August 2023

HATF – Housing and Affordability Task Force

Go to to view the recommendations that will be debated by Council in the fall.

To read an overview of the Recommendations of the Housing and Affordability Task Force and VCA’s letter to Mayor Gondek and Members of City Council Click Here

UPDATE: Read Jo Anne’s presentation to Council Presentation-to-CDC-Sept-14-15-2023.pdf

South Shaganappi Local Area Plan

The Local Area Plan will provide important future direction for planning and development in our community. More information can be found on the City’s website

New Parking Permit Fees

The City has put the new fee structure for residential parking permits on hold temporarily. See the City of Calgary website for more details:

Enmax Transmission Line – 53 St & Varsity Estates Drive – Request to Maintain Overhead Structures on Permanent Basis

Enmax has submitted an application to maintain on a permanent basis the current overhead transmission lines running through Varsity along 53 Street and Varsity Estates Drive and converging at Enmax #16 substation.  This line extends 410 meters and includes 4 steel monopoles, 3 wooden poles, overhead conductors, and associated equipment.  Nearby residents should have received a 4 page newsletter in November 2022.  If you did not receive this it is available at

In 2009 and 2014, Enmax replaced underground cable portions of these lines with temporary overhead structures to restore service after faults occurred.  At the time, Enmax stated these structures would be relocated back to their original location underground.  Enmax has evaluated various options of permanent replacements and concluded that maintaining the current overhead lines is the best solution as it avoids incremental impacts to customers (including financial impacts) associated with new configurations.  A number of neighboring property owners including the Groves of Varsity and Crowchild Square are opposing this proposal.

For more information, please contact Enmax Power Corporation at or call 403-514-1471.  Website:  For questions about the regulatory process, contact the Alberta Utilities Commission at or 403-310-4282.  Website:

Playground Review

Varsity is fortunate to have some great playgrounds, however, a few are in need of updating. If you are interested in serving on a playground subcommittee or would like to bring any existing problems with playgrounds to our attention, please email me at The first meeting of this group will be held in September.

Concerns about Nearby Development?

If you have concerns about development that is proposed near to you, feel free to email me to discuss.  We can review the development with you and advise you on the proper procedures to appeal if required.

University Innovation Quarter (formerly University Research Park)

The University Innovation Quarter is a 76 acre site north of 32 Avenue, south of Crowchild Trail, and east of 37 Street. Go to to view the plans and for more information. The STEM Innovation Academy, a public charter school, opens this
fall and we anticipate applications for more charter schools in the SMART Building.

For information regarding the Civic Affairs Committee, please contact JoAnne Atkins, Director of Civic Affairs, at