This Fall has been a busy one so far in our community, but I’ve come to learn that they usually are in Chestermere. School has started again, hockey/curling/dance/music, etc. have begun new seasons, gardens are being put to bed for the Winter, golf clubs are being used for the last few times before the snow flies, and we all hope the weather holds out for one more weekend.
One of our greatest accomplishments over the Summer was to approve our finalized Municipal Development Plan. This Planning document speaks about land use, transportation, environment, parks and open spaces as well as infrastructure servicing. The MDP provides a vision for how our community develops and it shapes who we will be in the future. We had a lot of public engagement in this document, so it really reflects our community’s feedback.
You told us that different housing options were needed here in Chestermere, so our kids don’t have to move away when they leave home, and so we could downsize but still live amongst our friends and neighbours. To serve that need the MDP identifies a small percentage of development within neighbourhoods that can contain smaller lots, with smaller houses. We are also excited about the live/work areas that can be brought forward so businesses and residents can co-exist and flourish in the same space.
You also told us that nature was important to protect and preserve. To do that there is strong language in the MDP that identifies the vital wetlands that exist in Chestermere and ensures that they stay healthy and strong, even with development. We also heard that you wanted to have different commercial offerings, so we’ve lifted the cap on our retail square footage while keeping the same high-quality neighbourhood design features that make Chestermere retails areas so beautiful.
We’d like to thank each and every one of you who came out, volunteered to participate in our working groups or gave us your feedback. Your help and input was invaluable and will shape Chestermere for years to come. If you haven’t had a chance to read it yet, view it on the City’s website or talk to a member of Council any time.
Patricia Matthews, Mayor
City of Chestermere