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City council votes to approve redevelopment of Paskapoo Slopes

ABOVE WATCH: Calgary City Council has approved the controversial development planned for the Paskapoo slopes. Global’s Gary Bobrovitz reports.

CALGARY – City council has given final approval of a plan to redevelop the East Paskapoo Slopes.

After 16 amendments to protect the environment, councillors voted 12-3 in favour of rezoning the area to allow for Trinity Development Group to build a “dynamic urban village.”

The company says 100 acres of the land will be built on, while they will give the City of Calgary the remaining 160 acres of land to preserve. When combined with another 160 acres of nearby land which the city already owns, it would create a 320 acre regional park.

In total, about 4.7 kilometers of trails will be destroyed, while 11.3 kilometers will stay intact.

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Over 10,000 people signed an online petition to stop the redevelopment.

Mayor Naheed Nenshi, Councillor Brian Pincott and Councillor Druh Farrell voted against the rezoning.

 – With files from Gary Bobrovitz