Archive for February, 2021

Local Area Plan Engagement Session

February 24th, 2021

Have you reviewed the latest draft of the Historic East Calgary Communities Local Area Plan (LAP) but still have questions?

There will be info session with opportunities to ask questions on February 25 from 6:00-7:15pm.

Visit this website to register for the session:

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/historic-east-calgary-communities-draft-local-area-plan-discussion-public-tickets-138323696901?fbclid=IwAR2ZcbMy-9PYEjoj8LuMVkL5qpfHlDo82a8iMnVbwLAlWJobdiNaXjtlOy0

Ramsay on the Rocks, and Bingo

February 18th, 2021

A message from Ramsay Recreation –

Your amazing Ramsay Recreation team has created a monthly virtual happy hour called: RAMSAY on the ROCKS!

Don’t like reading detailed instructions? This is for you:

 

  1. Pick up your drinks here: 88 Brewing at 25% off with your RCA card
  2. Download your BINGO card here: https://bingobaker.com/#a8baabd5d40fd681
  3. Log into Google Meet Feb 26 at 8pm here: https://meet.google.com/qke-udxm-eox?hs=224 Join by phone  +1 647-736-1936 (PIN: 360081326)

 

Ramsay on the Rocks program

Every month one of our favourite local watering holes will put on a casual and interactive virtual tasting for us highlighting their favourite beer, wine, or spirit.

You can go pick up a carefully curated selection of adult beverages in advance and if you have a current RCA Membership card (get your RCA membership here), you’ll even get a discount!

Don’t drink? No problem. Just make your favourite beverage and tune in to hang out with your neighbours and learn something new about a local vendor.

Keeping those cameras on is encouraged, but no pressure. Our aim to to make this hour fun, interactive, and as social as we can be in these strange and unpredictable times.

 

Bingo pilot project

BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE! BINGO!

We’ve been wanting to revive Bingo nights in Ramsay and this is our chance to start them back up again in a covid safe manner. After the one hour tasting (from 8-9pm) we’ll fire up the vintage Ramsay Bingo machine and play a game or two!

Bingo is a pilot project, and we’re hoping, if the demand is there, this could lead to bigger and better Bingo events at the rink!

You can download a fancy and free electronic bingo card here: https://bingobaker.com/#a8baabd5d40fd681

If you’re not sure how to play bingo  please check out this website: https://www.bingohalls.ca/play-bingo-online-free/how-to-play-bingo/

There is no cost to play and the prize will be bragging rights… for now.

 

Join us for our first 2021 virtual neighbourhood happy hour, February 26th at 8PM!

Our friends at Eighty-Eight Brewing (led by Eighty-Eight owner and Ramsay neighbour Brendan!) will be hosting a tasting of some of their rad beer.

Eighty Eight is offering a 25% discount (!!) on the tasting 4 pack for RCA members participating in this event so swing by their taproom to pick up your tasting pack:  (Night Gallery Hazy Pale Ale, Duotang Dry Hopped Sour, Good Morning Coffee Stout, Wave Pool Tropical IPA) all for $15

Now might also be a good time to remind everyone that Eighty Eight offers a 10% off draught in the taproom to RCA members (get your RCA membership here), but have a sweet Neighbours tag to flash to make sure you get it and your friends think you’re cool

 

Please follow us @Ramsay Recreation on Facebook and Instagram for the upcoming schedule and all the important links.

VP External / Planning Committee Update

February 15th, 2021

Hi Ramsay! I am back as your Vice-President External, and here is an update for you. – Erin

Planning and Development impacts all residents of Ramsay. Stay Informed and have your say. I am always available to hear Comments, Questions, Concerns, Clarifications, or Provide Additional Information. New Members are always welcome on the Planning Committee. You can contact me, Erin Joslin, Vice-President External at vpexternal@ramsaycalgary.ca

Here is what has been happening in the past couple months:

 

CITY STUFF

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Guidebook for Great Communities

This document has been in the work as long as our LAP/ARP. This is the document that works in conjunction with our LAP to form city development policy moving forward. The Guidebook has just been granted approval from Planning and Urban Development (PUD) to move forward to council for final approval. This document has varying levels of support from Community Associations, most leaning towards have some serious concerns about the document.

Guidebook for Great Communities (calgary.ca)

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Historic East Calgary Local Area Plan (LAP)
Formerly known as the Inglewood/Ramsay Area Redevelopment Plan (ARP)

There is a new draft of the Historic East Calgary Communities Local Area Plan (also known as an Area Redevelopment Plan ready for engagement. This project has a long, complicated history that has yet to reach a point where we feel comfortable to support the document moving forward. This document is VERY IMPORTANT and will impact the future development and growth of Ramsay.
Find the current draft of the document here:

Historic East Calgary ARP :: Community Planning along the Green Line :: Engage
The City wants engagement on:

• comments on the formal name of the document
• future investment opportunities for community infrastructure
• final thoughts on the draft LAP
From Feb. 12 to 26, you can provide your input on these topics online If you find the engagement platform online limiting and have more to say about the document, please send me an email with additional thoughts and comments.
The City anticipates taking the LAP to Planning and Urban Development (PUD) before summer.

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Green Line

From the City – “The City continues to work with the Province to support the provincial review of the Green Line LRT project. In order to provide the time needed to conclude these discussions, a decision was made in December 2020 to pause the procurement for segment 1. This pause does not impact the work that is currently underway including progressing enabling works to make way for segment 1 construction and functional planning for segment 2 (16 Avenue North to Inglewood/Ramsay).”

