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Priddis Greens Community Association
ABOUT US

The Priddis Greens Community Association (PGCA) is a registered not for profit society under the Societies Act in Alberta.  The Association was established in 1990.  

The key roles of the Association currently include:
- Maintaining and ensuring adherence to the restrictive covenants and architectural guidelines that apply to the homes within our community
- Acting on behalf of all members of the association on matters of common interest, including interface with the Priddis Greens Services Co-op (PGSC) and various government agencies
- Providing a welcome service to new residents, including an awareness of the applicable architectural guidelines and restrictive covenants
- Publication and maintenance of a local telephone directory
- Organizing and promoting recreational and social activities for residents of the community

All residents of the community are members of the Association.  Dues are collected by the PGSC on behalf of the PGCA as part of the monthly services fees charged to all residents.  The Association is governed by a volunteer Board that is reappointed each year at an Annual General Meeting, typically in the May-July timeframe
Announcements & Previous Messages:
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You will find this on the Members Login page
IN GENERAL:

BEARS:

Bear Facts” that you might find helpful. This ummary is from information received from contact with the Fish and Wildlife folks at Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development. There are also links to additional information if you have an interest in more detail (click here for the email received from Pam Stevens at AE&SRD).

People should be aware that a bear can take down feeders and may be especially interested in our garbage cans that get put out over night.

While ensuring that all of our garbage is in cans with tight-fitting lids is helpful, we may still discover some are tossed around by this hungry guy. If anyone finds strewn garbage, please help with the clean-up. 

Lastly, be cautious when you’re out for your walk. Our bears haven’t bothered people yet, but they’re unpredictable.


DOGS:

This message is a friendly reminder that our restrictive covenants include provisions related to dog ownership – one of which requires that dogs be kept on leash at all times outside of a home owner’s property.  

Most dog owners in the community are very good when it comes to compliance with the restrictive covenant requirements and thank you for your diligence! 



CONDO GOLF CART OWNER PARKING AT GOLF CLUB:

Please be advised there is now designated golf cart parking along the east side of the event lawn. For Condo Golf Cart Owners and vehicles, parking in front of the Clubhouse is prohibited. Vehicle parking is prohibited along the east side of the event lawn, designated as golf cart parking only.

Your cooperation is appreciated. 


2017 PGCA AGM
 was held on 
June 27, 2017

2015:

June 12:  Message from Charles:

Plans are underway to update the Intermunicipal Development Plan between the City of Calgary and the MD of Foothills. 

Click here for additional information provided from Logan Cox, Development Officer for the MD.



2015 continued:  


Apr 8:  Message from Charles:
The MD has charged the North West Foothills Recreation Board (NWFRB) with the identification and development of recreation projects in our area of the MD. One of their first projects is the Seaman Sports Park under development adjacent to the Millarville Race Track. The board is now contemplating the addition of an Active Living Recreation Centre at the park and the MD has asked that they survey residents with respect to what is being proposed. The first phase of the indoor facility could include an ice arena, fitness/wellness space, senior’s club, library, local museum, indoor walking/jogging track and multi-purpose rooms.  Click on the link at the end of this message for their latest newsletter which provides some background information.

  Additional information - and a link to the survey - is available on their website - http://nwfoothillsrec.com. The survey runs from March 28th to May 31st. This is a great opportunity to provide the NWFRB - and the MD - with your feedback. I encourage everyone to take the opportunity to provide your input on what's being proposed. You can make a difference!

Click here for the newsletter.

July 5:  Hello Residents of Sunset Way and Sunrise Way,

Last Tuesday’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Priddis Greens Community Association (PGCA), marked the beginning of a new year for the PGCA and brought a number of changes. This email will outline the changes and how they may impact you.

PGCA Board

A new Board of Directors for the PGCA was voted in. Charles Ruigrok, Lori Colwell and Sally Adams have resigned from the Board. They will be missed and we are very grateful for their many years of faithful and diligent service. Ken Zacharias has joined the Board. The current Board members and their positions on the Board are as follows:

Chair – Roberta Roesler
Vice-Chair – Ken Zacharias
Treasurer – Gene Setka
Secretary – Launi Elliott
Restrictive Covenant Committee – Lynn Donaldson, Phil Wadsworth
Social Committee Chair – Launi Elliott

We are still looking for members to join the Board and in particular would like more representation from Sunrise and the single family homes. If you are interested, please contact me at roberta@roeslerassociates.com or call me 403-461-4219. 

