PART 9: SPECIAL PURPOSE DISTRICTS

Division 1: General Rules for Special Purpose Land Use Districts

Projections into Setback Areas

1013    (1)              Unless otherwise referenced in subsections (2), (3), (4) and (5), buildings must not be located in any setback area.

(2)              Eaves of a building may project into any setback area a maximum of 0.6 metres.

(3)              Portions of a building below the surface of the ground may extend into any setback area only when those portions are used as a parking structure.

(4)              A parking area for a use may be located in any setback area to a minimum of 1.2 metres from any property line.

(5)              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

1014    (1)              Landscaped areas are only required in the following Districts:

(a)        Special Purpose – School, Park and Community Reserve District;

(b)        Special Purpose – Community Service District;

(c)        Special Purpose – Recreation District;

(d)        Special Purpose – Community Institution District;

(e)        Special Purpose – City and Regional Infrastructure District; and

(f)        Special Purpose – University Research Park District.

(2)              Natural Areas and Parks do not require landscaped areas.

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

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

(e)        details of the irrigation system.

(5)              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.

(6)              Unless otherwise referenced in a District, all soft surfaced landscaped areas must be irrigated by an underground irrigation system, unless a low water irrigation system is provided.

(7)              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 trees and shrubs are not capable of growing in that area.

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

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Planting Requirements

1015    (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 millimeters at the time of planting.

(4)              Coniferous trees must have a minimum height of 2.0 metres and at least 50.0 per cent of the provided coniferous trees must be 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

1016    (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.

Visibility Setback

1017    Within a corner visibility triangle, buildings, fences, finished grade of a parcel, and vegetation must not be located more than 0.75 metres above the lowest elevation of the street.

Mechanical Screening

1018    Mechanical equipment or systems that are located outside of a building must be screened.

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Garbage

1019    (1)              Garbage containers and waste material must be stored either:

(a)        inside a building; or

(b)        in a garbage container enclosure approved by the Development Authority.

(2)              Garbage container enclosures must not be located in any setback area.

68P2008

 

Solar Collectors

1019.1 (1)              A solar collector may only be located on the wall or roof of a building.

(2)              A solar collector mounted on a roof with a pitch of less than a 4:12, may project a maximum of 2.0 metres from the surface of the roof.

(3)              A solar collector mounted on a roof with a pitch of 4:12 or greater:

(a)        may project a maximum of 1.3 metres from the surface of the roof; and

(b)        must not extend beyond the outermost edge of the roof.

(4)              A solar collector that is mounted on a wall:

(a)        must be located a minimum of 2.4 metres above grade; and

(b)        may project a maximum of 0.6 metres from the surface of that wall.

 

Wind Energy Conversion System

1019.2 (1)             A Wind Energy Conversion System – Type 1 or a Wind Energy Conversion System – Type 2 must:

(a)       be located a minimum distance equal to the total Wind Energy Conversion System height from a property line, measured from the base;

(b)        be painted a single, neutral, non-reflective, non-glossy colour;

(c)        have a self-supporting tubular tower or monopole, not including lattice or pylon towers, if not mounted to a building;

(d)        be equipped with manual and automatic over speed controls;

(e)        be repaired or removed from the parcel upon disrepair, abandonment, or termination of the Wind Energy Conversion System - Type 1 or Wind Energy Conversion System - Type 2 use for a period of 6 months or greater;

(f)         not be located in the actual front setback area, actual side setback area or the rear setback area when the corresponding property line is adjacent to a residential district;

(g)        not contain any signs or other non-system related objects, which are visible from a residential or special purpose district, other than Directional Signs;

(h)        not contain any accent lighting, or be indirectly illuminated or artificially lit, except as required for navigational safety or Directional Signs;

(i)         not contain guy wires or other similar structural support devices, excluding those that may be required to fasten the Wind Energy Conversion System to a building;

(j)         not be within 100.0 metres of any permanent or temporary  wetland or water body;

(k)        not have a tower-climbing apparatus or blade tips closer than 4.6 metres from grade unless enclosed by a minimum 1.8 metre high fence; and

(l)         not have a total power generation capacity greater than 100 kilowatts.

(2)             A Wind Energy Conversion System  – Type 1:

(a)        must not be located within 60.0 metres from a residential district; and

(b)        may require a biophysical impact assessment as part of a development permit application, that may include, but is not limited to, a literature review by a qualified biologist, field surveys, habitat assessments, and consideration for the publication "Wildlife Guidelines for Alberta Wind Energy Projects" by Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development.

(3)              A Wind Energy Conversion System  – Type 2:

(a)        must not be located within 550.0 metres from a residential district;

(b)        requires a biophysical impact assessment as part of a development permit application, that may include, but is not limited to, a literature review by a qualified biologist, field surveys, habitat assessments, and consideration for the publication "Wildlife Guidelines for Alberta Wind Energy Projects" by Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development; and

(c)        may have a maximum total Wind Energy Conversion System height of:

(i)        30 metres in the Special Purpose - School, Park and Community Reserve District, Special Purpose - Recreation District, and Special Purpose - Community Institution District; and

(ii)       50 metres in the Special Purpose - Urban Nature District, Special Purpose - City and Regional Infrastructure District, Special Purpose - University Research Park District, and Special Purpose - Transportation and Utility Corridor District.

(4)              A development permit may only be issued for a limited period of time not exceeding:

(a)        five (5) years for a Wind Energy Conversion System – Type 1 and a Wind Energy Conversion System – Type 2; and

(c)        where a development permit  for a Wind Energy Conversion System – Type 1 or a Wind Energy Conversion System – Type 2 has been approved, subsequent development permit  approvals for the legally existing Wind Energy Conversion System - Type 1 or Wind Energy Conversion System - Type 2 may be granted for a period greater than stated in subsection (a).

68P2008, 38P2013

Parcel Access 

1020    All developments must comply with the Controlled Streets Bylaw.

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