Calgary’s mayor is again voicing his frustration over the lengthy hearings on secondary suites.
The city deals with dozens of applications at every public hearing. Monday’s agenda included 38 such applications, taking up most of council’s day. Naheed Nenshi says there needs to be a better way especially when people don’t bring up planning issues. “People were complaining about their neighbours and their bad tenants which actually is not a land use issue. It’s an issue for 311 and the Community Standards Bylaw. In my mind, it would way more sense for administration to have a checklist, to go through the checklist and to make the decisions without having to come to council.” Nenshi says those opposed would still get an opportunity to appeal but it’s taken out of council’s hands.
Nenshi says no other development permit requires a council hearing. He says it becomes a spectacle where people talk and cry over their senior parents, spouses in wheelchairs or pregnant partners. Nenshi says though he thinks councillors are willing to live with the current situation at least until after the 2017 election.