The Community Standards Bylaw promotes good neighbour relationships through regulation of neighbourhood nuisances like fire pit use, noise, weeds and grass, and untidy properties.
Over the past year, the City of Calgary has conducted a review of this bylaw to ensure that it continues to meet the needs of Calgarians. The review found that while most of the Community Standards Bylaw meets citizen needs and effectively addresses neighbourhood issues, there are some areas of the bylaw that can be improved.
A number of bylaw changes are being considered and we would like your feedback on these changes, you can find the survey here. Your input is greatly appreciated and it will be used to help make decisions on the proposed amendments to the Community Standards Bylaw that will be provided to Council later this year.
It is that time of year again on June 26th, 2016 (9am – 1:30pm) when all of Crestmont gets out to clean up their yards, garages, and basements and gathers up the debris and garbage to bring down to the Crestmont Hall where the City of Calgary has packer trucks waiting. GEEP will also have bins for electronics and the Crestmont Community Association will have food, coffee and snacks.
Make it a fun day for your family! We will have pick-up sticks, vests, gloves and garbage bags at the hall so you can take your family out into the neighbourhood green spaces to pick up garbage and debris that blow in from the wind.
This is a FREE event for everyone, although we encourage you to get or renew your Crestmont Community Association Membership if you have not already done so.
Items accepted include:
- furniture decor items
- yard waste & grass clippings
- materials from minor repair work
- general garbage
- mattresses (although we STRONGLY encourage you to recycle your used mattress instead!)
- household electronics
Items NOT accepted:
- chemical products or containers
- oil or oil filters
- car batteries
- propane tanks
We will also set up a free table for items that are still in good condition that you no longer wish to keep. Someone else in the community may be able to use it. It’s all about recycling items in a safe manner.
This is a family friendly event and a good way to teach our children the value of keeping all our spaces clean and to feel like they can contribute in a positive way by giving back to their community.
Please check back here for any updates / changes prior to June 26th.
On June 18th, the CCA with MLA Deborah Drever and the City of Calgary are throwing a community Block Party from 12pm – 3pm to celebrate Neighbour Day!
The party will be on the west side of the storm water pond at the end of the 500 block of Cresthaven Place (see map above). There will be Spolumbo’s Sausages and buns, drinks, prizes, games and fun for all ages. Just look for the big bouncy house and all the happy people enjoying the company of their neighbours.
Stay informed and visit our website for all the details and any last-minute changes.
We look forward to seeing everyone out for this wonderful event.
Have you ever noticed that your junk is “stuff” and everyone else’s stuff is “junk”? Well get the stuff that you no longer need, and instead of making it into actual junk, sell it to someone else so it can be their stuff instead!
On May 28th, the Crestmont Community Association is joining forces with the Valley Ridge Community Association to put together a MASSIVE multi-community garage sale. The garage sale will run from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm and will be advertised in the Calgary Herald, the Valley Breeze and the Crestmont Courier.
Maps of both communities with all participating homes will be made available prior to the garage sale at the Crestmont Hall as well as the Valley Ridge gas station, pharmacy, liquor store, Van Gogh’s, and Kijiji. To have your home added to the list, and make some money on your spring cleaning, please visit www.crestmontcommunity.org/events-calendar/garage-sale-application/. You can add your address and a brief description of what you are selling.
For a map of Crestmont with the homes who will be participating, please click here
Thank you to everyone who attended the Community Safety Chat with Constable Price on May 10th. This was a very informative session and we learned a few key points:
- Speed is a personal choice, can you live with the consequences?
- Out-of-sight out-of-mind. If you leave valuables in plain sight in your vehicle, expect that sooner or later they will be removed for you.
- Keep your insurance and registration in your wallet. If someone breaks into your vehicle and your insurance and registration are there, they can simply pull into your garage, close the garage door and use something in your garage to break into your home. Your address is on those documents, so don’t leave them in your vehicle.
- If you see something suspicious then don’t be afraid to call. It is safer to make the call then it is to think “oh it’s probably nothing” and then something gets stolen, damaged or worse. Make the call to 911, they are happy to hear your voice.
- Take flyers off your door, it is a sign to thieves that you are not home. When your neighbours are on holiday take their flyers as well, help out your community.
- Get an alarm system, at the very least it reduces how long a burglar can be in your home. It is better they have 10 – 20 minutes to look around and then get out than if they have the entire day to explore everywhere in your home.
- A Doorbell Camera can notify you when someone is at your door so you can call the police if they are not known to you and try to break in. Most interact with your smartphone so you don’t even have to be home to keep an eye open.
- Do not give money to homeless people. Give money to CUPS and Mustard Seed, etc. The money doesn’t help the homeless people directly and there are several “professional homeless people” that make a lot of money doing it. Maybe even more than you do. If you want to help, give your money to the service providers whose job it is to help the homeless properly.
- Don’t be a vigilante, be the best witness you can be. Especially when it is just property, that can always be replaced. Your life cannot. Everyone has a smartphone or other cameras handy so take pictures, call the police, get the bad guys caught red-handed.
Hey Crestmont, did you know we have our very own Police Constable assigned to our neighbourhood ?
On May 10th, 7pm at the Crestmont Hall Constable Damian Price will be in Crestmont presenting an informative session on how to keep our community safe.
Crestmont is a quiet neighbourhood, however if you view the Calgary Police Service’s Crimes Web Mapping Application there have been 21 incidents of crime in our area in the last 6 months. Keep in mind that those are only the crimes that have been reported. Crestmont homeowners should learn how to effectively report crime and learn to be a good neighbor so we can all help support the residents of this wonderful community.
I hope you can make the time to come down to the Crestmont Hall on May 10th to meet your neighbors, Constable Price and members of the Crestmont Community Association board. We look forward to meeting you.
On Friday April 8th, the Crestmont Community Association had our Annual General Meeting at the Crestmont Hall. Attendance was excellent and we graciously thank everyone for taking the time out of their day to come down and support us.
Also in attendance was a representative from MLA Deborah Drever’s office and Councillor Ward Sutherland. We thank them both for their continued support.
This year the AGM was packed with information and updates on area developments and planned community events for this year.
For the first time, all but one of the existing board members threw their hats back in to continue for the next term. The new board for 2016/2017 is:
Al Del Degan, who will remain in the President role, and the following directors who will likely resume in their current roles (to be officially determined at the next board meeting on April 21st at the hall).
Chris Wolfe, Vice President
Paul Christensen, Treasurer
Stacy Cousins, Secretary
Crystal McGrath, Director at Large
There are still 5 director positions open on the CCA board so if you want to gain some rewarding volunteer experience and give back to your community, please attend any of our future board meetings and you can find out what is involved and how you can best help out. We meet on the third Thursday of every month at 8:10pm at the hall.
There are plenty of opportunities to volunteer even if you do not want a board of directors position. We have a huge list of ideas for events in our community and we will only be able to pull them all off with some help from you.
Please enter your email address to sign up for our newsletter to keep informed of the upcoming events as well as volunteer opportunities.
We look forward to serving the Crestmont community.
Al Del Degan