Community Liaisons and Directory Production

The new Community Liaisons are:

Sunrise – Ken Zacharias
Sunset – John Riseborough


Community Communication

To improve communication, we have taken a “divide and conquer” approach as follows:

Social events and information from the Social Committee – Launi Elliott 
Golf Course events and information – Charles Ruigrok
All other community events and information – Roberta Roesler

Co-op events and information will continue to come from Dave Harron.

If you have a need for messages to go out to the community as a whole or in part, please contact me at roberta@roeslerassociates.com or 403-461-4219.

All of those involved in communicating with the community understand the need for privacy of community members and will continue to “blind copy” the
community on all emails.


The minutes of the AGM will be circulated soon so those who were not able to attend can get a more detailed update on the proceedings of the AGM.

Please let me know if you have questions or concerns.

Roberta Roesler
Chair, PGCA
May 30:  Message from Charles:
We Have finally received notice from Priddis Creek Developments that they have signed off on the new villa architectural standards that the community voted in favour of last fall. I will forward a fully executed copy as soon as I receive it from the developer.

As a reminder, the updated architectural standards document deals with changes to the exterior of the Priddis Greens villas. This update has consolidated and updated a number of documents that had been developed over time such that all architectural standards are now in one document.  All prior documents related to villa architectural standards are replaced by this new document.  There are a couple of related documents that continue to be relevant. They are:

1. The Restrictive Covenant that is on title of every condominium unit – this is the overarching document that sets out certain restrictions that apply to the ownership of each condominium unit. Section 5 of this document makes reference to the architectural guidelines (now called standards) that the new architectural standards document aims to provide more detail on.

2. The Condominium Corporation By-Laws – these are bylaws that govern the operation of the condominium corporation that has been put in place for each quad in Priddis Greens to govern certain common affairs for the condominium plan (the quad) and which also contain certain restrictions that apply to ownership of the individual condominium units. It is these bylaws that can be modified by the quad owners to include architectural standards restrictions that are more restrictive than what is in the document that residents approved last night (an example might be requiring a single front door colour for all units in a quad). The Condominium Corporation By-Laws also include a clause requiring compliance with the restrictive covenants on title of each condominium unit.


My sincere apologies for the length of time it has taken to get final sign off. As noted above, I will forward a fully executed copy when I receive it- hopefully within the next week or so.

July 9:  Message from Roberta:

PGCA Documents

At the AGM it was mentioned that we have now compiled the key PGCA documents into a book that can be purchased by residents for $10, which covers the actual cost of one book. It contains all of the key documents that guide our community including:

1. Welcome Letter to New Residents including history and other relevant and helpful information.

2. Priddis Greens Services Co-op Ltd. General Policies (June 2012)

3. Priddis Greens Community Association By-Laws

4. Restrictive Covenant for Single Family Homes

5. Restrictive Covenant for Condominiums

6. Additional Restrictive Covenant Procedures and Consent Forms

o PGCA Dog Consent Form

o Tree Removal and Pruning

o Camper Vans

o Satellite Dishes

7. Architectural Standards and Process 2015

8. Sample Condominium Corporation Bylaws


If you would like to purchase a book, a limited number will be available at the Block Party. If you signed up for a book at the AGM, it can be picked up at the Block Party; otherwise I will deliver it personally in the near future. The documents found in the book are also available for downloading on www.priddisgreens.net.

As always, let me know if you have questions or concerns.
OLDER MESSAGES:

Nov 18 2016:  Message from Roberta:

As you may be aware, Alberta is amending the Condominium Act and it is slated to come into effect soon.

There have been some rumours that these changes will impact us significantly in that we will be required to employ a professional condominium manager. We have researched this and can confirm that the amendments will not require us to have a condominium manager. We can continue to be self-managed.  

I understand that a few residents have been told by institutions that they will only deal with a Property Manager once the changes are in effect. This is misinformation on their part. Because there appears to be misconceptions about the Amended Act, we have obtained written confirmation of our ability to remain self-managed from the Government and from the Real Estate Council Alberta who oversees the education and certification of Property Managers.  

Please click here for both letters. I suggest you take these with you when dealing with banks, mortgage institutions, etc.
(Also available in Members Login area )

I’d like to thank Tish Jepp who worked tirelessly on our behalf to understand the amended Act, how it will affect us, and secured the attached letters.  

This is a great opportunity to remind everyone that a complete set of condominium records is required in the event you sell your home. We plan to offer a free education session in the Spring regarding what documents are required, and how to obtain them.

Please let me know if you have questions or concerns.

Warm regards,

Update on Pickleball:  This is in the works for getting funding.

