Edmonton and Calgary are different cities in so many ways.
The one I’m looking at now is how Calgary’s City Council gets bogged down in applications for secondary suites in people’s homes.
In Edmonton, you go to City Hall, make sure you’re in approved zoning for a suite, do all the paperwork, pay the fees, and start the renovations.
In Calgary, they don’t want the grief of people in established neighborhoods who bought single family homes, complaining that their neighbor now has renters taking up all the parking space. In Edmonton, you may need back yard parking.
In Calgary, they have so many applications, it takes up most a council’s day.
Calgary’s council is too divided to come up with a better plan, so they have to sit and listen to people who get all emotional about why they should have their suite approved or why their neighbor should not.
Some get indignant. Some pour out their soul to council. Some weep.
Mayor Nenshi wishes they had a better way, like maybe a city department to give approval.
Just one more reason to call Edmonton, home (secondary) suite home.