Planning, Development & Assessment Department Report toThe SPC on Planning and Urban Development2012 January 18CENTRE CITY WAYFINDING PROJECT – IMPLEMENTATION STRATEGY
Approval(s): GM (David Watson) concurs with this report. Author (Ben Barrington)
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Administration is seeking withdrawals from two special funds for the Downtown and Beltline toimplement Phase 1 of the Centre City Wayfinding Project. Administration is recommending thatcapital funding for the pedestrian wayfinding elements be provided to meet the objective of implementing this phase in summer 2012 to support the increased numbers of visitorsanticipated to visit Calgary for Stampede Centenary and 2012 Cultural Capital events.
That the SPC on Planning and Urban Development recommends that Council:1) Endorse the recommendation of the Beltline Community Investment Fund (BCIF)committee to commit $350,000 from the BCIF capital deposit to contribute to the capitalcosts of the Centre City Wayfinding Project in 2012;2) Approve capital budget and appropriation of $350,000 in 2012 for Program 616 – CentreCity Initiatives, funded from the BCIF capital deposit;3) Approve a $250,000 budget and appropriation advance from the DowntownImprovement Capital Program 152 in 2012, $125,000 in 2013, and $125,000 in 2014;and4) Authorize Administration to exceed the annual $300,000 funding limit from theDowntown Improvement reserve fund by $250,000 for the advanced funds in 2012;That the SPC on Planning and Urban Development:1) Forward this report to the 2012 January 23 meeting of Council in order to support theproject timelines.
PREVIOUS COUNCIL DIRECTION / POLICY
On 2011 June 20, Council approved report LPT2011-40 Terms of Reference – BeltlineCommunity Investment Fund (BCIF). As outlined in these terms project funding requests thatexceed $75,000 must be approved by Council.On 2006 May 15, Council approved the Beltline Area Redevelopment Plan (ARP), which allowsfor the earning of bonus density through cash contributions to the Beltline CommunityInvestment Fund (BCIF). The Fund was created in conjunction with the density bonusingpolicies outlined in the ARP and implemented through the Land Use Bylaw 1P2007.The Downtown Improvement Reserve Fund was created in 1986 to assist in the implementationof public realm improvements in the Downtown. As per LPT2008-74, an ongoing annualexpenditure up to a maximum of $300,000 can be spent on small scale improvements in thedowntown area. The Land Use Planning & Policy 2012-2014 capital budget Program 152 –Downtown Improvement has $900,000 ($300,000 annually) funding from the DowntownImprovement reserve.
The Centre City Wayfinding Project was first identified in the 2007 Centre City Plan. The Planrecommended a comprehensive wayfinding program to better support how people get to andtravel around Centre City, and to promote tourism and economic development by increasingaccess to and awareness of Centre City attractions.