Developer and community clash over Highland Park Village

Nearby residents say plans to overhaul Calgary’s Highland Park golf course makes poor use of quality green space

Source: Developer and community clash over Highland Park Village – The Globe and Mail

Hot mess“A hot mess” is what Councillor Farrell calls this clash between developer and community.  What she doesn’t say is that it is Council’s process that is a big part of the problem.  Mayor Nenshi, after the clash over the development of Shawnee Slopes and the destruction of Paskapoo Slopes, said “the process is wrong”.

So Mr. Nenshi, you have been in office all these years, why haven’t you fixed the process.

A meaningful consultation between community and developer with a resulting impact assessment is needed before development applications are considered by Council.  If community and developer can not agree, then a Development Ombudsman should be brought in.

Calgary council still not there on Highland Park development | Metro Calgary

Administration to work more on green space in the former golf course

Source: Calgary council still not there on Highland Park development | Metro Calgary

“I don’t think anybody thinks this is a great plan,” said the mayor. “It’s between those who think this is as good as it’s going to get, and those who said it’s got to get better.”

Why are community wishes secondary to developer interests?

The Mayor has to do better than this.  After a similar debacle with Shawnee Slopes and University Heights, he said “the process was flawed from the start”.

So, given the repeated subjugation of community wishes to developers’ interests, why hasn’t the process been fixed Mr. Mayor?