Original Message:
We have been working with the Priddis Community Association to try to get support to paint lines for Pickleball on the tennis courts in Priddis. The board is generally supportive, but the tennis community has concerns that doing so will take time away from tennis players. I don’t believe the courts are all that heavily utilized and think we can find a way to allow both to be played on the same courts by agreeing to dedicated times for each.
Dec 2016 Update about Axia:

Axia recently returned to us with the results of their detailed cost estimation which came out higher than originally anticipated. To make the project economics work given the higher implementation costs, Axia has had to modify their proposal to us. The revised proposal removes the 50 MbPS option (leaving only a 100 MbPS option) and requires greater than the 200 homes previously targeted. The high-speed internet committee has decided to leave the ball in Axia's court with respect to achieving this so they can move forward. If you completed a form indicating you would be interested in Axia's 50 MbPS service, you may be contacted by Axia to see if you would be willing to accept the 100 MbPS service instead. That decision is entirely up to you.

Because of the possibility of the Axia implementation not moving forward at this time, and the strong community desire for high-speed internet as demonstrated by 85% sign up by residents in July, the committee will continue to work with Hawk's Landing and Suzanne Oel, our MD councillor, examining other fibre internet options for our community. We will continue to keep you up-to-date as other viable options emerge, such as the resent TELUS upgrade to existing customers and their Home Internet Hub offer, a cellular based service.

We can take heart, however, at yesterday’s announcement by the CRTC that "unlimited" internet access at a minimum of 50Mb/s, be considered as a "basic" service for all Canadians. This is a major step forward in bringing high speed internet to rural areas. Here is a link to the CRTC announcement. http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?nid=1172599.

If you have any input, questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Phil Wadsworth, who is chairing the Priddis Greens committee, at gr8flyer@gmail.com.
Jan 24 2017:

Hello Neighbours,

I’d would like to provide an update on a couple of important topics.

Use of Golf Course for Skiing and Snowshoeing

We have had a year of wonderful snow, which has made for excellent skiing and snowshoeing on the golf course. I’d like to remind everyone that when using the golf course for this purpose, you must stay on the designated paths. If you happen to see people wandering off the paths, please remind them that this is not allowed. We would like to continue to have use of the golf course to enjoy winter activities for years to come.

Walking Path

As you may have noticed, a good portion of the walking path is covered in thick ice making it dangerous to use. Signs have been put up warning people to avoid the icy sections of the path. The ice was caused by a release of water from the water treatment plant, which is a necessary and common occurrence. Given this, we met with the MD to discuss potential remedies for future years. We have a number of options that we are exploring and we are optimistic that we can better control the problem in future years. 

Post Office

Hopefully everyone that donated to keep the Post Office in Priddis has now received a tax receipt for their donation. If not, please let me know. Hopefully you’ve had a chance to visit the new venue. I spoke with the temporary post master a couple of weeks ago and the new space is working very well. The way in which the community rallied to keep the Post Office was amazing. For all these reasons, it is with a great deal of disappointment and sadness (and perhaps a bit of outrage) that I must inform you that the Post Office will likely be closing in Priddis as of March 1st. We met with Canada Post yesterday where we were informed of their decision. At the time that we collected the money to keep the post office in Priddis, Canada Post had hired a permanent Post Master for Priddis and we were confident that if we could secure and pay for an interim location, we would be able to keep the Post Office for the long-term. Just prior to moving into the new space, the newly hired Post Master withdrew from the position. There was only one other qualified candidate, but they also withdrew their name from consideration. Canada Post would not reveal the reasons for the withdrawals. Canada Post committed to using temporary staffing through February while they searched for a new Post Master. This search has proven to be fruitless as Canada Post has not found any additional qualified candidates. It has difficult to find temporary staff to man the Post Office and Canada Post is having to pay for travel time and costs for the temporary workers. This isn’t a situation they can continue to manage and support. I am very sorry to have to provide this update. Unfortunately, Canada Post was intractable on their decision. There is a small possibility that someone may open a Canada Post franchise in the area in the future. 

I have discussed the donations that were given to the Priddis Community Association for the Post Office with the President of the PCA, Ed Osborne. A good portion of the money has already been spent on renovations of the new space, moving costs, rent and utilities. Because tax receipts have already been issued, it is not possible to refund any of the remaining donated funds, which will go towards the building of the multi-purpose facility in Priddis. This project is still on track and as members of the Priddis Community Association, we will have access to use the new facility. Any donors who gave $300+ will be given special recognition on the new facility as promised.

