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A FEW THINGS WE WOULD LIKE TO SEE OUR WARD 8 COUNCILLOR PUSH FOR

November 13, 2017 4:28 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
Now that the Calgary 2017 municipal election is over, here are a few things that the RKHCA Development Committee would like to see Evan push for during his second term as Ward 8 Councillor:
  1. Better communication with the City, so that we get advance notice of, and maybe even an opportunity to provide input on, any proposed changes or improvements the City is planning to make in our community;
  2. A more collaborative development process in which the community is recognized and respected as an equal partner at the table;
  3. Better City oversight of the drainage aspects of new developments, so that more storm runoff from new developments is retained on and absorbed by the parcel, rather than flowing onto neighbouring parcels or washing down the street or lane into the storm sewer system;
  4. A long overdue update to the Richmond Area Redevelopment Plan (ARP), which dates back to 1986, to reflect both current urban planning thinking and our community’s current wishes and priorities;
  5. New infill developments in our community to comply with the updated Richmond ARP in all material respects, unless the any proposed deviation from the ARP is supported by the community;
  6. New developments along 33 and 34 Avenues SW to comply with the recently enacted Marda Loop ARP in all material respects, unless any proposed deviation from the ARP is supported by the community;
  7. A great Streetscape Master Plan for 33 and 34 Avenues SW that is the product of genuine and thoughtful engagement with area residents and businesses and that includes:
    • fully accessible pedestrian realms with wide sidewalks, lots of street trees, comfortable year-round patios, cool public art, etc., to help create a place where people want to hang out;
    • safe and secure bike access and parking, so that more people who live a bit too far away to walk to Marda Loop will feel comfortable riding there, rather than driving;
    • comfortable, safe and conveniently located BRT stations at Crowchild Trail, so that more people will use transit to travel to and from Marda Loop, rather than drive;
    • well designed streets and intersections that allow vehicle traffic to move around and through the area smoothly, discourage cut-thru traffic and provide an appropriate amount of on-street parking, while being safe and comfortable for pedestrians and cyclists; and
    • a new public park/gathering space in the existing green space on the NE corner of the Crowchild interchange, with amphitheatre seating carved into the hillside, a plaza area that could feature a splash pad in summer, a skating rink in winter, and programmed events at various times of the year (Shakespeare in the Loop?);
  8. Adequate funding to make the Streetscape Master Plan a reality within a reasonable period of time;
  9. The SWBRT to begin operating by the end of 2018, and to offer true BRT-type service, with long service hours and sufficiently short head times that people can just head to the station whenever, knowing that a bus will be there momentarily;
  10. Currie Barracks to also begin receiving SWBRT service by the end of 2018, so that the 15,000 new people that will soon be living and/or working there have convenient access to high-quality transit service from the outset and therefore are less likely to feel the need to drive everywhere, adding to the area’s traffic congestion;
  11. Better snow clearing for our 20 Street and 26 Avenue SW bikeways, to make it easier for cyclists to continue riding through the winter;
  12. More effort into preserving and enhancing our community’s urban tree canopy, including more street trees; and
  13. Fewer orphaned curb cuts.

What things would you like to see our Ward 8 Councillor push for?  Let us know by posting a comment to this article.  We would love to hear from you!


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