Threats to close Hamptons Golf Course show need for provincial sustainability framework for cities, says Green Party Leader Janet Keeping

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August 28, 2015

 

GREEN PARTY LEADER: THREATS TO CLOSE HAMPTONS GOLF COURSE SHOW PROVINCE NEEDS TO STEP IN WITH SUSTAINABILITY FRAMEWORK FOR CITIES

Alberta needs a sustainability framework

Alberta needs a sustainability framework


CALGARY – 
Janet Keeping, Leader of the Green Party of Alberta and a candidate in the September 3rd by-election in Calgary – Foothills, says a developing situation that pits the community against the owners of a golf course situated in the riding illustrates the need for provincial rules around sustainable urban development.

“I’ve been told by several residents of The Hamptons that developers intend to convert the local golf course into a new residential area against the wishes of those who bought homes in the area (and paid a premium for the opportunity) to be on or near that golf course,” says Keeping. “We support adding new residential buildings in creative, appropriately-scaled ways wherever possible, but it is crucial that much loved green spaces not be lost in the process.”

According to the Green Party leader, “There is vacant land in various parts of the riding that could be put to use for additional housing, recreational, small businesses or even light industrial uses, for example, greenhouses.  There are pockets of land in many places that could be developed into small scale housing projects helping to provide higher population density in the communities that make up the riding.  And there is a huge amount of unused land around the Stoney Trail – Shaganappi intersection that could be used for any number of purposes to enrich the lives of people living in Calgary-Foothills.”

If more people live in the vast riding, it will be easier to deliver needed services. But Keeping cautions, “In the process of densification it is both wrong and unnecessary to sacrifice green spaces such as The Hamptons golf course.  Indeed as the population of Calgary- Foothills becomes denser, green spaces – parks, playgrounds, golf courses and the like – become ever more precious.”

Sustainability and increased population density don’t mean sacrificing green spaces that are key to quality of life in our urban areas. Having a Green Party MLA in the Legislature means having a voice for smart, sustainable urban planning. Says Keeping, “The provincial government should legislate a Sustainability Framework which would require, among many other things, sensitive and creative densification that preserves the green spaces residents treasure. I would urge adoption of such a framework if I am elected on September 3rd.”

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For more information, please contact:

Janet Keeping

Leader of the Green Party of Alberta and

Candidate for the 2015 Calgary – Foothills by-election

email: leader@greenpartyofalberta.ca

Phone: 403.383.1356

@leader_janet

janet4foothills.ca

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