Calgary city council has voted 9-5 to allow rezoning of the former Harvest Hills Golf Course.
The decision clears the way for a 700 home residential development.
Area residents opposed the plan saying they weren’t consulted ahead of time. They’re concerned the community doesn’t have the infrastructure to support that much growth.
Developers say they could have put more than 900 units on the property to meet city regulations and are allowing for nearly 30% green space in their plans.
Representatives for Cedarglen Homes say the issue has been that residents don’t want to lose a golf course.
Rick Lundy, with the Northern Hills Community Association, says that may have been the biggest complaint at the start of the process two years ago, however residents do want to get involved in the redevelopment but there has been no meaningful engagement.
There was even a whistle blower complaint from residents saying there was a change in the representation that went to the Calgary Planning Commission.
The Harvest Hills Golf Course was sold several years ago, and the course was closed earlier this year.
With construction on the South West ring road ready to proceed this fall, Councillor Richard Pootmans says there will be dire consequences if the west leg that connects the road to the Trans Canada highway is not started in a couple of years.
The province has approved only the portion of the road from Highway 22 to Highway 8 and, like the Prentice government before it, left the West leg of the road off the table.
Transportation Minister Brian Mason told Newstalk 770 the West leg will be built but not before the SW ring road is complete.
Councillor Richard Pootmans is concerned about how Sarcee Trail will handle the extra traffic. He says Sarcee is already at capacity and if the complete ring is not completed the roadway will be at complete failure.
Pootmans says the city and province will likely be spending hundreds of millions of dollars on interchanges at Sarcee at Bow and Sarcee and the Trans Canada and should save that money by committing to the west leg.
He’d like to see a decision to move forward come next year with construction to follow by 2019.