Dec 2, 2014
Tree cleanup after severe damage from windstorms will continue throughout the winter and beyond as needed. Thank you for your patience during cleanup.
We appreciate the attendance at the Open House for the phase 1 Architectural Review. We will take comments on the homes into consideration as we move forward with our application.
Nov 10, 2014
Phase 1 development approvals progressing, site debris cleanup continues
Phase 1 development approval continues to progress with the city. Cardel will evaluate whether lot sales can commence in mid to late January 2015. Phase 4 multi- and mixed-use sites are currently being evaluated for development in 2015.
Cardel has been receiving many requests for more information on the types of homes being planned and what they might look like. Work is underway to determine how the current conceptual homes will be presented on the website. Any homes presented on the website in the future would still be subject to City of Calgary development permit approval.
We will be on site to clean up some of the debris from broken trees over the next few weeks. Cardel and Genstar have been meeting with City of Calgary administration to review the damage and discuss development implications.
Oct 22, 2014
FAQs have been updated, and a revised Conceptual Phase Map has been posted online along with the latest Land Use Concept Map. View FAQs and maps in the left navigation bar.
Sept 30, 2014
Although we were targeting for an October release of our Phase 1 lots, approval delays at the City have required us to postpone the sales date.
Please continue to watch your email for updates as we will keep you posted on the progress and confirm a new release date in the coming weeks.
Thank you for your patience.
Sept 22, 2014
Over the past week, we have been cleaning up some of the trees that were severely impacted by the snow storm. As in many areas of the city, the trees in Shawnee Park were damaged and we will have our arborist reviewing tree health to evaluate which can survive.
Cleanup of the former maintenance shed is ongoing as well as excavation and testing of the soils. Soil clean-up is directly related to a former septic field location on the former driving range of the golf course. We will be excavating the former septic field and disposing of it as per City of Calgary standards.
Internally we continue to work with the City of Calgary on the engineering and phasing of Shawnee Park. We do not anticipate any major construction in 2014 as some of the site planning exercises are requiring further analysis. We thank you for your patience.
Sept 12, 2014
Due to the recent snow storm and its impact on the trees in Shawnee Park, we have our crews assessing the status of the perimeter of the site. Crews have been asked to clean up broken limbs of trees that are a direct safety hazard to adjacent neighbours and property. Since the damage was significant, we ask for patience with the clean up as we make our way around Shawnee Park targeting the priority areas first. In the upcoming months, we plan on having an arborist back on site to assess the damage and evaluate the impact to the trees.
Despite the poor weather, we are on site working on some of the contaminated soil sampling and will move into the demolition of the maintenance building soon afterwards. We plan to be on site full time now that all the demolition permits are in place and are still aiming for an end of September completion date.
Sept 9, 2014
The proposed phase 1 of development for Shawnee Park along Shawnee Drive has been delayed due to engineering requirements by the City of Calgary. Due to the delay we do not anticipate construction along Shawnee Drive this year. We will keep the community updated with further updates on engineering approvals as we work with the City.
Sales release dates as posted will be subject to change based on the approval delay for phase 1.
The double fence that was initially installed by Geo-Energy is in the process of being removed. We anticipate moving to the north area of the site starting next week for the removal of the fence and clean up behind the removed fence. Fence repairs occured last week on the south boundary of Shawnee Park to ensure site security and proper upkeep of the boundary.
Sept 3, 2014
Soil remediation, fencing repairs and tree assessments underway
Demolition of the golf course maintenance shed will resume during the next two weeks pending sign off from the City of Calgary. Along with the site demolition there will be soil sampling crews completing the environmental assessment to make sure all contaminated soils are removed from the former building areas.
Fencing crews will continue repairs of damaged fencing, and all of the double fence around the perimeter of the site will be removed to ensure wildlife safety. Fence removal on the north area by Fish Creek Park will proceed after south sections are completed.
