CALGARY (660 NEWS) – City council has voted to reject the proposals for eleven new suburban communities.
The final vote was unanimous at 14-0 to not approve the new developments.
Reports originally said that Councillor Ward Sutherland was the only one to oppose it, but he has since said a technical error showed he voted against it.
CORRECTION – I voted NOT TO APPROVE the 11 new communities. There was a technical voting issue resulting in the initial error. When my vote was finally corrected, media had already left for the night #yyc #yyccc https://t.co/Nf1682OkHH
— Ward Sutherland (@Ward4Ward1) November 4, 2020
Many on council had been critical of the city’s seemingly ever-growing urban sprawl, and administration recommended against the communities being built due to current economic issues.
Council approved 14 new suburban developments in 2018, which was higher than the amount recommended by city staff.
Despite the vote, developers have been invited back in 2022 to pitch the new developments again, hopefully when economic conditions favour them.