Triwood Community Association Planning Committee: What does it do?
The deliberations and recommendations of the Triwood Planning Committee are guided by the Terms of Reference approved in 2014 (see website). The Terms of Reference make clear what the authority and scope of responsibility are for the Committee, its composition, how members are selected, what each member’s responsibility is, how leadership is determined and to whom the Committee reports. Committee members are all volunteers. All community associations in Calgary have development or planning committees and they serve as a liaison with the City.
The Committee is in general reactive. It receives from the City of Calgary Development Permits for a range of developments, informs neighbours in close proximity to the proposed development of the proposal and the opportunity for them to comment.
The committee reviews any comments- whether positive or negative – from neighbours and incorporates those comments into its submission to the City.
Normally, when neighbours raise concerns about a proposed development the committee as a whole will hold a consultation with the interested parties. That consultation informs the Committee’s submission to the City.
The Committee has no powers of adjudication. It can simply help to facilitate discussion among the parties involved. In all cases, the final decision to approve, reject or request a modification of a development rests with the City of Calgary, not with the Triwood Committee.
Note: “Not all projects require a development permit. The Land Use Bylaw lists the projects that do not require a development permit. Projects not included in the list of exemptions require a development permit because they pose a change to the property or are outside the standard rules established for that district.”
What principles/values guide Committee deliberations?
Landowners have the right to develop their properties as they see fit as long as developments adhere to land-use bylaws and City of Calgary suggested design principles.
Is the project consistent with contextual development, the general character of the community and the streetscape?
How does a project impact neighbour?
Has there been consultation between developer and neighbours?
Impact of development on the natural environment. “New developments should enhance the streetscape, through the retention of healthy mature trees and planting.” Reference: Low-Density Residential Infill Housing Guidelines for Established Communities.”
New Home Construction
Congested Residential Parking
MEET THE COMMITTEE
Jacquie Van Lierop