Register for Walton’s December Online Open House
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Register for Walton’s December Online Open House
Join us for an online open house! We’ll share what we heard from you in October and the work completed since the fall on the Oxbow ASP.
Thank you to everyone who joined us in October to learn more about the future of the Walton-owned lands at the end of Dunbow Road. We enjoyed connecting with you!
We’re hosting another webinar event to share the progress we have made on the project since we last met. Once again, we have planned two one-hour online open houses for the same afternoon to accommodate community member schedules.
Join us online on Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at either 3:00 – 4:00 pm or 6:00 – 7:00 pm.
To register for the online event through eventbrite, please click here.
On Wednesday, October 21, Walton hosted two webinars. We were excited to reconnect with our neighbours and share information about the development of the Walton-owned lands at the end of Dunbow Road.
If you weren’t able to attend the webinar, or if you’d like to revisit the slide deck shared during the presentation, click here to view the presentation materials. Are you curious to know what questions were answered during the webinar? We have included a list of webinar FAQs below.
Dunbow Road is already busy. How will it be upgraded?
We understand that Dunbow Road will need to be improved to accommodate growth in the Davisburg Area. It will be the developer’s responsibility to improve Dunbow Road to accommodate the additional traffic generated by the community. These improvements are anticipated to be staged over time as the community grows and the staging will be determined by traffic studies reviewed and approved by Foothills County. These improvements would include combination of re-constructing existing road structures to a higher standard; adding additional lanes; and adding intersection controls.
There will be no vehicle access to the Oxbow community from 88 Street E or from 226 Avenue E.
Will the community be using water wells? What about the septic system?
Foothills County is investing in the future of its residents by constructing a water treatment plant and distribution system. The Oxbow ASP area will be able to connect to this regional water servicing network once it is complete and will not rely on water wells for potable water.
Sanitary sewer servicing for the Oxbow ASP will be provided by a wastewater treatment plant that will be constructed on site. In addition to the wastewater treatment plant, the sanitary sewer system will consist of a network of gravity sanitary sewer collection pipes, lift stations, and wastewater forcemains that will collect and convey sewage flows to the wastewater facility on site. Effluent from the facility will be treated and then continuously discharged to the Bow River in accordance with Provincial regulations, approvals and licences.
Will upgrades to internet service in Davisburg occur because of development?
Walton has heard that upgrades to internet/cable/mobile services would provide a great benefit to the wider Davisburg community. Throughout the development process, we will continue to advance discussions with utility providers in order to explore alternative arrangements that could expedite service expansion to the area in advance and during development.
How many new homes will be built?
Our current concept plan contemplates the development of up to 4000 residential units in a variety of housing types and styles, including single-family and low-rise multi-family homes. This projection results in a gross density of 3 to 4 units per acre. We are using the Foothills County Municipal Development Plan and Growth Management Strategy as guidelines for density and lot sizing. This density range allows the ability to plan for the desired amenities and full municipal standard servicing of the community.
We have also heard how density is transitioned throughout the community is important to our neighbors. A minimum 50-metre-wide open space setback and larger lot residences are planned along the entire edge of the Oxbow community which will help preserve the rural feel of the existing Davisburg community. Our plan is to then transition to more dense housing types in the middle of the community with the most density located on the lower bench out of view from Dunbow Road and our neighbors.
What type of commercial and school amenities are planned for the area?
The plan proposes a small-scale commercial amenity to be included in the lower bench area, which may include uses such as a coffee shop, bakery, or corner store. On the upper bench, the commercial node is proposed to be located at the intersection of Dunbow Road and 96 Street E, which will be the main entrance to Oxbow. Through our initial engagement process, we heard the desire for a gas station, neighbourhood scale retail, and convenience services that will support new residents of Oxbow as well as the greater Davisburg community.
We have been able to determine that two school sites will be required within the plan area—one within the lower bench and one within the upper bench. The schools are expected to be in the K to 9 range, and would not include a high school.
