May 23, 2016

Land use by-laws can mean unequal property rights for some Calgary homeowners

Holly NicholasRebel Commentator
 

If you live in Calgary and own a home, you may be subject to different land use by-laws depending on which neighbourhood you live in.

Calgary Land Use ByLaws have been in effect since 1913 but changes have been made over the years. In 2002, a review commenced to accommodate significant population increases and complexities that come with unique planning issues. As a result, different rules are at play when it comes to property bylaws. In particular, bylaws falling under 2P80 that came into effect in 1980, IP2007 implemented in 2007 and ‘Direct Control Districts’ which are under a specific set of rules that override conventional Land Use Bylaws.

The number of districts has increased substantially; from 1996 to 2000 alone, City Council approved 454 of these zones compared with just 191 conventional districts. Springbank Hill in Ward 6 is under partial District Control zoning with some boundaries occurring on the same street between neighbours. An example of different treatment of the two might be driveway widths aren’t regulated and widening doesn’t require a permit in District zones. Permits can cost around $400, and can be accepted or rejected by the city.

Land use bylaws are a necessary planning tool to regulate the development of land in a growing city like Calgary. But we all pay property taxes based on home assessments and City Council approved tax rates.

Residences in Direct Control districts seem to have an advantage over others and Springbank Hill is just one example.

Specific bylaws in unique circumstances is one thing, but why should some neighbourhoods have an advantage over others?

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commented 2016-05-24 08:55:12 -0400
After UN-agent Redmond’s subverting of the land titles act, nobody in Alberta owns their own property in fee simple – there will always be a government entity with claim encumbering title. Soviet property law by any other name .—-

Technically, medieval English property law, actually. Don’t pretend you ever had more property rights than you do, the “fee” in fee simple is tribute to the Queen, to whom you are a tenant farmer. Unencumbered title has never existed, encumbrances have been part of the deal going all the way back to the original grant of Rupert’s Land.

The Alberta situation, however, is better than that in much of BC, where most of the province is untreatied. Beyond Treaty 8 and a couple smaller ones along the railway belt, you’re technically an illegal squatter on foreign (aboriginal) territory.
commented 2016-05-23 20:11:22 -0400
Have you ever heard of ICLEI. – INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL FOR LOCAL ENVIRONMENTAL INITIATIVES. United Nations. Calgary has signed on. I suggest you read up on them (ICLEI) and their SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT. Yes you will read a lot about CLIMATE CHANGE (Global Warming) Sustainability, biodiversity and all the rest of the UNITED NATIONS propaganda. Yes, yes, yes, you might think the UN is bringing their GLOBAL GOVERNANCE in, one city, town, region, county at a time covertly. You might be right, but please sit back down, shut up, eat the junk food, don’t ask any questions, keep watching TV everything is OK. Until it is not !!!! – Side note – Just in case you don’t get it – Global Governance means LOSS OF SOVEREIGNTY, goodby Canada !!!!
commented 2016-05-23 17:03:36 -0400
@ Rick Plesnik commented 2 hours ago
Nenshi is configuring for confiscation in order to house Trudope’s “refugees”!
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I think you are talking about the new and never ending welfare recipients – better known as rapefugees?

Cheers
commented 2016-05-23 16:09:53 -0400
rick .. what i don’t understand is why real Canadians keep voting these muslims in,there’s the Calgary mayor, the idiotic refuge from Afghanistan and her liberal for life electoral non-reform and then the dupes that just put a muslim in over in Britain for the mayor of London,it seems if you are not a gay , muslim or transgender you can’t run for political office anymore. who votes these people in
commented 2016-05-23 15:18:08 -0400
Nenshi is configuring for confiscation in order to house Trudope’s “refugees”!
commented 2016-05-23 14:53:10 -0400
After UN-agent Redmond’s subverting of the land titles act, nobody in Alberta owns their own property in fee simple – there will always be a government entity with claim encumbering title. Soviet property law by any other name .—-