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Elbow View ASP Moves Forward

Rocky View Council gave Second Reading to the Elbow View ASP this week.  The vote was 6-3 in favour, with the formerly sanctioned three Councillors (Kissel, Wright, Hanson) voting against. The Elbow View ASP allows for the contiguous growth of one of the County’s most established residential areas, that being Highway 8. The area is established in the Intermunicipal Development Plan with Calgary, as a residential growth corridor. The development is predominantly a residential community plan with a couple of community core concepts that will support recreational uses and commercial opportunities. This development leverages a couple of key infrastructure upgrades from both the province and county, including the ring road and Elbow Valley fire station. The landowner group has secured water licenses on the Elbow River to service the development area. The ASP is now off to the CMRB for approval. Despite the fact there was ample public consultation and the County Council voted in favor of the ASP, the CMRB, controlled by Calgary, who is on record as opposing the ASP, will have the final say. If you wish to view more details on the proposed development, you can do so here:

https://www.rockyview.ca/elbow-view-area-structure-plan

Other Council Notes

Council appointed Sherry Barayko as Returning Officer for the upcoming election.

Amy Zaluski, Intergovernmental Affairs Manager is appointed Substitute Returning Officer.

Council voted unanimously to sign a letter of support for Century Downs Racetrack and Casino to pursue live table games.

Council voted to make changes to their late tax payment penalty cancellation policy, including changing the timeline for late penalty applications from 120 days to 60 days.

Council agreed to acquire the Blazer Water System. This gives Rocky View a franchise area, many existing customers, and the potential to acquire a lot more. This is part of their overall goal to be self sufficient in service provision. The utility was acquired on a deficiency free basis and is considered an investment in Rocky View’s future.

Council also partnered with industry to acquire the Horse Creek Water and Wastewater Services Inc. This too is part of their overall goal of being a utility service provider.

Council also voted to proceed with a local improvement tax for Prince of Peace residents which will alleviate the long-standing water issues at the facility. Rocky View is now working to put the infrastructure in place to supply Prince of Peace with piped water from Rocky View’s own system.

Bruce McAllister
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