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PROJECT BACKGROUND

WHAT IS THE JOINT USE PLANNING AGREEMENT?

The Joint Use and Planning Agreement is a partnership between The City of Calgary, the Calgary Board of Education, the Calgary Catholic School District and the Conseil Scolaire FrancoSud.

The Agreement provides the tools and guidance required to achieve complete communities. It also outlines the coordinated approach to the allocation, use, planning and development, and maintenance of municipal reserve, open space, and school sites to address the evolving needs of Calgarians.

Municipal reserve is a piece of land that can only be used for parks and related purposes outlined in the Municipal Government Act of Alberta.

An open space includes current and potential future parks, pathways, roadway greens, land for parks and recreation facilities, golf courses, cemeteries, and other alternative use of green space.

A joint use site is land set aside for or including a school building, a location for a school building or a school playing field and community playing fields with facilities and grounds which are accessible to both school and non-school users.

WHY WE'RE UPDATING THE AGREEMENT

The Joint Use and Planning Agreement was created in 1985. It has had some minor updates since then. It is important to update the Agreement as community demographics and needs change over time. A new Agreement will be more adaptable and flexible, respond to changes in Provincial legislation and City policies since 1985 and include the three school boards and The City.

Modernizing the Agreement will create efficiencies in delivering land use, recreation, parks, and mobility options. It will allow for multiple uses on reserve lands to further the role of school sites as key activity nodes in the community. Through this review we will explore allowing a mix of uses on joint use sites and blending complementary land uses to help diversify Calgary’s communities.

Through engagement, we will learn more about how different groups use and want to use these sites. Often, these sites are in prominent locations with the community and can be used for a variety of different activities. The information shared with us will be reviewed and incorporated into the new Agreement as appropriate.

The new Agreement will address how The City and school boards plan, develop, use, dispose of and service school sites. As well, the use and maintenance of school facilities, municipal facilities and playing fields will be addressed. In addition to updates to the content, a single Agreement with all three school boards is an important outcome for all partners

WHAT WILL BE INCLUDED IN THE AGREEMENT

The City and school boards will review the existing Agreement, looking for gaps, issues and opportunities to improve the Agreement. This includes:

  • Identifying uses that provide a public benefit that are compatible with school board purposes and enable multiple uses on joint use sites.
  • Developing principles and parameters to promote development, interim uses or redevelopment on surplus unused, closed or underutilized school sites.
  • Addressing maintenance and operational costs of multi-use buildings.
  • Assessing and updating the use of the reserve fund.
  • Modernizing the disposal of surplus school sites.
  • Incorporating recent City policies and Provincial legislation that are related to the Agreement.
  • Providing one Agreement with all three school boards.

The new Agreement will not be focused on any individual joint use site in Calgary. It will provide the policies to help us improve land use and planning on joint use sites across the city. If approved by all partners, the new Agreement will support discussions about individual sites.


PROVIDE YOUR FEEDBACK


NEXT STEPS

When the survey closes the project team will review all feedback received. Where appropriate, they will use feedback to develop a new Agreement.

The new Agreement will be shared for feedback in Fall 2021.