Coulee Ridge FAQ

1. What is the current status of construction at Coulee Ridge?

As of October 15, 2020, offsite water and sanitary service has been installed to the boundary of Phase 1 of the development; providing deep services to both Phase 2 and 3 along the way. Phase 1 lot servicing has been completed (storm, water and sanitary), and the roads and surface works have been completed including paving of lanes and emergency turnarounds. A temporary emergency access road has been built from Saamis Heights. Offsite gas services are currently being completed to the boundary of Phase 1. Installation of Phase 1 shallow utilities (electric/communications and gas) have started and are scheduled for completion by November 25, 2020, weather permitting. Conditional approval has been granted to build the lift station. The north pond has been excavated and is awaiting approval of the proposed engineered wetland before placement of liners and plant material. The construction of 10th Avenue connecting Coulee Ridge to South Boundary Road is in the early stages of construction.

2. Has Covid-19 impacted the development of Coulee Ridge?

Yes, it has created uncertainty in the supply chain, and in the early stages it impacted the availability of people due to mandated isolation across the board. This has impacted: approvals, engineering, and site construction. However, in March 2020 we elected to propel our 2020 construction season as a strategy to proactively get people back to work, as soon as possible. As a result, an enormous amount of work has been completed this construction season.

3. When can I start construction of my home in Coulee Ridge?

CRDI, the developer, will be able to provide possession to home builders and homeowners to build their homes upon completion and receipt of our Construction Completion Certificate for Phase 1. Partial inspections are already underway regarding the deep services, roads and surface works in Phase 1 however the City must now complete installation of the shallow utilities (electric/communications and electric services). This is expected to be completed by late November 2020. Basement construction will commence immediately thereafter. In the meantime, home builders are encouraged to: complete designs with their architects and designers; prepare and submit their drawings and plans for approval by IBI Group. Once approved by IBI Group, the City of Medicine Hat will allow direct DP and BP submissions starting October 13, 2020. The City will pre-review and approve submissions for issuance upon CCC for Phase 1 of Coulee Ridge.

4. When will I be able to move into my home in Coulee Ridge?

Homeowners will be able to move into their homes when the lift station is fully operational. We have obtained conditional construction authorization to proceed with the lift station. This is expected to be completed and commissioned by March 31, 2021. However, many homes in Coulee Ridge are estate homes and they will take 9-18 months to build which is a minimum of six months after the commissioning of the lift station. We expect the earliest possessions in Coulee Ridge to occur in October of 2021. The first Coulee Ridge home possessions are largely dependent upon the sale of 2021 CHBA Parade of Homes after the parade which ends in October 2021. Other show homes are personal homes will be built on their own timeline however no homes will be granted possession for occupancy until the lift station is fully commissioned.

5. Is Coulee Ridge and estate community, or will there be opportunities for everyone?

Coulee Ridge is a single-family home community. Coulee Ridge has a wide range of distinctive lots offering many choices to purchasers. The different choices include those seeking coulee or amenity views including pondside living. It also includes active lifestyle lots with lanes for families and urban flex lots for people seeking a ‘less is better’ ethos. Essentially Coulee Ridge is for everyone. All homes will comply with architectural control guidelines and will be encouraged to follow sustainability guidelines.

6. Why did Coulee Ridge participate in the 2020 CHBA Parade of Homes?

This year’s Parade of Homes provides a unique and rare opportunity to bring together a new development, and a virtual technology showcase with a conventional parade of homes. This enables builders to showcase their physical homes and at the same time create a digital vision through immersive virtual reality of what they intend to build in Coulee Ridge. We estimate that over the one month long CHBA Parade of Home: 1000 people visited Coulee Ridge, >250 people experienced immersive VR of homes by Belcore, Brost, Lacey, and Daaz Developments and the new ‘commonplace’ home.

7. Is the 2021 Parade of Homes going to be in Coulee Ridge in September 2021?

Yes, approximately five (5) physical CHBA POH homes will be built in Phase 1 of Coulee Ridge over the next year and will be ready for viewing in Coulee Ridge in Sept-October 2021. Over the next twelve months over 22 homes are expected to be started in Coulee Ridge.

