Peter Demong is constantly on a mission to make sure those at City Hall don’t forget that the majority of Calgary, like Ward 14, is more than just bike lanes and public art. It is made up of beautiful, peaceful, suburban communities where cars and parking are a necessity, not an option. Here is just some of what Peter has done to make sure the needs of OUR communities are being addressed at City Hall:
- If you live in the south, you know that the LRT station parking spots are in high demand. When those at City Hall proposed reducing parking at Anderson Station from 1800 down to 350, Peter fought hard to achieve a policy of a “no-net loss” parking solution. He also successfully had a motion passed to investigate park and ride locations outside of Calgary, so that out-of-town commuters aren’t also competing for parking spots at LRT stations.
- Peter is forward thinking and he can work well with anyone. He and Councillor Evan Woolley collaborated to produce a motion addressing some very important advancements in transportation. Our roads and transit systems are designed for the long term, but inventions like autonomous vehicles could take everything in a completely different direction or possibly even make them obsolete. Peter’s motion asked City administration to investigate the impacts of important new developments in the field of transportation.
- Peter’s innovative new idea for a pedestrian crossing called a rapid flash beacon has won the Calgary Transportation Association of Canada’s 2015 Road Safety Engineering Award. They cost one third of what a typical pedestrian crosswalk costs and they have a far higher compliance rate, meaning there can be more of them keeping people safe while still saving money. If you haven’t seen them yet, you certainly will. They will be the standard in the future, and Peter fights tooth and nail to get them for his communities.
- In the future there will be a new community south of Chaparral Valley. Thanks to Peter Demong that community will have an off-leash dog park directly next to it. Also thanks to Peter--that off-leash park will cost taxpayers nothing. Showing just how great he is at getting people to work together, Peter negotiated with the City and the developer to build the newest off-leash dog park at no cost to the taxpayers. This developer funded park sets an extremely positive precedent for taxpayers in the future.
- Peter is well known for finding simple solutions to big problems. By removing the concrete island (aka “the porkchop”), and adding a signaled dual right turn from the Macleod Trail off-ramp onto westbound Shawnessy Blvd he has improved traffic flow at this busy intersection significantly.
- Peter has worked tirelessly to meet the needs of the transportation needs of Ward 14. He has overseen the new interchange at 162 Avenue & Macleod Trail from concept to, now, near completion. He has kept it on time, and on budget. Peter worked tirelessly with the Province so that bridge upgrades on the 22X at Macleod Trail happened as quickly and with as little negative impact as possible, and he pushes hard to speed up the building of the SW Ring Road.
- Peter believes in protecting the integrity of communities. People buy in established areas believing they will not change drastically. Anticipating that secondary suites would be an issue in Calgary, Peter came up with a plan to introduce them into communities where people would know what they were buying into before hand. He proposed a motion to allow secondary suites in all undeveloped communities, where potential home owners would know exactly what they were buying. Read more about the notice of motion.
- Community associations are the base on which strong governments sit. They are typically the voice through which a community speaks. Recognizing this, Peter has made it a priority to engage with and empower these organizations. Not only does he make attending community association meetings a priority, but he has hosted a fundraiser of them for six straight years now. The Ward 14 Communities BBQ has raised tens of thousands of non-tax dollars for Ward 14’s community associations, added hundreds of new members to their ranks, and has given the opportunity for the tens of thousands of attendees a chance to have a chat with their Councilor. Read more about Peter Demong’s BBQ at calgary.ca/ ward14bbq.
- Many of the streets in Ward 14 are lined with poplar trees whose life cycles are coming to an end. Peter presented a motion meant to ensure that Ward 14 is lined with beautiful trees for year to come. It resulted in a City program that replaces every failing poplar tree with two others of different varieties. Read more about the Notice of Motion.
- Running with a very clever idea, Peter has fully supported the traffic signal improvements at Lake Fraser Gate from their testing, to permanent implementation. How could he not? Residents told him it cut 15 to 20 minutes off their morning commute! Read more about the Lake Fraser Gate Pilot Project.
- Peter Demong successfully lobbied the Transit department to extend bus service to Chaparral Valley & Walden long before originally planned. Look for the same to happen soon in Legacy.
- Peter fights hard to make sure that the communities he represents get what they want. When Council designated a pool of money to build community skateboard parks, Peter made sure that if one of his communities wanted one, they would get it. He was successful in getting skateboard parks for both Deer Run, and Midnapore/Sundance.
- Peter has an amazing ability to solve problems by bringing people together. Responding to complaints about noise from a basketball court in Chaparral Valley, Peter brought the Parks department, the community association, and the local residents together to come up with a solution not only to the noise problem, but arranged for a new basketball court in a new location in Chaparral.