Chestermere's Retirement Living Campus

Mainstay
1. a person or thing on which something else is based or depends.
2. a stay that extends from the maintop to the foot of the foremast of a sailing ship.

PUBLIC HEARING

The Public Hearing is coming on September 29.  Click here for more information.

MORE Q&A

Click here for more Q&A on this potential community

FUTURE HOME OWNERS

Occupancy in The Mainstays will be restricted to those who have reached the age of 55.  This is written into the Land Use Bylaw (the “zoning”) to ensure that this is what actually gets built in the future.

CITY OF CHESTERMERE

Chestermere City Council has been asked to approve changes to a number of policies to allow this development to proceed.  The Public Hearing is scheduled for September 29, 2020.

LOCK AND LEAVE

While the final form of the development is yet to be finalized, we anticipate that this will be a community for active, independent residents who are looking for a lifestyle where they can simply “lock and leave” and head south without having to worry about yard maintenance.


What are The Mainstays?

Located on the east side of Chestermere, adjacent to Camp Chestermere, The Mainstays is a proposed development for those who are 55 or older.  At this time, the landowner is looking to change the Land Use Bylaw to allow for this type of development.  The images you see on this site are conceptual only, but give a sense as to what the community might look like once it is complete.

A few questions to get started

We know that there are going to be a lot of questions and we’ll do our best to address each question as it arises, leading up to and including the Public Hearing on September 29, 2020.  In the meantime, here are a few questions that we anticipate will be asked …

Shouldn’t this be closer to shopping?

The only shopping currently available in Chestermere is already surrounded by existing development.  There’s an adage in real estate development: “Rooftops before Retail”.  At this time, there is limited commercial activity within walking distance of The Mainstays, but as the east side of the City gets developed (including this site), we anticipate that more businesses will want to set up shop in the area.  Maybe we’ll even get a coffee shop back in the commercial space across the street again!

Isn’t this supposed to be green space?

The property is currently designated as “SPR – Special Recreation District”.  It is privately owned, however, and does not belong to the City as park space.  The owners currently have the ability to apply for permits to build Places of Worship, Private Clubs, Campgrounds, etc. on the site, but we believe that the development that makes the best use of the site and best meets the needs of the whole community is a Retirement Living Campus.

Why put retirement living next to a school?

In our discussions leading up to this point, we’ve heard people question the wisdom of putting seniors next to an elementary school and Camp Chestermere.  Believe it or not, there are many people over the age of 55 who love children and want to be around them!  While we accept that this location won’t work for everyone, you can be assured that anyone who does choose to purchase a home at The Mainstays will do so, fully informed of the surroundings.  We believe that those who live here will enjoy the activity – and likely watch many a soccer game!

How will this impact Camp Chestemere?

We have had several discussions with representatives of Camp Chestermere and the owners of this land have offered to donate one acre of land to the Camp on the northwest corner of the site.  We are also leaving one additional acre next to this as SPR lands for other possible community uses.  Discussions are still underway, but we hope to be able to share some news on this very soon.

Why wasn’t there an Open House?

An Open House was held over a year ago, but only the immediate neighbours were invited at that time.  A second Open House was planned for the whole community, but like so many other things, COVID put a stop to those plans.  In its place, we’ve put this site together to try to present as much information as we can, to allow for public discussion, and to solicit comments from interested parties.

Join the discussion!

Contact us

If you’d prefer to send a private note rather than commenting on the discussion page, please use the form below.  Please note that anything you post here will be shared with City of Chestermere representatives for consideration prior to the Public Hearing.

Please enter your email, so we can follow up with you.