8. Who are the builders in Coulee Ridge?

Most of the builders in Medicine Hat have expressed an interest in building in Coulee Ridge. Coulee Ridge is working closely with the CHBA and their builders. All builders will be required to comply with Coulee Ridge’s architectural control guidelines and be eligible to provide New Home Warranty to their customers. Several leading builders including Brost, Belcore, Lacey Homes and Daaz Developments have stepped forward to leverage virtual reality technology and take a lead role in Coulee Ridge. Other builders of note include: Kenco, Winport, Trimount, Remcon and A1.

9. Can I use my own builder?

Yes, providing that your builder complies with our architectural control guidelines and new home warranty requirements within the Province of Alberta.

10. How do I get architectural control guideline approval for my home?

Coulee Ridge has engaged IBI Group to create and administer the Coulee Ridge AC Guidelines. When homeowners are ready, they through their builders, go to the IBI Group website called archcontrol.com and access the Coulee Ridge Development where they can then post their designs for review. Reviews require 10-12 working days. Results show both mandatory and recommended changes to submitted house plans. Once AC approval has been obtained then the builder can proceed with the submission of the Development Permit and the Building Permit approval with the City of Medicine Hat using their online or conventional process.

11. What is the process for obtaining a development and building permit with the City?

Coulee Ridge homes can be submitted for development and building permit approval starting on after October 12, 2020. All DP and BP submissions will be pre-approved on or before CCC scheduled for on November 25, 2020, weather permitting, and released on that day for construction. While the normal protocol for submission of building permits is online through the City’s portal, this isn’t recommended for Coulee Ridge BP’s at this time. If you submit online, it is likely to be rejected because we haven’t received CCC’s for the development. In an effort to help expedite development, Imran Ashmed, being the Manager of Development Services, has offered to accept BP’s which are emailed directly to him. He will endeavor to have them reviewed by his staff, and thus allow permits to be issued immediately after CCC’s are completed.

12. When will 10th Avenue be paved into Coulee Ridge?

The plan is to pave all of 10th Avenue from Phase 1 at the north end of the development all the way to South Boundary Road during the 2020 construction season weather permitting. The objective is to provide paved vehicle access to the development (Phase 1) as early as November 15th, 2020 so that purchasers visit Coulee Ridge without the need for a car wash or the risk of any vehicle damage. If the weather does not cooperate then completion of 10th Avenue to the standard of South Boundary Road will be completed in the spring of 2021.

13. What is the fence design for the back of lots overlooking the coulee and amenities?

The back of lots that have a view of the coulee, and amenities such as the north engineered wet land and south recreational pond shall have a metal decorative fence) with a gate (only to access a pathway). This will become a developer initiative is ensure early installation, consistency, continuity of installation, and to lower the cost through volume purchasing. Each lot owner will be assessed a cost of the fence in their rear yard.

14. How many homes will be started this construction season?

In the 2020 construction season we anticipate 10 basements being installed and home construction to start. This will double to a total of 20 homes in the spring of 2021 based on sales to date.

15. When will the lift station be built, commissioned and in service?

The lift station is expected to be built over the winter of 2020-21 and will be commissioned and fully operational by March 31, 2021. Long delivery items have been ordered and foundational work is expected to start in November- December 2020 allowing three months for commissioning. We anticipate this will be six months prior to the completion of any homes. No occupancy will be allowed without the lift station being commissioned.

16. When will the engineered wetland be completed as part of the north pond?

The excavation of the north pond is almost complete. The next step is to obtain approval for the biofiltration system and to clay line the pond in the spring of 2021. Then the biofiltration system and engineered wetland will be installed with the associated in-water planting. The plan is to complete the in and out of water landscaping from May-August 2021 in advance of the opening of the 2021 CHBA Parade of Homes on September 10, 2021.

17. When will the south pond be completed and operational?

The south pond is part of the approval of the ASP/FSR#2 related to the approval of the biofiltration system and the south pond which operates as a water tower and is connected hydraulically to the north pond. The plan is to excavate the south pond in the spring of Q2/21. Lining of and landscaping around the south pond is anticipated to be completed from May-August 2021 so that it is operational in time for the 2021 CHBA Parade of Homes starting on September 10th, 2021. Our goal is to complete all amenities before the first homeowner has possession.

18. Is fishing allowed in the south pond?

We do not have approval for fishing in the south pond. However, we have been approached by Alberta Fish and Wildlife to provide this service to us at their request and cost. We have designed the south pond to accommodate fishing and expect to receive this approval once the south pond is completed.

