[from ECA Planning to neighbours on February 19, 2016]

Finally we have a set of plans, and both the Conditions of Approval and the Bylaw Discrepancies. The latter two documents are attached.

It’s important that each owner/resident in the condos abutting Erlton Road respond in a timely fashion to the surveys your Board Presidents have circulated to you, particularly with respect to the non-residential traffic on Erlton Road. This will enable each Board to determine your support or opposition to this development, and determine their next steps.

The deadline for appeal is February 25th, 2016.

The plans are available if anyone wants to review them.

Please share and discuss this email with your neighbours, some of whom may not be community members, or may not have provided us with their email address.

Finally, please do not hesitate to call or email should you have any concerns or require further information.

Anthem – Bylaw Discrepancies
Anthem – Conditions of Approval


 

[from ECA Planning to neighbours on February 11, 2016]

Approval for this development was published in today’s Calgary Herald on page A9.

http://www.calgary.ca/PDA/pd/Pages/Public-notices/Development-permit-public-notice/Development-permit-public-notices.aspx

The deadline for appeal is February 25th, 2016.

We have yet to received a copy of the approved plans and a list of relaxations of the Land Use Bylaw and various City policies.

Please share and discuss this email with your neighbours, some of whom may not be community members, or may not have provided us with their email address.

Finally, please do not hesitate to call or email should you have any concerns or require further information.


[from Heesung Kim to City Planning, Councillor Carra, ECA Planning on December 12, 2014]

Dear Sir:

Thank you for the opportunity to comment on this development permit. As a 30 year resident of Erlton, I am well aware that one of the detriments of our very desirable neighbourhood is lack of commercial amenities, and for this reason, I very much welcome the proposal.

The purpose of this email to comment on the Erlton Community Association’s position with respect to limiting commercial traffic to right-in/right-out at Macleod Trail only:

Page 41 of the Anthem Traffic Impact Assessment (attached) shows that Talisman easily handles 7207 daily vehicle trips on a right-in / right-out basis.

In an email (attached) from the City’s senior traffic engineer, he states that of the estimated 5502 vehicle trips per day on Erlton Road , 2300 would be attributable to commercial vehicles. This was based on 745 residential units. This DP now calls for 874 units. Since Talisman handles 7200+ vehicle trips per day, it’s safe to assume the slip-road access points on Macleod Trail and an additional one on 25th Avenue could easily handle the expected 2300 commercial vehicles per day on a right-in / rightout configuration.

This statement is not wholly accurate – Talisman Centre has the Macleod Trail turnaround just south of its access point, so in fact it is possible to go northbound on Macleod immediately upon exiting the Talisman Centre. If the commercial portion of the subject development were to be restricted to right-in/right out only, its access would be severely constrained. I have no doubt that, if built, constrained access would result in chronically vacant commercial space which would not benefit the community.

Rigidly separating residential and commercial traffic within a mixed use development is of questionable benefit, and Erlton Road was never intended to be a strictly residential street – I recall planning studies in the early 80s (when the 26th Avenue Connector was under consideration), where an internal road carried commercial traffic between Macleod Trail and Erlton Road (called 2 St SE at the time).

I believe a more productive outcome would be to allow commercial access from Erlton Road , but provide intersection improvements that would facilitate traffic flow. One way to alleviate the problems at the intersection of 25th and Macleod is to upgrade the intersection to provide four eastbound lanes, which would allow for a dedicated right turn lane. This would eliminate much of the congestion and short-cutting that currently exists. The access needs of this development provide the opportunity to implement such improvements that would benefit the development and the existing residents.

Heesung Kim


[from Jeremy Yawney to City Planning, Councillor Carra, Mayor Nenshi, CC ECA on December 12, 2014]

Gian-Carlo, all,

As a resident of south Erlton, I am very concerned about the Anthem Development and the traffic issues that it will create in south Erlton. As we have mentioned in the past, shortcutting is already a major issue in south Erlton, and it will substantially worsen unless traffic calming measures are put in place prior to the Anthem Development going ahead. I along with other members of the ECA traffic committee submitted a letter to Gian-Carlo on September 6th, 2014. The letter outlined various requested/concerns that the ECA/Traffic Committee had/have with respect to traffic issues related to the Anthem Project. This letter was, in part, a response to Gian-Carlo’s request from a previous meeting so that he could get things moving with respect to addressing some of the ECA’s traffic concerns.

I received a response from Eric, Gian-Carlo’s Executive Assistant, on November 4th in which he indicated that Gian-Carlo would be discussing the contents of the letter with the head of Transportation at their next meeting. Eric indicated that he would update me/the ECA Traffic Committee and report back accordingly. I subsequently followed up with Eric on December 5th asking that he “report back on the outcome of Gian-Carlo’s meeting with the head of Transportation.” I also suggested that “we could schedule a meeting [with Gian-Carlo] to discuss the items raised in the letter.” I am still awating a response from Eric/Gian-Carlo.

