I am extremely disappointed in the decision (2015-0142) made by the Calgary Subdivision and Development Appeal Board (SDAB) to overturn the Development Authority’s decision to deny this application. I understand that the SDAB is only allowed to take into account relevant planning considerations. However, I fully support the Calgary Planning Commission efforts to incorporate social issues and concerns in their analysis of sound planning principles.
Given the history of dealings on this project I have heard from social agencies, government officials and the community at large that this proposed program does not serve the best interest of the local residents or the clients it proposes to support. In fact, several homeless serving agencies have stated that this type of program is neither backed by research or best practice. As well, it has been brought to my attention that this program does not fall in line with the well reasoned and proven Calgary 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness.
As such, I want to provide the residents of Ward 4 with the assurance that I will do my very best to ensure that this site, and its developers, are held accountable to the conditions that were articulated in the SDAB’s decision. These conditions were laid out by the SDAB specifically to address the many concerns brought forward by social agencies, government officials and community organizations. Among the numerous conditions that were articulated I will be particularly diligent in ensuring that the buildings are not used as an emergency shelter, that proper support staff is available for clients and that the required Citizens Liaison Committee is taken very seriously by the developers. I will also encourage that the developers enter into a “Good Neighbour Agreement” even though it was only recommended by the SDAB. I believe this type of good will collaboration will serve the developer well in working with community stakeholders moving forward.
I will also encourage all community residents to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or concerns about this development now and in the future. I would like to hear from you on this issue because together we can ensure the best possible outcome for this newly appealed development.