First we need a master plan on how we want to see Chestermere grow. We do not want to simply add residential houses just because its easy to add. The only way to balance a budget with only a residential tax base is having a high tax base. That makes no sense for a home owner to want to live in that situation. Home owners want low taxes. They work hard for their money and we want them to keep more of it. Though we need commercial to work hard for the home owners, so we can have the services and amenities we all want.
Working a Plan is the key. Residential development needs to be on larger lots, while keeping the pricing affordable. Our City is fortunate to be next to many acres of raw land. Small lots cause parking issues and neighbour to neighbour stress and download this problem to the City to handle in the future, while the Developer is long gone. Home lots should be large enough to allow all parking to be off street.
To add significant retail we need to ask the Owners, Pensions and Real estate investment trusts (REIT) that own the shops, what will make them come to Chestermere. For them it’s a very specific set of conditions. For example they may require a certain level of residential density. Then we have a reason why would add more residential, to obtain that group of retail stores and also being beneficial to our commercial tax base.
We want office or warehousing that does not impact the enjoyment of homes and our community, so it needs to be far enough away yet an easy commute. Chestermere is lucky or strategically located between the Trans Canada highway and Glenmore Trail, two of the highest traffic transportation routes. Chestermere needs to take advantage of this.
Conrich commercial district and Balzac have exploded with growth, creating a tax base for Rockyview County that covers over half their budget. Over $40,000,000 in tax revenue. That was never there before. This kind of commercial tax revenue would allow Chestermere to have pools, major recreation, and fully support a myriad of social programs.
For Commercial Growth. I recommend growing Chestermere North, South & East working with Rockyview County to McKnight and Country Hills Blvd , becoming part of the warehousing district that will travel east of Conrich. South to Glenmore Trail joining the industrial corridor Glenmore already is planned for. East to take advantage of more commercial opportunities along the Trans Canada Highway.
Chestermere is an Oasis. It just needs some work. We need a Master Plan that encompasses more, to follow and to let us do things on purpose, rather than just shooting in the dark. Developers want this also, so they do not waste time and money approaching the City with something that will not be approved. Which further helps the City stay efficient and keep a low budget by not wasting time on projects that will not proceed. The City must continue to work towards the lifestyle and amenities that Chestermere home owners and families want and deserve.
With the significant shift all communities are experiencing with Seniors and Retirees. Healthcare will become more and more important. Additionally, with a focus on the expansion of athletics in Chestermere, access to health care is crucial. I plan to push for a larger health campus with multiple MRI, CT scans, Xray machines. Bringing costs of access to these machines down for users.
Chestermere needs to explore getting its own Water Utility Treatment and not relying on the expensive City of Calgary water. This can be done as a P3 or wholly owned by Chestermere.
Let’s make commercial work for us. Let’s make government work for us.