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Frequently Asked Questions - Trinity-East Paskapoo Slopes

Q: Does The City of Calgary own the East Paskapoo Slopes?

A: No, Trinity Development Group (TDG) is the current owner of 260 acres of land, located just east of Canada Olympic Park. In the past and present,  the private owners have allowed Calgarians use of the parkland.

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Q: What does Trinity Hills propose to develop?

Trinity Hills is proposing to build an urban village while dedicating in excess of 160 acres of the 260 acres of land they own to the City of Calgary for use as a regional park. Of the 260 acres of land that Trinity Hills owns, less than 100 acres will be developed. If approved by City Council, the land will be rezoned and a new area structure plan will be created to accommodate this proposed development.

Q: I have concerns regarding the proposed development for the East Paskapoo Slopes? Can we stop them from developing the land?

A: The land owner of Trinity-East Paskapoo Slopes has the right to submit an application to subdivide the land for further development. The City of Calgary is obligated to conduct an impartial review of that application. If the proposal is deemed to pose a risk to the health and safety of residents, whether on site or in adjacent areas, Administration will first try to work with the applicant to bring the application into compliance.  If this is not possible, Administration will recommend that Council refuse the application.

Currently, the applicant has submitted a number of studies in support of their proposal, including a slope stability and hydrogeological review of the site. The studies will be reviewed by City staff to ensure they meet the requirements set out by The City, The Province, and generally accepted standards of engineering. Discharge rates, including the possibility of flooding, are components that are considered in these reports.

The City also has set policy, The Canada Olympic Park and Adjacent Lands Area Structure Plan, that indicates development along the lower portion of the subject site is acceptable, as long as it meets engineering standards and other applicable policies, including the Municipal Development Plan and the Slope Adaptive Design Guidelines. This is part of the review that Administration is currently conducting.

Note that you can also communicate directly with David Couroux, Senior Planner,  from The City of Calgary, at 403-268-1392 or email David.Couroux@Calgary.ca.

Q: What can I do to voice my concern?

A: Residents are invited to attend a public hearing of council. A public hearing will be held by City Council before a decision is made on the proposal. You can speak directly to Council at the hearing, or submit written comments. You will have five minutes to speak, excluding any questions Council members may ask you. Comments should be brief and should address land use planning issues. Details about the date and time of the public hearing will be advertised in the Calgary Herald. As well, a letter will be mailed to property owners whose property are directly beside the site and will be posted here when they are available.

Q: I missed the open houses in June. Where else can I get information and provide feedback?

A: The City is still in the very early stages of public engagement on this project. As the process continues, more details will be available on The City of Calgary’s website. If you would like to comment on the Trinity-East Paskapoo Slopes website, visit the public comments section at the bottom of the page at:  http://trinityhills.ca/. It is recommended that all residents participate and offer feedback either through the website and/or in future workshops.
All residents welcome to participate in a design workshop. Following the sessions, The City of Calgary will be hosting design workshops to get a clearer understanding of residents’ priorities for the development site. The dates are still being determined, but if you are interested in participating, please subscribe to the email newsletters for further details.

Q: What is Councillor Sutherland’s position regarding the Trinity-East Paskapoo Slopes Development?

A: Please note that in land use designation change, all city councillors are legally obligated to remain non-biased prior to a public hearing. Councillors are required by law to remain neutral and to listen to all parties prior to the public debate. If not, the councilor will be excused and thus unable to vote.



 

This content represents the personal views and opinions of the Councillor and should not be taken as a statement of policy of The City of Calgary. The inclusion of any external content does not imply endorsement by The City of Calgary.

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