplex) to R-CG (4 plex townhouse)

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Connie MCLAREN started this petition to Residents of Crescent Heights

This is the third time, in four years, this exact Land Use Amendment has been filed on the same property.  The community residents have successfully won our fight against this density creep up-zoning attempt.  The developer that own the property have re-applied to the city for the same change. A move from R-C2 to RCG means that the developer could put a 3 level, 4 unit building on the lot, which is currently designed for 1 or 2 homes.   And now again we have to take time our of our lives to fight once more.  Please sign your name to this petition against the change and continued attack on our neighbourhood.  

These are some of the reasons:

Crescent Heights (CH) is already one of the most densely populated communities in Calgary. This third application to increase density is unnecessary to achieve the City’s density objective’s because CH is already there.  Less than 38% of residences in this community are single-family homes (2014 data); this is compared to the City’s average of 66%.
There are many parcels, over 230 in fact, within east CH, where this development could be built without ANY need change the land use.
Councillor Farrell had the following comments to make following her motion to “file and abandon” LOC#2017-0059 in July of 2017.
She said that “this community is open to most change.  Main street project along Centre with the green line.  They work hand in hand with the City along 16th Ave; significant change along Ed Tr and base of the hill closer to down town. This is remarkable change and there is a tiny enclave of stable single family homes and the community is saying and I agree, that they would like to preserve this small little portion of CH of single family homes while change happens all around them. So it’s a reasonable request that there is some stability in one tiny portion of a transforming community and in that I will move to file and abandon the bylaw.”
Upon further elaboration:  “…. I thank the applicant for the public engagement “solid, and an example of how one engages with the neighbourhood”. This application has not changed much and that’s not what convinced me last time to recommend refusal of this application.  It’s about the neighbourhood.  I’m a big fan of RCG, I think it is a great land use and it helps provide that missing mid that we’ve been talking so much about.  I don’t believe it belongs everywhere.  There are a few I haven’t supported and this is one of them.  I will explain why.  I said a bit at the beginning but I will give you some context.  We’ve been going through the Green Line (GL) engagement with CH and they have been so open to intensification along Centre Street.  When we did the GL charette, at the end of it, I’m not sure if you were involved in the charette but at the end of it the community, the people  who were engaged were given three choices on a number of questions and one of them was on density and intensification and over 80% of the residents engaged in the workshops supported the significant intensification along the green line.  It was a remarkable day.  This is a community that has one of the highest density ratios of affordable housing, one of the highest number of units of affordable housing and the community has supported that all along; when we looked at winter shelter in the Brick, the community sent a donation for a winter shelter in the Brick.  I’d like to add also this community welcomes laneway suites a well.  This is not, this is not, NIMBY, this is a community trying to preserve a small enclave in a rapidly changing neighbourhood.  I asked council with acknowledgement that the applicant has done better engagement, they stick with the original decision and vote this one down.  So I’m going to recommend to file and abandon this motion.”
Councillors recognized that Crescent Heights has long been a proponent of sustainable re-development and we have already made space in our community for change, increased density and evolution.
Councillors continued to agree with us that NOT every corner in a community is right for RCG development.
Since July of 2017 nothing has changed – this is the same Land Use Amendment that has been “filed and abandoned” twice in the past.  The development proposed is the same – 4 unit row housing.  The points above are still very relevant.  Actually ...things have changed -  CH has increased significantly in density since July of 2017, as 2 unit and 4 unit housing are replacing many single family homes……but on properties already zoned to accommodate those builds.

The CH Community Planning Committee continues to support us in standing against developer-initiated up-zoning applications, including this one; preferring to see that all existing properties be developed to their fully-zoned density limit.  As mentioned earlier there are over 230 properties zoned to accommodate this LOC; but not 301 – 7th Ave NE.

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