19. Is canoeing and paddle boarding allowed in the south pond?

We do not have approval to use the south pond or north engineered wet land for recreational purposes. However, we strongly believe that we will be able to prove that the system produces recreational quality water over time and that eventually canoes, and paddleboards will be allowed on the south pond.

20. Are there condo fees to live in Coulee Ridge?

No, this is not a condo development. It is a public development and will eventually be taken over the City like other private developer-built subdivisions in Medicine Hat.

21. What is the process and cost for fire suppression to be installed in my home?

Every home in Coulee Ridge shall have fire suppression making it the safest community in Medicine Hat. Coulee Ridge will be the first and only NFPA Standard 13D community. In support of fire suppression requirements, the developer has installed 1.5” water line for every home. The cost to the homeowner will be mitigated by a contribution of $2,500 paid by the City of Medicine Hat and $2,500- paid by the developer. The subsidy is paid upon home inspection of the installed service by a plumbing safety codes officer. The cost will vary by home and is estimated to be $2-4 per square foot. Homeowners are expected to enjoy lower insurance costs when employing a fire suppression system. Further details are included in Schedule D of the Architectural Controls and Sustainability Guidelines.

22. When is Phase 2 going to be started?

This will depend upon the absorption of lots in Phase 1 and/or presales of lots in Phase 2. The developer would certainly start development of Phase 2 with 30 lots sold (30/46) in Phase 1 and/or 50% (30/61) of lots committed for as resales by builders in Phase 2. Construction will likely occur in the spring of 2021 or 2022 with serviced lots in Phase 2 being available in Q4/2021 or Q4/2022. A decision to proceed may also be impacted by equity and bank financing thresholds.

23. Is Coulee Ridge a private or public community? Can anyone come and enjoy the facilities?

Coulee Ridge is a public community and will fall under the jurisdiction of the City of Medicine Hat. As a public community the amenities exist for the enjoyment of all citizens of Medicine Hat.

24. Is Coulee Ridge a gated community?

No Coulee Ridge is not a gated community.

25. Are multifamily homes planned for Coulee Ridge?

No, Coulee Ridge is a single family development. Multifamily development may be planned in the future development areas within the Cimarron Area Structure Plan but not in Coulee Ridge.

26. Is 10th Avenue planned to extend across the Coulee at some point in the future?

No, there is nothing in any existing planning documents or future plans to suggest a bridge across the coulee in the foreseeable future. Also, there are other more viable options being considered for the connection of South Boundary Rood to Highway #3.

27. How do I get access to a Builder Reserved Lot if I have a customer that wants to build on that Lot?

These lots (shown as blue on the Coulee Ridge website) are on hold until October 31, 2020 by a builder under the Builder Engagement Program. If they are not purchased under a PSA they will be released for sale. If in the interim a prospective client shows interest in a lot held by another builder the developer will approach the builder holding the lot in reserve and enquire about releasing the lot in favour of another lot.

28. How long am I going to live in a construction zone? When will the development be finished?

Our plan is to separate each phase with their own access points to ensure that once a phase is complete that no heavy construction traffic uses the roads in a completed phase. Each phase is expected to take approximately 2-3 years to complete. All amenities will be completed upfront prior to possession of homes. Each new phase will have its own entry and exit points.

29. Will I have access to nearby golf courses?

The developer is exploring ways of connecting Coulee Ridge to Cottonwood Golf Course. We have negotiated a favourable membership agreement with Desert Blume. Non-vehicle access to Desert Blume will be by the 10th Avenue pathway system.

30. Which pathways will Coulee Ridge be connected to?

Coulee Ridge will be connected to the current City of Medicine Hat Heritage Trail Network that provides cycling and walking access to the City and surrounding areas.

31. What public transit is available to Coulee Ridge?

The specific details of public transit to Coulee Ridge have not yet been established.

32. What schools are residents of Coulee Ridge assigned to and what is the proximity of those schools? How do students get to school?

