Spring Cleaning: Garbage & Recycling Locations

If you’re planning on doing some spring cleaning anytime soon, there’s a number of depots and centres available for Springbank and Bearspaw residents.

Springbank Recycling Depot
67 Commercial Court (Wild Wild West Events Centre)
Open every day from 10 am to 5 pm

Accepting the following materials

  • Cardboard
  • Newspaper
  • Mixed papers
  • Glass
  • Small metal items

Bearspaw CHUCKwagon
*CHUCKwagons are mobile recycling bins that act as small-scale transfer sites.
253220 Bearspaw Road NW (Bearspaw Lifestyles Centre)
Open Wednesdays 10 am to 7 pm

Accepting the following materials

  • Cardboard
  • Newspaper
  • Mixed papers
  • Clear glass
  • Small metal items

Springhill CHUCKwagon
*CHUCKwagons are mobile recycling bins that act as small-scale transfer sites.
SpringHill RV Park on Highway 22
Open Sundays 9 am to 3 pm

Accepting the following materials

  • Household garbage
  • Newspaper
  • Mixed papers
  • Clear glass
  • Cardboard
  • Plastic

Fees for recycling and garbage locations in Rocky View County can be found online here.

 

Adjustments to Rocky View Master Rates

Rocky View County recently passed its annual adjustments to the Master Rates Bylaw, which outlines what residents pay for County services (building permits, utilities, licenses, etc.).

Most of the rates will remain unchanged for this year, and actually some will even be decreasing. In some categories, rates are rising 1-2% to cover inflation.

Increases include:

  • Bragg Creek sewer services are moving from a fixed rate of $125. per month to a rate of $25 plus $3.70 per cubic metre of water consumption to better reflect each homeowner’s individual use.
  • The costs of monuments, burial sites, and other cemetery-related services are increasing to move towards true cost recovery.

The new rates come into effect on April 1, 2015.

The Master Rates Bylaw reflects the County’s 2015-2018 Strategic Plan, which identifies fiscal sustainability as one of its pillars. The County is moving towards more user-based fee structures for programs and services that benefit only some residents. Currently fewer than 12,000 of the County’s 38,000 residents receive water, sewer, or curbside waste and recycling services provided by the County.

More information on the Master Rates Bylaw and its 2015 amendments can be found on the Rocky View County website here.

Glenbow Ranch Area Structure Plan one step closer

The new Glenbow Ranch Area Structure Plan (GBRASP) is another step closer after Rocky View County adopted the new Terms of Reference last month.

The terms provide direction for the review of a portion of Bearspaw Area Structure Plan, facilitating the development of the new GBRASP. The terms establish the scope, timeline and goals of the GBRASP.

The Terms of Reference include an approximate study area of 7,671 acres of land located south of Highway 1A, north of the Bow River, and between the Town of Cochrane and the City of Calgary. The GBRASP will replace a portion of the Bearspaw ASP, as the land is located within the Bearspaw ASP’s boundaries.

One of the objectives of GBRASP is to provide sensitive integration of natural features and historical areas of the park into the surrounding areas. Development in the area can now protect park values and support park operations as well.

Clearly stated within the proposed Terms of Reference, development will be integrated to enhance the experience of living in proximity to a provincial park, while minimizing the adverse impacts of development and park users.

This is an exciting development for Bearspaw and Rocky View residents, and you can find out more about these recent actions in this article by Rocky View Weekly.

Bearspaw & Springbank: Why I Love These Communities

While there are many great communities in Calgary, I personally love Bearspaw and Springbank, which are situated just outside the city limits, in Rocky View County.

Bearspaw and Springbank are beautiful neighbourhoods with both urban and rural appeal, playing to the lifestyles of anyone. I myself have been a resident of Springbank for many years, and work in both areas.

There’s no shortage of exciting things to do in both communities, favouring both the urban and rural appeal. Lots of great businesses, parks and restaurants are in both areas, and of course the landscape is to die for.

Love the outdoors? Bearspaw and Springbank both boast an abundance of beautiful parks and parkland. Bordered by both the Bow and Elbow Rivers, and situated among Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park, there’s no shortage of pathways and parks in the area.

Let’s talk about the curb appeal and resale value, which are two areas I know a lot about, being a REALTOR in the area. Home to several luxury properties, the neighbourhoods were voted among the richest neighbourhoods in Canada.

Also, of the over 7,200 new homes developed in the Rocky View County area in the past decade, 48% were in Springbank and Bearspaw.

Needless to say, I love Bearspaw and Springbank, and you can ask me anything about the areas, any time!

