Monday, June 23, 2014

Live near the Paskapoo Slopes? We want to hear from you.

The eastern side of the Paskapoo Slopes are a familiar sight to many Calgarians both because of its location along the TransCanada Highway and the fact that Canada Olympic Park’s iconic ski jumps are just to the west of it. While this land has been open for the public to enjoy for many years, much of it is privately owned and The City is now reviewing a proposed development along the lower portions of the slope.


This property would have to be rezoned and a new area structure plan would have to be created to accommodate the proposed development. If approved by City Council, the proposed development would include a mix of commercial and residential buildings along the lower portions of the slope, and a significant amount of park land further upslope.

We are hosting two information sessions this week to provide more details on what is proposed and how you can provide your input into the review process:

    Date: Tuesday, June 24, 2014
    Time: Drop in anytime between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.
    Location: Irish Cultural Society of Calgary (6452 – 35 Avenue N.W.)

    Date: Thursday, June 26, 2014
    Time: Drop in anytime between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.
    Location: Calgary French & International School (700 – 77 Street S.W.)

We are still in the very early stages of public engagement on this proposal and, as the process continues, more details will be made available on calgary.ca. In the meantime, more information about what is being proposed can be found by visiting the developer’s website at www.trinityhills.ca.

You can also sign up for regular email updates to stay current on the proposal and any upcoming public engagement opportunities.

17 comments:

  1. The City of Calgary does not need to be taking one of the only pristine wilderness areas within the city limits and turning it into more shops and housing. This area is a relatively intact ecosystem and should be given special park designation. The "big rock", as all of the students at our school call it, along with streams, aspen groves, countless birds and the other animals who call these slopes home should be preserved for years to come- not bull dozed as the City of Calgary so often does in the name of commercial development. You cannot put a price on these slopes!

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    1. there is a price on the slops, and someone already paid for it long ago.

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  2. The proposed development includes lands that would be protected as Environmental Reserve under the Municipal Government Act some but not all of which the developer claims are being gifted to the City but in reality those will transfer to the City by right of law... very misleading to the public. The amount and intensity of the type of development proposed is also much higher than the existing approved Area Structure Plan and there would be encroachment into the central core area which needs to be protected as a whole in order to be a viable and sustainable natural area. The proposal still requires work to find the appropriate balance and fit for this special area.

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  3. If all of the proposed developments currently being considered in and around this area - Paskapoo, West Crestmont, plus the lands west and south of Greenwood Village trailer park - are approved, this will become one of the ugliest parts of Calgary. This is NOT what people need to see when they enter our city from the west. Once this has been done, it cannot be undone. Paskapoo Slopes especially should be protected from any commercial development and I cannot believe there would be any consideration of allowing this to proceed!

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  4. To anyone opposed to this development, please sign the following petition and spread the word:

    https://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/City_of_Calgary_Mayor_Nenshi_STOP_all_development_on_Paskapoo_slopes/?pv=0

    Developing this area is unacceptable. The council has the power to stop it by not approving the rezoning. This wonderful natural area does not need a strip mall! Pretty soon we might as well replace the "welcome to Calgary sign" on the number 1 with a 'Welcome to Starbucks' sign.

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  5. This area is great. I love looking up and seeing the wilderness right next to COP. It should NOT be developed--I remember this issue coming up years ago, before the current real estate boom. PLEASE DO NOT DEVELOP

    Many animals will be displaced as well

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  6. This would be terrible for the animals that live up on the slopes. Doesn't anybody like the idea of a little bit of nature amongst all the infills?

    Montgomery triangle is awesome!

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  7. This area is so beautiful right now with all the fall colors. I have seem deer and coyotes and even a unicorn running around in this area. It is so nice--please do NOT develop.

    It would be a mistake--the unicorn would all fly away to live with the twisted nodes

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  8. It would be a disgrace and betrayal to Calgarians for city council to approve of any development of this area. Wheres their civic pride? They should listen to what the public want and take the moral high road.

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  9. DO NOT DEVELOP!!!

    This is one of the nice.features of that part of the city. I love looking up and seeing a little spot of wilderness in the middle of the city

    Montgomery triangle is awesome

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  10. What is a disgrace is the disaster going on over at Grow Calgary. Valley Ridge was never approached or asked or even told about the idea. Now there are buildings, an earthship, tractors, unwanted vehicles are garbage everywhere. I fully support growing food for homeless, I don't support what looks like a derelict village for homeless people.

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  11. NO to the development. Keep the slopes!!!

    South Montgomery is now getting a Tim Hortons

    Montgomery triangle is awesome---Keep the slopes

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  12. Right now: People are putting up signs saying: Save our Slopes at Shouldice offleash dog park. Lets stop this madness. Save the slopes

    Montgomery triangle is awesome!!

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  13. DO NOT DEVELOP!!!

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  14. Greenwich is being built right now, it is next to Greenwood village trailer park(west of the park). Harmony is a massive project to the west of the Springbank airport. There is so much development in the west all around COP. I hope that we can save the slopes, but it will be a fight. Calgary real estate is strong.

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  15. As a resident of West Strathcona I would like to register my opposition to this development.

    Current infrastructure is inadequate for this type of development and I do not see how in the near future the city will be able to support same.

    Traffic issues will be a major concern outside of the loss of another open area of land within the city.

    Furthermore we are faced with other pressing priorities as a city and while I am sure the argument will be made the developer is responsible for infrastructure upgrades, eventually it will fall to the City where other pressing priorities exist.


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    1. Thank you for your comments.

      As a quick update: we are still reviewing this application and plan to hold further public engagement opportunities before this application goes to Council for decision. The dates have yet to be scheduled, but if you’d like to participate, check calgary.ca/engage and community newsletters/signs for dates and advertising for these events/opportunities to give feedback.

      Initial community engagement took place in June of 2014. You might also be interested in the summary prepared on what we heard so far from the public at those events: http://www.calgary.ca/engage/Pages/Trinity-Paskapoo.aspx

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