Author archive for Lloyd Suchet

  • BOMA Calgary & The Calgary Police Service Provide Bicycle Theft Prevention Resources

    By Lloyd Suchet on June 17, 2015
    With summer just around the corner and bicycle parking filling up in buildings across Calgary, it is a great time to make tenants aware of bicycle theft and provide them with the information and resources to prevent it. Bicycle theft remains a problem across Calgary, but particularly in the downtown core. With that in mind BOMA Calgary and the Calgary […]
  • Updated BOMA MGA White Papers

    By Lloyd Suchet on July 31, 2014
    The Municipal Government Act is the enabling legislation for municipalities across Alberta, and has significant consequences on the way cities plan development and tax their citizens and businesses. Last year the Provincial Government announced their intention to review the Act, at which time BOMA kicked into gear working with BOMA Edmonton to hold industry workshops, and producing two White Papers […]
  • Green Building with Jerry Yudelson

    By Lloyd Suchet on May 20, 2014
    This month saw Jerry Yudelson, “the Godfather of Green” present to a local crowd on lessons for green building. Yudelson began by explaining the context for green building. Cities are fast becoming the engines of the global economy, with the 600 largest cities contributing to 64% of global GDP despite having only 22% of the population. However, cities through infrastructure […]
  • Time for a Review of Downtown Parking Policies

    By Lloyd Suchet on April 24, 2014
    In the coming months, Calgary City Council will decide whether to conduct a review of their Downtown Parking Strategy. The key issue to BOMA members is the cash-in-lieu of parking program, which specifies how many parking stalls can be built in new developments, and how much developers must provide to the City to build CPA lots. As it stands, the […]
  • BOMA Calgary Cycle Track Submission

    By Lloyd Suchet on April 11, 2014
    Next week,  City Council’s Transportation and Transit Committee will consider the proposed City Centre Cycle Track Network. Over the past 6 months, BOMA has engaged with our membership on this issue through surveys, industry specific information sessions with the City, information sharing through our weekly eNews, as well as discussion within the Government Affairs Committee. As a result of this […]
  • Funding Municipal Services: Who Should Pay?

    By Lloyd Suchet on March 28, 2014
    If you read the Calgary Herald today you may have seen a story on non-residential property tax featuring comments from BOMA’s President & CSO. The City is considering changes that would lower the amount of tax non-residential properties pay relative to residential properties. According to the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, non-residential properties pay a tax rate five times higher […]
  • BOMA Cycle Track Survey: Have Your Say!

    By Lloyd Suchet on February 13, 2014
    Cycle tracks have been front of mind over the past week as the City announced the entire plan for the downtown/Beltline network. BOMA sits on the Centre City Bicycle Projects Committee where we have been engaged with officials on this project. To guide our actions, we conducted a member survey in September, but so much has happened on this front […]
  • Business Tax: Coming Soon to a Property Tax Bill Near You!

    By Lloyd Suchet on February 12, 2014
    You may recall that a few years ago the City of Calgary considered, and then passed a bylaw that consolidated the Business Tax with the Non-Residential Property Tax. BOMA Calgary opposed the proposal on the grounds that it actually represented a tax increase of over $200 million to commercial real estate in Calgary. This is because vacant units, as well […]
  • Role of Government

    By Lloyd Suchet on January 10, 2014
    What is the proper role of government? What services should they provide, and what should they leave to the private sector? These questions have plagued policy makers for as long as societies have been organized into governments. In Canada we live this question each time a level of government presents and considers a budget.  In the last week of November […]
  • YYC Food Trucks

    By Lloyd Suchet on October 20, 2013
    For the last two years food trucks have roamed Calgary streets serving up their fare under a City of Calgary pilot project. In September, those rules were codified in the City’s bylaw that will be in effect on October 31st.