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July 15, 2021: Telecommunications Antenna Structures

Community Planning has identified a need to update the telecommunication antenna siting protocols to address a change in technology approach in deploying the 5G cellular network.  As this change is happening Citywide, Community Planning would like to inform the communities of this upcoming change being considered through the September 1 meeting of the Planning and Urban Development Committee. 

OVERVIEW:

The Telecommunications Antenna Structures Siting Protocols have been in place since 2011, with the last update done in 2014. With changing technology approaches in the deployment of a 5G network, there is an emerging need to respond with updates to the protocols. This review is not intended to change the current process for large tower or antenna submissions and circulation though we are considering adding the option for public consultation to take place virtually in addition to the in-person format.

City of Calgary Administration, Wireless Service Providers (WSP), members of Council and Community Associations have a long history of working collaboratively to provide a local perspective on the design and location of telecommunications antenna structures. In 2011 Council adopted the “Telecommunications Antenna Structures Siting

Protocols‚ÄĚ to guide and provide transparency to this collaboration. The protocols have remained unchanged since 2014, yet there have been significant changes to telecommunications technologies.

While The City can advise on the placement and impact of wireless infrastructure installation and provide letters of concurrence or non-concurrence, the Federal Government is the approver of antenna structures. 5G network deployment is dependent on small cell antennas located within of street level. The update would allow The City to

provide an appropriate level of review on small cells that aligns with federal guidance and guide urban design for best visual outcomes.

This review is not intended to change the current process for large tower or antenna submissions and circulation though we are considering adding the option for public consultation to take place virtually in addition to the in-person format.

Information regarding the project, including potential amendments to the protocols which guide this process, can be viewed at calgary.ca/antennasubmissions. Should you have any questions or wish to discuss this proposal further, please contact Wid@calgary.ca.

January 10, 2021: Account Creation Email – Not a Scam

If you received an email regarding an Account Creation for Mid-Sun – this was not a scam. We have transitioned to a new recreation software and it automatically sent an email to everyone who had an account with us in the past (2014-present). Unfortunately, we could not preface this email with more details or filter the email in any way. If you would like to be removed from our system, please send a quick email to bookings@midsun.org.

September 1, 2020: Mid-Sun Relaunch Guidelines

Operations will be a little different this Fall as we navigate the reopening of the Mid-Sun Community Association and Centre. Safety is our top priority. We have implemented new strategies in hopes to keep our facility and community Covid-19 free. We appreciate your support and patience during our reopening, as it will be a work in progress! Our reopening strategy is subject to change. We will assess operations weekly to find what works best for our community and staff.