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May 01, 2019

Hope at Large - Westward ho!

Qualico to develop more land in west Calgary growth area

Marty Hope

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Ask pretty much any developer with an eye to breaking ground for a new community — be it large or small — and they will tell you it takes time to get the required approvals.

Qualico Communities is currently working with officials from both the City of Calgary and Rocky View County to create area structure plans (ASP) — one  located along Highway 8 on the west side of the city and the other on both sides of Highway 1 near
Canada Olympic Park, says Clark Piechotta, the company’s associate director of development.

Piechotta says Qualico is working together with Melcor Developments and the City of Calgary on the West View Area Structure Plan — which includes Melcor’s land on the north and Qualico’s land on the south side of Highway 1 adjacent to the existing
communities of Valley Ridge and Crestmont — and goes right to the western city limits.

Qualico owns 345 acres on the south side of the TransCanada Highway west of its Crestmont community. Of that, 232 acres are inside Calgary city limits. The remainder is within Rocky View.

“We anticipate approval of the ASP this coming fall, but there are a number of planning approvals still needed before construction can commence,” he says.

Still required, Piechotta adds, is approval from the city that this is a “growth area,” then an outline plan and land use (zoning) must be approved before construction approval has been received.

“We’re hoping to be moving dirt in 2021,” he says, adding that Qualico has named the lands in its portion of the ASP Coach Creek, but no name has been given to the community to be built.

The vision for this as yet unnamed community is one with “mostly at-grade homes that will include a mix of townhouses, semi-detached, and single-family homes with both front-drive and laned homes being offered. There will also be some multi-family
product and neighbourhood commercial, according to Piechotta.

At its Highway 8 location, Qualico is working with two other landowners to form the Double Creek Landowner Group in an effort to initiate what Piechotta calls a “developer-funded” ASP process and with an aim to align the Double Creek project with Municipal Development Plan priorities.

Qualico’s land, which comprises about 935 acres, is on the south side of Highway 8, immediately west of Elbow Valley West. The company is working in concert with landowners on the north side of the highway who have named their holdings Legacy, and
with  Westside Lands that has land immediately west of Double Creek.

“Qualico acquired the Double Creek land in 2005 and we are currently endeavouring to move ahead with the ASP as soon as possible,” says Piechotta. “However, permission to proceed with an ASP rests with Rocky View County — and there are a number of factors that play into the final decision.”

An ASP guides and directs the specific land use, subdivision, and development decisions that collectively determine the form the plan area will take. This includes making decisions on land uses, density, general location of roadways, public utilities, the
sequence of development, and the provision of essential services and facilities, and any additional requirements deemed required by council.

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