Shawnee talks could last days
Published Monday, October 1, 2012 4:47PM MDT
Last Updated Tuesday, October 2, 2012 8:10AM MDT
City council took to the discussion table on Monday night to work out a dispute over development on the site of the former Shawnee Slopes golf course.
Councilors heard from both sides in a packed meeting.
Many of the people there were in opposition to the developer’s application.
The proposal is calling for new housing for at least 3,000 people.
Residents opposed to the idea say there could be at least 12,000 people moving in.
They’re also worried that the development could cause a lot of problems, including traffic and loss of recreation areas.
Former alderman Ray Clark was hired as a consultant on behalf of the developer.
He says that a number of issues are on the table. “Land use matters, consultation, engagement, all of those matters, transportation, all of those issues are on the table today. It’s up to council to put all those together and juggle it. Hopefully not juggle too much.”
The hearing is expected to last several days.
Monday night’s meeting had 30 people speaking out against the development.
The Shawnee Slopes Golf Course was closed in October 2011 to make way for future residential development.
Geo-Energy Enterprises Ltd. purchased the land from the Shaw family four years ago and plans to create a village focused community.
The land has been designated for residential use since 1974.
The developers are planning three key areas; Shawnee Village, the Grand Boulevard and Park’s Edge.
The developer has submitted the plan to the city for review and it is now before council for consideration.