Robert Olson, Transportation Co-ordinator, of the Medicine Hat Public School Division has advised that Coulee Ridge will fall into three school boundaries:

Grades K-6 – Dr Roy Wilson Learning Centre* and

Grades K-6 for French Immersion at Connaught Elementary School

Grades 7-9 – Dr Roy Wilson Learning Centre

Grades 10-12 – Medicine Hat High School

Grades 7-12 enrolled in French Immersion Program – Crescent Heights High School

*presently Dr Roy Wilson Learning Centre has the capacity to accommodate elementary students coming out of this area. However, if we reach maximum capacity at our schools due to a population growth in the southern neighbourhoods we will need to review our boundaries with the possibility of building a new school to handle the growth. In this case, notice would be given to families who are enrolled in the Public School Division.

All students living in Coulee Ridge would be considered eligible to ride a school bus under the current provincial transportation funding regulations, combined with our transportation policies. Bussing would be provided to all schools mentioned above. Typically, with new developments, we would have a bus stop near the entrance to the development to avoid delays due to construction in the area. Once the area is developed we will be able to start sending buses in to the neighbourhood to accommodate students. This will be evaluated as the development progresses.

Robert Olson can be reached at 403 528 6572.

33. Are Lot Prices Expected to Increase in Coulee Ridge?

Yes, prices will increase in the near future. We have rewarded our early purchasers with introductory pricing which expires on October 31, 2020. Increases will occur as the completion of amenities and placemaking of Coulee Ridge grows with time. Our objective is to offer competitive pricing with far superior amenities. The end of introductory pricing will lead to pricing of $28-$30 per square foot in 2020-21 with premium pricing on a limited number of unique, scarce, exceptionally high value lots in Phase 1 and 2..

34. Are Architectural Designs Guidelines Going to be Consistently Applied and Enforced?

Yes, this is an area that translates AC guidelines for the overall benefit of the community with proof of ‘as built’ implementation inspection in the field. First of all the AC’s must be reasonable and adopted by all builders in Coulee Ridge for the betterment of the community. Proper oversight in the form of inspections must be provided by the developer to ensure consistent adherence during construction. Builders that continually ignore guidelines and/ or sacrifice deposits in favour of non-compliance will be terminated as builders in Coulee Ridge, at the full unfettered discretion of the developer. Abuse and noncompliance of AC’s will not be tolerated. The developer will not ‘sell out’ to builders who will not comply through a lack of enforcement and economic convenience. Areas of potential noncompliance will be identified as early as possible. (eg. 2 x 8 facia, size and finishing of posts, brick wrap arounds, etc.)

35. How do the Builders Get Accurate Grade Slips and the Grading Plan at the Home Design Stage?

The builders need access to ‘as-built’ grade slips and the grading plan for the site in order know where to set the home on the lot building envelop (setbacks) and lowest top of footing in the field home elevation ( e.g. sewer inverts). Builders need to be given detailed design grade slips and access to the grading plan via Scheffer Andrew and IBI respectively. Requests for Grade Slips can be sent directly to Don Sandford who will forward the request to Linda Rutledge and Kirby Finley.

36. What is the height of side yard fencing and the rear metal fence?

The side fences can be up to 6’ high and can be solid fencing. The rear yard fence must be a standard black metal picket fence with a height of 5’. The developer is examining fencing options for installation in 2021 and will be working with the builders and homeowners to choose the best fence for Coulee Ridge. The cost for the rear fence will be paid by the homeowner to ensure consistency, uniformity and continuity as well as financial benefit of a community wide purchase.

37. When does the developer anticipate overall completion of Coulee Ridge?

The developer is planning 3 phases. Each phase will require approximately five years to: obtain approvals (1 yr.); build the infrastructure (1 yr.); sell the lots (1 yr.) and complete the homes (2 yrs.) in each Phase. Each phase will be overlapping by 2.5 years. Therefore, the entire community is forecast to be bult out within 10 years. Please note however, that the success of Phase 1 suggests a build out time of approximately six years. Note that all amenities will be installed by the end of year 3 in Phase 1 and they will be to the benefit of all residents in all phases. Also each Phase has compelling lots that will be attractive to buyers that are not available in previous phases. This is expected to accelerate lot purchases and home building in Phases 2 and 3.

