Airdrie to get first lake community

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Airdrie City council approved an amendment to the Southeast Airdrie Community Area Structure Plan (SE CASP) at its regular meeting Feb. 5, which will bring the first lake community to Airdrie.

Melcor Developments Ltd., which owns the land, applied to the City to have the SE CASP amended so it could begin marketing of the lakeside lots, according to Alan Boucher, senior development manager at Melcor.

The Lanark community is to be located east of King’s Heights and Ravenswood, between 40 Avenue and Yankee Valley Boulevard. The lands including Lanark Lake will constitute Stage 2 of the buildout of the new community.

The sale of lots in Stage 1 is expected to begin this year, with show homes opening in 2019.

The proposed community included in Stage 1 of the project sits on 164.52 acres and would include 1,218 planned residential units at a density of 7.4 units per acre.

Lanark Lake – which is being built as a freshwater lake – will encompass an additional 32 hectares, approximately.

As part of the application made to council, Melcor and its consultants, Urban Systems, completed a lake feasibility study, which includes conceptual details, the water source, capital and operational costs, risk and mitigation measures and the potential benefits to the City.

The lake will be privately run by the Lanark Lake homeowners association (HOA) and the City and taxpayers will not be responsible for any costs associated with its building or maintenance.

While the lake will be for the use of members of the HOA, Boucher said there may be opportunities to allow the rest of Airdrie to have access during special “lake days.”

Council unanimously gave three readings to the bylaw to amend the SE CASP as presented.

City council was presented with information about BILD Calgary Region, the organization formed in 2016 through the amalgamation of the Calgary Home Builders Association and Urban Development Institute, which advocates on behalf of the building industry.

Guy Huntingford, BILD Calgary chief executive officer, told council the organization now has approximately 700 members from all facets of the building industry. The industry employs workers in approximately 38,000 jobs and provides $6.7 billion in investment value.

Huntingford said he had previously met with Mayor Peter Brown, Chief Administrative Officer Paul Schulz and Mark Locking, director of Community Safety and Corporate Properties.

“We discussed the City of Airdrie’s leadership role as it applies to the Calgary Metropolitan Region Board, some top of mind issues council has and how we, BILD Calgary Region, can provide some support to you and allow you to achieve your goals as it relates to the building industry,” he said.

Council did not discuss any specifics of what this support might look like.

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