Cliff Bungalow-Mission President’s Message – July


 6th Annual Franglofun Stampede BBQ

This event will take place on Saturday, July 7 from 5 to 10 pm. This is a joint effort between CBMCA and Bureau de Visibilite de Calgary. As most of you know, our community started out as French-speaking community. There will be food, beverages and entertainment. The event is free to attend but because of limited space and many invited special guests, you need to preregister. Please e-mail me at [email protected] if you are interested in attending. Don’t worry about having to speak French. This is a bilingual event. If you want to practice your high school French, then go ahead but you will not be forced to speak French. The entertainment will highlight our French culture and heritage.

Potluck Picnic

Each July we have a potluck picnic out in the park adjacent to the community centre. This year’s event is on Sunday, July 15. It starts at 5 pm so we can enjoy the outside. We, of course, are at the mercy of the weather, so if it rains, we will be inside. We could use help setting up, as we have to take things outside. Come around 4 pm if you can help. The food tends to be somewhat different and more summer like, but there is always lots and lots of variety. Since we are outside, you can bring outside games for people to join in. Also feel free to bring an instrument as music adds to the ambience of the event.

Proposed Development at 25th Avenue and 5th Street SW

You may have noticed a sign at 25th Avenue and 5th Street SW for a proposed development. The site will need a change in Land Use (zoning) in order to go forward. Eventually a Public Hearing of City Council to approve or not to approve the Land Use change will take place. This is several months away. The applicant is estimating the public hearing will take place during the winter, after which there will be an opportunity for anyone interested to comment on the proposal. The City will post a sign with contact information some time after the formal application. When the public hearing is scheduled, there will be an ad in a Thursday paper before the hearing. Anyone interested can submit a letter prior to the hearing and can speak for five minutes at the hearing. We will keep you informed as we find out what is happening.

The current Land Use is M-C2 with a height limitation of 16 metres and a FAR (Floor Area Ratio) of 2.5. They are applying for Land Use District MU-1, which allows a height of 45 metres and FAR of 7.5, and is around three times the current approved Land Use. Historically the number one development issue in our community has been height. This has been confirmed during the review of the Area Redevelopment Plan (ARP) and during two community-wide consultations in recent years. Obviously, this proposal does not respect this widely held position. The details of this proposal will be circulated to the Cliff Bungalow – Mission Community Association and the Planning and Development Committee of CBMCA will review and comment on the proposal. We will keep you informed as we learn more about the timing of the process.