When will construction begin? How will the project be phased?
Currently, we are working on preparing the Area Structure Plan.
Following this stage, we will need to complete conceptual planning, land use amendment, detailed design stages, and then apply for municipal and provincial approvals that are needed before construction can begin. This is often a lengthy process. The earliest we anticipate construction getting underway is approximately 5 years. The community will be built in several phases based on market conditions and may take an estimated 30 years to build out.
We envision development to begin on the lower bench of the site near the Bow River. This is also the proposed location of the wastewater treatment plant and would include the first phases of residential development. Many recreational amenities, such as a neighborhood park and trail network, would be completed by the time the first residents move in.
When construction is set to begin, a comprehensive construction management plan will be created and implemented. This plan is anticipated to address such items as dust mitigation, sound attenuation, construction traffic routes and maintenance and construction timelines. Walton is committed to ensuring that existing residents are impacted as little as possible during construction activities.
Will residents of the broader community have direct access to the Bow River?
We’ve heard from our neighbours that public access to the river would be highly valued. Through a connective trail network, Oxbow will provide public access to the river, while taking care that the Bow River ecosystem, including fish and wildlife habitat are not harmed.
We understand that our neighbours often walk the lands to enjoy the natural environment and scenic views from the property. We look forward to this site being publicly accessible in the future for the enjoyment of all our neighbours.
Will the surrounding community be able to access the proposed open spaces amenities?
We are planning to create a comprehensive open space network that will be open to all residents of Davisburg and Oxbow.
The network will include a wide range of amenities all designed to support active, healthy lifestyles and allow social interaction during all four seasons and may include: playgrounds and sports fields, hiking, biking and walking trails, skating, and toboggan hills. To limit conflict between residential and recreational uses, the community will not incorporate equestrian access.
The community will also provide areas for quiet enjoyment of the scenic views and natural features of the land. We feel it is important that the unique and environmentally sensitive areas, such as the Bow River and its riparian areas, the escarpment, wildlife corridors, wetlands, and culturally significant sites are protected and preserved.
How will stormwater be managed on site and how does it affect wetlands?
We understand that due to the proximity of the Bow River and presence of wetlands throughout the area that stormwater management is an important component of community design. We are mindful of stormwater impacts to wetland health, erosion, flooding, and hydrogeology on the site and along the Bow River.
This past year, we have refined and completed additional studies to better understand how best to manage stormwater on site. These studies have informed the redesign of specific areas in the community. We are committed to preserving existing wetlands where possible and reconstructing naturalized stormwater ponds where appropriate. Wetland setbacks are being incorporated into the open space design.
What market research has been completed that indicates to Walton that a community of this size is feasible in this location?
Market research has been completed and Walton believes there is a strong demand for various housing options within Foothills County. Valued community amenities, including access to the Bow River, larger lot sizes, and ease of access to the surrounding region provide a strong rationale to bring this type of development and servicing into Foothills County.
Will development of this community impact property taxes in the surrounding area?
We understand that additional services and infrastructure improvements will be required to support the development of Oxbow. The costs associated with improving infrastructure and providing onsite amenities to support a proposed development are the responsibility of the developer and will not be passed down to existing residents.
Why did I experience trouble accessing the webinar in October?
We understand that some residents were not able to attend the last webinar due to technical glitches with the Eventbrite platform and its integration with the ZOOM webinar software. We have been working diligently to make sure this does not happen again.
For future webinars, we will have a dedicated email inbox monitored throughout the session. In the registration email, community members will be provided this contact information and encouraged to reach out directly to seek assistance if experiencing any technical issues prior to, or during the webinar.
Also, please note that if you are joining with an iOS operating system you may not be able to participate in the ZOOM webinar polling feature.
When will the next engagement opportunity be?
To follow current health and safety guidelines and ensure the safety of community members, Walton wishes to continue connecting with Davisburg residents digitally. Walton will be hosting two webinars in early December to share the progress we have made on the Oxbow ASP since we met in late-October
We’re back in the neighbourhood!
