PART 11: CENTRE CITY DISTRICTS

Division 4: General Rules for Centre City Commercial Land Use Districts

Projections into Setback Areas

1146   (1)              Unless otherwise referenced in this section, a building must not be located in any setback area.

(2)              Portions of a building located above the surface of the ground may project into a setback area only in accordance with the rules contained in this section.

(3)              Portions of a building below the surface of the ground may extend without any limits into a setback area.

(4)              Wheelchair ramps may project without any limits into a setback area.

(5)              Eaves may project a maximum of 0.6 metres, and window wells may project a maximum of 0.8 metres, into any setback area.

(6)              Landings not exceeding 2.5 square metres, ramps other than wheelchair ramps and unenclosed stairs may project into any setback area.

(7)              Signs may be located in any setback area, and where so located must be in accordance with Part 3, Division 5.

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General Landscaped Area Rules

1147    (1)              Landscaped areas must be provided in accordance with a landscape plan approved by the Development Authority.

(2)              A landscape plan for the entire development must be submitted as part of each development permit application where changes are proposed to the building or parcel, and must show at least the following:

(a)        the existing and proposed topography;

(b)        the existing vegetation and indicated whether it is to be retained or removed;

(c)        the layout of berms, open space systems, pedestrian circulation, retaining walls, screening, slope of the land, soft surfaced landscaped areas and hard surfaced landscaped areas;

(d)        the types, species, sizes and numbers of plant material and the types of landscaped areas; and

(e)        details of the irrigation system.

(3)              The landscaped areas shown on the landscape plan approved by the Development Authority must be maintained on the parcel for so long as the development exists.

(4)              All soft surfaced landscaped areas must be irrigated by an underground irrigation system, unless a low water irrigation system is provided.

(5)              For the purpose of determining the minimum number of trees and shrubs in a setback area, portions of setback areas that are paved for sidewalks and vehicle access, utility rights of way, or any other purpose allowed by the Development Authority must be included in the calculation of the required area even though they are not capable of sustaining trees and shrubs.

(6)              If the minimum setback area is not capable of sustaining trees and shrubs, additional area on the parcel located adjoining the setback area must be provided for the trees and shrubs.

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Planting Requirements

1148    (1)              All plant materials must be of a species capable of healthy growth in Calgary and must conform to the standards of the Canadian Nursery Landscape Association.

(2)              A minimum of 25.0 per cent of all trees required must be coniferous.

(3)              Deciduous trees must have a minimum calliper of 50 millimetres and at least 50.0 per cent of the provided deciduous trees must have a minimum calliper of 75 millimetres at the time of planting.

(4)              Coniferous trees must have a minimum height of 2.0 metres andat least 50.0 per cent of the provided coniferous trees must have a minimum of 3.0 metres in height at the time of planting.

(5)              Shrubs must be a minimum height or spread of 0.6 metres at the time of planting.

Low Water Irrigation System

1149    (1)              When a low water irrigation system is provided, only trees and shrubs must be irrigated and the extent of water delivery must be confined to the tree and shrub area.

(2)              When a low water irrigation system is provided, trees and shrubs that have similar water consumption requirements must be grouped together.

Additional Landscaping Requirements

1150    (1)              Unless otherwise referenced in a District, all setback areas on a parcel, not including those portions specifically required for motor vehicle access, sidewalks, or any other purpose allowed by the Development Authority, must be a landscaped area.

(2)              All areas of a parcel must be a landscaped area unless specifically allowed by the Development Authority.

(3)              Every building on a parcel must have at least one sidewalk connecting the public entrance to a public sidewalk, or in the case where there is no public sidewalk, to the nearest street.

(4)              Where a building contains more than one use, every use that has an exterior public entrance must either:

(a)        have a sidewalk connecting the public entrance to the sidewalk required by subsection (3); or

(b)        have a sidewalk connecting that public entrance to a public sidewalk.

(5)              Every building on a parcel must have at least one sidewalk connecting the parking area to the public entrances of the building.

(6)              Where a sidewalk provided in satisfaction of this section is next to a portion of a building, the sidewalk must extend along the entire length of that side of the building.

