Bellevue residents held a rally Saturday at Dairy Road Park to raise community awareness about the Municipality of Crowsnest Pass’s intention to rezone and sell the property to Trilogy Real Estate Group, which has tentative plans to build 20 townhomes.
Many residents are concerned the housing project would remove the last recreational open space in the community. Although acknowledging Trilogy Real Estate’s plan to develop and designate about a third of the property as permanent park space is a fair compromise, organizers say the community would be better off if the space is left undeveloped, especially given the role recreational spaces play in maintaining mental health. Defenders of Dairy Road Park also say the municipality has other areas better suited to housing developments.
About 100 people attended the event over the course of the afternoon and a community petition has gathered about 150 signatures, including those of Jeannette Lynk and Launa Dypolt, pictured below. Crowsnest Pass council has scheduled a second hearing for the public to share its views on the issue, which will be held Tuesday, July 13, at 7 p.m. at the MDM Community Centre.
Sean Oliver, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Shootin' the Breeze