David Dodge, EFCL District B

David Dodge EFCL Past President and past district rep for Lago Lindo, Kilkenny, McLeod, Evansdale, Northmount, Londonderry, Steele Heights, Balwin, Killarney, Delwood, Glengarry, Rosslyn, Belvedere community leagues in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Photo by Rob Agostinis

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

EFCL Board Package June 2011 - District B Report

Hi District B Folks,

This must be the busiest month of the year for community folks!

Download the June EFCL Board Package

Decision Items

5.1 Board Retreat – the EFCL board is going to discuss the Area Council MOU at it's upcoming retreat so if you have any input on this please let us know in advance of that. The board will also discuss some new ideas of energizing leagues and update the EFCL business plan.

The EFCL hired seven cultural outreach workers to help connect a diversity of people with community leagues and we are working on a fascinating project with the Arts Council and the Heritage Council to support arts projects in community leagues. More on this soon.

5.3 (pg 8) - Transit Oriented Development – a series of recommendations are coming to the board on issues including managing density, family friendliness of the housing developed, access to transit and neighbourhoods, and much more. See pages 8-11 and send in your comments.

5.4 (pg. 12) RA8 Medium Rise Apartment Zone Changes – the EFCL Planning Committee suggests supporting increases in Floor Area Ratios if family-oriented units are built, that site coverage be limited to 45%, that transitions to smaller scale sites be increased and the the length of RA8 buildings be limited. See pages 12-13).

7.3 (pg. 16) Representatives from 21 community leagues attended the Community Sustainability Task Force meeting and discussed concerns about schools, changing demographics, housing, public safety and planning.

7.4.1 (pg. 17) Capital Ex Parade – the EFCL is entering the parade this year in order to promote community leagues in Edmonton. We would like to represent the many things that leagues. The  parade  is  on  July  21st  from  10:00AM  -­  12:30PM.  If  you  or  anyone  you  know  can  attend  and  participate,  please  email  ryan.troock@efcl.org.  It  is  essential  for  us  to  attract  a  significant  number   of  participants  (100  plus)  for  this  to  work.  

7.4.4 (pg. 18) Community League Day – September 17 – REGISTER YOUR event, there is going to be a 12-page features in the Edmonton Examiner and you will would to make sure your league's event is featured! Let Valerie know about your event: communications@efcl.org

7.5 (pg. 19)  Executive Director's Report – a number of goodies here:

  • The Tripartite Agreement was approved by the EFCL Membership 65-2 and goes to the Community Services Committee on Monday June 13
  • At a Neighbourhoods USA conference Allan learned about something called "Neighbourhood Redevelopment Agencies" that essentially purchases, restores and sells problem properties that are affecting the vitality of older neighbourhoods. Read more on page 19.
  • Arts and Heritage ProjectAt  a  meeting  last  month,  the  Arts  Council  agreed  to  allocated  $50,000  toward  this  initiative,  while  the  Heritage  Council  tossed  in  $30,000.    This  will  let  community  leagues  triple  their  money  on  projects   that  celebrate  the  unique  character  on  their  neighborhood. (Also see 10.1 pg. 33)

District News

District J has a new representative! Veronica Vinge, the VP of Gold Bar Community League was elected as the new District J EFCL Board Rep.

Those are the highlights. There is much more in the board package!
If you have any questions about the EFCL, or if you have input please email your thoughts to me anytime: president(at)efcl.org

Have a great summer,
David Dodge

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