2017 Year in Review

2017 Year in Review

Friend,

Happy New Year from all of us here at Rocky View 2020 and thanks for your support over the last year.

It has been a busy and productive year for us, and we can be proud of all we’ve accomplished.

We are impacting positive change on several fronts, and our advocacy on behalf of landowners is having an immediate and measurable effect.

We are saving you $$$$.

Case in point is the County’s proposed off-site transportation levy which would have cost landowners (big and small) hundreds of millions of dollars in extra fees if not for the work of Rocky View 2020. Whether subdividing ten acres or pitching a 500-acre project, a proposed increase from roughly $5,000 per acre to nearly $25,000 per acre was and is unacceptable, and we lead the charge in opposing this hike. We assembled a committee of our members and were able to show RV County administration the flaws in their proposal and using our expertise have helped send a second proposal back to the drawing board.

At Rocky View 2020 we firmly believe landowners should pay their fair share for growth and development, but excessive fees and levies slow the economy, limit investment, and are always passed on to the consumer. We stand against this form of governance.

On protecting local autonomy and ensuring property rights are respected, Rocky View 2020 has been the strongest voice in the region.

When the Provincial Government announced it would be updating the Municipal Government Act (MGA) and establishing Growth Management Boards (GMB’s) for the region, it was 2020 who got into the ring on behalf of Rocky View County residents and landowners. Here is a link to one of several articles written and published to help inform the public on these complex issues and let governments at all levels take note that somebody is watching them.

http://calgaryherald.com/opinion/columnists/mcallister-understanding-the-money-and-the-motive-behind-regional-planning

Our communications work is having a positive impact on the way local stories are reported. Our writing in the Rocky View Weekly has helped ensure a more balanced approach to the often misleading and misconstrued interpretations presented by the activists of the region. We are frequent guests on Newstalk 770 talk radio and have taken a leading role in not only opposing the Springbank Dry Dam, but also starting the commentary on finding better solutions for flood and drought mitigation.

Our monthly landowner meetings in Balzac have been very well attended, and we continue to offer good information on regional issues.

Our guests have included the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB), the Canadian Tax Federation (CTF), and the Fraser Institute just to name a few.

We have had Calgary Economic Development join us to discuss attracting and supporting good investment to the region. The Municipal Affairs critics from the former Wildrose and PC parties both attended to present and take questions on the MGA and property rights.

We consistently have a regular presence from Rocky View Council including Reeve Boehlke who openly adds to discussions and provides context on important issues from a County level.

We are establishing working committees in agriculture, business and policy development.

On the agriculture front, we believe farmers and ranchers are in the best position to determine what happens on their land and their expertise and experience should be valued.

On the business front, we have made visits to the Bragg Creek and Langdon Chambers of Commerce as well as the Balzac Business Community Association.  We are working with these area stakeholders so we can go to Rocky View County with suggestions and solutions on how the County might be more business-friendly and help those willing to invest and set up shop here succeed.

On the policy front, we are active both locally and provincially.

In Rocky View, we find too often that documents like the County Plan are used as a deterrent to discourage sound investment instead of as a guide as they are intended to be. We are doing great work to influence some common sense change here so projects, big and small, can be judged on their own merit.

At a provincial level, we are working on policy that will protect property rights and ensure local decision making is protected. We intend to move these good ideas forward in UCP circles and constituency associations, so the government in waiting has sound policy in place that reflects the values of Albertans like you.

We believe in less government regulation and more common sense. We believe in free enterprise and investment. We believe choice and competition benefit the consumer and make for a healthy economy and more vibrant region.

2017 was a great year for us, and 2018 promises to be even more impactful. Can we count on your financial support for our work?

We encourage you to become a monthly contributor as many of our members have. Just click on the link below and fill in the details.

http://www.rockyview2020.com/recurring-donations/

Or, if you prefer to write us a cheque, please mail to Bruce McAllister at Rocky View 2020, 390 Cove Road, Chestermere AB T1X 1J6.

At Rocky View 2020: “We exist to make your voice heard.”

We look forward to seeing you at our monthly meetings which resume this month. Feel free to drop me a line anytime if you have comments, questions, or concerns.

Sincerely,

Bruce McAllister

Executive Director

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