Regional Planning, Rocky View and the City of Calgary
Monday, Mar 02, 2015 02:58 pm
The Province will soon make some key decisions that will effect what Rocky View landowners can do with their land and the value of that land. The decisions will ultimately determine who controls development, servicing and transportation on the millions of acres surrounding Calgary. If the Calgary Regional Partnership (CRP) gets its way - Calgary will have control.
The Calgary Regional Partnership is an initiative funded in part by the province for the past 15 years that has generated the Calgary Metropolitan Plan (CMP).
Proponents of the CMP are pushing hard to have it legislated into law.
The decision-making protocol within the CMP gives Calgary the power to veto development and servicing concepts that do not conform to Calgary’s idea of what development should be, and where and when it should take place.
We believe that Calgary Mayor Nenshi’s general approach of restricting residential and commercial options to high density urban forms results in less choice, less market competition, and higher housing prices as seen in many municipalities across North America.
Imposing this ideology is not in the best interest of Rocky View or the region. One of our concerns is that it will sterilize land values for the majority of our residents, especially agriculture land owners who may be counting on their holdings for retirement.
The Province has recognized some of the resistance to the CMP and has proposed some other options such as a new Growth Management Board or more direct provincial control under the broad southern regional plan.
County Reeve Margaret Bahcheli, in her recent letter to the Province, clearly articulated a number of reasons why the millions of provincial tax dollars spent every year on the Calgary Regional Partnership should be stopped.
In addition, Reeve Bahcheli pointed out that adopting a recently conceived Growth Management Board, would unnecessarily increase provincial control over the region, and add more costs and layers of time-consuming bureaucracy that would not provide any real value. Good call.
The Reeve stated in her letter to the Province that Rocky View has consistently demonstrated the ability to work co-operatively and collaboratively with neighboring municipalities to resolve regional growth pressures.
She also notes that disagreements can be effectively managed through existing legislative provisions contained within the Municipal Government Act.
In addition, the Reeve referred to the Inter-Municipal Development Plan, which is a good statutory document set in place and jointly ratified by the both Rocky View County and the City of Calgary in 2012.
We believe this document, together with a more flexible application of the County Plan, provides the framework to negotiate co-operative service agreements as required.
The Premier has heard from the mayor of Calgary. The Province knows what he wants. Rocky View 2020 is encouraging residents to support our Council’s position – which is to quit funding the Calgary Regional Partnership, reduce expenses, and continue to encourage collaboration within existing statutory mechanisms.
Elected folks do take note of what people’s positions are.
If enough people let them know, it changes the outcomes for the better. Let your MLA, Municipal Affairs Minister Diana McQueen and Premier Jim Prentice know you support Rocky View Council’s position on defunding the CRP.
No new control of Rocky View lands by the City of Calgary or increased levels of bureaucracy are needed or wanted.
Just before an election MLA’s listen best, but they need to hear you.
Rocky View 2020