RCR: Providing every guest the Ultimate Experience
Proudly Canadian, RCR is the largest private ski resort owner/operator in North America, owning six ski resorts and a number of hotels and golf courses across Canada, including:
- Wintergreen Golf and Country Club
- Nakiska Ski Area
- Fernie Alpine Resort
- Kicking Horse Mountain Resort
- Kimberley Alpine Resort
- Trickle Creek Golf Resort
- Ski Hill - Mont St. Anne
- Ski Hill - Stoneham
- Golf Course - Le Grand Vallon
The Site: Past, Present and Future
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Historical Background of the Site
Since it’s opening as Lyon Mountain Ski Hill in 1982, the site has served as a key amenity to the community. The ski hill was originally constructed by Bob Lyon, sold to the Skiing Louise Group, and eventually purchased by Resorts of the Canadian Rockies Inc.
Under the new ownership, an evaluation was performed on the ski hill and due to market conditions, aging infrastructure and a lack of reinvestment, the decision was made to close the ski hill in 2003. Since that time the ski hill lands have remained idle with the main focus being placed on operating and improving the golf course known as Wintergreen Golf and Country Club.
Current Conditions of the Site
For years following the closure of the ski hill, there was little onsite activity. During this time, many of the ski lifts were removed and infrastructure secured. In 2011, work began on a conceptual idea to redevelop the lands into a residential community.
Future Aspirations for the Site
Through consultation with the community, Rocky View County (RVC) and market research, the conceptual layout (fig.2)for the site is to develop a mix of:
- Amenities sites (year round recreational activities for residents)
- Large residential lots
- Single family residential lots (varying in size from 0.5 acres to 2.0 acres)
- Duplex lots (villa style development)
- Updated village core (with potential for multi-family and hotel development)
This project, currently still in its infancy, anticipates the creation of approximately 200-300 housing units of varying density. Timeframe of build out will be determined by market conditions.
With the completion of initial environmental assessments in 2012, a conceptual layout (fig.2) was produced and presented to the community. Working toward the long-term goal of developing the conceptual layout into an official scheme, additional assessments and further consultation are currently underway and will need to be complete before submitting an application for land use (fig.3).
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Integral to the success of the development meeting the needs of the community, stakeholder engagement will be ongoing throughout the planning stages. Through initial stakeholder engagement, ideas for planning have been collected in addition to themes around benefits and careful consideration.
Ideas for Planning:
- A focus on year round recreational activities
- Improved connections to the community
- Dedicated walking trails
- Minimal tree removal
- Appropriate and thoughtful integration of higher and lower density dwelling
- Phased development
Themes around Potential Benefits:
- Economic revitalization
- Increased population
- Improved roads and water services
- Improved fire protection
Themes for Careful Consideration:
- Attention to the quality of life and privacy of adjacent neighbours
- Improved access roads
- Environmental sensitivity
- Increased phone and internet access in the area
- Adequate water treatment and sanitary sewer servicing the area
A neighbouring member of the area for many years, RCR remains dedicated to preserving Bragg Creek as a thriving four season community, and to ensuring that any development is tailored to match the local character of the area.
In the coming months, the plan will evolve as more input is received from the community and identified stakeholders. A draft plan will be back in front of the community in the Fall of this year. We look forward to another meeting to review the draft prior to submission of the Conceptual Scheme and Land Use Redesignation (rezoning) applications to Rocky View County.
The Conceptual Scheme and Land Use Redesignation (rezoning) application will be submitted concurrently, which will provide guidance for the development and list of uses and restrictions for the property. It typically takes approximately 9 months for RVC to process these applications and a public hearing will be held by Council to inform their decision.
Prior to submitting both applications, the following assessments are required:
- Traffic Impact Analysis
- Stormwater Management Plan
- Historical Impact Assessment
- Geotechnical Assessment / Minimal tree removal
An analysis of water and wastewater requirements is required for the site.
A review on the water requirements will be completed in collaboration with Wintergreen Woods Water Utility. The intent is to amend an existing snowmaking license for domestic use and receive treated water.
The wastewater treatment facility onsite currently services the golf course and the 14 lot subdivision constructed in 1999. Though there is some capacity in this system to provide service for the first few phases of development, the long-term goal is to tie into the newly constructed RVC wastewater treatment plant.