(7)              Every sidewalk provided must:

(a)        be a hard surfaced landscaped area;

(b)        be a minimum width of 2.0 metres;

(c)        have different surfacing than the surfacing of the parking areas on the parcel; and

(d)        be raised above the surface of the parking area when located in a parking area.

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Residential Amenity Space

1151    (1)              A patio may be located in a setback area between a multi-residential building and a property line shared with a street.

(2)              Amenity space may be provided as common amenity space, private amenity space or a combination of both.

(3)              The required minimum amenity space is 5.0 square metres per unit.

(4)              When the private amenity space provided is 5.0 square metres or less per unit, that specific area will be included to satisfy the amenity space requirement.

(5)              When the private amenity space exceeds 5.0 square metres per unit, only 5.0 square metres per unit must be included to satisfy the amenity space requirement.

(6)              Where a patio is located within 4.0 metres of a lane or another parcel, it must be screened.

(7)              Private amenity space must:

(a)        be in the form of a balcony, deck or patio; and

(b)        have no minimum dimensions of less than 2.0 metres.

(8)              Common amenity space:

(a)        may be provided as common amenity space – indoors and as common amenity space – outdoors;

(b)        must be accessible from all the units;

(c)        must have a contiguous area of not less than 50.0 square metres with no dimension less than 6.0 metres;

(d)        must not be located in a required setback area; and

(e)        may be located at or above grade.

(9)              A maximum of 50.0 per cent of the required amenity space may be provided as common amenity space – indoors.

(10)            Common amenity space – outdoors:

(a)        must provide a balcony, deck or patio and at least one of the following as permanent features:

(i)         a barbeque; or

(ii)        seating; and

(b)        must be used in the calculation of the required landscaped area when located below 25 metres above grade.

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Visibility Setback

1152    Buildings, finished grade of a parcel and vegetation within a corner visibility triangle must not be located between 0.75 metres and 4.6 metres above the lowest elevation of the street.

Mechanical Screening

1153    Mechanical systems or equipment that are located outside of a building must be screened.

Garbage

1154    Garbage containers and waste material must be stored inside a building that contains another approved use.

Recycling Facilities

1155    Recycling facilities must be provided for every building containing Dwelling Units or Office uses.

Screening

1156    When a parcel shares a property line with a lane, or a parcel designated as a residential district, a fence with a maximum height of 2.0 metres must be provided for screening along the property line.

Motor Vehicle Parking Stall Requirements

1157    (1)              For developments containing Dwelling Units or Live Work Units, the minimum motor vehicle parking stall requirement:

(a)        for each Dwelling Unit or Live Work Unit is 0.75 stalls for resident parking;

(b)        for each Dwelling Unit is 0.1 visitor parking stalls per unit; and

(c)        for each Live Work Unit is 0.5 visitor parking stalls per unit.

(2)              Unless otherwise referenced in sub-section (4), for development on parcels 0.4 hectares or less, the minimum motor vehicle parking stall requirement:

(a)        deleted

(b)        for an Office, when located on floors above the ground floor is:

(i)         1.0 stalls per 100.0 square metres of gross usable floor area; and

(ii)        the cumulative number of stalls referenced in subsection (i) must be reduced by 0.75 stalls per 50.0 square metres of total gross usable floor area to a maximum reduction of 1.5 stalls;

(c)        for a Drinking Establishment – Small, Restaurant: Food Service Only – Small and Restaurant: Licensed – Small is 1.70 stalls per 10.0 square metres of public area;

(d)        for an Information and Service Provider, Pet Care Service, Print Centre and Retail and Consumer Service is:

(i)         4.0 stalls per 100.0 square metres of total gross usable floor area when located on floors above the ground floor;

(ii)        2.0 stalls per 100.0 square metres of total gross usable floor area when located on or below the ground floor; and

(iii)       where Retail and Consumer Service uses are located on or below the ground floor, the cumulative number of stalls referenced in subsection (ii) must be reduced by 1.0 stall per 50.0 square metres of total gross usable floor area to a maximum reduction of 3.0 stalls; and

(e)         for all other uses is the requirement referenced in Part 4.

