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  • January 22, 2020 6:21 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    I know that we agreed to refer to ourselves as the 55+ Group so my apology for using the "Seniors" word.  I had great hopes of getting this group flourishing by now, however, with all of the other responsibilities of the President role it has been put on the back burner.  

    Let's revive it!  But, I need your help.  Firstly, I need someone or a group of people to take on the role of Seniors Program Coordinator.  Secondly, we need some "Seniors" to assist with:

    • Booking a speaker for a session and coordinating the session

    • Communicating to other Seniors and getting their participation 

    • Assisting Seniors with transportation to the Clubhouse if necessary

    • Writing an article for the Newsletter 

    • With the support of the Event Committee, host an Happy Hour at the Clubhouse

    Please email Jane at president@elbowpark.com and let me know if you are willing to help.

    Thanks,
    Jane


  • January 22, 2020 6:20 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We would like to have a Block Captain assigned to each block in Elbow Park this year.  The idea is to have one person who is the main hub for community communication on the block.  The responsibilities for Block Captains would include:

    • Gather contact information for people living in each house on the block, and supporting EPRA with the Membership Drive (once a year)

    • Flag residents who may need community support (Seniors, Mobility Issues, Isolated Individuals etc)

    • Provide communication to block homes regarding information specific to their area such as Safety and Crime concerns, Block parties and other Block initiatives 

    • Provide feedback and communication to EPRA regarding concerns specific to the block

    If you are interested in being a Block Captain for your block, or have any questions about this role, please send an email to Amy Norman at safety@elbowpark.com 

  • January 22, 2020 6:18 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The City is adopting a new Guidebook for Great Communities (GGC) which directs how communities will evolve and grow. The Guidebook is the tool (statutory policy) that sets out guidance and a common understanding of how development will contribute to a great community.

    The new Guidebook will influence the way that the City approaches development in all communities and will be used in conjunction with local area planning (i.e., Area Redevelopment Plans also called Local Area Plans (LAPs)). 

    The City has been working with other communities on their LAPs and have lumped similar communities together into Multi-Community Local Area Plans that include policies for a group of communities instead of stand-alone plans (such as the Elbow Park Charter), as was the practice in the past. 

    Elbow Park has not yet been included in a multi-community LAP and we don't know which other communities we will be lumped in with.  Multi-Community LAPs will provide a larger picture of assessing amenities - like parks and schools, infrastructure - like roads and sewer, and shopping or service areas that impact community evolution spanning numerous communities.

    Our Elbow Park Development Strategy is to complete work on our Elbow Park Area Plan now.  That is part of what the new Planning Committee work is all about. Based on feedback that we get from Elbow Park residents, this group will create a Local Area Plan specific to Elbow Park. 

    The city wants to increase density in ALL neighbourhoods and we want to ensure that we have a solid document that will provide guidelines as to where it should be located and what type it should be.

    You will be receiving a survey in the future that will ask you specific questions about development in Elbow Park.  Please take the opportunity to respond in order to ensure that your voice is heard.  

    For more information on the Guidebook:

    https://www.calgary.ca/PDA/pd/Documents/Current-studies-and-ongoing-activities/guidebook/developed-areas-guidebook-proposed.pdf



  • January 10, 2020 8:59 AM | Anonymous

    INTRODUCING THE ELBOW PARK BLOCK CAPTAIN PROGRAM

    Based on the requests of numerous residents, one of the initiatives we'd like to implement in 2020 is the introduction of a formal Block Captain program for the community. Block Captains would serve as a central hub to communicate relevant info such as safety concerns, block party notices and block initiatives.  If you're interested in being your Block Captain and helping bring your neighbours together, please read a bit more about the role.

    READ MORE


  • November 08, 2019 6:04 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Calgary’s three City landfills have changed to winter hours starting in November.

    • East Calgary landfill changes to a 6 day/week schedule. 
    • No City landfills will be open on Sundays during the winter operating hours. 

    Before you head out to the landfill, make sure to check hours and driving directions at calgary.ca/landfill

     



  • November 08, 2019 5:48 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    When ice and weather are suitable for skating, the doors to the Clubhouse Skating Room will be open:

    Friday: Noon to 8:00 PM

    Saturday: 10 am to 8:00 PM

    Monday to Thursday: The Skate Room will be open upon request for groups and community members (Booking must be made by EPRA Member). Contact manager@elbowpark.com to arrange a scheduled time for Skate room to be available.  

    The Ice Rinks and Pleasure rinks are available anytime that ice and weather permit. Note: Access Pleasure Rink through unlocked side gate.

  • November 08, 2019 5:44 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The volunteers set up one full boarded rink and one partial boarded rink this year. The decision was made as a result of low volunteer turnout and to provide the opportunity to trial a different system.  It may be easier to clear snow off the ice without the side boards and this trial will help determine how we prepare our ice rinks in the future.

    A new landscaper, Elite Yards, has been contracted to flood and shovel the rinks. They will start flooding in December as long as the temperatures cooperate.  

    During this season, the EPRA Board will monitor the amount of days the rinks are usable.  With climate change, we are noticing that it is becoming increasingly difficult to maintain the ice.  Statistics will be kept in order to facilitate decisions about the rinks for next season.  

  • November 07, 2019 10:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The EPRA Development Review Committee reviews Development Permit (DP) and Land Use Amendment (LUA) applications within the boundaries of Elbow Park. 

    The City does not ask for opinions or consider opinions on “Permitted Applications” and, as such, many DP applications receive a stamp of approval without any community engagement.  These applications conform to a stricter set of rules and if the applicant meets these rules, the City approves it.  

