After feedback from over 11,000 Calgarians (coming from 311, and those that email my Colleagues and I) Council agreed on November 28th, to make the following changes to the Community Standards Bylaw.
- A new limit of 85 dBC measured at homes to reduce the impact of concert bass music while still enabling enjoyable concert experiences.
- Increased fines for noise exceeding allowable limits.
Wood-burning fire pits:
- A mesh screen or ‘spark guard’ to reduce the spread of embers and sparks from wood-burning fire pits; required in several Alberta municipalities.
- Increased fines for unsafe fires and burning prohibited materials
Upkeep of properties:
- Increased fines to deter offences including those that cause unsightly conditions create a public safety concern or attract pests. This includes long grass and weeds, and accumulation of building materials stored improperly, offensive materials and harmful fluids.
In addition, I have recently received complaints regarding flyers, particularity those that show disturbing images in Ward 4. The City has made the changes after your feedback, and from now on groups that do not respect the City’s bylaws will face fines from $50 to $300 per complaint. If you see one of these flyers, contact 311.
- Expand the provision that prohibits delivery of flyers to homes with a “no flyer” notice, to also include non-commercial flyers. This will limit the volume of flyers blowing loose and creating public litter; support privacy rights of homeowners to limit the purpose for which members of the public can enter their property; and support rights of parents to control their children’s access to materials.
- Exemptions include election advertising, newspaper subscriptions, community newsletters, and information provided by government and elected officials.
If you want to see all the Community Standards Bylaws, click here: Community Standards Bylaw. It governs good neighbour relationships, weeds, grass, graffiti, nuisances and many more. Here is another valuable information resource to have in case you have a concern in your community. If an issue that you are concerned about is not on here, then it likely one that your local MLA, or MP can help you with.