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Highland Park – Land Use Amendment and Outline Plan Application

Regional Drainage Study Update - June 2018

The draft Confederation Park Regional Drainage Study (RDS) was completed on May 31, 2018. The full report is posted below, in sections:

  1. Executive summary
  2. Main Report
  3. Appendix 1
  4. Appendix 2
  5. Appendix 3
  6. Appendix 4

  • The goal of the RDS was to find a stormwater management option which met the following objectives:

    • Reduce the magnitude of overland flooding at key locations.
    • Maximize the amount of developable land within the former HPGC lands.
    • Reduce the likelihood of overland flows crossing the future Green Line LRT.

  • The RDS considered five different options with these objectives in mind.
  • The City collaborated with Maple Projects Inc., now Amble Ventures Ltd. (Amble) as the landowner of the HPGC and kept adjacent communities informed throughout this process.
  • After careful analysis and consideration, The City has determined that Option 4 best meets the objectives of the RDS. This option includes storage (including in the former Highland Park Golf Course land) and conveyance improvements (which involves the movement of stormwater over land). Altogether, these improvements will reduce the magnitude of the overland flow in the Confederation Valley and prevent an increase in the peak flow rate to Nose Creek. As the HPGC lands are currently privately owned, this option will require that a portion, or all of, the HPGC lands be acquired by The City.

Crown Ownership Update

Through an inquiry made by The City of Calgary in November 2017, Alberta Environment and Parks confirmed the Province’s intent to make a Crown claim for a portion of the lands in the Confederation Creek catchment (which includes the former Highland Park Golf Course) related to the alignment of historical Confederation Creek.

In October 2018, The City of Calgary received a letter from Alberta Environment and Parks indicating a reversal of the Crown claim in the Confederation Creek catchment.

Any questions about the reversal of the Crown claim in the Confederation Creek catchment should be directed to Alberta Environment and Parks.

Project Background

In December 2014, The City received an application from the landowner, Maple Projects Inc., to redevelop the former Highland Park Golf Course lands. The application proposed a variety of multi-residential buildings of varying heights and forms, commercial retail space, and open space components including parks and pathways. There were two parts to the application: an outline plan and a land use amendment.

  • An outline plan informs the future subdivision of the lands, including infrastructure, road size and location, distribution of open space and the location of various land use districts. Calgary Planning Commission (CPC) is responsible for making a decision on the outline plan. The outline plan was approved by CPC in October 2017.
  • A land use amendment is used to change the existing land use designation (zoning) to accommodate the land use proposed in the outline plan. City Council is responsible for making a decision on the land use amendment. The land use amendment was approved by Council in March 2017.

Timeline

Date Activity
November 2013 – Fall 2014 Applicant led public engagement
December 2014
  • Applicant submission
  • Circulation of plans to adjacent residents, Community Association and other stakeholders
January 22 and 24, 2015 City led public information sessions
April 9, 2015 City submits an internal review of the application to the applicant (includes public feedback and technical analysis)
July 17, 2015 Applicant submits revised plans
November 24, 2015 City provides applicant with second internal review
March 1, 2016 Applicant submits revised plans
March 14, 2016 City led public information session
April 21, 2016 Calgary Planning Commission approves the Highland Village Green outline plan.
July 4, 2016 Public Hearing of Council:
  • Council tabled the application and put forward a motion for further public engagement coordination with other City initiatives.
September – October 2016 City staff meet with stakeholders and community members to discuss community concerns
December 8, 2016 Public information session
January 2017 City of Calgary Council:
  • On January 16 and 17, Council held a public hearing on the land use changes.
  • On January 23, 2017, the application returned to the Regular Meeting of Council.
  • Council amended the application and gave second readings to 4 of the 5 proposed bylaws. Council deferred the application to return to Council on March 20, 2017.
March 20, 2017 Public Hearing of Council:
  • Council approved the land use amendment application.
October 2017 Calgary Planning Commission approved the outline plan

Supporting documents

The following City Documents may be useful as you consider your feedback on this proposal:

The following Developer / Applicant produced materials were submitted as part of the application. The City has not endorsed or verified the information in any of the documents written or provided by the Developer/ Applicant; we are simply making them available here for your information.

Contact

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