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Conceptual scheme for Lochend Corners made public

An open house at RockPointe Church will take place Nov. 21 to provide information about a conceptual scheme for a potential Bearspaw residential development.

An open house at RockPointe Church will take place Nov. 21 to provide information about a conceptual scheme for a potential Bearspaw residential development.

Lochend Corner, which developers want to locate adjacent to Lochend Road and Township Road 262, was defeated by Rocky View County council in September 2011.

At that time, councillors said it had potential but felt there was too much opposition from the community.

Reeve Rolly Ashdown said with some amendments, the plan might be suitable for everyone and encouraged the developer to re-work the conceptual scheme and return to present it to council.

In the past year, the organization held between eight and 10 public consultations and surveyed about 120 homes, said Michel Berdnikoff, spokesperson for For The Community, a website designed to gain information from Bearspaw residents and provide information on the background, process and concepts for two quarter sections on the northeast and southeast side of Lochend Road and Township Road 262.

The most recent workshop, which focused on getting direct feedback on key issues, was held at RockPointe Church, Nov. 7.

The key issues identified by IBI Group, hired by the developer to conduct consultations, include maintaining the nature and culture of Bearspaw, protecting and enhancing area property values, high-quality architecture, water savings design principles and public open spaces and protecting and enhancing vegetation, habitat and waterscapes.

The feedback will be integrated into the final conceptual scheme, which will be presented at the open house, Nov. 21, said Berdnikoff.

Berdnikoff said the majority of the feedback about the project has been positive but a number of concerns have also been raised.

He said people who are against the development say they don’t want to see more homes in the area.

Other concerns include increased traffic and water shortages.

“The idea is to have a balanced approach,” said Berdnikoff of incorporating public feedback into the conceptual scheme.

Council is expected to consider the plan in early 2013.