Paskapoo Update From Pootmans
Ward 6 Councillor, Richard Pootmas, has provided a status update on the Trinity Development proposal for Paskapoo Slopes.
The proposal will go to council on July 20, 2015.
Many residents have been surprised to learn that the land is privately owned and the owners have allowed its use as parkland. The owner has the right to bring forward an application for development. They are proposing to develop a portion of the site for a variety of uses, while giving the rest of the land to The City so it can be protected as a park space.
This proposed development will come before a Combined Meeting of Council, a portion of which is dedicated to a Public Hearing on July 20. Residents are encouraged to attend the Public Hearing during which you can speak for five minutes directly to Council (or submissions provided in writing); this excludes Council members’ questions. Your presentation should be kept brief and only land use planning issues directly related to this application should be addressed.
Details on Public Hearings are advertised on Thursdays in the Calgary Herald, or can be accessed via the City’s website.
With regard to land use designation changes, it is important to note: All City of Calgary Councillors are legally bound to remain impartial prior to a Public Hearing; Councillors listen to the public debate and presentation by all parties prior to rendering a decision. Should this requirement not occur, a Councillor can be excluded from voting on the application before Council.
In order to maintain the integrity of this process, it is of the utmost importance that these proceedings are conducted in an unbiased manner and are equally fair to all parties involved. Otherwise, it will negate all the time, effort and many months of preparation that is involved in these hearings.