My office conducted a survey to inquire what residents want to see for the future of a parcel of land between Silver Springs and Varsity, known as 199R Silverview Way. I received a total of 801 valid responses. A total of 91.5% of residents support Park’s decision to keep the land as part of Bowmont Park. Just over ninety percent (90.4%) of residents do not want to see the parcel of land developed in the future.
199R Silverview Way NW was originally acquired for a proposed extension of Sarcee Trail NW. In 1994, the Urban Parks Master Plan provided direction that should these lands should not be deemed necessary for transportation purposes and that it should be rezoned as parkland, which was reiterated in the 2004 Bowmont Management Plan. In 1995, the Calgary Transportation Plan (CTP) abandoned the proposed extension of Sarcee Trail NW and reaffirmed in the 2007 CTP.
199R Silverview Way NW is currently zoned as Future Urban Development (S-FUD), which is a holding zone for lands that have not yet formally undergone a land use redesignation. Parks is conducting a comprehensive review of the land use zone to ensure that parcel of land is in proper alignment with users’ needs and the management policy. When the recommendations on land use are updated, a formal land use amendment will commence. At a future date, Parks will conduct a consultation with stakeholders and the public.
A land use amendment process will be undertaken in 2014/2015 for 199R Silverview Way NW. I will keep residents informed when this item come before committee. Land use concerns are first addressed at the Land and Asset committee meeting and then at the Combined Council Meeting. This will give the public an opportunity to communicate with council. Any Land Use redesignation will be the decision of city council.
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