I discussed with Canada Post where we will now pick up parcels and registered letters. They have agreed to meet with me on February 6th to discuss the possibilities and have agreed to accommodate our preferences if possible. They have indicated that we will either go to Bragg Creek, or somewhere in South Calgary, however we must choose one location for the entire community. I suspect that most people would choose South Calgary, but if you have any strong preferences, please send them to me. I will do my best to advocate on the community’s behalf to get the best solution possible at this point. I will send another update after the meeting on February 6th and again, I am truly sorry to have to report this to you.
Feb 8:  Message from Roberta:

On January 20th, I sent out an update email that informed you of Canada Post’s intention to close the Priddis Post Office. This is a follow-up to that email. Suzanne Oel and I met with Canada Post again this past Monday.  

Click here for the letter reiterating their decision and informing us of our new post office location for picking up packages.  

Click here for the official notice from Canada Post.

This will be at the Shopper’s Drug Mart in Silverado - #830 19369 Sheriff King St. SW, Calgary AB.  

I received many emails from residents indicating a strong preference for a South Calgary location, so this is likely the best option for us. I will reiterate that this decision was very disappointing given our community’s support for keeping a post office in Priddis, but Canada Post was firm on their decision and not willing to reconsider under any circumstances.

The post office will close on Feb. 28th. At that time, any packages still at the Priddis Post Office will be transferred to Silverado. If you receive package pickup notices near the end of February, pay close attention to the pickup address and, if it is still the Priddis Post Office, make every effort to pick up your package prior to Feb. 28th. 

For anyone who feels that Silverado is not a desirable location for package pick-up, Canada Post offers a service called “FlexDelivery”. This allows you to go online and choose a different preferred post office where you can receive packages. You will be given a FlexDelivery address which you will use rather than your home address when having packages delivered. If you use this service, the package will not be delivered to your home address. You must pick it up at your chosen FlexDelivery post office. You can learn more about this service at canadapost.ca/flexdelivery.

We will continue to receive our mail in our regular mail boxes. If possible, Canada Post will use the parcel boxes in our mail boxes to avoid the need to pick up packages sent to your Priddis Greens address. However, if the boxes are full or the package is too large, it will need to be picked up in Silverado.

Stamps can be purchased at the Priddis convenience store. Letters can be mailed using the mail slot in our mail boxes.

I am sorry to be the bearer of bad news.

Stay warm and healthy,

Mar 14: ....  More about the break-in:

Clothing, jackets, jewelry electronics, cash, credit cards, medication, purses etc. were taken.

It occurred between the hours of 8:30 AM and 3 PM today Friday, March 10th.

The robbers broke down the dead bolted front door and ransacked the house.
The RCMP who attended the crime scene also indicated that a home in Hawks Landing was also broken into today with matching tire tracks and footprints.

If there are some of our neighbors who are gone over the winter I would encourage whoever is looking after their homes to be contacted to ensure that they were also not broken into.

As we have perceived to live in a very safe community this comes as a very concerning shock and if there's anything our community would like to do in order to increase the safety level going forward we would certainly be interested to participate.

Best Regards
Geoff Dodsworth
Mar 14:  Message from Roberta:
Break-in on Fri Mar 10th on Sunrise Way:

I have also been informed that a black Dodge half-ton has been seen in the neighbourhood as recently as this morning and could be involved, so please keep your eyes open for any suspicious behavior. The Turner Valley RCMP are investigating the crime. If you have any information you think may help, please call them.

It appears that security in our area is becoming an important issue. The PGCA Board will engage the MD, Hawk's Landing and the Priddis Co-op to see if there are any measures that can be taken to improve security of our community. We will keep you posted.
Mar 15:  Update on suspicious activity:
As a follow-up to yesterday's email, we have had another report of a vehicle on Sunrise displaying suspicious behavior. In this case it is a foreign-made minivan with a commercial decal relating to fish or seafood. It has been reported to the RCMP. If you notice any odd or suspicious behavior, please note the license plate and description of the vehicle and report it to the Turner Valley RCMP. If you have any knowledge about the legitimacy of either of these vehicles, I encourage you to also report that as it may prevent the RCMP from pursuing leads unnecessarily.

As many of our residents are not present during the winter, it is important that those of us who are here keep our eyes open. Thank you all for looking after each other.
Mar 20:  Update on AXIA:

We would like to provide an update on our discussions with Axia and Fibre Optic Cable installation to our homes. We are pleased to report that the vision of Priddis Greens and Hawks Landing becoming a connected community this year is close to being achieved! Last year, 184 residents from Priddis Greens and Hawks Landing agreed to a service from Axia. After costing the work involved, Axia have confirmed they will commence installation once those 184 sign a formal agreement with them. The next step will be the signup process and we expect to receive instructions from Axia on how to accomplish this in the next week or so. 

