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Latest ward boundary changes go to Calgary council Monday

Councillors seem satisfied with latest map

Councillor Shane Keating said he's not pleased by the latest version of ward boundaries for the 2017 election, but he's not going to argue them either.

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Councillor Shane Keating said he's not pleased by the latest version of ward boundaries for the 2017 election, but he's not going to argue them either.

City councillors seem willing to accept the latest ward boundaries for the 2017 election.

Council will look at yet another proposal for new ward boundaries when it meets on Monday.

The city’s Ward Boundary Commission presented its final suggestion to council in November, but councillors sent those suggestions back to administration for tweaking.

The main concerns were with projected growth in some of the wards. Councillors ideally want a population of 88,000 in their ward.

Ward 12 councillor Shane Keating said he’s prepared to live with the newest suggested boundaries, even though his ward will now be one of the largest population-wise.

“My view was we never should’ve changed in the first place,” he said.

He said Ward 12 is one of the fastest growing. Under the Ward Boundary Commission’s plans, Ward 12 would start with a population of 67,000 and grow towards the ideal number.

In the latest suggestion from administration, Ward 12 will start with a population of 90,000.

“In a very short time, I’ll be back to well over the 100,000,” said Keating.

He said he wants to just move on at this point, rather than spend more time and money tweaking the map.

Coun. Jim Stevenson’s new Ward 3 boundaries remains unchanged from the Commission’s suggestion. He’s satisfied with them.

“My ward was split in two…which is what I've been wanting for quite some time,” he said. “The workload is too heavy for not only the high population growth of residential - but the big workload is all the growth of non-residential, the industrial, commercial, retail and all that. I think this is a great proposal. “

- With files from Helen Pike

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