Town Council has approved work on a master plan for a new quarter section of land the Town is annexing from Rocky View County.
The location has been identified for new recreational amenities.
The Town of Cochrane and Rocky View County agreed to the annexation last fall and are awaiting provincial approval. The land is north of Heritage Hills, and is currently owned by Rocky View Schools, which has confirmed they only require a small portion for a future high school site — 30 acres, leaving approximately 128 for the Town to plan and develop.
Mayor Jeff Genung is excited by the progress. “We know we need more sports fields in Cochrane — Council has seen a number of delegations telling us about growth in their sports,” he says. “The Horse Creek quarter section — along with the recent approval of the Tri-Site Concept Plan which will displace ball diamonds — means we’re sticking to our commitment to leave no group without a place to play.”
After Council’s approval at their meeting last night, administration will now move ahead on a Master Site Development Plan for the property and consult with recreation user groups to determine appropriateness, compatibility, servicing needs and the overall concept for the quarter section.
The final Master Site Development Plan will be brought forward for Council's approval later this year. Cost for developing the plan is estimated at $100,000 and will be allocated from the Parks and Open Spaces Reserve.