Thus, the traffic issues that the ECA Traffic Committee raised have not been adequately addressed. I recommend that we schedule a meeting as soon as possible so that we can move forward on these critical issues. Please note that Gordon Laird is the new leader of the traffic committee. I continue to be a member of the committee.

Please email me with any questions that you have. Please contact Gordon Laird (cc’d in this email) about setting up a meeting to discuss/address the traffic issues brought on by the Anthem Project.

Thanks,

Jeremy


[from Babette Blindert to City Planning, Councillor Carra, Mayor Nenshi, CC ECA Planning on December 11, 2014]

I cannot support the proposed development in its present form, until the traffic issues well documented by the Erlton Community Association in numerous meetings, are addressed.

I urge you to consider the Erlton Community Association proposed traffic solutions, and highlight two of their concerns:

1.     Separate the commercial (i.e. all grocery and other retail) traffic from the residential traffic generated by the new 847 residential units. Use the two proposed access points on Erlton Road for residential, and MacLeod Trail via the slip road, frontage road or other new access points for the grocery and other retail traffic.

I  note that Sobeys in their letter to Anthem states that they will not go ahead with their store without access to the grocery store from Erlton Road, as it would not allow for a positive retail experience. I truly fear that the desire to land this grocery store will trump all community concerns and that nobody at the City, Anthem or Council has the courage to negotiate and/or demand a different approach from Sobeys. I would, however, hope that Anthem and the City, with the support of City Council either change Sobeys approach, or, if they are not willing, to deny Anthem’s application. This may, in fact, change Sobeys approach, or allow a more flexible grocery store to locate in this location.

The Talisman Centre, with 7,200 vehicles accessing their site, allow entry and exit only onto Macleod trail. This is much more than Anthem’s estimates of 2,300 commercial vehicles per day. If Talisman can do this, and I see the vehicles merging onto MacLeod without problems, why not Sobeys, with about a third of the traffic.

The Erlton Community Association response also points out that “Drive south on Macleod Trail and look at the commercial establishments on both the east and west sides of it. Drive as far south as you care to. Every one has one or more right-in / right-out access points to Macleod Trail. Not one has a commercial rear-access point where it abuts a residential street.”

Why is Sobeys so different from the other establishments

Address the various existing and future traffic issues around the intersection of MacLeod Trail, and 25th Avenue, including the cut through traffic through the community.

This must involve the City traffic department.

Specifically, the use of a traffic light at Erlton Road and 25th Avenue is not helpful, as it would just worsen cut through traffic in the community and would not speed up egress from Erlton Road, for those wishing to join MacLeod Trail, as the traffic on 25th Avenue is often backed up past Erlton Road.

Install a dedicated right hand turn lane from 25th Avenue onto MacLeod trail.

Explore other traffic calming measures, which extend past just North Erlton (the focus of the developer) and extend it to South Erlton, as traffic cut through greatly affects this part of the community.

The Erlton Community Association’s response throughout this process has been professional, respectful and appropriate. I note that I am not part of their Executive and have only recently attended a meeting. I ask the City and Council to provide them with the same respect and support, which means involving them in their discussions.

Once these issues are addressed I fully support the project.

Babette Blindert

December 11, 2014


[from ECA Planning to neighbours on December 10, 2014]

Attached is the Erlton Community Association’s comment on the Anthem development. It includes reviews by both our Planning and Traffic committees.

At Tuesday’s community meeting, where we discussed this development, and in particular the traffic aspects of it, some of you asked for a copy of our community comment in order to have the facts available that we relied upon to form our comment. You can also refer to our community website under the planning tab – http://erltoncommunity.com

As well, here are two drawings you can reference:

1. Site plan (Courtesy Anthem Properties):
http://www.erltoncalgary.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/DP-Drawings-2014-Site-Plan.pdf
2. Landscape Plan (Courtesy Anthem Properties):
http://www.erltoncalgary.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/DP-Drawings-2014-Landscape-Plan.pdf

Please review our community comment, and if you have a personal comment, you can submit it directly via email to all of the following addresses:

rafal.cichowlas@calgary.ca  — Planning File Manager (403-268-2077)
dp.circ@calgary.ca  — City’s document circulation controller
erlton@shaw.ca  — Erlton Community Association
gian-carlo.carra@calgary.ca  — Our Councillor
themayor@calgary.ca — some of you also asked for the Mayor’s contact info

The deadline for comment is December 12th.

Please share and discuss this email with your neighbours, some of whom may not be community members, or many not have provided us with their email address.

We are also sending this to the LPCA with the request that they convey this notice to all the condo owners/residents in North Erlton, and in particular to those in the buildings that abut Erlton road, since they will be primarily affected by the non-residential traffic on Erlton Road.

