Amendments approved for Harmony development
Monday, Mar 20, 2017 06:00 am
Rocky View County (RVC) council approved an application to amend the Stage 1 Neighbourhood Plan of the Harmony Conceptual Scheme to allow for additional recreational uses within the golf facilities and open space section of the plan. The associated District Control Bylaw was also amended to reflect these updates.
“The proposed amendment will enable the golf course lands to provide year-round, indoor and outdoor recreational opportunities that will complement the gold course development,” said RVC planner Andrea Bryden.
“It will allow for additional recreational uses within an area of the plan that has been identified as recreational, and will be consistent with the principles and policies of the Conceptual Scheme.”
The Harmony Conceptual Scheme and Stage 1 Neighbourhood Plan were approved by council in 2007 and 2008, respectively – but Bryden said it’s not unusual for developers to return with minor amendments to approved policy documents, as large-scale developments like Harmony evolve.
Third reading was carried unanimously on both bylaws. Reeve Greg Boehlke was absent from the meeting.
Council denied an application to redesignate a portion of land near Langdon, as the proposal does not meet the requirements of the County Plan.
The proposed redesignation would have facilitated the future subdivision of a four-acre parcel with an 80.98-acre remainder, and the applicant planned to sell the newly created parcel.
Currently, the land contains four parcels – and the proposed new lot would be fifth. According to RVC planner Xin Deng, the County Plan aims to “preserve traditional farming” and “prevent non-agricultural development” meaning any future subdivision within the quarter section could not be supported.
Area Coun. Rolly Ashdown made a motion to give this “request from a resident” first reading but it failed by a vote of 3-5. His motion was supported by Deputy Reeve Earl Solberg and Coun. Kendall.
Council also refused a redesignation application on land west of Calgary, as the proposal would have resulted in the creation of a third parcel on the quarter section – with no justification for approval under the provisions of the County Plan.
The application proposed a redesignation to create a two-acre parcel with a 4.01-acre remainder, but according to planner Susan Lamola, further subdivision on the land is not supported.
Area Coun. Liz Breakey “reluctantly” moved to deny the application, in accordance with administration’s recommendation. Her motion was carried by a vote of 6-2, with Kendall and Solberg voting in opposition.
A subdivision application was approved by council, creating a two-acre parcel with a 3.94-acre remainder, east of Cochrane along Glendale Road. The redesignation corresponding with the subdivision was approved by council in April 2016, and according to Deng, the proposed subdivision is consistent with that use.
Langdon public utility
Third reading was given to designate a new public utility lot for the Langdon Joint Use Site.
First and second readings were carried by council on Feb. 28, but due to opposition from Coun. Jerry Arshinoff, permission was not unanimous for the item to proceed to third reading at that time.
“I don’t agree with doing the public utility lot designation prior to any subdivisions coming forward,” said Coun. Margaret Bahcheli. “I’m supportive of development there, but this particular piece is out of step and poorly planned.”
According to Gurbir Nijjar with RVC’s engineering services, the proposed lot aligns with the future development plans for the joint use site, Bridges of Langdon Conceptual Scheme and the Langdon Comprehensive Stormwater Review.
A motion for third reading was carried by a vote of 6-2 with Arshinoff and Bahcheli in opposition.