3 things to watch at city council today

It's a combined council meeting on Monday, so that means a solid 10 land use items take up a considerable amount of space on the agenda.

Stonegate Landing, higher fines for speeding and community mailbox consultation to be hot topics

Monday's combined city council meeting will include about 10 land-use items. (Scott Dippel/CBC)

Monday will be a combined council meeting, so that means a solid 10 land-use items will take up a considerable amount of space on the agenda. 

A proposal to amend the city's land-use bylaw regarding properties along floodways and the flood fringe will apparently be delayed by a month, so that major item will not be debated, but there are still plenty of goodies for council watchers.

Fill 'er up

Have you noticed how the once-rural piece of land between the airport and Stoney Trail is filling up? 

Another piece of the puzzle is due to fall into place on Monday.

As you drive east on Airport Trail heading into the Calgary airport, on your left is a forest of signs for a new development that's coming called Stonegate Landing.

Council will discuss revising the area structure plan for the development.

Yes  we'll be seeing lots of industrial and office development, but there will still be room for another hotel, an auto mall, drive-through fast food joints and a gas station.

The land use designation of certain lands near the airport have been amended to allow for new construction. The areas shaded in grey were affected. (City of Calgary)

Asking the province to do Calgary a favour

Four councillors have signed a motion requesting Mayor Naheed Nenshi write a letter to the provincial government. They want the justice minister to look at higher fines for people who speed on city roads were the speed limit is less than 60 kilometres per hour.

Their rationale is that speeding 15 kilometres over the limit in a residential area is more dangerous to a pedestrian than speeding 15 kilometres over the limit on a 100 kilometre per hour highway.

However, the councillors point out that the fine for both offences is the same. Their request is that Nenshi ask the province to amend the Highway Traffic Act to increase fines for speeding.

The only problem is the provincial government is a little bit distracted these days ...

Asking Canada Post to do Calgary a favour

Canada Post wants to bring its super-mailboxes to your neighbourhood as it phases out home delivery.

The last thing city council heard, the Crown corporation had not consulted the city about possible locations for all of these boxes.

Coun. Brian Pincott wants the city to look at all the challenges super-mailboxes will pose for established communities, such as traffic, maintenance, garbage, snow removal and access for seniors or disabled people.

He wants a community consultation process developed and a report back to a council committee by this December. I wonder how Canada Post will feel about all of this?

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Scott Dippel

Politics Reporter

Scott Dippel has been at CBC News for more than two decades across four provinces. His roles have included legislative reporter, news reader, assignment editor and national reporter. When not at Calgary's City Hall, it's still all politics, all the time.

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