The Town of Cochrane has officially annexed two parcels of land from Rocky View County into the boundary of the Town.
The annexed lands, which include a 40-acre parcel north of Sunset Ridge and a quarter section parcel north of Heritage Hills, are fundamental building blocks to facilitate future projects in the Town of Cochrane.
“The annexation of these lands allows the Town to meet two critical needs,” said Mayor Jeff Genung. “The first is a road acquisition for the critical secondary highway access to Sunset Ridge. The second facilitates the development of the Horse Creek Sports Park, providing much needed recreational lands, Town maintenance and transit facilities and a future high school site.”
Successful approval of these annexations was a strategic priority of Council. While these annexed lands will not be used to facilitate further residential development, the approval paves the path for proceeding with two fundamental community building projects.
With the quarter section north of Heritage Hills within Town boundaries, Administration can proceed with the purchase of a portion (approximately 129 acres) of lands from Rocky View Schools, redesignation and subdivision of the lands, initiation of the installation of servicing, and begin work on the implementation of the Horse Creek Sports Park Master Site Plan. In addition to the recreational lands and school site, the quarter section also includes lands dedicated to Town maintenance and transit facilities.
A portion of the 40-acre parcel north of Sunset Ridge will be dedicated to the construction of a secondary access to the Sunset Ridge community. This secondary access is a direct result of a successful negotiation with Rocky View County, a private landowner and Melcor, the developer of the Sunset Ridge community. This long-term access plan will be completed in phases over multiple years, with the initial phase being a two-lane northern access followed up by the full build-out of a four-lane access to be completed over the next 10 years.
Administration will proceed with the registration of the Road Plan as the first step to facilitating this project in early July 2019.
Completion of the Sunset Ridge community 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.
“I am pleased that the recently elected provincial government was able to process our application in such a timely fashion,” added Genung. “With formal approval of our application, we can now proceed with all of the work required to complete these important community projects.”
The annexation is effective July 1, 2019.