Organizing Your Home Office

January is “Get Organized Month”, and with the new year, it’s a perfect time to get around to that office organization you’ve been putting off. If you’ve got a home office, here’s five easy tips for organizing your space:

1. Take advantage of storage boxes, and try going with ones made from luxurious materials for some extra flair.

2. Experts from Style at Home recommend using glass vases, jars and canisters to store things as it makes things easy to find.

3. While you want to keep your home office tidy and organized, add some accessories or flowers to keep it a cozy space you want to spend time in.

4. Seek inspiration from new places: social media sites like Pinterest or Houzz, a colour palette you see, etc.

5. Upcycle materials and turn trash into treasure. Your desk doesn’t need to be top-of-the-line or brand new.

Recycle a Tree – Receive a Tree

The Rocky View County annual Christmas tree recycling program is back, and residents who bring their natural Christmas trees to a drop-off location will get a voucher for a tree seedling from Bow Point Nursery or Branched Out Nursery.

The drop-off locations are:

  • Bragg Creek Transfer Site
  • Langdon Transfer Site
  • Irricana Transfer Site
  • Crossfield Transfer Site
  • Airdrie Recycle Depot (East Side Recycling Depot)
  • Cochrane Eco Centre (Recycle Depot)
  • Bow Point Nursery
  • Branched Out Nursery

More information can be found online at the Rocky View County website here.

How snow removal works in Rocky View

This winter has brought with it lots of up and down weather so far, and if you’re wondering how Rocky View County goes about clearing the roadways of snow and ice, here’s a little insight.

Rocky View County is using some new and innovative tools to help tackle snow and ice removal, such as a snow melting machine. The County is one of the first in Alberta to use this type of machine, which is essentially like a large hot tub. Snow is dumped in and hot water melts it, then the water is filtered and sent to the storm water system. To give you an idea, it costs about 25% less than regular snow hauling to a dump site.

The County is also now using snowcats to deal with heavy snowfall on gravel roads. These machines are designed for moving around ski hills and areas where other vehicles can’t go—perfect for winter roads in country areas.

Interested in learning more about snow and ice removal in Rocky View County? Check out their website.

Bearspaw Trail will be completed within Glenbow Ranch Park

Thanks to a grant received from Rocky View County, Glenbow Ranch Park will have the means to complete Bearspaw Trail within the park. The grant is in the amount of $30,000, allocated from the Bearspaw Glendale and Ranch Lands Recreation Boards.

“It’s very exciting for us to receive this grant,” said GRPF Executive Director Susan de Caen. “It adds a great amount to what we’ve already received, which means we are almost two-thirds of the way to actually getting all the funding we need for the Bearspaw connection. It’s fantastic.” [Rocky View Weekly]

The Bearspaw Trail will connect Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park to Haskayne Park within Calgary, which will begin development by the City of Calgary in 2015.

The trail will also be a part of the TransCanada Trail, which will be completed by 2017. De Caen said the foundation hopes to connect the trail system to Cochrane’s as well. [Rocky View Weekly]

 

RVC: New Recreation and Culture Plan Coming

The County is one step closer to receiving a new Recreation and Culture Master Plan, after  a presentation to an RVC committee last week. Feedback from the presentation will be used to develop a report, which will be brought back to council in early January.

The development of the plan took into account a lot of feedback from the community, including information taken from workshops, interviews, questionnaires and tours of the facility.

One of the main recommendations being brought forward with the plan is a re-examining of the organizational structure of 10 recreation boards and one regional board.

“The primary purpose of the plan is to identify the needs of the community and a strategic direction to meet those needs, and how to do so in a financially sustainable manner.” – consultant Eric Lees

More recommendations and information on the proposed plan can be found in this great article on Rocky View Weekly.

 

 

Amendments will protect Rocky View County waterways

 

Last week, Rocky View County council adopted amendments that will help protect the lands adjacent to County waterways, by limiting the types of construction permitted in those areas. The amendments will also enforce setbacks to keep these zones intact.

“Although they make up a relatively small portion of the landscape, they have some significant importance relating to economic, health, and environmental considerations,” said RVC Senior Planner Richard Barss. “Economically, they can help prevent or limit erosion, and they can slow down flooding. Health-wise, they improve water quality by filtering nutrients and sediments from water systems. And from an environmental perspective, they provide an important habitat for mammals and fish.”

 

“For the County to be coming out with these bylaw amendments, it shows exceptionally strong leadership,” he said. “We will be trumpeting this success to other municipalities within the region.”

 

[Rocky View Weekly]

If you want to learn more about the Riparian Protection Areas (RPA) and the most recent amendments that will protect waterways in Rocky View County, read this article online by Rocky View Weekly.