Polls - Your Vote Matters
What do you think should be the council's top priority in 2013?
- Streamlining the development approvals process. (42%, 22 Votes)
- Growth Management Framework (25%, 13 Votes)
- Securing new funding solutions through a City Charter (19%, 10 Votes)
- Zoning for secondary suites in established areas (14%, 7 Votes)
The RouteAhead Plan details the City's new vision for transat priorities over the next 30 years. What do you think the first priority should be?
- SE Transitway/LRT to Seton. (55%, 28 Votes)
- North Crosstown BRT on 16th Ave (Brendtwood to Rundlehorn) (2%, 1 Votes)
- SW Transitway (Downtown to Woodbine)(2%, 1 Votes)
- North Central LRT (21%, 11 Votes)
- NE LRT Extension and Airport Link (20%, 10 Votes)
City Council has increased the budget by 5.5%. What do you think?
- A Larger increase was needed to support better services. (21%, 13 Votes)
- a 5.5% increase strikes a good balance (16%, 10 Votes)
- The increase should have been more in line with inflation (15%, 9 Votes)
- There should have been no increase at all, we need to cut spending (48%, 29 Votes)
What do you think would most improve the current Planning Process in Calgary?
- Less policies, guidelines & non-statutory plans. Keep to the big priorities, less detail. (37%, 10 Votes)
- Enhancing, Changing or Losing the CPAG Review Process (11%, 3 Votes)
- Simpler Land Use Bylaw with more permitted uses (26%, 7 Votes)
- Better defined expectations and outcomes for Community participation (26%, 7 Votes)
What housing form do you think will best cater to the aging population?
- Townhouses will work best for those downsizing (14%, 6 Votes)
- Downsizing is over-hyped. People want to stay in their single family home (68%, 30 Votes)
- Secondary Suites would be the best option for staying in the neighborhood (7%, 3 Votes)
- Apartment style condos will be the choice of the majority (11%, 5 Votes)
What do you think about the comments from Toronto’s Deputy Mayor that ‘Downtown’ is no place to raise children?
- I agree. A suburban lifestyle is a better fit for my family(75%, 113 Votes)
- Neutral. Both suburban and downtown area's have their benefits depending on lifestyle preference(18%, 27 Votes)
- I disagree. My kids and I enjoy living in the downtown area(7%, 11 Votes)
Total Voters: 151
What do you think of the decision by Rockyview to approve the Harmony development in Springbank?
- Glad it was approved, we need to increase density outside the city (56%, 15 Votes)
- Surprised it passed, given the vocal opposition (22%, 6 Votes)
- Disappointed, it significantly changes the character of the area (22%, 6 Votes)
Total Voters: 27
What do you think about Council’s decision to deny COP/Winsport’s land use application?
- Not fair, the plan was submitted in good faith & incorporated previous recommendations (53%, 9 Votes)
- The plan was definitely flawed but it should have been approved and refined later (29%, 5 Votes)
- It should have been approved,it is the best use for the site given market conditions (18%, 3 Votes)
Total Voters: 17
Why do you think families with young children tend to live further away from the urban area?
- More affordable housing options (76%, 22 Votes)
- Private amenity space (14%, 4 Votes)
- Feeling of security (7%, 2 Votes)
- Better access to schools and recreation (3%, 1 Votes)
Total Voters: 29
What do you think about the Shawnee Slopes Redevelopment?
- It fits with the Plan It vision and should be approved as is (68%, 19 Votes)
- Don’t know, not familiar with the area or the proposal (18%, 5 Votes)
- Too much density, it should be scaled back from the proposal 14%, 4 Votes)
- The City should buy it so it can be turned into a public park (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 101
The City just announced that Rollin Stanley will be the new Planning GM. What should his first priority be?
- Changing the Culture of the Department (50%, 51 Votes)
- Getting to Know Stakeholders (38%, 38 Votes)
- Overhaul of Planning Processes (11%, 11 Votes)
- Implementing New Policy (1%, 1 Votes)
Total Voters: 101
What criteria do you think is most important when determining where and how we grow?
- Minimizing City Funded Costs for Infrastructure (54%, 53 Votes)
- Market Demand, Diversity and Consumer Choice (25%, 25 Votes)
- Distance to Transit, Community Services and Employment (20%, 20 Votes)
- Maintaining Calgary’s Competitive Advantage within the Region (1%, 1 Votes)
Total Voters: 99
Our new post talks about the benefits of new communities. What do you think?
- They’re great, I live in one now (59%, 27 Votes)
- They’re an important part of the city, but not for me (37%, 17 Votes)
- I hope to live in one in the future (4%, 2 Votes)
Total Voters: 46
Would you support a fixed term limit that would cap how long Aldermen are able to serve?
- Yes – New ideas are essential and that means new faces, more often (48%, 19 Votes)
- No – Voters always have the chance to change their representation at election time (30%, 12 Votes)
- Maybe – It would depend on the length of the term (13%, 5 Votes)
- Don’t care – Terms don’t matter, we should talk about doing away with the Ward system instead (9%, 4 Votes)
Total Voters: 40
Would you support a city policy that would restrict the construction of front drive attached garage homes in new communities in order to plant more public trees along roadways?
- NO: Consumers have a strong preference for front drive attached garage homes and this choice should not be restricted based on the City’s desire to plant trees in a specific location. (65%, 41 Votes)
- MAYBE: Require developers to plant trees in front yards where possible. It would not negatively impact housing options but still meet the City’s goal of gaining more trees in a visible location. (21%, 13 Votes)
- YES: Prioritizing public trees is necessary to ensure a healthy environment and provide an appealing pedestrian realm. Homebuyers will simply have to adjust to fewer options and/or pay more. (14%, 9 Votes)
Total Voters: 63
Do you think City Council should consider drafting a private tree bylaw?
- No, it’s not the City’s business, they are on private property (51%, 50 Votes)
- Maybe, but only in certain circumstances (e.g. redevelopment, infill or new construction) (35%, 35 Votes)
- Yes, all private trees should be protected to ensure we preserve our tree canopy (14%, 14 Votes)
Total Voters: 99
What is your biggest challenge when it comes to Red Tape at City Hall?
- Level of responsiveness in removing barriers or handling issues (35%, 6 Votes)
- Length of time required to move through a process/permit/approval, etc (29%, 5 Votes)
- Consistent application or policy or requirements (24%, 4 Votes)
- Additional costs incurred due to repetitive or overly onerous requirements (12%, 2 Votes)
Total Voters: 17
What do you think Council's priority should be for 2012?
- Transportation Projects (28%, 7 Votes)
- Land Use and Planning (24%, 6 Votes)
- Reducing Red Tape (24%, 6 Votes)
- Secondary Suites (12%, 3 Votes)
- Recreation and Community Centres (12%, 3 Votes)
Total Voters: 25
As Calgary City Council deliberates the new budget and prioritizes spending for the next three years, what do you think they should focus on?
- Prioritize spending? They should be reducing taxes not increasing them (46%, 16 Votes)
- Supporting Transportation needs such as increased Transit, Cycling Strategy and Snow Clearing (20%, 7 Votes)
- Supporting Services like Police, Fire and EMS (14%, 5 Votes)
- Supporting the Science Centre, Libraries, and other social or cultural services (20%, 5 Votes)
Total Voters: 35
To settle the issue of secondary suites, city council should:
- Hold a non-binding public vote on the issue (41%, 24 Votes)
- Hold a series of public consultations to gage public support (29%, 17 Votes)
- Hold a standard council vote (30%, 17 Votes)
Total Voters: 58