Protect Our Corner! January 2013 We Need Your Help! Please Take the Time to Read this Newsletter. We are a group of We are supportive of We’d like you to take your neighbors who rural land some time to consider live around a development that the implications of property of farmland contributes to the this style of in Rocky View County livelihood of farmers development at this that is proposed to and residents. location. Is this be a very large However, we are compatible commercial/retail, concerned that land development for this residential and development: area? Could this be a condominium maintain or enhance precedent setting development. This neighborhood safety, decision for our development would protect or enhance neighborhood? Could employ a ‘village local property values, this precedent affect vision’, extending protect the your corner of Rocky outwards north, environment and be View at some point in south and east from compatible with our the future? Even basic the corner of the rural neighborhood practical affects, like intersection of that includes homes traffic patterns - may Lochend Road (Hwy and farms. have wide sweeping 766) and Township unforeseen Road 262. consequences. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Protect-Our-Corner-of-Our-County/377254649034188 *You do not need to have a Facebook account to access our page!! Please note that we can also be reached by email: ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’ (this newsletter was prepared by Craig Kindleman, Shane Bachmeier and Jill Cairns) Protect Our Corner! We’d like you to consider: The proposed Development is for up to 326 residential units with no zoning for agriculture, 20 acre or 4 acre parcels - all units will be smaller to accommodate proposed density An earlier version of this proposal was defeated by Rocky View County Council last September (2011), following a neighbour led community effort The Proposed Development includes undefined and unrestricted commercial/retail with no business licenses required Please think about: If this proposal passes at Second Reading – A village/hamlet vision at this location is not in any RV County plans then this proposed Development will The area is a rural farming and rural residential proceed as conceived by the Developer with community, current zoning is for agriculture or 20 No Further Public Input Allowed By The or 4 acre residential parcels County. Many of the roads potentially affected by this proposal; Hwy 766 & TWP 262 specifically, but There does not appear to be any request for also Bearspaw Road, Burma Road and even Rocky Ridge Road - seem to be currently handling more direct control measures to be put in place so traffic than they were built to handle and a wide variety of interpretations can be made congestion will potentially increase after proposal has been passed with no public The County has not significantly altered existing input. land statutes since 1982, which means that the proposed Development will likely not adhere to the Alberta Municipalities Act, Land Use Bylaws, This proposed Development is also forming a the Area Structure Plan or the County Rural precedent for allowing this type of Growth Discussion (please see Facebook page for explanation of these terms and documents) Development throughout Rocky View County This proposed Development is also likely to be non regardless of any statute law, bylaw or compliant to the goals of the Rural Growth Plan County plan. According to the ‘Land Inventory and Residential Development Capacity Report’ published by the If this proposed Development comes to our County in 2012, the current land inventory in the farming and rural neighborhood, what really Bearspaw ASP has the capacity for 95 years of building without further developments – based on stops it from coming directly across from your a 20 year average building rate driveway or just down your road? email@example.com Protect Our Corner! January 2013 Want to Know The process at Rocky First Technical Reading at Council will likely take place on Tuesday, More? Do More? View County Council January 22nd, 2013. No public will look something like input taken into consideration at this time. this: Second Reading is public and will likely occur on Tuesday, February 26, 2013. Public input is allowed Thank-you for taking the time to read this and for giving the and encouraged at this point. whole thing some serious thought. If you’d like to know more Third Reading is public and or do more to help – we have an email address and a Facebook occurs roughly one month after page! We also hope that you’ll be open to writing a letter or the Second Reading – so March signing a petition – and joining us in Council in 2013. Please 26th, 2013 is a likely date. believe that we can affect a change here. We live here! http://www.facebook.com/pages/Protect-Our-Corner-of-Our-County/377254649034188 We would like to gather as much support as possible for the 2nd Reading in County Council to tell Rocky View County Council that this proposed Development is not appropriate for the neighborhood at this time. Support can be in the form of any or all the following, listed by priority given: letter writing, petition signing or presentation to council and physical presence at the 2nd Reading with County Council. Please note that each voter in a household can write, petition or present – individuals are counted – not households!