Approximately 34,000 Calgarians of all ages and skill levels participate in skateboarding each year. In addition, other wheeled-sports such as scooters, BMX, and in-line skates are common across the city. For many wheeled-sport enthusiasts, ramps are an important part of the sport.
Calgarians had the opportunity to provide feedback through a variety of ways, including an online survey, telephone survey and open houses in each of the city’s quadrants, as well as one in the centre city. During this process all concerns were documented and given to the appropriate business unit to follow up and address, including Recreation, Planning, and Bylaw Services.
Should skateboard or sports ramps (bicycle, in-line skates, roller skates, etc.) be allowed on residential properties? Currently, sports ramps are allowed in parks, commercial and industrial areas. Ramps are allowed on residential properties with an approved development permit.
City Council has asked Administration to review both the Land Use and Community Standards Bylaws, and to engage with Calgarians to determine whether a sport ramp of the a maximum dimensions – 1.5m high x 5m wide x 6m long – should be allowed on private property without a development permit.
The Notice of Motion is looking for feedback from all Calgarians on the following:
- A proposed maximum ramp size of 1.5 metres high by 5 metres wide by 6 metres long,
- A development permit exemption for sports ramps within the allowable size, and
- Confirmation that proposed amendments to the Community Standards Bylaw, as part of its comprehensive review, will address excessive noise related to sport ramp activities.
Based on engagement, amendment options for the Land Use Bylaw and Community Standards Bylaw will follow.
What We Heard
What We Heard
Should skateboard or sports ramps (bicycle, in-line skates, scooter, etc.) be allowed on residential properties?
Starting in October 2015, The City consulted with stakeholder groups and the general public. The questions asked in the survey and at the open houses focused on:
• a proposed maximum ramp size of 1.5 metres high by 5 metres wide by 6 metres long
• whether sports ramps within this size should be exempt from a development permit in residential areas
• what proposed amendments to the Community Standards Bylaw (noise) could be made to address excessive noise related to sport ramp activities
What We Heard
This What We Heard report covers the feedback from the Pop-Up Engagement and Open Houses.
This What We Heard report covers the feedback from the Online Survey.
Thank you to everyone who provided input!
Calgary City Council will make the final decision on whether skateboard/sports ramps should be allowed on private residential properties.
On June 1, 2016, the Standing Policy Committee on Community and Protective Services considered the SPORTS RAMPS ON PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL PROPERTIES report and Attachments 1 to 4 (in the document library), in its public meeting. The Committee recommended approval. The minutes are located here. A proposed amendment to the Community Standards Bylaw for noise is contained in Attachment 1. Proposed Land Use Bylaw regulations are contained in Attachment 2. A summary of public engagement is contained in Attachment 3.
Based on Attachment 2, a meeting to discuss Land Use Bylaw amendment wording with Community Associations is scheduled for June 22 and potentially September 1. The Federation of Calgary Communities will be distributing information.