I have asked for an update on where the current station development is at, understanding that it might influence how we think of our LAP.

 

 

PLANNING COMMITTEE

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Committee Review
I am currently doing a review of the current committee membership. This is simply just an update to who wants to remain on the email list. If you would like to join/be on the email list, please send me an email so that I can include you.

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Development Permits (DP’s) 

Sorry for the lack of photos this round.

1024 Maggie Street SE – DP2021-0421
New: Single Detached Dwelling

1812 Salisbury ST SE – DP2021-0618
Temporary Use: Home Occupation – Class 2 (Podology – 3 Years)

1027 9 ST SE – DP2021-0595
Addition: Single Detached Dwelling (main floor, second floor, third floor)

722 23 AV SE – DP2021-0669
Relaxation: Accessory Residential Building (detached garage) – parcel coverage

 

LOCAL ISSUES

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Snow Clearing
I noticed that the new path along 11 Street from 21st Ave to Crossroads wasn’t cleared. I don’t often travel that way, so if you notice an issue such as this please snap a photo, report to 311 and you are welcome to loop me into the issue so I can track it and follow up as required.

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Truck Route Issues

We are currently working on an issue that involves Semi-Trucks using 8th Street and 24th Ave to exit and enter the community. We believe that this is not the correct route, considering the vehicles do not fit and are damaging property. We have reached out the businesses and will need to verify information with the correct authorities.

 

 

HERITAGE

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Windshield Survey

Calgarians for Heritage Districts is undertaking an independent audit of the heritage assets identified in the 2019-2020 Heritage Asset Windshield Survey conducted. A windshield survey is: “A visual survey of possible heritage assets in an area identified according to specific criteria of historic architecture and design. It’s called a windshield survey to give the idea that an area can be quickly surveyed through the windshield of a car. In practice, the survey is completed after properties are checked by walking the streetscape and scrutinizing individual properties.”

All homes in Ramsay 1945 and older have been photographed and I am currently in the process of cataloguing them for this project. This information will be used to help drive heritage policies. It will not impact you ability to change your property or demolish your home.

Heritage conservation incentives and programs (calgary.ca)

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Turk Statue


It will take some time, but a Turk Statue is in serious discussions. It will also involve some community feedback and engagement to move forward. Updates will be provided as they become available.

In the meantime, Parks is running a Contest:
“To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the beloved Bench and Picnic Table Dedication Program one lucky Calgarian will win a custom bronze plaque on a dedication bench at Scotsman’s Hill for a special three-year term.”

It has been discussed that it might be nice to win the bench for Turk. You can enter here to help his chances, or you can enter for yourself:
Bench and Picnic Table Dedication — Parks Foundation Calgary (parksfdn.com)

Guidebook for Great Communities Update

February 10th, 2021

Guidebook Update

On February 3, members of Planning and Urban Development Committee voted 7-1 in favour of forwarding Administration’s recommendation to Council to adopt the Guidebook for Great Communities. This endorsement is a giant leap forward in sustainably planning our city with citizens who are living here today and for those citizens who will move here tomorrow.

Next Steps

The Guidebook will be brought forward to Council on March 22, 2021. This public hearing is another opportunity for citizens to speak and voice their thoughts and for Council to ask questions of Administration. This public hearing of Council will include a Council decision.

Resources to help CAs and citizens learn about the Guidebook

There are a number of online resources, including four upcoming virtual information sessions, to help citizens learn more about the Guidebook.

Bench dedication opportunity on Scotsman’s Hill

February 10th, 2021

Parks Foundation, in partnership with the City of Calgary, manage the Dedication Bench and Picnic Table program. To celebrate the program’s 30th anniversary, they are offering the chance to dedicate a bench on Scotsman’s Hill. The winner can use the bench to honour anyone they choose: the legacy of a friend or family member, pet, life milestone or special occasion.

Here are more details, as provided by Parks Foundation:

Participants can enter one of three ways:
•    Sending a beautiful photo of any Parks Foundation dedication bench or picnic table in the city
•    Sending a story about your existing dedication bench or picnic table
•    Sending a story about what winning a new dedication bench would mean to you

All applications much be emailed to info@parksfdn.com with “Dedication Bench Giveaway” in the subject line. A downloadable entry form is available on our website. Entries can be submitted until 11:59 p.m. MT on May 31, 2021, with the winner being chosen via a random draw on June 1.

Giveaway applicants must be current residents within the municipal limits of the City of Calgary and at least 18 years of age in order to qualify. Only one submission will be counted per email address, if selected as the winner you must correctly answer a skill-testing question. The winner will be given the option to renew their term after three years for a fee. For full contest details, please visit https://www.parksfdn.com/bench-and-table-dedication

Special Meeting of RCA Membership and General Meeting – Tuesday, March 2 @ 7pm

February 10th, 2021

The first 10 minutes will be a Special Meeting of Membership to approve our audited financials that were in draft form at the AGM. The General Meeting will commence immediately afterwards.

Join this meeting 1 of 2 ways:

OPTION 1: Online, using  Google Meet:
  • simply Click Join with Google Meet
  • or:  Copy and Paste this URL in your browser: meet.google.com/omy-vids-roa
  • Once joined, kindly mute your mic

OPTION 2:  Call In (conference call)

  • Dial: +1 587-688-5054‬
  • When prompted, please enter the PIN
  • PIN: ‪548 418 894‬#
  • Once joined: Kindly Mute your phone