38. When will the road into Coulee Ridge be paved?

South Boundary Road at 10th Avenue is the sole access intersection northbound into Coulee Ridge. The portion of the road between South Boundary Road and the south boundary to Coulee Ridge will be built to the standard of South Boundary Road in Q4/2020, weather dependent otherwise in the spring of 2021. The portion of the road starting from Coulee Ridge Phase 2 up to the north entrance of Phase 1 will be paved with curbs, and a pathway on the east side of the road. This connector road will also be completed by the end of the 2020 construction season. This will provide purchasers and visitors finished road access to the development at the earliest possible date. A separate temporary emergency entrance to Coulee Ridge will be operational in 2020.

39. Why do I have to install fire suppression sprinklers and why should the City be providing an incentive/subsidy to a private sector developer?

The closest fire station requires approximately 8 minutes and 30 seconds, to reach the boundary of the development. This exceeds the 6 minutes and 20 seconds standard set by the City of Medicine Hat. Fire suppression is considered the best alternative to save lives and property and is aligned with the ‘financial fit’ strategy of the City which is designed to defer capital and operating expenses of a new firehall. Most of the cost is being offset by incentives from the City and the developer. The developer is also investing in infrastructure required to ensure optimal operation of the fire suppression system.

The rationale for offering an incentive to the homeowner is because the capital cost of a fire station is $9.5 million and an annual operating cost of $3 million. The increase in property taxes to pay for the new firehall is estimated at 4.7% per year to all citizens of Medicine Hat. This has been mitigated through the requirement for fire suppression. The benefit of opening Cimarron as a development area will be very financially attractive to the City as the tax base expands. Note that the developer is paying to bring all off-site services to Coulee Ridge and millions of dollars in economic activity is now occurring to develop Coulee Ridge. An incentive from the City when matched by the developer mitigates the costs and is especially attractive to new home buyers.

40. How do the Architectural Controls address fencing?

The developer requires an architecturally controlled black metal fence, or partial wrought iron fence and gate behind each property facing the coulee or backing onto an amenity. Fences are discouraged however fences, if selected, must not exceed 6’ in height and must only be in the side yard of homes.

41. Can I put vinyl siding on my house?

No. The development is architecturally controlled to protect and enhance the value of the neighbourhood and purchasers’ investment over time.

42. Can I park my RV or motorhome on my property?

No. RV’s can only be parked on the driveway of homes for 24 hours to allow for mobilization or demobilization during periods of use.

43. Does Coulee Ridge also have sustainability guidelines?

Yes. Builders are encouraged to use sustainability practices to reduce waste, extend the life of their homes and lower operating and total lifecycle costs. We are dedicated to developing distinctive communities that enhance social wellness, placemaking, value gain and environmental resilience. The sustainability guidelines are evolving and are aspirational.

44. What is the minimum size of home I can build in Coulee Ridge?

The home typologies and building envelopes are described in the lot profile section of the website (www.couleeridgedevelopment.com) and in the Architectural Controls. Coulee Ridge is for everyone and homes along 10th Avenue in Phase 1, 2 and 3 offer smaller lots. The minimum floor area is the total floor area above grade and does not include attached garages or any basement floor area.

Two Storey 1,800 ft2
Bungalow 1,350 ft2
Modified Bi-Level 1,600 ft2

The modified bi-level square footage calculation includes the entire footprint of the main floor and any living area located on the upper floor. The main floor square footage shall be a minimum of 1,350 ft2 for the modified bi-level homes.

45. What are the property taxes?

The property taxes depend upon the appraised value of the home. Property taxes are expected to range from $3,600 and up. The City of Medicine Hat has a tax calculator on its website at https://www1.medicinehat.ca/iframe/Taxation/TaxEstimator.asp?res-assessment.

46. Can a first-time home buyer afford to purchase a home in Coulee Ridge?

Yes, Coulee Ridge is for everyone. Depending upon the combined income of purchasers a new home buyer can purchased in Coulee Ridge. Refer to the Government of Canada First Time Buyers Incentive or contact Trilogy Mortgage to create your financial plan to live in Coulee Ridge.

47. How many lots are sold vs on hold through Builders?

As of October 16, 2020 approximately 22 lots were sold with Purchase and Sale Agreements directly to purchasers or through their builders. We expect at least five of these homes to be under construction in Q4/2020 and another 17 to be started in 2021. In addition, another 18 lots have been put on hold under a reservation agreement by builders, subject to market interest. The majority of lots are in Phase 1 however we have received Purchase and Sale Agreements and reservations for lots in Phase 2 in anticipation of commencing Phase 2 in 2021 or 2022.