(3)              Unless otherwise referenced in sub-section (4), for development on parcels greater than 0.4 hectares, the minimum motor vehicle parking stall requirement:

(a)        for an Office, when located on floors above the ground floor, is:

(i)         1.0 stalls per 100.0 square metres of gross usable floor area; and

(ii)        the cumulative number of stalls referenced in subsection (i) must be reduced by 0.75 stalls per 50.0 square metres of total gross usable floor area to a maximum reduction of 1.5 stalls;

(b)        for a Drinking Establishment – Small, Restaurant: Food Service Only – Small and Restaurant: Licensed – Small is 1.70 stalls per 10.0 square metres of public area;

(c)        for a Retail and Consumer Service is:

(i)         4.0 stalls per 100.0 square metres of total gross usable floor area when located on floors above the ground floor;

(ii)        2.0 stalls per 100.0 square metres of total gross usable floor area when located on or below the ground floor; and

(iii)       where Retail and Consumer Service uses are located on or below the ground floor, the cumulative number of stalls referenced in subsection (ii) are reduced by 1.0 stall per 50.0 square metres of total gross usable floor area to a maximum reduction of 3.0 stalls; and

(d)        for all other uses is 3.5 stalls per 100.0 square metres of gross usable floor area.

(4)              For a Computer Games Facility, Convenience Food Store, Drinking Establishment – Medium, Drinking Establishment – Small, Food Kiosk, Liquor Store, Outdoor Café, Restaurant: Food Service Only – Medium, Restaurant: Food Service Only – Small, Restaurant: Licensed – Medium, Restaurant: Licensed – Small or Retail and Consumer Service, located on the ground floor of a building, the minimum number of motor vehicle parking stalls:

(a)        In Area A, as illustrated on Map 7.1, is:

(i)         0.0 stalls where:

(A)       the building contains a Dwelling Unit, Hotel, Multi-Residential Development or Office above the ground floor; or

(B)       the use area is less than or equal to 465.0 square metres; and

(ii)        1.0 stalls per 100.0 square metres of gross usable floor area in all other cases; and

(b)        in Area B, as illustrated on Map 7.1, is:

(i)         0.0 stalls where a building contains a Dwelling Unit or Multi-Residential Development above the ground floor;

(ii)        0.0 stalls where the use area is less than or equal to 465.0 square metres, provided:

(A)       the building is only one storey; or

(B)       the building was legally existing or approved as of November 1, 2009;

(iii)       1.0 stalls per 100.0 square metres of gross usable floor area where the use area is greater than 465.0 square metres and where:

(A)       the building is only one storey; or

(B)       the building was legally existing or approved as of November 1, 2009; and

(iv)       in all other cases, the minimum requirement referenced in subsections (2) and (3).

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Exclusive Use of Motor Vehicle Parking Stalls

1158    Motor vehicle parking stalls required for uses in accordance with the District requirement referenced in section 1157(2)(d) must not be signed or in any way identified as being other than for the use of all users of the parcel.

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Required Bicycle Parking Stalls

1159    (1)              The minimum number of bicycle parking stalls – class 1 for:

(a)        each Dwelling Unit and Live Work Unit is:

(i)         no requirement where the number of units is less than 20; and

(ii)        0.5 stalls per unit where the total number of units equals or exceeds 20; and

(b)        all other uses is the minimum requirement referenced in Part 4.

(2)              The minimum number of bicycle parking stalls – class 2 for:

(a)        each Dwelling Unit and Live Work Unit is:

 (i)      2.0 stalls for developments of 20 units or less; and

(ii)       0.1 stalls per unit for developments of more than 20 units; and

(b)        all other uses is 5.0 per cent of the minimum number of motor vehicle parking stalls.

Exclusive Use of Bicycle Parking Stalls

1160    Bicycle parking stalls – class 1 provided for Dwelling Units and Live Work Units are for the exclusive use of residents.

Parcel Access

1161    All developments must comply with the access requirements of the Controlled Streets Bylaw.

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