Frequently Asked Questions
As questions come up about the proposed Harvest Hills Golf Course redevelopment, we will do our best to address them here. If you have questions, feel free to email Jessica Siriphokham, the project manager for this application.
How will The City make a decision about this application?
Planning and development decisions have to balance the needs and interests of developers, landowners, adjacent residents and citizens. They also need to adhere to policies, guidelines and bylaws adopted by Council. Applications of this nature generally take 9 to 12 months to process. Once City staff have conducted their review, which will involve negotiations with the developer, and likely include various revisions to the plan and supporting studies, they will provide a recommendation to the Calgary Planning Commission and City Council, who will then make a final decision on the application. Learn more about the process for reviewing this application under The Planning Process tab.
What is the current land use designation (zoning) for the Harvest Hills Golf Course?
The lands are currently zoned S-R, Special Purpose - Recreation.
Why is The City considering changing the way this land is designated (used)?
The intended use for privately owned recreation land, such as golf courses (in this case, S-R, Special Purpose - Recreation), can change with ownership. The Harvest Hills Golf Course is privately owned land; the landowner has the right to apply to The City to change the way they use their land through a land use redesignation application. The City is obligated to conduct an impartial review of these applications.
How can citizens and business owners have their say about this application, and how will this input be used?
City staff will be speaking with community members to gather feedback as part of their review of the application. There will be several ways to provide feedback, including attending meetings, open houses, direct contact with the project leads and completing online surveys. City staff will use the information obtained from the public in their detailed review and analysis of the project. City staff will also summarize public feedback in their report to Council. Citizens have the opportunity to speak to Council regarding this application. A public hearing will be held by City Council before they make a decision. Members of the public can speak directly to Council at the hearing, or submit written comments. Each citizen will have five minutes to speak, excluding any questions Council members may ask. Comments should be brief and should address land use planning issues. The date of the public hearing will be posted to this webpage and advertised at least two weeks in advance.
When will a decision be made about this application? When could construction begin?
There are three parts to the application: an outline plan, land use amendment (rezoning)/redesignation, and an amendment to the Calgary North Area Structure Plan (ASP). It generally takes between 9 and 12 months (or more) for City staff to review these kinds of applications and make a recommendation to the Calgary Planning Commission and City Council. Learn more about this process under The Planning Process and Timeline tabs on this webpage. If this application is approved, the applicant will need to complete detailed engineering plans for the site which will guide the development of site infrastructure and the subdivision of the lands. Development permits will also be required for construction of individual buildings within the project area. The subdivision and development permit stage of the process could take another year or more.
How would an increased population affect traffic volumes in Harvest Hills?
As part of the technical review of the Harvest Hills Golf Course redevelopment, The City's Transportation Planning group is reviewing a Transportation Impact Assessment (TIA) submitted by the applicant. The assessment will determine whether the existing road network and related infrastructure can accommodate the proposed development, or if additional improvements will be required.
How tall are the proposed buildings and how many units are proposed in the redevelopment application?
Specific heights and number of units (density) will be determined at the development permit stage of this application, which is dependent on approval of the land use amendment (rezoning). At this point in the process, the applicant has applied for land use districts that allow for up to four storeys (14 metres) maximum height for the mid-rise residential condominiums in the proposed M-1 District, located in the northeast quadrant of the site. The Land Use Bylaw requires a minimum of 50 units per hectare and a maximum of 148 units per hectare in this type of district; the applicant is proposing 332 units. The other districts the applicant proposed for this site include M-G, R-1, R-2, S-SPR and S-CRI. Details about the districts (zoning) can be found in The City's Land Use Bylaw.
Will new power lines for the area be buried?
If this application is approved, new power lines may be rerouted. Whether the power lines are to be buried or overhead is determined upon review of the application by The City's Development Engineering group. If the power lines are to be buried, proposed alignment for new underground power lines will be approved by Utility Line Assignment.