Planning & Development

Background:

Cambrian Heights, by virtue of being essentially an inner city community, is beginning to experience the redevelopment pressures associated with a growing city of Calgary. In response to this future development, the Board of Cambrian Heights Community Association (“CHCA”) formed a Planning Committee in mid-2014. The Committee consists of three Directors at this point. Participation in this committee from community members has and continues to be encouraged.

Since this committee’s formation, the members have been spending time attending seminars put on by the Federation of Calgary Communities (“FCC”) and the City itself while reviewing the City Bylaws and guidelines in relation to understanding how the City regulates the redevelopment of existing single-family homes. These issues become very complex in relation to the responsibilities of CHCA and that of the homeowners who may be impacted, either positively or negatively in value or life enjoyment perspectives.

Applicable Building Guidelines:

The Cambrian Heights Community is governed by the Land Use Bylaw 1P2007 as approved by City Council. Despite the fact that we are considered inner City and the surrounding neighbourhoods of Rosemont, Mount Pleasant and Tuxedo are included in the Low-Density Residential Housing Guidelines for Established Communities, Cambrian Heights is not. These guidelines were originally approved by City Council in May 1993 and subsequently amended in July 2010 to resolve conflicts with the Land Use Bylaw 1P2007. These guidelines are “intended to apply to single-detached dwellings, semi-detached dwellings and duplexes requiring a development permit”. These Guidelines are much more detailed in their control of streetscape and design. Both of these documents may be found on the City of Calgary website.

Permit Application Process:

While the process is best explained in the Community Guide to Planning Process prepared by the FCC in association with the City and other groups and individuals (see Links), a brief summary page is reproduced from this document below:

Flowchart of the Development Permit Review Process

  1. The applicant may engage with the community association, the immediate neighbours, and City staff prior to making an application.
  2. Applications are circulated to the community association and Ward Councillor.
  3. When an application is required by the Land Use Bylaw to be notice posted, a notice (Blue Sign) is placed on the site to let interested parties know about the application.
  4. Affected citizens who have concerns may submit their comments in writing.
  5. Community associations may meet to discuss the proposal and submit comments in writing.
  6. After a decision is made on a development permit application, each person who submitted written comments to the proposed development shall receive a response from the File Manager.
  7. Approval decision is advertised in newspaper.
  8. Community associations and other members of the public may appeal the decision to the Subdivision & Development Appeal Board (SDAB).

Planning Committee Members:

Gary Wilson, Director CHCA
plan2@cambrianheightscommunity.com
403-589-0507

Daryl Beatty, Director CHCA
dbeatty@decisiveedge.com
403-554-4404

Daryl Connolly, President CHCA
president@cambrianheightscommunity.com
403-470-5339

Faye Strong
a5strong@telus.net

Murray Peglar
murray.peglar@yahoo.com
403-229-3825

The CHCA is always looking for interested community residents who wish to help out or contribute to the efforts of this committee. Please contact any member of the Committee to attend its next meeting or discuss issues of interest.

Recent Building Permit Applications & Status (December 2015):

The Planning Committee will attempt to update this list with new applications on a regular basis. We cannot guarantee that we have captured all such applications. We reference individuals to the City of Calgary website as the ultimate up-to-date tracking source for such discretionary applications.

Recent Building Permit Applications & Status (December 6, 2016):

Subdivision: SB2015-0372 (920 – 30th Avenue NW)

  • Application Date: October 27, 2015
  • Proposed Use: Semi-Detached Dwelling(s)
  • Description: (ePlans) Tentative Plan – Residential – Inner City – CAMBRIAN HEIGHTS 0 – Section 28C

Land Use Amendment: LOC2016-0016 (48 Cadogan Road NW)

  • Application Date: January 20, 2016
  • Description: Land Use Amendment

Subdivision: SB2016-0033 (1011 – 32nd Avenue NW)

  • Application Date: February 12, 2016
  • Proposed Use: Single Detached Dwelling(s)
  • Description: (ePlans) Tentative Plan – Residential – Inner City – CAMBRIAN HEIGHTS 0 – Section 28C

Development Permit: DP2016-2336 (552 Northmount Drive NW)

  • Application Date: June 17, 2016
  • Proposed Use: Medical Clinic
  • Description: Change Of Use: Medical Clinic

Subdivision: SB2016-0142 (922 – 30th Avenue NW)

  • Application Date: June 24, 2016
  • Proposed Use: Semi-Detached Dwelling(s)
  • Description: (ePlans) Tentative Plan – Residential – Inner City – CAMBRIAN HEIGHTS 0 – Section 28C

Development Permit: DP2016-3380 (27 Cambridge Road NW)

  • Application Date: August 16, 2016
  • Proposed Use: Accessory Residential Building
  • Description: New: Single Detached Dwelling, Accessory Residential Building (garage)

Development Permit: DP2016-3439 (7 Celtic Road NW)

  • Application Date: August 18, 2016
  • Proposed Use: Accessory Residential Building
  • Description: New: Single Detached Dwelling, Accessory Residential Building (garage)

Near Term Focus Activity December 2016:

Committee members continue to meet with the City of Calgary Planning officials to clarify application of guidelines, CHCA responsibilities in the process and permit application trends and approval issues for the Community neighbourhood. Recommendations are being developed and discussed with the Board of Directors. What constitutes contextual sensitivity for our community is an issue often discussed but hard to establish since personal opinion, location and elevation play a large role.

Should the Board elect to pursue alternatives to the Land Use Bylaw 1P2007 currently in effect for our community, consultations will be organized with the community residents. Notwithstanding these deliberations we encourage all community residents to make their opinions known to the Board members at any time. The Federation of Calgary Communities is assisting the Committee in determining the relative advantages of the existing Land Use Bylaw as compared to re-designation the community under the Guidelines for Established Communities. Advantages and our ability to establish an Area Redevelopment Plan (“ARP”) is also under discussion.

The Committee will also be monitoring issues that directly or indirectly impact our community such as transportation issues surrounding the proposed Centre Street (Green Line) LRT development and the continuing development of secondary suites. Other issues being monitored for input include the Northmount Drive Improvement Project and the continued status of the Cambrian Heights Elementary School and its programs.

Again to remind everybody the Ward boundary change has been approved and will see Cambrian Heights moved from Ward 7 to Ward 4 at the next City election (Fall 2017).

Caveats

The Planning Committee of the Cambrian Heights Community Association has requested and received this letter from the City of Calgary outlining their position on the caveats generally from 1956 that exist on most of houses within our community. These caveats come into play as new developments are permitted within our community. As is clear in this letter the City views these caveats as having been replaced by new regulations and guidelines, most notably Bylaw 1P2007, that may be found on the City website (www.calgary.ca). Should you wish any clarification please feel free to contact any member of the CHCA Planning Committee. Their email addresses may be found within our website.

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