It's time for the MD to rejoin the CRP
Wednesday, Apr 09, 2014 06:00 am
Mediation between the Calgary Regional Partnership (CRP) and rural municipalities outside the city has resulted in a number of proposals to change the Calgary Metropolitan Plan (CMP). The possible changes address many of the MD of Foothills’ long standing concerns with the plan.
If the changes are adopted, it’s time for the MD to rejoin the CRP.
Foothills councillors deserve credit for standing their ground to defend the MD’s interests and its residents over the years. The MD withdrew from the CRP in 2009 with concerns over high density urban development eyed for the foothills and a voting structure that has been criticized as giving the city a veto over regional decisions.
The MD won a key concession to be able to work with the CRP and its residents to identify where future urban growth corridors will be located in the foothills. The mediation did not resolve the questions over the voting structure, it’s now recommended municipalities get a veto over changes to the CMP that would adversely affect them. As well, it was clarified membership in the CRP will be voluntary.
The proposed changes still need to be approved by the CRP and the provincial government needs to sign off on the plan.
While the organization and the CMP have been the target of criticism, it has always been a positive initiative to plan for future growth and development in the Calgary region. As well, membership has benefits, such as being able to tie in to regional services like water, wastewater and transit.
If the changes are ultimately approved and the MD’s concerns can be addressed, the MD of Foothills should take its place back as a member of the CRP.