CRP making an effort with counties
Monday, Apr 07, 2014 11:53 am
We are glad to see the Calgary Regional Partnership (CRP) taking steps to work with Rocky View County and the M.D. of Foothills. (See story on page 3).
The County was part of the organization, which is now made up of 12 local municipalities, from 1999 until 2009 when the municipality pulled out, citing problems with the Calgary Metropolitan Planís (CMP) housing density requirements and Calgaryís veto power, among other concerns.
We supported the County when they pulled out of the Partnership.
Although we agree that neighbouring municipalities should work together, we are glad the County realized some of the parameters being set out were either not fair or didnít work in a rural setting and took their ball and went home.
It appears the board of the CRP has realized what an important role Rocky View and Foothills will play in their plans going forward and have been in serious mediation to try and bring the counties back into the fold.
The recent changes made to the CMP are a great start. However, it will take more than a few concessions before the County will jump back into the sandbox, according to Reeve Margaret Bahcheli.
We agree with Bahcheli when she says the CMP is an urban plan that has been created to streamline costs by creating higher density communities and there is nothing wrong with that for cities. In fact, it is a great idea to reduce urban sprawl and save money and resources, but rural counties have much different issues to deal with. People move to the county to have more land and fresh air. Counties must consider the preservation of sensitive environmental areas and preserve agricultural practices.
We are glad everyone is playing together again but we hope the County takes time and considers all the factors before taking any steps to re-join the CRP.