Additionally, interior trees are being assessed for health over the next few weeks. An arborist will be on site identifying viability of trees and recommending a pruning initiative for the fall.
Aug 26, 2014
Remediation and tree protection in place as construction plans progress, online FAQ added
Over the past month, demolition and soil testing have continued on the clubhouse. Any soil contamination cleanup, as a part of the environmental remediation requirements, is in the process of being confirmed. Trees have been a priority over the past month, with tree protection fencing being installed as per City of Calgary requirements to ensure no trees are disturbed during construction. The trees along the perimeter of the site have been pruned as per the recommendation of our arborist and further tree pruning will commence in the interior of the site.
Site maintenance along the perimeter of Shawnee Park continues and requirements for grass cutting in the interior of the site will also continue to be monitored.
Due to further engineering requirements, stripping and grading activities are not anticipated in 2014. Engineering approvals are continuing to proceed with the City of Calgary for Phase 1 of development (along Shawnee Drive). It is anticipated that detour road construction along Shawnee Drive will commence in early fall to ensure traffic disruptions are reduced for commuters along the construction zone.
As construction commences along Shawnee Drive, extended water and sewer services beside the old driving range, the future construction of a sidewalk and street lights along the golf course all form part of the scope of work. Further updates on the construction scheduling of Phase 1 will be provided to residents as approvals are received from the City of Calgary.
June 27, 2014
Phase 1 & 2 conceptual community map
On June 10, the SECA board met with Cardel Homes and Genstar Development Company to review development progress to date. Currently, work is underway to demolish the Shawnee Slopes clubhouse, clean up old golf facilities and complete the appropriate soil remediation. A landscaping maintenance program has commenced, including grass cutting and tree trimming to manage the site prior to construction start. Work is underway on the grading plan for the site with key goals being to minimize truck traffic on surrounding roads and to control the dust during construction as this will entail the mobilization of construction equipment on the land. Phase 1 of development is at an engineering stage. Residents adjacent to Phase 1 will be advised of upcoming construction schedules, which should occur in the fall. A conceptual community map outlining Phases 1 & 2 has been posted online.
Conceptual community map undergoing updates. Check back soon.
April 17, 2014
Tentative Phase 1 and 2 development plans presented
On April 16, Cardel Homes, Genstar and the City of Calgary met to review the current Phase 1 and 2 tentative plans with a focus on discussing the tree protection plan required in advance of stripping and grading approval. An action plan was agreed to in formulating the next set of development permit applications.
In addition to monthly development updates at SECA meetings, Cardel and Genstar will deliver specific presentations to the Board on proposed development permit concepts to keep the Board and residents up to date on the status.
Cardel continues to survey customers on product design preferences. To receive Cardel customer database updates, simply register as a VIP via the link to the left.
March 24, 2014
Engineering review and phasing plans in full swing
Genstar has been working diligently with its team of consultants and the City of Calgary over the past 6 months to engage in a full engineering review of the Shawnee Park site. Along with this engineering review, the phasing plan, tree protection plan and product development continue to evolve.
As the project moves forward through 2014, plans for a stripping and grading plan of the first phase of development will continue with a target to break ground in late 2014. Cardel, Genstar, and the entire team involved appreciate the patience and cooperation from the community as everything moves forward in 2014.
January 27, 2014
Conceptual phasing plans in place
Planning and engineering for Shawnee Park continues to progress, with a focus on evaluating the best options for stormwater management and efficiently integrating existing trees into the development. Conceptual phasing plans have been developed for the community build-out, and product design options continue to evolve for single-family homes, condos and multi-family residences.
Cardel and Genstar met with Councillor Diane Colley Urquhart on January 15, 2014, with project status updates. Timing for Phase 1 tentative planning and development permit approvals were also discussed. Consultation with the city will continue to increase throughout the first quarter of 2014.