We’re Walton and we are excited to reconnect with you!
We acknowledge that it has been a while since our last update, and you may be curious about what happened. We’ve spent the past two years restructuring our organization to better serve our developments and stakeholders. It has been an important time for us, and we appreciate your patience.
Also, we recognize that the world has changed since our last conversations in 2017. We hope to work closely with our neighbours to understand how the community has evolved and in what ways community members imagine the neighbourhood growing.
The Oxbow ASP is a development project that we have always been proud of and we are pleased to announce that we will be moving forward with the plan this year.
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We’re looking forward to reconnecting with neighbours and meeting new community members. See you soon!
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Please note that the COVID-19 pandemic has changed how we anticipated meeting with you. However, we remain dedicated to an outreach and engagement process that provides local residents and neighbours with opportunities to learn about the Oxbow ASP and the tools to share your input.
Walton Group of Companies Update
Recently you may have seen media coverage or have been hearing information or speculation over the state of the Walton Group of Companies’ business. We want to take this opportunity to inform you that as of Friday, April 28th, 2017, Walton International Group Inc. Canada and certain of its Canadian entities announced that they have obtained an Initial Order from the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta for creditor protection under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA). Under the terms of the Initial Order, Ernst & Young will serve as the Court-appointed Monitor of the CCAA Entities.
The Oxbow property is not impacted by this process.
Why did this happen?
Walton’s business has been adversely impacted by the effects of the prolonged recession in Alberta. This recession has resulted in weakened demand, reduced sales and revenues, and timeline extensions in many of Walton’s active development projects. Given these economic conditions, it has become difficult to obtain financing extensions required to complete projects. As such, Walton management believes the best course of action to protect these developments and its investors was to file them under CCAA. This process will allow time to restructure and determine the best course of action for the entities moving forward.
What does this mean?
We would like to reiterate that the Oxbow project was not part of this filing nor is it directly impacted by the Walton Group’s restructuring plan. This was not a bankruptcy filing – it is a planned and structured reorganization of certain Walton-managed companies. We are continuing business-as-usual during this process and it is our goal to come out a much stronger and healthier group of companies.
We will continue to provide additional and timely information as it become available. It is our priority to keep our neighbors, stakeholders, and community up to date and informed of our progress. A copy of the Initial Order and additional information regarding the CCAA proceedings are available on the Monitor’s website at www.ey.com/ca/wigi. We encourage everyone to visit the Monitor’s website and to read through the available materials, including the frequently asked questions which provide concise answers to many of the questions you may have. The Ernst & Young website will be your best source of information as it will provide all of the background and answers that are available at this time.
What are the next steps?
Oxbow is continuing forward as before. We prepared a draft Area Structure Plan and have provided it to the M.D. of Foothills for preliminary review and comment. Our next steps are to continue our discussions with the M.D. of Foothills to ensure that our planning and engineering reports satisfy their requirements and address any questions or comments they have on our planning materials.
We will continue to provide information as it becomes available to the community. As always, if there are questions on any of this please contact Brady Morrice here.
Spring Open House Update
Thank you to those that attended our open house on March 22nd. Roughly 90 people were able to attend and it was great to see you all again. We are very grateful for all of the thoughtful input that has been contributed by our neighbors over the past year and a half. We have done our best to accommodate as much feedback as possible in our proposed plans.
As stated in our last update, our next step is to provide the draft concept plan with supporting planning and engineering documents to M.D. of Foothills Administration for review and initial comment. The purpose of this next step is to ensure our planning and engineering studies are complete and satisfy M.D. of Foothills’ requirements. We are anticipating that Administration’s review will take several months, after which we will address and incorporate the feedback and comments we received. We will continue to provide the status of this review process through email and website updates.
We are also planning to have a community event (something fun!) on the Oxbow property this summer to ensure we keep connected with our neighbours. We hope to see you there.
