Article content continued
“We believe providing more choices within Calgary’s east sector will help mitigate market loss to smaller satellite communities outside of Calgary.”
Nenshi told reporters last week that he would “listen with an open mind” to all proposals, but said he would have many questions for developers.
“I think my colleagues on council and land developers really need to answer the question, ‘Why in the world would this be a good time to add to an already dangerous oversupply?’ ” he said.
“I think we shouldn’t have approved the 14 we approved two years ago. We should have approved eight or nine. The remainder should have been approved this time. Since we already blew the bank and approved five or 10 years’ worth of new communities, it’s going to be very hard to convince me that we should be adding more to that list in this economy.”
Also opposed to the developments is Matt Osborne, spokesman for the Calgary Firefighters Association, who said the fire department is already stretched thin.
“As the city’s getting bigger and our budget’s getting smaller, we have concerns about new communities being looked at and added to the outskirts of Calgary,” he said. “Firefighters are not against growth. We just want to make sure that as that happens we ensure that we have the tools to do our jobs and be there for Calgarians, whether it’s inner-city or outer-city.”
Osborne said the firefighters association would present at Monday’s priorities and finance committee meeting, which is open for public comments.
— With files from Madeline Smith