Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi’s top priorities for 2014
Mayor warns some of his plans are 'dreadfully boring'
Mayor Naheed Nenshi recently talked to CBC Calgary about his plans for 2014.
Below are his top priorities.
For more on Nenshi’s reflections on the past year, as well as his plans for the new one, click on the image above.
Or listen to his interview with the Calgary Eyeopener, by clicking the "Listen" button to the left, for his thoughts on the Calgary Flames getting a new arena and doing a better job on snow removal.
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4-year business plan
A new four-year election cycle means a longer period of time to plan around.
“Oh my goodness, that sounds boring, but it will actually be really an opportunity for us to go out to Calgarians and have a conversation, similar to the one we had in 2011," he said.
"What do you expect from your city? What do you want us to do more of? What do you want to do less of? How are we going to pay for it? So I really encourage people to get engaged in that conversation, starting right away in January."
Big city charters
Charters would give Alberta's big cities more control over taxes and spending, trade, and rapid transit.
“We need to continue to work with the provincial government," he said.
"I think there is finally a real desire and some real movement around the government of Alberta on the city charters issue, which again sounds dreadfully boring, but is really important about setting up the future direction of the city and how the city is going to work, going forward.”
The mayor is concerned about the growing city's housing stock.
“We’ve got an incredible housing crisis going on in the city right now," he said.
"It is clear that the system we have now, supply and demand are not matching. Although we are building lots and lots and lots of houses, somehow we are not building enough houses at the entry-level home ownership and in the rental market. We’ve got to figure out what’s wrong with the system.”