The weekend is over and everyone — including your elected councillors — are heading back to work. Here are three things to watch for at Calgary city council today.
Following complaints about clouds of dust going up — potentially from asbestos — when older houses are demolished, Ward 9 Coun. Gian-Carlo Carra wants building inspectors to get involved in protecting public safety. His motion for Monday's meeting does mention that the city doesn't have any direct jurisdiction on asbestos abatement but he does want the building permit process changed so the city gets notified when a building is about to come down. That way, he says, city building inspector can be on hand to ensure abatement procedures are following in the interest of public safety.
New downtown parking rates
If you watch very closely when using ParkPlus, you may notice that on-street parking downtown will cost more or less depending on where you park and what time of day it is when you pull up to the curb. Council will be asked to give final approval to a variable rate parking plan. It means the same curb spot in Eau Claire, now priced at $4.50 an hour, will cost $4.75 if you park there between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. on a weekday. However, the new pricing chart shows a spot in great demand in the core might jump by a quarter only during the 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. lunch rush. There are some price decreases if streets are less popular and used less. This plan was approved in committee so it should get through the larger group. Parkers — shop around.
Rezoning for Telus Sky
One block along Seventh Avenue downtown will take another step towards a major renewal Monday. Council will discuss the rezoning for what's called a "mixed-use development" on Seventh Avenue between Centre Street and First Street S.W. What's now the two-floor building that's home to Arts Central will disappear to make way for 58 floors of Telus Sky. It will include 341 residential rental units as well as 39,000 square metres of AAA office space. The Calgary Downtown Association likes the proposal, especially the provision for a Plus-15 public park to replace an under-used public park on the block now.