Rocky View 2020 commends County Communications Manager Grant Kaiser for the excellent job he did in this month’s issue of the Rocky View Vantage Point newsmagazine. (Click HERE to view the issue).
Some in the County and on Council are opposed to specific growth projects in Rocky View—projects we believe could really help Rocky View become all it can be and go a long way towards achieving the positively oriented Vision Statement in the existing County Plan.
Using selective information, they have been publicly against the Aqueduct project and the new proposed County Municipal Office. Rocky View 2020 has been active in trying to bring balanced and accurate information to our members and the public on these forward-looking projects.
Aqueduct has potential to create a comprehensive water and wastewater corporate management entity—separate from political agendas of the moment—for the benefit of all Rocky View residents and businesses. Water and wastewater utility management is a key component of sustainable high-quality growth and improved quality of life for our communities. There are a number of outstanding issues that Aqueduct, a corporation wholly owned by Rocky View County, could begin to address now. The main long term benefit is the “delivery of a safe and reliable supply of quality drinking water for Rocky View County residents.”
Aqueduct has potential to create a comprehensive water and wastewater corporate management entity—separate from political agendas of the moment—for the benefit of all Rocky View residents and businesses.
Rocky View 2020 supports the Aqueduct initiative because it creates a key vehicle to provide good maintenance and growth of water and wastewater services across Rocky View on a sound, disciplined and prudent financial foundation. It also provides some separation from the political agendas that often delay or negatively impact these important issues.
New Municipal Office
The second important Vantage Point article lays out the truth about the proposed new Rocky View campus and new office. Again, the same Councillors and residents who are opposed to embracing the vision of Rocky View maturing and growing with the times have been opposed to the new Municipal Office. At times, this opposition has been based on partial information or misunderstanding of all the facts.
Rocky View 2020 believes that after more than 30 years, it is time, and there is a legitimate need, for Rocky View to have adequate offices in their own County—not in Calgary. Pressures on the County and staff are increasing as we are one of the strongest growth markets in North America.
Existing facilities are beyond maximum capacity now. If Rocky View landowners are to be masters of our own destiny, and if we want to step up professionally to the opportunities ahead, we need the infrastructure to do it well. The fact that this can be done without the addition of any new taxes, by drawing on already-approved Alberta Government grant funds makes the proposed new County office another important component in achieving a thriving vision for Rocky View’s future. In makes sense to proceed; although, of course we must do so with an eye to ensuring that there are no cost overruns.
Rocky View 2020 believes that after more than 30 years, it is time, and there is a legitimate need, for Rocky View to have adequate offices in their own County—not in Calgary.
For both Aqueduct and the proposed new Municipal Office, Vantage Point Newsmagazine did a balanced and accurate job of presenting the situation on both these County initiatives. The article simply presents the situation and leaves it to the constituents to make their opinions known to their Council representatives.
Rocky View 2020 invites and encourages you to provide your feedback to your Councillor on these issues. Often elected members only hear from those opposed to these initiatives. We encourage you to look at the information in the Vantage Point and then contact your Councillor to support these two initiatives, which will help achieve the inviting, thriving and sustainable communities the current County Plan calls for.
Calgary Metropolitan Plan
The third article touched on the Calgary Metropolitan Plan (Page10). It provided an upbeat and positive perspective. The article presented that the key issue of dissension is the decision-making protocol over what happens in the region where Calgary carries a veto. Rocky View 2020 has been active lobbying various levels of government and the Calgary Regional Partnership to amend the decision-making protocol. Our position is that Rocky View and the Counties who have jurisdiction over the majority of land in the region should be able to determine their own vision and growth options without being subject to a veto from Calgary. We are supportive of many of the themes within the Calgary Metropolitan plan, but not at the risk of everything being subject to Calgary’s approval. We have presented a thorough analysis and associated amendments to Rocky View Council and in the article on our website which can be read HERE and HERE.
Again, we congratulate Mr. Kaiser, Communications Manager for accurately representing issues that are very important to all Rocky View landowners. We encourage you to take the time to let your Councillor know your position on these issues.
Rocky View 2020 invites and encourages you to provide your feedback to your Councillor on these issues.