October 17, 2013
Cardel Homes names development manager for Shawnee Park
Cardel Homes has named Genstar Development Company as development manager for Shawnee Park, Calgary’s newest SW community. Cardel Homes has a long history of building in Genstar communities, including Chaparral Valley, Walden, Panorama, Evansview and many more.
Genstar is a real estate development company specializing in master-planned residential developments in Calgary, Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg and Toronto. Creating its first master-planned community in the 1950s, Genstar has developed tens of thousands of acres throughout Canada into communities that offer innovative amenities, lasting value and exceptional quality of life.
Cardel looks forward to building on a long-term partnership of creating special places with Genstar.
October 7, 2013
It has been a busy summer at Shawnee Park. Calgary’s newest SW community is beginning to take shape, and there are exciting updates to report:
- Cardel has hired Genstar Development as Shawnee Park’s development manager. Genstar brings years of experience and talent to the project, and their involvement will enhance the overall quality of
this burgeoning community.
- Over the next several weeks, the following actions will be taking place on site:
- Surveyors will be performing a boundary survey to determine the exact location of the property lines.
- A full topographic survey will be completed.
- Drilling rigs will be on site drilling the test holes for some of the studies required by the City of Calgary.
- The organic fill site bordering James Mckevitt drive will have some larger equipment moving the fill around and flattening it out for roughly one day.
- New signage will be installed on James Mckevitt Drive and on 6 Street SW. New perimeter signage will be installed as well.
- The clubhouse and some of the other buildings are in the process of being dismantled. Full demolition of remaining buildings and foundations should be complete by year end.
July 4, 2013
Cardel Homes names development manager for Shawnee Park
Since our announcement of the acquisition and development plans for Shawnee Park, we have experienced an overwhelming amount of interest, feedback and support for this exciting and new yet mature community.
Many of the inquiries we have received regarding Shawnee Park have been focused around development timelines, product mix and pricing, as well as purchase timelines. Although some of the specific details regarding price, product design and specifications will depend on our engagement process with the greater Calgary community, we are targeting showhome construction and residential sales as early as spring/summer 2014.
June 7, 2013
Cardel Homes Acquires Shawnee Park Lands
Progressive, mixed-used community slated for creation
Cardel Homes announced today the acquisition of Shawnee Park, 130 acres of privately owned land formerly known as Shaw-nee Slopes Golf Course, which ceased operations in 2011. Cardel Homes purchased the SW Calgary tract, located alongside the southern edge of Fish Creek Park, from Geo-Energy Enterprises, Ltd.
This fall, Cardel plans to begin development of the 1,700-unit, city-approved project, consisting of condo apartments, townhomes, and single-family estate homes, all adjacent to Fish Creek Park. This forward-thinking product mix will address a growing need for higher density housing in an outstanding, established southwest Calgary location and will provide options for homebuyers at virtually every life stage. Shawnee Park will also offer a range of commercial shops and services for area residents in addition to prime access to the Fish Creek LRT Station. Community residents and the public will enjoy open access to a network of community trails and dedicated greenspace that were previously accessible only to golfers.
With a vested interest in the area since 1973, Cardel is committed to preserving the majority of Shawnee Park’s mature trees while enhancing the landscape and providing much-needed housing options for a city on the grow.
“I am extremely pleased with this news,” commented Diane Colley-Urquhart, Alderman for Ward 13. “Cardel Homes has a stellar reputation as one of the finest homebuilders in our city.”
Over the last four decades, Cardel has built close to 8,000 homes in Calgary, Ottawa, Denver and Tampa. From single-family homes to multi-family townhomes and condos – even resort properties – Cardel offers a full lineup of homes from starter to estate models.
“I have known [Cardel President and CEO] Ryan Ockey for many years and have seen first hand his commitment to excellence, engaging citizens and building beautiful communities,” commented Alderman Colley-Urquhart. “I know the Ockey family will build a legacy flagship community.”
