Rocky View County held a project information session at the Bragg Creek Community Centre on February 28, 2017. The session included a review of project information boards, a presentation by the project consultant, Amec Foster Wheeler, and a public question and answer period. The evening closed with one-on-one discussions with attendees at the information boards.
The session was well attended with over 125 residents from the hamlet and surrounding area. We would like to thank the residents that attended the information session for this opportunity to share information and for their valuable input. The information boards, presentation, and responses to some frequently asked questions are posted for your information:
Project Update and Documents
The County has completed the field program that began in August 2016. The information gathered to date will be used to complete the flood mitigation designs for the hamlet and to support provincial and federal regulatory and environmental applications. The following reports are posted for your information:
In November 2016, Rocky View County, Amec Foster Wheeler, and Evolve Surface Strategies (formally SunAgro Land Services) started one-on-one meetings with landowners who will be directly impacted by the flood mitigation structures. To date, we have met over 90% of the landowners. Landowner concerns were discussed and feedback regarding design and alignment will be incorporated into the design where possible.
The County has begun land appraisals of the affected properties based on the type of acquisition required to construct the flood mitigation structures: full buyout, partial taking, or easement. Serecon Inc. has been retained to provide third party land appraisal services. For more information regarding the appraisal process, please see the Land Appraisal Process Memo (PDF) .
Phase 1: Planning and Design
- Benchmark and narrative appraisals of project lands; Currently ongoing
- Public review of design at Information Session; February 28th, 2017
- Alberta Environment & Parks Water Act application; Tentative submission April 2017
- Federal Department of Oceans and Fisheries Offsetting Plan; Tentative submission April 2017
- Detailed design and preparation of tender plans and specifications package for construction; Tentative date for completion June 2017
- First Nations Consultation (Treaty 7); cannot commence until Water Act Application is accepted by Alberta Environment & Parks and consultation process is initiated.
Phase 2: Construction
- Subject to environmental approvals and completion of First Nations Consultation to the satisfaction of Alberta Environment & Parks and Infrastructure Canada.
- Upon issuance of environmental approvals; 6 to 8 months for construction of flood protection measures plus 6 months for reclamation and site clean-up.
Rocky View County would like to thank the Alberta and Federal Governments for sponsoring this project. The grants offered between the two levels of government total $32.8 M; Provincial $27.0 M and Federal $5.8 M.