Please do not hesitate to call or email should you have any concerns or require further information.

On a related topic, we also discussed methods to reduce the traffic short-cutting into South Erlton. This will increase with the larger traffic load due to the Anthem development. It was agreed that the source of the problem is vehicles entering Erlton Street from 25th Avenue to bypass the traffic congestion at Macleod Trail and 25th Avenue. One proposal to resolve this would be to install a hammer-head traffic device (cement curb) as shown in the attached image. It would prevent south-bound traffic entering Erton Street, but allow residents to exit north-bound onto 25th Avenue. It would benefit everyone in South Erlton affected by traffic short-cutting and speeding by eliminating the source, cause only minor inconvenience to residents, but benefit all in South Erlton. Please share your thoughts on this idea, via a separate email to traffic@erltoncommunity.com  We’ll assemble the responses and discuss them at our January community meeting.

Erlton CA’s comment on DP2014-5213 (2327 Macleod Trail SW – Anthem)

Erlton Street closure (suggested)-1


[from Babette Blindert to Councillor Carra, Mayor Nenshi, CC ECA Planning on December 10, 2014]

The Erlton Community Association generally supports the City’s desire for Transit Oriented development and in particular the Anthem development. However, community concerns about traffic remain largely unresolved, as confirmed by the Calgary Planning Commission in its cover report to Council in June 2014.

Traffic at the intersection of 25th Avenue and MacLeod trail, and cut through traffic to avoid this intersection, are an issue now, and will be a nightmare with the addition of 850 residential units and a large grocery store. I note that the current development plan envisions access through a quiet residential street, rather than MacLeod trail.

I attended an Erlton Community Association meeting on December 9, 2014 and came back with the distinct feeling that legitimate concerns were not addressed, and the community was not adequately involved. This needs to happen at an early stage before plans are more or less definitive and cast in stone.

The Erlton Community Association has attempted to get involved in the traffic issue discussions since June, through various letters to the City and the Councillors office. Neither the City nor our Councillor have addressed these concerns nor made an attempt to involve the ECA. In fact, at the December 9, 2014 meeting I learned from Katie Hope, representing Councillor Gian-Carlo Carra, that Mr. Carra has had informal discussions about traffic issues with the City and the Developer. WHY WAS THE ERLTON COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION NOT INVOLVED?

I urge both our Mayor and Councillor to ensure a collaborative approach with early and timely consultation is followed to ensure that a timely and appropriate solution to community concerns are found.

I will submit a specific comment to the Anthem DP application due by December 12, 2014, but without a change to the general note and timely real collaboration I fear that any specific comments come too late.

Babette Blindert


[sent by Anthem to ECA President on December 10, 2014]

Hi Natalya,

Happy Holidays (almost)! I just wanted to reach out and let you know that we have added another update to Anthem’s Erlton Community Information Website. This most recent update is essentially an open letter to the community summarizing Anthem’s history with the Erlton development site, in addition to providing a brief overview of the recently submitted DP. If you could please let the rest of the Association know that this update has been posted, it would be much appreciated.

Link to Anthem’s most recent online update:

http://www.erltoncalgary.com/anthem-erlton-development-letter-to-neighbours/

Thanks very much,

Aly Kelly-Carlson

Copy of Letter


[sent by Councillor Carra to City Planning, CC ECA Planning on December 10, 2014]

Good afternoon,

Please accept the following comments for DP2014-5213

All the best,

Katie Hope, B.A. (HONS), M.A.
Communications and Community Liaison to Ward 9 Councillor Gian-Carlo Carra

DP2014-5213


[from ECA Planning to neighbours on November 18, 2014]

I received this Development Permit application in this morning’s mail, along with a thirteen pound set of plans. This is an application for the complete development of the two-block area along Macleod Trail, north of 25th Avenue. A PDF of the application is attached.

I have the plans available for review. Please call if you would like to see them. The plans will also be available at the December 9th meeting of the Erlton Community Association.

You can submit your comments directly via email to all of the following addresses:

rafal.cichowlas@calgary.ca  — Planning File Manager (403-268-2077)
dp.circ@calgary.ca  — City’s document circulation controller
erlton@shaw.ca  — Erlton Community Association
gian-carlo.carra@calgary.ca  — Our Councillor

The deadline for comment is December 12th.

Please share and discuss this email with your neighbours, some of whom may not be community members, or may not have provided us with their email address.

Also, we are sending a copy of this to the LPCA with the request that they convey this notice to all the condo owners/residents in North Erlton, and in particular to those in the buildings that abut Erlton Road, since they will be primarily affected by the non-residential traffic on Erlton Road.

Please do not hesitate to call or email should you have any concerns or require further information.

Application DP2014-5213