Established in 1973 by Del and Caryl Ockey, two former schoolteachers, Cardel Homes has since become one of the city’s most successful homebuilders, holding the most building permits of any builder for the past seven consecutive years. Along with a single-family home division, the Cardel Group of Companies includes a multi-family brand – Cardel Lifestyles – as well as Cardel Inner City, Cardel Renovations, the Cardel Financial mortgage brokerage, the community Cardel Theatre and Cardel Foundations, the company’s charitable division, which has donated over $15M to charity through the years.
Despite Cardel’s growth, the company remains family owned and family oriented. The acquisition of the Shawnee Park lands, framed by the largest continuous urban park in North America, marks a new level in the company’s 40-year history of community stewardship and building special places.
Frequently Asked Questions
When is construction targeted to begin?
Update October 17, 2014
Due to permit delays, development and home construction will be deferred to Spring 2015.
The Shawnee Park Information Centre is now open at Cardel Homes Head Office. Interested buyers will be able to review the community land use plan, Phase 1 lot map and current available product line at this time. Lot sales will be available only after approved development permits are received.
What is the process for purchasing a home in Phase 1?
Update October 17, 2014
Cardel will administer a staged lot sale process once approved development permits are received.
If substantial demand is experienced, Cardel reserves the right to administer the lot sales through a lottery process.
Will there be homes built adjacent to Fish Creek Park? What is the timing for their release?
The approved Outline Plan does include single-family lots backing Fish Creek Park. Currently, the lot sizes are targeted to be 50’ wide. Although not finalized, development of this area is being considered for spring 2015 with sales available in late 2015. Specific model designs and architectural controls will not be finalized until mid 2015.
What is the Landscape Buffer?
The Landscape Buffer is an area around the perimeter of the site varying between 10m and 20m from the rear property line of existing residential housing. The Landscape Buffer has been approved in the Shawnee Park bylaw as an area that will be maintained in a landscaped state with the existing trees to buffer new development from existing houses.
What is a bare land condo?
Bare land condominium unit boundaries are defined by boundaries marked on the land; any buildings on the land are contained in the condominium unit. Bare land condominiums operate in the same way as conventional condominiums, but may not have as many common property elements since yards and driveways are located inside the boundaries of each condominium unit. A bare land condominium complex may look like a neighbourhood of single-family homes or townhomes.
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Will there be fencing around the houses in the bare land condo?
Fencing will be permitted in bare land condos as outlined by the City bylaws and Cardel’s Architectural Guidelines. Fencing is not permitted within the landscape buffer in Shawnee Park, with the exception of a perimeter fence.
Will there be gates from backyards of existing residents to the perimeter buffer?
Gates with direct access from existing back yards onto the landscape buffer are not permitted.
How will people access the pathway system and where will the paths be located?
Access to the pathways within Shawnee Park will be connected to the City of Calgary regional pathway system. Access to these pathways will be located at select public access points. These pathways will link to the major parks in Shawnee Park as well as to Fish Creek Park and the Fish Creek/Lacombe LRT station.
When will a complete community concept be available to view?
Because of the specific tree protection bylaws and related engineering, Shawnee Park requires an enhanced overall community design effort prior to development permit approval. Cardel is currently preparing various concept plans for the City of Calgary to consider.
What size are the lots?
Current design concepts include 32’ – 50’ wide single-family lots. Alternate forms of housing, including semi-attached homes, will be built on narrower lots.
Will walk-out lots be available?
Walk-out lots are being considered and will be provided based on demand and preferred drainage planning for the site.
Can specific construction start dates be requested by a purchaser at time of sale?
The timing of construction starts will be based on the production start and tentative possession dates set by Cardel. Cardel cannot commit to any customer-specified construction start dates.
What is the price range?
Homes in Shawnee Park will range from apartment-style condominiums to 50’ lot estate homes adjacent to Fish Creek Park. Given this diverse mix of housing, it is anticipated that prices will range from the low $300s to over $1M. Given its location, planned architecture and master landscaping plans, the goal is to position Shawnee Park as a premium, established neighborhood development.
