The sale of the Harvest Hills Golf Course to Cedarglen Homes was announced to the community in October. Since then a flurry of activity has occurred relating to the proposed development of the golf course lands.  This update is intended to provide residents of Northern Hills Community Association with a clearer picture of what is happening now and the timing of future milestones.

hh_gc_flagIn a meeting with the City of Calgary Planning department the process for rezoning that will be undertaken by the developer was described.  A total of three different applications are required – an amendment to the Harvest Hills Area Structure Plan, a land use amendment outlining the zoning changes, and a development Outline Plan containing the detailed technical requirements of the application.  All three applications go to the Calgary Planning Commission for consideration and the first two amendments go to a full meeting of city council.  Any of the three applications can be refused and the project stopped.

The first formal step is a pre-application meeting between the City and the developer. The developer will present an outline of their proposal and the City will set out the studies and technical information that will be required in support of the rezoning.  Following this, the developer will prepare a comprehensive application to amend the documents referred to above. This application will be circulated to the NHCA for comment and will be available to the public on the city’s website.

The review process will include public meetings, technical reviews and a public input process.  The application is circulated to the Corporate Planning Applications Group (CPAG) of the City.  This is a multi-departmental group with representatives from planning, engineering, transportation, and parks.  The City review may involve an iterative process with the developer modifying its application due to input from the city and the public.  Upon completion of its review the city planning department will take the application to the City Planning Commission (CPC) for its approval.  During this step, written submissions from the public may be made.  If the CPC approval is obtained the amendments go to City Council for approval.  At this point the public may make submissions as well.

In terms of timing the process is dependent upon many factors.  The pre-application meeting is expected in March of this year.  Depending upon the city’s requirements and the developers work done to that point, the formal application could be submitted by April.  The city review and public input process can range anywhere from 9 months to a year after submission of the application.  Further modifications to the plan may be requested by the Calgary Planning Commission or by City council when the application reaches these steps.hh_gc_clubhouse

Cedarglen Homes has retained QuantumPlace Developments Ltd as their development manager for the project.   Geotechnical, environmental and transportation assessments are ongoing and a public consultation process has been initiated by the development manager.  Workshops with interested residents will be held in early February and open house sessions are scheduled for late March.  Information on their public consultation process is available on the website www.quantumplace.ca/harvest-hills.

In response to the initial announcements of golf course development, an ad-hoc committee has been organizing residents to prevent the proposed rezoning of the golf course lands from being approved.  They will be known as Calgarians for Responsible Development and believe that the Harvest Hills golf course development will put tremendous strain on traffic and amenities such as Cardel Place, shopping centres, schools, doctors, transit, etc.  There is just not enough infrastructure to support that large an increase in population.  The loss of green space is also a primary concern.  The committee sees this as a Calgary-wide issue in that we do not want a precedent set that it is okay for developers to turn public green spaces and recreational spaces into housing developments.  A petition against the rezoning is planned after the application is submitted and technical aspects are being researched to oppose the rezoning application.  The committee believes that this project can be stopped and they can be reached by email at keepharvesthillsgreenspace@gmail.com and have a website at www.keepharvesthills greenspace.com. The city of Calgary has also launched a project website at www.calgary.ca/harvesthills.

The Northern Hills Community Association planning committee is working with all involved parties on this issue.  NHCA is also seeking input from its members and residents regarding the proposal.  There will be formal opportunities for both the community association and the public to provide input on the actual application when it is circulated, but for now you can provide feedback by emailing planning@northernhills.ab.ca.
Planning and Development Committee meetings to date:

Dec 16:   Introductory meeting with QuantumPlace Developments.
Dec 17:  Meeting with Keep Harvest Hills Greenspace Committee
Dec 18:  Meeting with Shawnee Community Board Members
Jan 14:  Meeting with QuantumPlace Developments
Jan 15:  Meeting with City Planners and Federation of Calgary Communities
Jan 21:  First meeting of Community Advisory Committee set up by QuantumPlace
Jan 28:  NHCA Board Meeting
Jan 31:  QuantumPlace Explore Workshops

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