We have posted the report on the Riparian Restoration Bus Tour that Calgary River Valleys hosted on May 29th, 2015. To read the report, click here. There are some interesting pictures of the different projects at the 4 stops on the tour: root wads, willows, rip rap, and a crib wall. Have a look!
Join us on Thursday April 26th for a slide show presentation of an amazing trek across Southern Alberta led by Gus Yaki, renowned Calgary naturalist, which will be followed by our short Annual General Meeting. Details are below:
- Date: Thursday April 26, 2018
- Time: 6:45 arrival & sign in, 7:00 pm slide show, 7:45 pm AGM, 8:30 pm reception
- Location: Highland Park Community Centre, 3716 2 St. NW Parking is free, enter via the northwest door.
- Other Information: Because seating is limited, tickets are required, but the event is free. Reserve your seat today, by clicking here to go to EventBrite.
Calgary River Valleys has been very active recently in providing input to the City of Calgary's planning process for multiple projects. These are in various stages of the decision-making process. Highland Valley (former Highland Park golf course) At the City Council hearing on March 20, 2017, Council approved the land use change proposal for the Highland valley, with some minor changes made on the floor of Council to the municipal reserve (park) land allocated. This approval was made subject to the results from the pending Confederation Drainage study, which was investigating what was going to be required to address stormwater drainage for the Confederation Creek watershed, which covers a 17 square km section of north central Calgary, from Nose Hill to Nose Creek. In January 2018, the early findings of the Confederation Drainage study were presented in private to Council, but Council voted to release the PowerPoint slides showing the Highland Park valley (previously known as the North Hill coulee) was indeed the final drainage course for multiple streams, springs, and Confederation Creek, before it joins to Nose Creek, and these watercourses are considered Crown claimed. Current status: Calgary's Water Resources Department is negotiating with the landowner regarding options for managing stormwater on the Highland Valley site, as well as elsewhere within the Confederation Creek drainage area. City Administration will be preparing a written interim report by the end of May 2018 for presentation to Council and to the public regarding the recommended options for managing stormwater in the area. See below for more background on this land parcel & CRV's concerns expressed about developing it as was eventually approved.
The City of Calgary has created an online map of current Planning & Development applications that is available to the public. The information is provided by the City for anyone to research individual applications and participate in the development and planning process. The website shows Re-designation (or Re-zoning) Applications and Development Permit Applications. We have been advised that the City plans in the near future to also upload information about Subdivision Applications. To navigate the map, in the upper left hand side, you can search by (see graphic below):
- the application file number, if you know it,
- the address of the location
- the community or neighbourhood of the location
- the Ward of the location, or you can also just zoom in on a location on the map
The City of Calgary has now approved the proposed long-term biodiversity strategy. The BiodiverCity document outlines a vision for the future of an ecological network that is healthy, connected, and well-managed. The key indicator of success is proposed to be a 20% increase in naturalized open space by the year 2025.
Calgary River Valleys was a supporter of this strategy and provided input to City Council recommending it be approved. For more information, the BiodiverCity Strategy document is posted with a link below.
Click here (6.1 MB PDF) to download the BiodiverCity document.
See the Get Involved > Watershed Policy and Planning menu above for more information on other Planning issues that may be of interest to you.