    On the other hand, the City emails “Discretionary” Applications to EPRA and gives 2 to 2 1/2 weeks to respond. In this case, the Review Committee Chairperson is responsible for organizing a community meeting at the Clubhouse, placing notices of the meeting in the mailboxes of surrounding neighbours, inviting the DP applicant and chairs the meeting in order to gather neighbour feedback and discuss options for changes with the applicant. 

    Following the meeting, if warranted, an email is sent to the City Planner that outlines any concerns EPRA has regarding the DP.  Neighbour’s concerns are also highlighted on the email and neighbours are encouraged to write their own letters.

    Members of the Committee must be familiar with the City Planning process and be adept at reading building plans.  There are workshops offered by the Federation of Calgary Communities that educate new members and get them up to speed.

    The purpose of the Review Committee is to:  

    1. monitor the planning and development of the community;

    2. provide advice and comments to the City of Calgary on planning issues that directly or indirectly affect the community;

    3. determine what types of development permit applications the committee feels are important to review and which ones automatically warrant a “no comment”;

    4. respond to development application circulations from The City (and pre-application approaches from development applicants as required) on the types of applications that the committee has agreed to review; 

    5. appeal development approvals when in the opinion of the Review Committee, and with the concurrence of the Board, the appeal is in the interest of the community as a whole

    6. comment on the effect of the proposal on the adjacent properties and the surrounding community;

    7. comment on the effect of the proposal on community environment and transportation issues;

    8. where appropriate, put forward possible alternatives to the proposal; and

    9. identify issues relating to the community context specific to the proposal

    10. ensure that the broader community receives periodic updates on the planning effort, issues, and successes;

    11. ensure that comments and suggestions from community members and other citizens are heard and considered

    If you are interested in hearing more about this committee, arranging to speak to one of the current members or applying for the position, please email Margo Coppus at development@elbowpark.com.

  • November 06, 2019 5:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Many things just don’t belong in the blue bin.

    Not only are they not blue bin recyclable, but they can cause serious safety risks for your collector, staff and equipment at the recycling facility.

    There have been several major fires at the recycling sorting facility this year because of people putting dangerous items in their blue carts that they shouldn’t. Doing this endangers lives and forces the temporary closure of the facility. Think before you put something that is potentially explosive and deadly into a recycling bin.

    Keep these types of items out of the blue bin:

    • Batteries are the #1 cause of fires at the recycling facility. This includes batteries from laptops, cameras and AA batteries. They are filled with chemicals that when crushed or when they get wet, can easily catch fire. Recycle batteries the right way: Take your old batteries to a participating retailer for safe recycling – find a list of locations at call2recycle.ca/locator.

    • Propane, butane and helium tanks cause explosions, fires and jam up the equipment.  Dispose of propane, butane and helium tanks the right way: Take your old tanks (full or empty) to a City household hazardous waste drop-off near you – find a list of locations at calgary.ca/hhw. 

    • Jerry cans contain residual fuel, even if they are empty. Even just the fumes can result in an explosion or fire.  Dispose of Jerry cans the right way: Take your old jerry cans (full or empty) to a City household hazardous waste drop-off near you – find a list of locations at calgary.ca/hhw.


  • November 04, 2019 5:40 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The new EPRA Planning Committee met for the second time and will continue to work to be a positive and proactive force in promoting high quality development and community planning in Elbow Park.

    Widespread Community Engagement is necessary in order to clearly identify how Elbow Park can increase density without destroying the characteristics that are most valued by residents.

    It has become clear to the Board, that this City Council intends to increase density in ALL neighbourhoods and they have no intention to listen to outright opposition by individual residents or community associations.  

    The EPRA Board believes that the best approach to the densification strategies such as Secondary Suites, Back Lane Suites, Narrow Infill housing, Multifamily complexes, Subdivision and Rezoning is to take a proactive approach.  

    The Planning Committee has been mandated to create a Development Plan for Elbow Park by updating the 2005 Elbow Park Charter.  The Plan will clearly identify the vision, principals and desired development outcomes for our neighbourhood.  

    The Development Plan will identify what areas in the community can accommodate increased density.  In order to accomplish this, the Planning Committee will be engaging the residents in conversations such as:

    • what type of secondary suite and back lane suites can fit and where?

    • are there specific lots that can be designated for infill housing?

    • is there any space for multifamily housing?

    • what type of seniors housing can be accommodated?

    • can sustainable homes have a place here?

    • what recommendations do we want to give to the Province about the empty river lots?

    • what type of density do we want to see on river lots?

    • can we increase or improve our green spaces?

    • do we have plans for replacement of our mature trees at then end of their lifespan?

    • are there traffic and parking plans that can be implemented?

    • how do we ensure walkability?

    • is their room for childcare facility zoning?

    The EPRA Board would like to engage the expertise of a Planning Firm to assist with this immense project. Funding will be required and a fundraising campaign will commence shortly.

    Once the Development Plan is complete, it will be presented to Council and, if approved, will be a statutory document.  Presentation to Council needs to occur within 10 months in order to ensure the support of Councillors before the next election.  City Council agreed to assist Elbow Park with the creation of this document and it is prudent to complete the task while that is fresh in their minds.

    It is in the best interest for Elbow Park to take this proactive approach and we hope that you will engage in the process.

    How to get involved:

    • Become an EPRA Member  

    • Contribute to fund Planning Firm

    • Join the Engagement Sessions

    • Complete Surveys

    If you have any comments or questions, please send them to president@elbowpark.com.  Any emails that are abusive in nature will not receive a response.  


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