Posts tagged with ‘city of Calgary’

  • The Bicycle Debate

    By Aydan Aslan on August 5, 2014
    Editor’s note: this article was originally published in the BOMA Calgary News in the June 2014 edition of Business in Calgary. By David Parker Jeff Fielding is known for reshaping the way administration handles their books but when he returns to Calgary as its new city manager he will have to face a few other problems that are making the […]
  • 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 […]
  • Environment Week Tip of the Day!

    By Aydan Aslan on June 4, 2014
    Canadian Environment Week is June 1 – 7 (2 – 6 for the business week). The City of Calgary will celebrate in various ways, including the Mayor’s Environment Expo and the annual Commuter Challenge. We checked in with our members, to find out what they are doing to mark this national week of awareness: Did you know one-third 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 […]
  • Desert Lessons in Water Conservation

    By Bill Partridge on April 15, 2014
    Calgarians can learn a lot about water from folks that live in the desert. Water is a precious and life-giving resource that requires careful management. California’s Coachella Valley where Palm Springs is located is at the transitional point of both the Sonoran and Colorado Deserts. The Coachella Valley has received virtually no rain since August 2013, and is becoming    increasingly […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • Looking for Better Transportation Solutions: Cycling

    By Bill Partridge on January 15, 2014
    (Note: These views are my own and do not necessarily represent the views of BOMA Calgary.) If you, like me, have ever ridden your bicycle into downtown Calgary, you know very well that you are taking a significant risk, given the sheer volume of traffic on the city’s streets and avenues. There has to be a better way. I have […]