CONSTRUCTION

When can I start construction of my home?

Construction of homes will commence once registration of title has occurred, and upon completion of the construction completion certificate for each Phase of the development. Builders with approved development and building permits will be free to start construction of homes in Phase 1 in Q3/2020 with occupancy of homes in Q3/2021. The timing of the completion and commissioning of the lift station will impact these dates.

What assurances can you provide that home construction can start in July 2020?

The developer is working collaboratively with the City to select a sanitary lift station that can be built and commissioned in 2021 prior to possession dates of purchasers’ homes, assuming housing construction starts in July 2020. The project schedule allows for homes to start 6 months prior to the commission date of the lift station. To expedite the process, specific service agreements will be put in place for Phase 1, and the Lift Station. A third service agreement will be put in place related to Phase 2 including the proposed biofiltration overlay of the north pond and the development of the south pond and related amenities. The developer has engaged MPE Engineering, an engineering firm that specializes in lift station design and has extensive experience working with the City of Medicine Hat Environmental Utilities Department to expedite the schedule.

When will the road into CR be paved?

South Boundary Road at 10th Avenue is the sole access intersection northbound into Coulee Ridge. The portion of the road between South Boundary Road and the south boundary to Coulee Ridge will be built to the standard of South Boundary Road in Q4/2020. The portion of the road starting from Coulee Ridge Phase 2 up to the north entrance of Phase 1 will be paved with curbs, and a pathway on the east side of the road. This connector road will also be completed by the end of the 2020 construction season (October 31, 2020). This will provide purchasers and visitors finished road access to the development at the earliest possible date. A separate emergency entrance to Coulee Ridge will also be constructed.

When will the amenities be built?

We are working with the City to achieve approvals for an innovative storm pond system that will provide cleaner water than any other storm pond currently within the City. Once the approvals are obtained, we will be finishing the landscaping of the Phase 1 storm pond. We are striving for this work to be completed by October 31, 2020. Layered into these approvals is the construction and landscaping of the Phase 2 amenities and the south pond. Therefore, if all approvals are successful, we are striving to complete construction work on the pond in the fall of 2020 and the landscaping around the pond and for amenities in 2021.

What is the roll out plan for the 2021 construction season?

Our first priority starting in Q2/2020 is connecting the water line in Saamis Heights and extending the offsite water line into Phase 3 of Coulee Ridge. The water line can then be further extended into Phase 1 and Phase 2 as part of lot servicing in 2020. The sanitary force main servicing the development will be trenchlessly installed under 10th Avenue and open cut to the northwest corner where a lift station will be located. On-site services will be installed in Phase 1 including storm, sanitary, water, and shallow services to each lot. Phase 1 surface works including curbs and roads will be installed in Q2/2020.

When is Phase 2 going to be built?

The commencement of construction of Phase 2 is anticipated to begin in Q2/21 as part of the 2021 construction season. The developer may elect to stage the development of Phase 2 depending upon market demand.

When is the sanitary lift station being built and when will it be operational?

Depending upon the types of lift station purchased the construction timeline will vary. The developer is seeking a proven packaged lift station over a conventional lift station with a faster construction timeline. The lift station is forecasted to be completed, commissioned and fully operational in Q1/21 in advance of purchaser occupancy.

What is the timing of the build out of each phase?

The developer has allowed for three years for the build out of each phase for a total of nine years. Initial indications are that each phase may only require two years to complete, for a total of six years. Each phase will be isolated from an access perspective to minimize construction inconvenience and to foster completed phases as early as possible.

What is the impact of Covid-19 on the project build-out of Coulee Ridge?

The developer has intensified activities during the Covid-19 outbreak in order to find safe ways of returning to work once the pandemic has passed. We are working with MJB Enterprises and the City to ensure safe work practices are in place and that the maximum number of construction crews can be applied to the project. We want to be an active part of the economic recovery while staying safe.

ARCHITECTURAL CONTROLS:

Why do I have to install fire suppression sprinklers and why should the City be providing an incentive/subsidy to a private sector developer?

The closest fire station requires approximately 8 minutes and 30 seconds, to reach the boundary of the development. This exceeds the 6 minutes and 20 seconds standard set by the City of Medicine Hat. Fire suppression is considered the best alternative to save lives and property and is aligned with the ‘financial fit’ strategy of the City which is designed to defer capital and operating expenses of a new firehall. Most of the cost is being offset by incentives from the City and the developer. The developer is also investing in infrastructure required to ensure optimal operation of the fire suppression system.