What is a Resident’s Association (RA)? Will there be an RA at Shawnee Park?
An RA is used to help maintain the look and control of an overall community and its common amenities. In Shawnee Park all homes and units will be members of the RA to maintain community elements that benefit all residents in the community. Most new communities in the City of Calgary have an RA in place to maintain items like flower planting, enhanced park maintenance and community amenities. Scopes of work and fees have yet to be determined.
What deposit percentage will Cardel require for a purchase?
Deposit requirements will range from 10% – 25% based on the product. Some entry-level products may be available with a 5% deposit.
When will showhomes be built?
Locations and timing have not yet been determined.
What types of bungalow models is Cardel considering building?
Although the product line has not been finalized, Cardel is considering building bungalows in both single-family and semi/villa type styles, ranging from 1,200 sq ft – 2,000 sq ft.
What traffic improvements are required to be constructed?
The City of Calgary has approved upgrades to the area with the land use and zoning that were proven by the required traffic impact assessment. Upgrades at James McKevitt Road, Shawnee Gate, Shawnee Drive and Bannister Road will improve traffic relief and include intersection widening and signal changes. As detailed design continues with the City of Calgary, the community will be updated with construction timelines, potential delays and the design of the upgrades through the SECA website, Cardel website and direct emails to everyone who has registered for updates.
How will construction traffic through the community be handled?
With the commencement of construction on Shawnee Park Cardel will work diligently with the City of Calgary, its trades and contractors to install signage that reduce speeds and access to the site. There will be limited access points to Shawnee Park that will be controlled by the developer to ensure safety on the local roads. A comprehensive street cleaning plan will be put in place to control dirt migrating to the local roads.
How long will it take to complete the entire development?
The completion of the project is dependent on the timing of the approval of development permits for different areas of the overall site. The bylaw approved for Shawnee Park limits the overall development to 1,700 units. These 1,700 units are distributed across 4 general areas of the project:
- Mixed-use development
- Condo and townhome multi-family sites
- Single-family housing neighborhood directly adjacent to Fish Creek Park
- A mix of single-family and semi-attached housing neighborhoods throughout the balance of the site
- Cardel will be able to better predict a complete build-out time frame once the first sets of development permits are approved.
Cardel will be able to predict a complete build-out time frame once the first sets of development permits are approved.
How are the existing trees being protected and which ones will be removed?
Trees will be protected as per City of Calgary bylaws, which include a 10m to 20m protection buffer between adjacent neighboring property lines and new development as well as preservation targets, which must be met when finalizing design concepts for development permit approval.
Where will the perimeter fence be located and how high will it be?
The perimeter fence will be located on the property line of the Shawnee Park development. Maintenance for the fence will be the responsibility of the future residents in the community. According to City of Calgary bylaw, the maximum height of this fence will be 6’ tall and all current fencing exceeding 6’ will be reduced in height.
Will there be parks, tennis courts or a recreation facility?
There are several landscaped park areas in Shawnee Park. The feature park, located in the southwest area of the site, will include a retained wetland and pathways. Although no formal recreational facility building is planned for the project, options for enhanced recreational benefits will be considered in the park planning.
What type of commercial businesses will be built? Where?
A transit-oriented commercial hub is slated for development on the east side of Shawnee Park along 6 Street SW. This area of the plan will include mixed use development and small businesses plus a safe pedestrian connection to the LRT station.
Which schools will residents have access to?
Shawnee Park families enjoy access to a range of educational centres and schools, including:
- Kiderhaus Montessori
- Millrise Learning Centre
- Inverleigh Montessori
- Shawnessy Day Care
- Ethel M. Johnson
- Janet Johnstone
- Our Lady of Peace
7-9 Jr. High
- Harold Panabaker
- Samuel W. Shaw
- Robert Warren
- Our Lady of Peace
10-12 High School
- Dr. EP Scarlett
- Centennial High
- Bishop O’Byrne
- St. Mary’s University College