FAQ

Harmony’s Homes & Show Homes

When will homes be available to purchase?

Single Family Homes & Attached Villas are now available for sale.  Please visit our builder group at Harmony to select your dream home.

When can I visit the show homes?

Show Home Parades opened on December 2, 2015!  You can now visit 2 Show Home Parades and our Discovery Centre.

What types of homes will you have in Harmony?

As Harmony develops the range, style, and price point of housing options will include everything from estate homes, villas, and single-family homes to townhouses, condos, work/live properties, and a planned Seniors’ Residence in the Village Centre.

Homes in our first opening phases will be single family homes, attached Signature Villas on lots ranging from 40’ to 70 and a select townhome collection.

Can I bring in my own builder to Harmony?

No. Homes and lots can only be purchased together exclusively through Harmony’s Builder Group, carefully chosen to represent the region’s best.Learn more about our Stage 1 premier builders Augusta Homes, Baywest Homes, Broadview Homes, Homes by Avi, NuVista Homes and Sterling Homes.

When can I buy a home on the lake or golf course?

These types of homes are part of future stages of Harmony’s development. We’ll keep you updated as timing is confirmed. Make sure you register to be the first to hear the news!

What do homes in Harmony look like?

Harmony’s Stage 1 single family homes will be a pleasant blend of five architectural styles – Farmhouse, Arts & Crafts, French Country, Prairie and Contemporary. You can learn more about these styles.

Harmony’s Lake & Amenities

When will Harmony’s lake be open?

Harmony’s lake is being built in two stages. The first (40-acre) stage is currently under construction and filling commenced August of 2016.

Will motorized boats be allowed on Harmony’s lake?

No, motorized boats will not be permitted on the lake. Sailing, canoeing, and plenty of other forms of water recreation will all be ready to enjoy.

Will the lake be stocked with fish?

Yes! The lake will be stocked to provide year-round fishing opportunities. Water quality will be consistently monitored to ensure flourishing fish populations and healthy water standards are maintained. Fishing licenses will be required.

When will the Beach Club & Wellness Centre be open?

Harmony’s lakefront Beach Club & Wellness Centre is slated to be built in future phases of Harmony. Stay tuned for updates!

In the meantime, residents and guests can still find plenty of ways to enjoy the lake and their favourite waterfront activities.

What sorts of land-based activities will be provided in Harmony?

Harmony has an extensive trail network planned that will accommodate walkers, runners, explorers and even some horses! Large open green spaces will also be dotted with fitness equipment (mini outdoor gyms), playgrounds, and public art to encourage everything from nature walks, fitness regimens and art tours.

When will the golf course be open?

Mickelson National Golf Club of Canada is a golfer’s paradise and the perfect complement to Harmony. Construction on this marquis course has begun and an updated opening is planned in 2018.

Windmill Golf group is the course developer, and updates are offered as they become available from the course developer.In the meantime, visit www.mickelsonnational.com to learn more about this world-class golf facility, the first of its kind in Western Canada

When will the Village Centre be open?

Land Use approval for Village Centre is already complete. The initial elements of the construction will concentrate on the central main street – future home to boutique style businesses and retail – leading to a waterfront area where our community centre and central plaza will reside. This will be a vibrant gathering place with outdoor cafes, festivals, public art and opportunities to connect with friends and neighbours. Timing for the development of the Village Centre is currently being determined.

This is only one part of the 35-acre vision for the Village Centre, which will be built in stages as we gain enough residents to sustain the businesses and amenities who come to Harmony to set up shop! The Village Centre is the heart of the community and everyone who moves here is a special part of making it successful.

I’m interested in opening a business in Harmony. Who do I contact?

Harmony’s Village Centre and Employment Campuses will be home to a wide range of opportunities – from corporate headquarters to small businesses, retail, and professional services.

Although we are not currently taking applications for businesses, we’d love to hear from you if you’re interested in doing business in Harmony. Please email ac.yn1498398966omrah1498398966nievi1498398966l@ofn1498398966i1498398966.

Living, Working & Learning in Harmony

Will there be a Home Owners Association?

Yes, the OAH (Owners Association of Harmony) will include both home and business owners and funds will focus on upkeep of amenities, public spaces, and public and private programming around Harmony. More information about your monthly fees and other important details will be provided by your builder in a Homeowner Package this fall. (2016)

What are taxes like in Rocky View County?

You can find out about Rocky View County tax rates.

Does Harmony have public transportation?

At this time there are no plans for public transportation routes to or from Harmony.

Will there be schools in Harmony, and if so, when will they be built?

Harmony will have four designated school sites. The first school site is located in Stage 1 of development at the entrance to the Village Centre and we are actively working with the provincial government and the Rocky View School Board to establish timelines.  Rocky View County / Springbank fortunately has some of the best schools in the Calgary area, located minutes from Harmony that are ready to serve the community.  We have produced a thorough guide of what is available to you as a resident now.  Please download The ABCs of Harmony’s Designated Schools

What other schools are in the area?

Located in Springbank, Harmony is part of the respected Rocky View School District. Currently, local schools include Elbow Valley Elementary (K-4), Springbank Middle School(5-8), and Springbank Community High ,(9-12) all in close proximity. Banded Peak School (K-8) is also located in nearby Bragg Creek.

A number of charter schools are located within half an hour from Harmony on Calgary’s west side, and the specialized Edge School for Athletes is located across from the Springbank Airport, only minutes from Harmony’s main entrance.  We have produced a handy guide for all the education options near or in Springbank. Download The ABCs of Harmony’s Designated Schools

Where are Emergency Services located?

Fire protection services will come from the Springbank Fire Station located at the Springbank Airport. EMS will be serviced by Calgary, and there is an RCMP detachment located in the Springbank ‘Park for All Seasons.’ The closest hospitals are The Foothills Hospital and The Alberta Children’s Hospital in NW Calgary.

Environment & Location

Is Harmony being built on farmland?

The land where Harmony resides has belonged to the Copithorne family for over 60 years. It was used extensively for cattle ranching and ultimately was deemed non-arable (no longer suitable for farming).

The Copithorne family wanted to find the right way to repurpose this land. They have worked extensively with the developers and Rocky View County for over a decade years to plan a responsible, sustainable concept that would benefit families, the greater community of Springbank, and the County’s economy.

Tremendous amounts of research and study have been invested into the nature of the land, vegetation, and water systems. A comprehensive plan is in place to be sustainable, water and energy smart, and even to improve the condition of the property. For example, our re-forestation project seeks to re-introduce native plants, grasses, and over 17,000 trees to the area, and our water management system is state-of-the-art.

Learn more about:

Our Water Treatment Facilities.

Our Stewardship & Sustainability Practices.

Native Plants, Trees, & Wildlife.

Does Harmony use water from the City of Calgary?

No. