On Monday, July 11th, Tsuu T’ina First Nation announced plans for commercial developments along a stretch of the South West Ring Road (SWRR).
First, we must acknowledge that we are on traditional Treaty 7 territory. This has to be the starting point to any conversation we have in order to start working together to ensure the development is mutually beneficial.
The high-level concept presented looks like it will include a high standard of design, which is important to achieve the desired mix-use. The conversations around the interface with the city will also be very important.
Both Tsuu T’ina and the City of Calgary have known this development was coming. Now that the SWRR is proceeding, it makes sense for Tsuu T’ina to proceed as well. The southwest portion of the ring road facilitates the development of their lands with more access points. With a development of this size, the draw will be much larger than southwest Calgary alone. We’ll need to pay attention to the interface of this development with the city particularly from a traffic management perspective.
The City has based their traffic modelling with this prospective development in mind, and as the plans move forward, we will be able to get a more accurate picture of what that looks like. We will also be trying to get a handle on what the downstream traffic impacts will be of the SWRR.
What is great for Tsuu T’ina can be great for Calgary too. What I see here is an opportunity for a mutually beneficial development.
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