Staff report being prepared to address what changes to recommend
During two days of public hearings, residents clearly told Council that the proposed Rocky View County Plan has major flaws and will have a negative impact on land values, retirement plans and, almost certainly, the County’s fiscal health.
Council will discuss changes to the Plan at its meeting Sept. 10. Administration will provide its response to the scores of suggested changes in a report to be made public before that date.
The majority of speakers, ranging from ranchers, landowners and other homeowners to seniors, developers and land inventory experts, expressed deep concern with the draft document which will guide County development for more than the next decade.
Concerned residents during the June 24 and July 25 public sessions made of dozens of recommendation for changes to enhance flexibility and also remove the harsh decision to limit total growth to a maximum of 2.5 to three per cent of total regional growth.
At the July 25 session, almost two dozen ranchers and farmers banded together to speak against the draft plan, asking for more freedoms to pursue quality development. Agricultural land values have plummeted in recent years, in part driven by development policies and less consumer interest in country-residential, two-acre lots.
Experts pointed out major flaws in the land inventory analysis upon which the plan is based while others noted that the Plan directs development in many areas where people have little interest in living. Council also heard the plan takes development decisions out of the hands of elected officials and puts veto power in the hands of administrative planners,
No one advocated for wide-open development. They wanted simple changes more in tune with the marketplace and changing consumer interests in order to guarantee future vibrant communities.