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Frequently asked questions

We're here to answer some of the common questions and themes that we've be hearing as we begin to re-engage with our neighbours and community groups.

What happened with Walton and its ownership?

In 2017, our business was adversely impacted by the effects of a prolonged recession in Alberta. The recession resulted in weakened demand and reduced sales and revenues. As a result, it became difficult for Walton to obtain financing extensions required to complete active development projects, including the Oxbow ASP.

Walton protected its developments and investors by obtaining an Initial Order from the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta for creditor protection under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA). This process allowed Walton to restructure its businesses and determine the best course of action for the company moving forward.

We want to emphasize that this was not a bankruptcy filing in 2017; it was a planned and structured reorganization of Walton-managed companies.

What stage is the ASP at now?

In spring 2017, we prepared and submitted a preliminary Draft ASP to Foothills County for their initial review. In fall 2017, we received preliminary comments from Foothills County on the Draft ASP that we submitted. We held onto these comments and they will continue to inform our approach as we re-engage with the project.

The document remains in draft format.

Our Oxbow ASP team is reviewing each section in detail to ensure that the studies, technical assessments, and studies are accurate and reflect current conditions on site. Also, we are closely reviewing all elements of the Oxbow ASP to ensure that it aligns with long-term regional interests and municipal goals for future growth.

How are you planning to engage with the community this year?

We have started engaging the community this summer and we will continue to re-engage with our neighbours and stakeholders in our community in fall 2020.

To support community members’ health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, we will not be able to meet with you in the ways we have initially imagined. Instead, we will be taking advantage of online and distanced-outreach tools to connect with you.

Keep up to date with our outreach and engagement schedule here.

When can I have my input heard?

You are an important part of this process and we appreciate your willingness to share your thoughts with us.

We are still confirming the dates for the fall 2020 distanced outreach and engagement events. Stay tuned and up to date on future public events and project updates by signing up for our e-newsletter here.

Also, check out our general feedback form here. This is a good spot to send us questions and comments. A member of the Oxbow ASP team will respond to you within a couple of business days.

How does COVID-19 impact engagement and participation opportunities?

We are planning several opportunities for you to engage with the Oxbow ASP team and the updated project materials this year.

We are aware that engagement and participation will look a little different than it did the last time we met with the community. To respect health and safety guidelines, we will be meeting with our neighbours using distanced-outreach tools; this means we will be connecting virtually!

Continue to check back here to find out about distanced-outreach events and opportunities to share your thoughts with us.

A lot has changed in our community since Walton was last here. What changes are you anticipating that you will need to make to the original ASP?

You’re right. A lot has changed, and we want to make sure we are writing an ASP for the plan area that reflects currents conditions.

The Oxbow ASP team will review each section of the draft ASP; we will be checking for consistency with other policy documents and aligning the document to reflect our conversations with the community and Foothills County.

We have identified a few areas of the plan where we want to spend more time, including: stormwater planning, water and waste-water servicing options, requirements for on-site gravel extraction, and a comprehensive update of the document to align with the Calgary Metropolitan Regional Board (CMRB) Interim Growth Plan and the Interim Regional Evaluation Framework.

Where are the topic-specific FAQ's that you posted in 2017?

As we continue our conversations with our neighbours and confirm details of the draft ASP, we will share frequently asked questions on ASP elements, including: community amenities, timing and phasing, density, traffic volume and safety, servicing solutions, construction impacts, wetlands and environmental, and dark skies.