Town Council approved the Sunset Ridge Stage 3 Neighbourhood Plan at the February 11 meeting.
The Neighbourhood Plan provides the framework for a secondary access which works to alleviate traffic congestion and allows for the completion of the Sunset Ridge community.
“One of the first concerns I heard from our community when I became Mayor was the single accesses into our neighbourhoods,” said Mayor Jeff Genung. “This neighbourhood plan approval provides the framework for a secondary access in Sunset Ridge.”
To facilitate the construction of the second access, the Town successfully negotiated with Rocky View County, a private landowner and Melcor, the developer of the Sunset Ridge community. The outcome of these negotiations is a long-term second access solution in the preferred location of residents.
“This long-term access plan will be completed in phases over multiple years, with the first phase being a two-lane northern access, with the full build-out of a four-lane access anticipated to be completed over the next 10 years,” added Genung.
Completion of Sunset Ridge will only happen once the required infrastructure improvements are completed. This includes the widening of Highway 22, the addition of dual turn lanes at Sunset Boulevard, and the completion of the secondary access. Stage 3 residential development is not anticipated to begin until Stage 2 is complete.
The next step is a Public Hearing on February 25, where community members can provide their feedback on proposed land use amendments that pave the way for future access and associated development. The proposed land use amendments included cover zoning changes so that important community features can be eventually be built: a new school site, off-leash dog park, playground, outdoor ice rink and multi-sport court, as well as residential development.
The Sunset Ridge neighbourhood has been in development since 2005.