Advocacy

  • Power Outage in Downtown Calgary

    By Aydan Aslan on October 13, 2014
    The recent fire in Calgary’s downtown core happened on Saturday October 11 at approximately 8 pm, and has affected many of the commercial high-rise and residential locations in the west part of the downtown core. The power outage has been reduced to locations between 4th Ave. SW and 7th Ave. SW, from 6th Street SW, all the way West to the river. The expectancy […]
  • It’s a Simple Matter of Public Safety

    By Bill Partridge on August 13, 2014
    (Note: The opinions expressed herein are solely those of the writer and do not necessarily represent the views or the position of BOMA Calgary.) During any construction project, public safety is paramount. This concept applies equally to those on the job site and members of the public. The Alberta Safety Codes Act is pretty specific about a number of things […]
  • It is Way Past Time to Re-think Calgary’s Downtown Parking

    By Bill Partridge on August 7, 2014
    There is nothing more emotional in urban development than parking. Those coming downtown expect to find a parking spot fairly close to their destination. If they are not familiar with downtown that task may be a little daunting. For most people, driving to the core is the most efficient mode of travel. In the 1970s, Calgary introduced cash-in-lieu parking (CIL). […]
  • 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 […]
  • Could Calgary Become Like Detroit?

    By Bill Partridge on July 29, 2014
    By William Partridge (with Lloyd Suchet) (Note: The opinions stated in this blog are solely my own. These opinions do not necessarily represent the views or the position of BOMA Calgary.)   There is no question the growth of Calgary’s population has been very significant. When I arrived in this magnificent city the demographic clock had just ticked over the […]
  • Calgary Real Estate Leasing Conference

    By Aydan Aslan on June 10, 2014
    On June 3, the 9th Annual Calgary Real Estate Leasing Conference took place at the Telus Convention Centre. Focused on strategies, issues, practices and trends in real estate leasing for the office, industrial and retail markets, real estate professionals gained insight through round table discussions and a series of break out educational sessions. With the one year anniversary of the […]
  • 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 […]
  • The Cycle Lifestyle

    By Bill Partridge on April 8, 2014
    Right out of the chute: I acknowledge that I ride a bicycle. And I enjoy it. I do not however, ride my bike to work. It’s winter! On those days when the weather is sane, my work calendar permits and I am so inclined, I do ride to work. It’s 10 KM door-to-door and takes me about 26 minutes on […]
  • 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 […]