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Oct 10, 2012

An introduction from the West Campus Development Trust!

This is the first of many updates from West Campus Development Trust.  The Trust was established by the University to lead the planning and development of the west campus lands.  Many of you may remember the 2006/2007 comprehensive consultation process that resulted in the 2007 Master Plan vision for west campus. That vision and the supporting principles of the 2007 Master Plan are the foundations of our process today. 
West campus lands are generally described as the land that lies west of the University of Calgary, bounded by Shaganappi Trail on the west, 32 Avenue NW on the north and 16 Avenue NW on the south. The total planning area for west campus comprises approximately 250 acres but the planning area includes existing elements such as the Alberta Children’s Hospital, Ronald MacDonald House, student family housing and other facilities to bring to the actual site area included in the planning exercise to approximately 150 acres. 
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The Trust is embarking on a process to update the 2007 Master Plan and we look forward to working with our neighbouring communities, the University and adjacent facilities to create that plan. We are at the very beginning stages of our work so we want you to know who we are and what we are tasked to do.  To date we have begun discussions with representatives from your community association on how to best work together and also to begin developing an understanding of what elements of the 2007 plan are seen as desirable and what elements may require further consideration.  We will be working collaboratively with all our stakeholders and before too long we will be meeting with the broader community to seek your input. 
For those of you who are wondering about the who, what and why of West Campus Development Trust (WCDT), the Trust is governed by a 15 member volunteer Board of Directors who were appointed by the Board of Governors of the University of Calgary in 2011, with the first staff being added in the spring of 2012. The independent Trust is a proven model used by other academic institutions, such as the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University, to move forward with a real estate initiative that is not the University’s core business.
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What can you expect from WCDT?
West Campus Development Trust is committed to operating with integrity and transparency. We will be sharing information in an open and transparent manner, seeking input, listening to and learning from our neighbours. You can expect active communication so you know what is happening, as well as opportunities to participate. Please read for the West Campus Development Trust Community Newsletter that will be delivered to all households in the surrounding communities for more information.
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We are excited about the opportunity that is before us and we are looking forward to working with you in a collaborative and inclusive manner over the entire length of the project! 
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Check out our website and sign-up for regular updates. If you are interested in receiving updates by email please add your name to our email list through our website at www.wcdt.ca.
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Kind Regards,
 James Robertson, President and CEO