The rationale for offering an incentive to the homeowner is because the capital cost of a fire station is $9.5 million and an annual operating cost of $3 million. The increase in property taxes to pay for the new firehall is estimated at 4.7% per year to all citizens of Medicine Hat. This has been mitigated through the requirement for fire suppression. The benefit of opening Cimarron as a development area will be very financially attractive to the City as the tax base expands. Note that the developer is paying to bring all off-site services to Coulee Ridge and millions of dollars in economic activity is now occurring to develop Coulee Ridge. An incentive from the City when matched by the developer mitigates the costs and is especially attractive to new home buyers.

How do the Architectural Controls address fencing?

The developer requires an architecturally controlled black metal fence, or partial wrought iron fence and gate behind each property facing the coulee or backing onto an amenity. Fences are discouraged however fences, if selected, must not exceed 6’ in height and must only be in the side yard of homes.

Can I put vinyl siding on my house?

No. The development is architecturally controlled to protect and enhance the value of the neighbourhood and purchasers’ investment over time.

Can I park my RV or motorhome on my property?

No. RV’s can only be parked on the driveway of homes for 24 hours to allow for mobilization or demobilization during periods of use.

Do you have sustainability guidelines?

Yes. Builders are encouraged to use sustainability practices to reduce waste, extend the life of their homes and lower operating and total lifecycle costs. We are dedicated to developing distinctive communities that enhance social wellness, placemaking, value gain and environmental resilience. The sustainability guidelines are evolving and are aspirational.

AMENITIES:

Will I be able to swim in the lake?

The developer is undertaking to demonstrate over time, that the south pond will be safe for people to use as a recreational water source for activities such as: splashing, swimming, fishing, and non-motorized boating. This may require monitoring of the ponds and based upon proven performance, public use of the ponds may be considered.

Will the lake be stocked with fish and can I fish at the lake?

The Developer has worked with the provincial authorities who are in charge of stocking the ponds/lakes in Southern Alberta and they are eager to explore this option further for Coulee Ridge. We are currently collaborating with the City of Medicine Hat and Alberta Environment to develop a program for stocking the south pond/lake with fish each year.

Will the pathways behind the houses be close or far from the home?

Where safely possible the pathways will be set back from the backyards of homes located on the coulee and community amenities.

Will there be access to Cottonwood and Desert Blume golf courses?

The Developer is working with the Cottonwood Golf Course, to develop a plan for golf cart access from Coulee Ridge. Once the concept is agreed to by both parties, we will work with the City of Medicine Hat to obtain the required approvals. The developer is also in discussion with the Desert Blume Golf Course to provide golf privileges and incentives for residents of Coulee Ridge.

Is this a private or public community and who can use the amenities?

Coulee Ridge is a public community and the amenities can be used by citizens of Medicine Hat and the general public. The developer has provided for this by planning substantial amenities that will also provide parking for visitors, while preserving the privacy of homeowners.

HOUSING:

What is the minimum size of home I can build in Coulee Ridge?

The home typologies and building envelopes are described in the lot profile section of the website (www.couleeridgedevelopment.com) and in the Architectural Controls. Coulee Ridge is for everyone and homes along 10th Avenue in Phase 1, 2 and 3 offer smaller lots.

The minimum floor area is the total floor area above grade and does not include attached garages or any basement floor area.

Two Storey 1,800 ft2

Bungalow 1,350 ft2

Modified Bi-Level 1,600 ft2

The modified bi-level square footage calculation includes the entire footprint of the main floor and any living area located on the upper floor. The main floor square footage shall be a minimum of 1,350 ft2 for the modified bi-level homes.

What are the property taxes?

The property taxes depend upon the appraised value of the home. Property taxes are expected to range from $3,600 and up. The City of Medicine Hat has a tax calculator on its website at https://www1.medicinehat.ca/iframe/Taxation/TaxEstimator.asp?res-assessment.

Can a first-time home buyer afford to purchase a home in Coulee Ridge?

Yes, depending upon a purchaser’s individual financial situation, a new home buyer can purchase a home in Coulee Ridge for less than $400,000 based on an income of $100,000.