For those of you that were not able to attend our most recent open house, or who would like to revisit the information, please click on this link to find all of the materials that were presented. Please do not hesitate to contact Brady Morrice here if you would like to discuss the content or have questions.
Take care and enjoy the lovely spring weather.
Spring Open House
Over the last few months, we have been busy refining Oxbow’s concept plan, which has evolved from the guiding principles and the feedback received from earlier community discussions and open houses. Technical studies are now complete and a draft Area Structure Plan (ASP) and land use amendment have been prepared. Due to the size, scope and nature of the Oxbow ASP, our next step is to provide the draft concept plan with supporting planning and engineering documents to M.D. of Foothills Administration for review and initial comment. The purpose of this next step is to ensure our planning and engineering studies are complete and satisfy M.D. of Foothills’ requirements. We are anticipating that Administration’s review will take several months, after which we will then have to address and incorporate the feedback and comments we received. We will continue to provide updates with the status of this review process.
We’d like to extend our sincerest appreciation to our neighbours for the continued dialogue and input on our community plans. The Fall Open House provided valuable feedback that has helped to refine the initial high-level concept into a plan for the future community of Oxbow. To date, we have received much feedback that we have been able to incorporate into the overall plan, including:
- Limiting vehicular access and traffic on 88th Street;
- Incorporating a development setback and situate lowest density development along 88th Street and Dunbow Road;
- Preserving the escarpment and provide a number of publicly-accessible large open spaces throughout the community; and
- Providing public access to the Bow River.
We would like to invite you back once again to review the content of the draft ASP at our next open house. Details are:
Location: Davisburg Community Hall
Date: March 22, 2017
Time: 3 pm – 7:30 pm (Drop-in)
As always, if you can’t make this event, please don’t hesitate to contact Brady Morrice from Walton at 403.750.3345 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like the opportunity to discuss our plans. We look forward to seeing you there.
Frequently Asked Questions Updated
Following our October 5th Open House, we wanted to update our Frequently Asked Questions as we now not only have additional questions, but also additional information. As we make progress through the design process and continue to work through technical studies, we are able to provide more clarity and more accurate information as it becomes available. If there are any questions that you have that are not on this list, please contact us at any time and we will be happy to discuss them with you.
In addition to the questions listed in our Frequently Asked Questions, we have had discussions on many other topics including:
- Desire for equestrian trails;
- Preferred community facilities;
- Observations on existing wildlife movements and patterns;
- Desire for improved internet and cellular service;
- Request for increased opportunities to age-in-place; and
- Need for public river access/boat launch.
Our plan is to continue preparing our Area Structure Plan and land use amendment applications over the winter. We intend to come back to the public with more detailed information and a completed concept plan early in the new year before we submit any applications to the MD of Foothills. We hope that everyone has a happy and safe upcoming holiday season!
Fall Open House
On October 5th we held an open house at the Davisburg Community Hall which was well attended by over 100 local residents. We are pleased that so many of our neighbours came out to chat and see the progress that we have made on our plans. We received a lot of feedback from our neighbours and our next steps will be to continue to incorporate this feedback into our plans where possible.
We were also very excited to introduce our community name: Oxbow. We chose this name to pay tribute to the lands’ physical form and historical ranching and agricultural roots.
Fall Update & Open House
We have been busy the last six months refining a land use vision, establishing the guiding principles and generating concepts for our proposed community. During that time, we have also commenced the planning and engineering studies necessary to support the drafting of an Area Structure Plan. We would like to share all of our latest progress with the community.
We will be hosting an Open House on October 5th at the Davisburg Community Hall. Doors will be open from 9am – 1pm and 4pm – 8pm so please drop by at your convenience. Our entire team will be in attendance throughout the day to answer any questions you have and solicit your feedback. Please join us on the 5th and continue the conversation on the future of growth in the Davisburg Community. If you aren’t able to attend the event, please don’t hesitate to call or email when more convenient. Material displayed at the open house will be available on-line shortly after October 5th.