In a recent interview with the Calgary Herald our newly elected mayor was commenting on his strategy going forward as far as new development is concerned . What I hear the mayor saying is that we are most likely to see new Hi-Rise condo developments going close to LRT stations . This is a good move as it lessens the load on the already crowded roads in our city and make it more feasible for Calgarians to have the convenience of the more costly the LRT at there door.
On the question of growth on the fringes ,he is held steady on the numbers the city has been paying for water and sewer for the past ten years ( which is paid for by the tax payers) . He also raised a great question , Why should the folks in Connaught pay for the sewer and water to Mahogany? If the mayor can stick to his guns this means lots in the fringe are going up in price , a good way to spur new renovation and construction in the city proper , which we should be supporting. If we can get rid of the log jam at city hall Mr Mayor over building permits and the Planning Dept trying to re-invet the wheel and throw common sense out the window the we may have a chance . I believe this is where he should start.
As for the secondary suites the mayor said it must have three criteria 1- the owner must live there 2- Parking , must have adequate off-street parking .3-Fire Safety – which is imperative .
I believe our new mayor is going in the right direction on all these areas of development , now let’s hope he keeps his focus and does not get overcome by developers who we know , are not looking out for the welfare and cost savings of the citizens of our fare city . Hang on Mr Mayor you maybe ion for a ride . You have my backing on all these points .
Lets catch -up with the rest of the country on such issues as secondary suites , inner city development and not grow anymore out until we look after what is inside the boundaries of Calgary today . Don’t get me wrong of you want to live ou in the burbs , you are more than welcomed , but the rest of the city should not foot the bill.