In May 2013, the former site of the Highland Golf Course in northwest Calgary was sold to a partnership headed by Maple Projects Inc. Maple has been involved in the Uno and Ten projects in Calgary, and has focused on rental properties and hotel developments in Western Canada and the United States.
Maple’s initial plans were to build multi-family homes and some commercial elements that would revitalize the property, provide accessible greenspace and offer housing options for Highland Park. The ultimate goal is for a development that respects the history of the area while enhancing its future.
This input helped create the initial Highland Village Green development plan, which was submitted to The City of Calgary for review in December 2014. Since then, the project team has worked with The City of Calgary to adjust the plan based on a technical review of the Highland Village Green application by City staff, neighbouring residents, businesses, community organizations and area Community Associations.
A revised version of the plan was completed in May 2016, and recommended for approval by the Calgary Planning Commission on May 5, 2016. Plan revisions based on community input and technical review took place over the next several months, resulting in several additional changes to the plan (illustration below) which is now one-third open space, with an 8.7 acre central open park. The final version of the plan passed third and final reading at Calgary City Council on March 20, 2017.
About the engagement process
reImagining: A New Future for the former Highland Golf Course is a comprehensive engagement process designed to collect ideas and opinions from the public. The initial phase ran from November 4 to December 2, with area residents sharing their feedback online, via telephone and email, on a community sounding board, and at the temporary engagement centre established at the former golf course Clubhouse.
During Phase 2 of the engagement process (January 23 to February 10, 2014), the initial design concepts were available for community input and review as part of an extensive community consultation process. Workshops February 9 helped to refine the concepts and incorporate community feedback on issues like storm water management and traffic implications.
In January 2015, the initial plan for Highland Village Green was available for community review during drop-in information sessions hosted at the former golf course’s clubhouse. Additional information sessions have been held in March and December 2016.
Maple Projects Inc. and the reImagining project team are committed to keeping the community informed throughout the planning and development process. Check back to the reimagining.ca website for regular updates, or sign up to receive periodic updates via email.