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CalgaryNEXT: Frequently asked questions

On this page you will find answers to common questions about CalgaryNEXT, grouped into categories.

Current plans for the West Village

Does The City have a plan for the West Village Lands?

Yes. The current Council approved plan, the West Village Area Redevelopment Plan, calls for multi-unit low and mid-rise residential buildings, mixed use commercial developments, commercial precincts, public plazas, and a natural park along the riverbank. Revitalization of the West Village is dependent on significant infrastructure investment.


Why redevelop on a contaminated site?

With effective remediation/management and the right infrastructure in place, the West Village could be primed to be the next redevelopment jewel along the Bow River. The City is working with Alberta Environment & Parks to remediate or contain the contamination to maximize the land’s future use to benefit citizens. There are many examples of similar successful redevelopment projects that have resulted in the revitalization of an underutilized or contaminated area.  

How much will it cost to remediate the West Village lands that were contaminated by creosote?

A cost cannot be provided at this time - cost estimates for possible remediation will depend on the proposed use of the land, which will dictate the extent and type of remediation or Risk Management Plan required for that use.

Is The City responsible to pay the costs to remediate the creosote contamination on the West Village lands?

No. In 1997, a Release Agreement was signed between the Province and The City stating that Canada Creosote site contamination was not caused or contributed to by The City.

Has The City been actively monitoring the contamination? 

In the last couple of years, we have been looking at options on how to make the containment system more effective.  Potential work to optimize the system could include upgrading the contaminant containment system, installing more recovery wells (wells which draw out contaminated water and prevents it from spreading contamination, diverting it instead to the water treatment system), and potentially extending the containment wall further.

Longer term, any proposed use for the site would influence the type of improvements recommended and the timing of that work.  Alberta Environment & Parks approval will be required on any improvement solutions. Additionally, The City has further investigated the extent of the area of the contamination, and examined potential remedial options for the site.