By Enrique Massot
The County News
Calgary and Cochrane have filed appeals against the Glenbow Ranch area structure plan (GRASP) that aims to build a residential development for over 10,000 in Rocky View County, between the two urban centres.
The City and the Town, located adjacent to the GRASP boundaries, submitted late August appeals to the Alberta Municipal Government Board.
“The Town of Cochrane cannot support the development of a large scale residential
community adjacent to the boundaries of two existing, established communities,
with little to any regard for the consequences,” wrote Cochrane Mayor Ivan Brooker on April 24 to Rocky View’s Reeve Greg Boehlke.
“In the absence of the characteristics that make up a complete community…the inherent costs of this development and the provision of services…will immediately shift to the Town of Cochrane, the City of Calgary, and subsequently to the residents in each community.”
The Town of Cochrane’s notice of appeal can be found here.
Rocky View approved the GRASP on July 25.
“This process is similar to the 2016 appeal of the County’s Conrich Area Structure Plan,” noted Rocky View in a release. “In that case, the city of Chestermere lost their appeal outright, and the County successfully reached a mutually beneficial agreement with Calgary over transportation concerns.”
The City of Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi wrote on April 5 to Boehlke to request that Rocky View not approve the GRASP, citing transportation, transit, recreation and water protection as areas of concern.
“We cannot support a development that would shift many of the costs of development and operation of this ASP area onto our residents,” he wrote.
Nenshi’s letter is included in the City’s notice of appeal.
Defending the Conrich ASP cost the County about $500,000.