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PROJECT RESOURCES 2017-07-06T16:00:50+00:00

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

The multi-family buildings will be a maximum of 4 – 6 stories in height and will be carefully planned to maintain privacy and reduce any impediment of views of existing residents.

As part of the Land Use Redesignation application process, a Transportation Impact Assessment (TIA) will be completed by an independent Transportation Engineering Consultant firm. A TIA is required to support the transportation aspects of a proposed development that has the potential of generating new transit users, pedestrians, bicycle and vehicle traffic or that could potentially change the mobility patterns (transit, pedestrian, bicycle and/or vehicular) in the area where it is proposed. The TIA identifies any transportation-related improvements that must be made to support the development.

At present, the site is private property and is not available for public use. As part of our development plan, we are including almost four acres of green space that will be publically available for everyone to enjoy.

Residents of the Hopewell development will be members of the ALRA and pay homeowner association fees that will result in significant additional annual revenue for the upkeep and upgrades of ALRA amenities.

Hopewell is committed to approaching environmental concerns with sensitivity and will adhere to policies and regulations that help ensure responsible development. For instance, construction will occur in appropriate stages that take into account the nesting patterns of animals that use this land as a habitat and will ensure all measures are taken to ensure environmental impacts are minimized as required by appropriate legislation.

Hopewell has also completed an extensive Biophysical Impact Assessment (BIA) as part of the application process. A BIA assesses existing environmental conditions within the plan area. This information is used to develop recommendations and mitigation measures to reduce or compensate for potential impacts related to proposed land uses.  The report also provides high-level recommendations for areas that may be considered for retention within a development.

As part of the Biophysical Impact Assessment (BIA), wetlands within the plan area are evaluated on their environmental significance and their potential to be retained, compensated for and/or replaced elsewhere. Historical photographs are also reviewed to identify previous impacts to the wetlands that may have resulted in changes to the amount of water in the wetland and/or the shape and size of the wetland.

Most of the wetlands within the development have been previously impacted by development of the surrounding lands. In some cases, the wetlands have become wetter and in other cases, the boundaries of the wetland have shifted from the natural locations. The option to retain all or some of the wetlands in place was explored; however, in order to maintain a natural wetland, the surrounding upland catchment area must also be maintained to ensure the wetland receives sufficient water to retain its functions.

The upland catchment area consists of the lands surrounding a wetland that naturally drain into the wetland following rain events or snow melt. Water naturally moves towards the low spots on the landscape, and in the prairies, many of these low spots contain wetlands surrounded by drier uplands. In the case of the Arbour Lake Development, maintaining the appropriate upland catchment areas would not allow the development to meet the goals of the Calgary Municipal

Development Plan (MDP) or many of the other requirements for a safe and sustainable community including traffic accommodation, emergency access, water and sewer servicing, etc.

The MDP acknowledges these competing priorities by ensuring any wetland loss is properly compensated for. As part of the approvals process, impacts to wetlands may be compensated for through replacement by restoration, enhancement, and creation of wetlands as part of wetland conservation projects completed throughout Alberta.

Hopewell is committed to wworking closely with the City of Calgary and Alberta Environment & Parks to ensure impacts to wetlands within the development are addressed following all applicable policies and legislation. To help address the loss of wetlands within the development, we are proposing to build a naturalized pond within a larger park space to provide wildlife habitat and stormwater management within the development. The park space will also include a walking trail and other amenities for the community to enjoy.

HELPFUL LINKS AND PROJECT RESOURCES

THE CITY OF CALGARY PLANNING PROCESS

ARBOUR LAKE RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION

ARBOUR LAKE COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION

CITY OF CALGARY ARBOUR LAKE DEVELOPMENT WEBSITE

OPEN HOUSE BOARDS & INFORMATION FROM APRIL 10, 2017

HOPEWELL ARBOUR LAKE ‘WHAT WE HEARD’ REPORT – MAY 2017