Cultivating new roots

Two historic parcels of Okotoks land to be redeveloped for future generations

Once homesteading land for the D’Arcy and Wedderburn families, two historically significant properties in north Okotoks are to be redeveloped for a new generation of families.

United Communities has purchased approximately 178 hectares of farmland on both sides of Northridge Drive as sites for a pair of mixed use communities — simply to be called D’Arcy and Wedderburn.

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Veil lifted

Livingston to eventually house 30,000 people

Calgary’s newest community came online this week as Brookfield Residential lifted the veil on its new Livingston development in the city’s north that, when completed, will house as many as 30,000 people.

Covering more than 500 hectares straddling Centre Street north of Stoney Trail, Livingston is the first master-planned community in north Calgary within the past 20 years. It will include an estimated 10,000 homes, and will be anchored by a major activity centre that will include an estimated one million square feet of retail and institutional space,

Ward 3 Coun. Jim Stevenson, who attended the official construction launch June 28, calls Livingston “a new city north of the ring road.”

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Setting the pace

Slowdown welcomed by new home industry

Local homebuilders and developers say they are heading into 2016 feeling positive after going through a year that brimmed with economic challenges.

“It’s definitely been an interesting year,” said Wendy Jabusch, president of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association – Calgary Region and a vice-president with Brookfield Residential.

In particular, housing demand fell sharply in 2015 as the provincial economy sputtered through an oil patch slowdown that eventually led to pronounced job losses.

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Subdivision, meet country

New developments increasingly designed to minimize impact on agricultural neighbours

A suburban home with a two-car garage is hardly what most people would call a potential threat to our nation’s food security.

Yet as subdivisions push evermore into rural areas — with neighbourhoods bordering on fields of wheat and other crops — their impact on agricultural land has increasingly become a hot-button topic, says Tim Dietzler, an agricultural expert with Rocky View County.

“This is not a new issue in this area or any area in Alberta with development new agricultural land,” he says. “But many municipalities now pay much more attention to the potential problems that can arise.”

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Par for the course

Local golf courses facing common plight

Two proposed residential redevelopment projects on Calgary golf courses are at the tipping point of an economic sustainability challenge hitting the golf industry throughout North America.

A proposal for new homes in two pocket areas at the Hamptons Golf Club — to support a substantial overhaul of the golf course itself — and the proposed closure of the nine-hole Harvest Hills Golf Course for the construction of single and multi-family homes, are working their way through community consultation and city application processes.

Hamptons Golf Course Ltd. has released preliminary concepts for northwest Calgary club’s redevelopment, which would see a reconfiguration of the existing 18-hole course that would facilitate the construction of 35 to 65 new homes.

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