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About Oxbow

At Walton, we see the demand for strong and sustainable communities that provide new housing, workplace and commercial opportunities within the Calgary region. The lands purchased by Walton at the end of Dunbow Road adjacent to the Bow River offer this potential.

The Walton-owned lands will be developed to support a master planned community that will provide residents with a diversity of amenities, open spaces and housing options within a neighbourhood village setting.

The Oxbow Area Structure Plan (ASP) will guide the development of the Walton-owned lands. We will work closely with our neighbours to ensure that the amenities, services, and housing options will compliment and contribute to the growth of the community and surrounding region for future generations.

 

Site Context

Located at the end of Dunbow Road, the Walton-owned lands are within the community of Davisburg and Foothills County. The lands are northwest of the confluence of the Bow and Highwood Rivers and in close proximity to the City of Calgary.

To the west, the lands are bound by 88th Street E and to the north by the Cottonwood Golf & Country Club, the Bow River, and a gravel extraction site operated by Burnco Rock Products Ltd. A parcel of land owned by Foothills County and the Bow River bound the plan area to the east. To the south of the subject lands is Dunbow Road and a mix of agricultural uses and country residential homes.

The Oxbow lands are currently designated under the Agricultural and Country Residential land use district. As part of the Oxbow Area Structure Plan (ASP) we will submit a new land use concept to support the development of a master planned community.

Site Context

 

The image shown is the land use concept for the Walton lands. We updated the land use concept in 2020 in order to reflect new stormwater planning features and water and wastewater servicing options for the community.

We understand that the community and surrounding area have evolved since we were last in the neighbourhood. We are committed to re-connecting with the community to confirm that these six guiding principles continue to reflect community values.

 

Project Principles

We worked closely with community members and Foothills County to understand what already makes Davisburg a great community. We listened and learned from our neighbours and developed six guiding principles for the Oxbow ASP.

A Distinctive Community

A Distinctive Community

Share the Land

Share the Land

Connect to Nature

Connect to Nature

Embrace the Past

Embrace the Past

Stewardship

Stewardship

Respectful Community Design

Respectful Community Design

The Oxbow lands are characterized by natural and historical features, including the Bow River, an escarpment, large natural wetlands and a buffalo jump. These natural landforms and historic features informed the evolution of our initial community plan and vision.

 

Why "Oxbow"?

The community name Oxbow is inspired by the geography and farming roots of the lands.


Oxbow lake

An "Oxbow lake" begins to take shape when a river creates a wide meander. Over time, the meander is cut off from the river and forms an oxbow lake. Similarly, the Oxbow lands are bound by the Bow River to the north, where a sharp bend in the river has formed. Given enough time, it is likely than an oxbow lake would form where the current river channel flows north of the lands.

Oxbow

"Oxbow" is also a term for the "bowed' or U-shaped piece of metal placed around oxen when ploughing field or carrying heavy cargo. The oxbow is connected to a yoke, allowing the animals to work together and share the load.
The development of Oxbow embraces the evolution of the lands while also acknowledging the importance and influence of the past.