Dozens of Calgary community associations sign letter opposing blanket rezoning

Community associations are typically non-political, but it appears some in Calgary are taking a side.

A joint letter signed by more than 40 community associations in Calgary is urging city council to vote against blanket rezoning, saying it won’t supply more affordable non-market housing options.

“Housing choice already exists in Calgary. What is missing is deeply affordable non-market housing options. Blanket up-zoning will not supply this,” the letter says, in part. “

One of the most recent additions to the list is the Lake Bonavista Community Association, which hosted a heated open house session on the issue earlier this week.

An open letter from the LCBA says it’s deeply concerned about the potential impacts, adding they have the ability to affect property value, traffic, and public safety.

It’s urging city council to shelve any decision until a more thorough consultation process with all stakeholders can take place.

Groups in Forest Heights, Elbow Park, Shawnessy, and Rosedale are also all asking residents to provide feedback ahead of Monday’s deadline.

The city has been looking at boosting density in many neighbourhoods that currently only allow single-family housing.

The proposed change is based on recommendations from the housing strategy approved in September.

Council’s public hearing on blanket rezoning is on April 22.

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