In November 2018, the Franciscan Friars of western and eastern Canada united to become the Holy Spirit Province of Canada. This unification brought about the strategic evaluation of all of the national assets including its real estate and land holdings. The Franciscans own approximately 450 acres of land within Rocky View County and the Town of Cochrane. Approximately 160 acres of this land contains hillside and bench lands within the Town of Cochrane, and is referred to as the “South Lands”.
The Holy Spirit Province formed an Ad Hoc Committee, made up of Friars, B&A Planning Group and a lay program advisor to the Franciscans, to examine these 160 acres of hillside and bench lands, calling it the “South Lands”. The initial investigations and their outcomes and actions are summarized below.
Upon undertaking extensive technical analysis, a multi-phased engagement program, and many internal discussions within the Holy Spirit Province of Canada, the Ad Hoc Committee was provided direction to pursue an Area Structure Plan (ASP) for the South Lands to obtain statutory certainty and to assist the Franciscans in determining their future place within the Town of Cochrane and surrounding Region.
Understanding the historical, technical and environmental sensitivities associated with the South Lands, the Ad Hoc Committee, with support from B&A Planning Group, is conducting an integrated communications and engagement program to provide transparent information and opportunities for stakeholders and the public to participate in a substantive ASP engagement process.