We have posted the report on the Riparian Restoration Bus Tour that Calgary River Valleys hosted on May 29th, 2015. To read the report, click here. There are some interesting pictures of the different projects at the 4 stops on the tour: root wads, willows, rip rap, and a crib wall. Have a look!
Below are details regarding several opportunities open to public input that you may be interested in:
- Springbank Off-Stream Reservoir Project information sessions: these are all scheduled from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m., between August 16 and 29 at various locations, check the AB Gov't website for more info (and scroll to the bottom of that page).
- Want to learn from experts about watershed restoration? Then, sign up for some of the remaining spots in the Riparian Restoration Workshop Series, offered by Sustainability Resources and Cows & Fish between August 23 to 27, with a new topic each day. If you attend at least 2 sessions you can earn a certificate in Riparian Restoration Essentials.
- Miistakis Institute is conducting a citizen science project until the end of August, called the Call of the Wetland. It is designed to help monitor amphibians in the Calgary area. You can download the app and sign up for available dates & locations to record your observations. Click this link for more information.
- The City of Calgary is redesigning their notices regarding planning & re-zoning issues, and they are looking for public input until September 15.
- CRV is looking for members of the public who are interested in volunteering to review issues related to urban planning and development, and who can work with others on our Watershed Planning & Planning Committee. Please contact CalgaryRiverValleys2@outlook.com if you are interested or need more information.
Calgary River Valleys has been very active recently in providing input to the City of Calgary's planning process for multiple projects. These are in various stages of the decision-making process. At the recent City Council hearing on March 20, 2017, Council approved the land use change proposal for the Highland Park valley, with some minor changes made on the floor of Council to the municipal reserve (park) land allocated. The revised Outline Plan will be going back to Calgary Planning Commission for review and approval in the Fall of 2017.
The City of Calgary has created an online map of current Planning & Development applications that is available to the public. The information is provided by the City for anyone to research individual applications and participate in the development and planning process. The website shows Re-designation (or Re-zoning) Applications and Development Permit Applications. We have been advised that the City plans in the near future to also upload information about Subdivision Applications. To navigate the map, in the upper left hand side, you can search by (see graphic below):
- the application file number, if you know it,
- the address of the location
- the community or neighbourhood of the location
- the Ward of the location, or you can also just zoom in on a location on the map
The City of Calgary has now approved the proposed long-term biodiversity strategy. The BiodiverCity document outlines a vision for the future of an ecological network that is healthy, connected, and well-managed. The key indicator of success is proposed to be a 20% increase in naturalized open space by the year 2025.
Calgary River Valleys was a supporter of this strategy and provided input to City Council recommending it be approved. For more information, the BiodiverCity Strategy document is posted with a link below.
Click here (6.1 MB PDF) to download the BiodiverCity document.
See the Get Involved > Watershed Policy and Planning menu above for more information on other Planning issues that may be of interest to you.