It's that time of year again. With our AGM coming up on April 28th, the league has been looking at what our 2014/2015 board will look like. We've been very fortunate to have a majority of our excellent board commit to continue sitting. That said there are a few open positions. We are specifically looking for a treasurer and volunteer coordinator but we do have director-at-large positions that are perfect for someone looking to bringing their own skill set to the board.
If you're interested in getting involved with a fun, energetic group of people who are passionate about making a difference in their community and their city, please reach out to Jarrett at firstname.lastname@example.org
There is a rezoning proposal going to council on March 24th. The rezoning seeks to allow Edgar Developments to build a 29 storey tower at 98th Avenue & 111 St in Oliver. This rezoning involves altering the Oliver ARP.
The Planning & Development sub-commitee of the Oliver Community League met with the developers on November 20, 2013 and largely felt the proposed tower aligned with the principles
we gathered during the Molson-Crosstown community facilitation. As such we provided our support.
On December 4, 2013 a public meeting was held for the proposed rezoning. There was a relatively high number of concerned citizens in attendance. This was coupled with a number of emails received from concerned citizens imploring the league to take an extra step in our normal development review process.
How Oliver and the rest of Central Edmonton develop as we move forward is an increasingly important issue for our city. As a community, we to address questions of how our neighbourhood will continue to evolve in the future and what role we want to play in slowing the pace of urban sprawl. Having a discussion of what matters to us will better help us understand what the building blocks of our community.
Therefore the Oliver Community League would like to invite all residents to be part of this conversation. Join us to discuss the Edgar Development proposal and these broader community questions.
The meeting will be taking place:
Thursday March 6, 2014
Grandin School (9844 - 110 St)
Goes from 7pm-9pm
Light refreshments will be provided.
Do you have an idea for a fun event or program for Oliver? We can help.
The league can offer promotion of the event/program through our various different channels as well as free use of our hall (10326 - 118 St w/ 65 person capacity)
Your event or program needs to be open to all members of the community and broadly be aligned with the goals of the league.
A few recent examples would be a children's play group that meets at the hall every Sunday and a board game evening that happens about once a month.
If you have an idea for something, please email our programs director Derek Volker who can be reached at email@example.com
Our community isn't lucky enough to have a rink of our own but these nearby communities do:
Queen Mary Park Rink, 10844 - 117 Street
Westmount Rink, 10970 - 127 Street
Glenora Rink, 10426 - 136 Street
What a great way to enjoy the winter!
EFCL MEMBERSHIP POLICY AND THE USE OF COMMUNITY LEAGUE OPERATED OUTDOOR SKATING RINKS
November 28, 2013
The return of winter weather has brought a flurry of questions to our office about how community league membership applies to outdoor community league operated skating rinks throughout the city.
In short, anyone with a 2013-2014 membership with any community league in the city of Edmonton , has access and skating privileges at EVERY community league operated rink in the city, in accordance with that rinks capacity and programming. For example, leagues can set exclusive family skate and shinny times.
The league is unhappy with how re-zoning process of the Molson re-zoning went. Hoping to have someone answer to what we feel was a major lack of proper process we have sent a letter the City Manager, Simon Farbrother. The full text of the letter is included below:
October 3, 2013
City of Edmonton
Re: Molson rezoning process
Dear Mr. Farbrother,
I am writing on behalf of a community that wants to see change. The recent rezoning of the Molson/Crosstown has plainly shown that the current decision making process in the City is not achieving the high quality and sustainable development our neighbourhood and city deserve.
The Little Free Library concept is simple. Take a book, leave a book.
The Oliver Community League is going to create 10 miniature libraries in our neighborhood. We just need your help.
We have 10 old newspaper boxes we’re going to sand down, paint and turn into Little Free Libraries. The libraries will hold books and our community’s newspaper.
We’re hosting a Little Free Library painting bee on Saturday Sept. 21 at the hall at 1:30, which coincidently is at the same time as our league’s Board Game Afternoon. Come help us paint some of the boxes. You can take a break from painting and play board games.
If you’re a local artist who wants to transform an entire box on your own, be in touch.
If you're a local artist who wants to paint a portion of a box, come join us on Saturday Sept. 21.
If you have books to donate, bring them to the hall on Saturday, or be in touch.
Once the boxes are painted, we’ll place them around the neighbourhood. Then we need your help again. We’ll need you to stop by, take a book and leave a book. And tell your friends.
This year's Community League Day falls on Saturday September 21st and the Oliver Community League has big plans!
We're going to start the day off with a Brunch Block Party co-hosted with community favourite Elm Cafe. This all ages event is going to have delicious food and a great atmosphere. Come one, come all!
Elm Cafe. Sept 21 11am - 1pm The Facebook Event
After brunch, head on over the another edition of our popular board game get together. BYOBG (bring your own board game) and we'll supply snacks. Gamers of all ages are welcome, and if it's nice outside we'll plan to bring out the bocce ball, ladder gold, croquet, etc. Settlers of Catan, Cribbage, Scrabble, Mahjong, Taboo, Cards Against Humanity... let the games begin!
Oliver Hall Sept 21 1:30pm - 5pm The Facebook Event
After board games, get some rest as our final event of the day is the OCL & DECL Community Bar Hop. We've team up with the Downtown Edmonton Community League for a night of 18+ fun as we embark on a Oliver/Downtown Bar hop that will hit 3-4 bars (surprise!). This may or may not include VLT's, Karaoke, and some sort of dance venue. We will meet at the OCL hall at 7pm for beers (1 included in ticket price).
Oliver Hall Sept 21 7pm The Facebook Event Get Ticket Here (Get your ticket ASAP as they're going fast!)
Whether you come to one event or all three, the Oliver Community League will be thrilled. See you Saturday!
There is a rezoning proposal going to council on September 16, 2013 to rezone the property at 10215 - 121 St. The purpose of the rezoning is primarily to increase the allowable density on the site though as you can read in the council report, there are a few other changes being made. We have a few links with more information here:
The presentation from the Open House. This was provided to us by the architect.
The Notice from the City. This is what is mailed out to surrounding residents.
The Council Report. This is the report the the City Administration prepares and provides to the Councillors in advance of the public hearing.
This development broadly fits the overarching goals of the leagues and in many ways reflects what we heard during the Molson open house we held.
We like that this development has strong street interaction with the inclusion of townhouses along not only the street but the adjacent alley as well. It contains a relatively diverse mix of units that offer options for varying income levels as well as families, family units especially are much needed in Oliver. The development has bike parking and reduced vehicle parking options which supports the leagues desire for more balanced transportation methods.
The development isn't perfect. As the Council Report states, there are concerns with the massing of the building and the parking issues that may arise. On the first point, we do share the concern of the administration. On the second, the league is generally unsympathetic. Edmonton is a city that makes it quite easy to park in a vast majority of it's neighborhoods. Oliver is not one of those neighborhoods and we feel that is one of the reasons it is so desirable.
On the whole we feel the positive aspects of this development outweigh the negatives and as such we support the rezoning of the property.
On a side note, as the Council Report notes, the city administration is recommending that this rezoning not be approved. For those of you keeping track, according to the City Administration, a inward focused car-oriented power centre is A-OK whereas an urban village with strong street interaction is not. We continue to be confused by the decisions coming out of the City Administration.
If you do have questions or comments, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
There will be a Special General Meeting on September 4, 2013 at 6 p.m. at the Oliver Community Hall.