October 5th, Gordon Branson has informed me that he did not vote in favour of the Elbow Valley West development. I had unfortunately been misinformed, so retract the statements I have made to a few residents that he voted in favour.
as he is visiting your neighborhoods. Consulting with and listening to residents requires incorporating community decisions into municipal planning, with due consideration for Rocky View County as a whole, and respecting the overall process.
In no particular order...
Access into Alandale is felt to be unsafe due to the close proximity of the community access to the intersection. Believed to be exasperated by a growth-related increase in traffic on RR 31. Stop signs on Springbank Road are being ignored.
A suggestion to improve the attraction of the Springbank area would be to consider the preservation of some Historic Buildings and work that into the development plans as a means of supporting all property values in the area.
Interconnected green-spaces are a huge wildlife habitat and recreational lifestyle benefit for all Springbank residents. An strong county vision is required to coordinate the green-spaces of the various Springbank developments. A special sensitivity for the creation of a wild life corridor between the Elbow and Bow Rivers is suggested.
A vibrant Springbank Area Structure Plan has the ability to foster a stronger sense of community and enhance the recreational opportunities of residents. Thoughtful integration into the Calgary cycling network could provide safer commuting choices, and ease driver concerns.
Flooded basements. A number of residents feel that ongoing development is impacting changes in overland storm water flow and water table stability throughout the Springbank area. Wet / drought cycles also recognized as a contributing factor impacting the watershed.
It is thought that installation of unapproved burms by recent development on the north side of Springbank road by Horizon view Road has re-routed overland drainage, impacting existing water features on downstream properties.
A number of suggestions for a social gathering area for Springbank that is not related to the sporting complex at Springbank Park for All Seasons.
Library, Pool, Coffee Shop / Restaurant, Neighborhood Pub, Medical Walk-In Clinic.
Bingham Crossing was recognized as having potential to support some of this.
A suggestion for Fire Smart programs similar to Bragg Creek for the areas on the escarpment that are more heavily forested.
It is suggested that an additional Springbank area Fire Station will lower response times and change fire insurance coverage categories and lower premiums for a number of residents.
Suggestion for minimum service standards on private water suppliers for Hydrant service. Including not only operating standards, but emergency backup as well.
Suggestion to look at more cooperative arrangements with the City of Calgary for shared services.
Desire for Rural Transit integration for the fringe areas of Springbank. Suggestion for a collector system for feeding into the Calgary Transit system.
Better opportunities in the community for aging in place, without having to move into the City of Calgary, and distancing yourself from neighbors and friends.
Additional policing needed as growth continues.
A number of specific concerns related to new development areas / fringe areas.