M.D. of Bighorn gives green light to Horseshoe Lands ASP

    Horseshoe Lands Area Structure Plan passes third reading with unanimous

    EXSHAW, AB, Sept. 27 /CNW/ - "Today is an historic day for the M.D. of
Bighorn, the Stoney Nakoda Nation, the partnership between Moondance Land
Company Ltd. and Stoney Nakoda Developments Ltd., the residents of Bow Valley
and the people of Alberta," says John Third, Horseshoe Lands' Director of
Marketing and Public Relations.
    "The journey from developer's concept to passing third reading by the
M.D. of Bighorn has been achieved in slightly more than two years. Although
much has been accomplished during this period, much more remains to be done as
we move into the Concept Planning phase. We have every expectation that the
evolution of this process will result in a model Alberta town that will be the
envy of the province and perhaps all of Canada when it is completed in the
coming decades."
    Third explained that dedicated and passionate participants at all levels
and a transparent and co-operative process were instrumental in moving the
Horseshoe Lands ASP to the next stage. "I know that following second reading,
we as developers worked closely with M.D. of Bighorn to resolve more than
80 large and small changes to the ASP. We also reviewed some 200 comments from
individual parties and stakeholders. In the end, collectively we resolved the
issues." Third also cited UMA Engineering Ltd. and Gartner Lee Limited
(Environmental Services) for their outstanding professional engineering,
planning and consulting services provided throughout the ASP approval process.
    "The spirit of co-operation and openness surrounding the ASP has been
there from the beginning," explains Third. "As an example, the three chiefs
from Stoney Nakoda Nation set the tone when they met with M.D. of Bighorn to
demonstrate their willingness to work with the M.D. Council to move the
project forward. As well, the M.D. of Bighorn's councillors and administration
have worked tirelessly from the outset to ensure the process was conducted
openly and fairly for all parties concerned. Today, I believe that the M.D. of
Bighorn should be very proud of the fact that they spearheaded a process that
has resulted in a 'living, breathing blueprint'. While it will take decades to
complete the process, the M.D. of Bighorn as stewards of the ASP have an
opportunity to raise the bar and set a new standard for how to create a model
community employing the latest technologies and innovative processes not
previously implemented."
    Third also noted that the developers remain committed to building a
mountain community that accommodates residential, retail, commercial and light
industrial land use in an environmentally, economically, and socially
sustainable manner. "Over the life of the project we will remain vigilant and
proactive surrounding issues related to the environment, fiscal
sustainability, housing, and water."
    Regarding next steps, Third explained that the project now moves into the
Conceptual Planning and re-zoning phase. "This stage is designed to provide
greater detail on land use and servicing of the various sub-areas within the
ASP. This can vary from details of sanitation, fire protection, and traffic
management to the layout of street, sidewalk, trail and park locations. As we
build out, there will be a number of Concept Plans brought before the M.D. of
Bighorn. Once the Concept Plans are approved, we will then move into the
Subdivision Plan, the fourth stage of a seven-step process."

    About Horseshoe Lands Area Structure Plan
    The Horseshoe Lands Area Structure Plan calls for the development of a
residential community about the size of a small Alberta town, which will be
located north of the Trans Canada Highway and Kananaskis Highway No.40,
interchange. The vision is to build a model Alberta mountain community that
accommodates residential, retail and commercial land use in an
environmentally, economically, and socially sustainable manner. The Horseshoe
Lands development is a partnership between Moondance Land Company Ltd. and
Stoney Nakoda Developments Ltd., a wholly owned company of the Stoney Nakoda
Nation. www.horseshoelands.ca

For further information:

For further information: Mr. John Third, Horseshoe Lands, Director of
Marketing and Public Relations, (403) 609-1211; Mr. Neil Bousquet, APR,
Horseshoe Lands, PR, (403) 256-8834, neil.bousquet@prwizard.ca

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