Today, Council voted to join all other major Canadian cities in allowing secondary suites city-wide. Thank you to all those who worked so hard to make this happen. Your continued advocacy for increasing access to safe and legal secondary suites finally paid off. • Residents will no longer be required to come before Council for a land use change in order to build a suite. That process was costly, inefficient, adversarial, and often arbitrary. Applications will now be handled by City Administration in a clearly defined and objective process. Neighbours will still have input into the process, with help from new rules that better define how suites fit with communities. • Drawing credit to the talented Sam Hester.
Speaking to the @cityofcalgary’s Planning department on designing cities through a gender lens. We have a responsibility to ensure a gender perspective in all of our services, standards, and resources. • How do we understand how women experience cities? First, we hire them. We ensure a seat at the table and ask them. Many times I go through a full day of meetings with City staff and realise at the end of the day that I was the only woman in the room. • In Planning, slightly less than half of employees are women. However, in leadership positions, this number drops to less than a quarter. How can we trust that women’s perspectives are incorporated if they aren’t at the table in the first place? • How is it that the biggest decisions about urban development and architecture are mainly made by men? Would new housing, streets, and office blocks look or feel any different if more women were involved in designing them? • Planning is about putting people at the centre. It goes way beyond gender and what it’s like to push a stroller or change a diaper. It’s also about ethnicity, socioeconomic background, and age. There are lots of groups that are forgotten in our decision making. • We have a responsibility to make sure that the city we’re building is comfortable and works for everyone.
Mr Plow is on his way! Let’s do our part to help him out. A snow route parking ban will go into effect on Sunday, March 4th at 10am. The ban is expected to be in effect for 72 hours, or until lifted by the City. Vehicles parked on snow routes must be moved for the duration of the ban. Vehicles that remain parked on these routes during the ban are subject to enforcement, up to and including a parking ticket and tow.
Gong Xi Fa Cai!
Yet more innovative city-building is coming to @eastvillageyyc! It was a pleasure to join @deronbilous, Brad Zumwalt, @calgarymlc, and the Calgary Parking Authority to announce Platform. When a new parkade was initially planned in East Village, one of the first expectations I put forward was that the building needs to be mixed-use and adaptable. Platform achieves these goals by offering an innovation space for entrepreneurs, small businesses, and creators. The building is also adaptable to a future where parkades may no longer be needed. Unlike most parkades, Platform can be converted fully to residential or commercial spaces. Of course, there is also ample bicycle parking!
Sneak peak of the preliminary #greenlineyyc station designs! #yycplan #yycarch
Full speed ahead for #greenlineyyc engagement! How do you want Green Line to integrate into your community?
The @nclinev is ranked amongst the 12 Most Anticipated Buildings of 2018 by @archdigest. Not bad. Not bad at all.
The Ward 7 team is changing! We must say goodbye to the illustrious Carol Armes. Her dedication to our communities is highly regarded and we will miss her dearly. At the same time, we are excited to welcome Katie Dekruyf! She is a great addition to our team. Druh, Dale, Romy, and Katie are excited to work with you for the benefit of all Ward 7 communities.
My team and I work hard to push for high-quality public spaces and private developments. The results of that work are clear with an incredibly strong showing for Ward 7 projects at the Mayor's Urban Design Awards. For a full list of winners, click the link in my profile.
The countdown is on! The New Central Library will be opening in a year from now, November 2018. The New Central Library is not just a branch, it will be a cultural gem for the whole city of Calgary.
Starting tomorrow, the Crowchild walk/bike bridge will close until Spring 2018 to accommodate bridge improvements. 14 St NW is the closest alternative crossing. #yycwalk #yycbike