Jamie MacVicar, representing a group of neighbours of 405, 407 and 409 Beaver Street, spoke against a proposed housing development on Beaver Street. MacVicar asked council to block the development of staff housing in that area. Council explained it did not have approval authority over the development; the Municipal Planning Commission (MPC) is responsible for approvals of all development permits. The delegation was informed that the proposal is under review by administration and is anticipated to be considered by the commission later in spring. MPC decisions can be appealed through the Development Appeal Board.
Council adopted the 2012/2013 Banff Community Social Assessment as a guide for program development and social planning in the community. Developed over two years by town staff, the assessment provides a “snapshot in time” of a community’s social well-being. Past assessments have been a catalyst for action, helping with the development of the community greenhouse and the Banff Affordability Guide. Assessments are conducted every five years.
The results of the 2013 Citizen Satisfaction Survey were presented to council. Highlights include: 99 per cent of respondents rated the overall quality of life in Banff as good or very good, 98 per cent said they are proud to live in Banff and 78 per cent said they felt Banff was moving in the right direction to ensure a high quality of life for future generations. Those who thought the quality of life was worsening in Banff cited high rents, lack of housing, too many special events and poor local tourism as negatives. The survey was conducted by national public opinion research firm Ipsos Reid.
Council gave three readings to a Traffic Bylaw amendment to allow for the commercial operation of rickshaw and pedicab tour services in Banff. The approval is for a two-year trial period on a limited number of roads and trails in town. Council made one change to the proposed route map, voting to exclude Bow Avenue for safety reasons.
Council adopted the updated Uniform Quality Management Plan for the Building Discipline. The document describes the disciplines and extent of safety services an organization intends to provide. The Town of Banff is an accredited municipality within the Building Discipline and is responsible for administering all parts of the Alberta Building Code under the authority of the Province of Alberta’s Safety Codes Act.