This will have a significant impact on the value and saleability of our homes. A question always asked by potential home buyers and realtors concerns the availability of true high speed internet. Fibre optic cable provides the best speed and availability both now and in the future – no more internet slow-downs in the evening as everyone comes on line!

The full signup procedure will be forwarded to all as soon as we receive it. Meanwhile, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact a member of the Internet Committee, Ken Zacharias (403 607 7256), Clarke Elliot (403 278 9002) or Phil Wadsworth (403 931 0020).

Regards,

Phil Wadsworth
Chair, Fibre Internet Committee
April 3:  Update on AXIA:

Link here


Nov 14 2016:  Reminder from the Restrictive Covenant Committee:

As the amount of daylight decreases and we head into the holiday season, the Restrictive Covenant Committee would like to remind all residents of Priddis Greens of the Dark Sky Bylaw, which is supported by the Restrictive Covenant and Architectural Standards.

The Dark Sky Bylaw (MD of Foothills #31) (click on link for more information)

“The purpose and intent of Bylaw 27/2009 and subsequent amendments is to regulate the type of light source and fixture that is to be installed by any person2 in the MD, thereby mitigating further light pollution, and reducing existing light pollution, that is shown (in certain instances) to adversely affect astronomical observation, plant and animal cycles, and the safety and health of those persons within the MD.”

Priddis Greens Architectural Standards

To support the Dark Sky Bylaw and ensure visual cohesiveness within our community, the Architectural Standards outlines lighting options and restrictions within Priddis Greens. Details can be found in Section 7.14 of the Standards, but we would like to remind residents of several important specifications regarding outside lighting:

· The Dark Sky Bylaw prohibits the use of incandescent light bulbs.

· All outdoor lighting shall be LED only, of 2700 – 3200 Kelvins.

· No rope or mesh lighting is allowed except during the holiday season of December 1st to January 31st and shall be turned off at night as per the Bylaw requirements.

We ask that all residents read and ensure adherence to the Architectural Standards in all areas including outdoor lighting.

Thank you.

Priddis Greens Community Association Restrictive Covenant Committee
April 10:  AXIA Message from Roberta:

Firstly, let me thank all of you that have already signed up! The response has been very good.

I have been contacted by a number of people who are having problems signing up for Axia internet. The company has been notified and they are working on the issue. I suggest you try it a couple of times and if unsuccessful, call Axia’s customer service at 1 844 276 2888. They should be able to help you.

We have also heard from one resident that is considering selling his home in the next year and is concerned about the contract terms. We know there are others who are selling, or considering selling, their homes. Having a live fibre optic connection to your property will be a considerable, positive marketing message making the sale more attractive, potentially raising the price and shortening the sale time. Prospective buyers typically ask the selling realtors about connections to high speed internet. The Hamlet of Priddis Greens will be among a very small number of rural communities fully connected to high speed internet. Axia has recommended that if you fall in this category, you should sign up for a one year, rather than a two year, term.

Thank you again and keep the sign-ups coming.

Regards,

Roberta (on behalf of the fibre internet committee)
May 6:  Update on AXIA:  

CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS

COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION 
2017 AGM DOCUMENTS

are on the 
Members Login area
Sept 23:  
The Internet Committee will be holding an Axia information session on October 3rd, 7pm in the President’s Room.


Please mark it in your calendars and make every effort to attend. It will likely be a short, but very informative, meeting both for those that have already signed up and those that have chosen not to sign up at this time. Representatives from Axia and the contracting companies performing the work will be in attendance. Dave Harron, who is overseeing the implementation from a Priddis Greens perspective, will also be in attendance.

Information Session Objectives:

Update those that have signed up for an Axia fibre connection on the status of the implementation and when they can expect activity in their homes and properties (very soon).
Provide additional information to those that have chosen not to sign up at this time (very few), to ensure they have all the information they need to make an informed decision. This is an amazing opportunity for our community and we don’t want anyone missing out because they have not had all the information they require to make a decision. Regardless of their final decision, all residents will experience some impact during implementation, thus we want all residents to be fully informed.
Provide community members a forum for asking questions and getting answers to any and all questions. 

This is a one-time event. I look forward to seeing you there.

Regards,

Roberta Roesler
President, PGCA on behalf of the Internet Committee