It’s hard to believe that we are at the end of 2015 already but here we are!
In this time of season, it is customary to take a few moments to reflect upon the events of the year. We here at FRFRD felt that this would be a good time to bring everyone up to speed on where we are at on a number of issues in the community.
What’s Happening With Ribstone Ranch Development?
The short answer: We don’t know.
Their website has not been updated since February 2015 and we have not heard anything of late. We do know that they have not yet submitted an area structure plan (ASP) to the MD of Foothills. We will continue to monitor the situation and let you all know if the status changes.
What is the Walton Group Development?
The short answer: A developer that has stated their goal is to build 3700 homes in our rural community.
The Ribstone development spurred the creation of FRFRD, but over the course of this past year, we became aware of another purposed development for the Davisburg/Dewinton area. It is called the Walton Foothills Development. We have heard from a number of local people about their concerns surrounding this potential development. We share those concerns.
As a result of these concerns, we have taken the following actions:
- We have added another section on our website dedicated to providing related information and tracking the progress of the development.
- The Walton Group met with our several members of our team in late October to discuss their plans and our concerns. This meeting is a part of the Walton Group’s community engagement process.
The FRFRD team felt that overall, the meeting was beneficial to both parties involved. As a direct result of the meeting, the Walton Group created a list of our concerns and will attempt to incorporate our concerns into their design plan. They have stated that they would like to submit an area structure plan to the MD of Foothills within the next 6 months.
We will continue to monitor the situation on this issue.
What is the City of Calgary and the MD of Foothills doing with the Inter-municipal Development Plan (IDP)?
The short answer: So far, they have agreed to talk to each other, incorporate the feedback received from the open houses and are they working on updating the IDP.
If you have been following the announcements on our webpage, the City of Calgary and the MD of Foothills have been hosting several open houses. Their stated intention is to get a feel for what the communities would accept as far as things like annexation, future growth developments, and shared infrastructure costs etc. and to build a framework to on how to work together on these types of issues. We feel that this is a laudable goal so long as the process is transparent and it treats parties equally.
For more information regarding the open house feedback you can read more on the MD of Foothills website.
The updating of the IDP could be a long process but it should be considered a very important one, as it could potentially have the largest impact to the residents of the Davisburg and Dewinton areas. We expect there to be more opportunity for public consultation as it moves through the updating process – we’ll keep everyone posted.
Speaking of keeping everyone posted, we do plan to host another townhall meeting in the early part of 2016 so please stay tuned for further details!
Well that’s about all we’ve got for now. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.
We hope that everyone has a safe and very happy holidays!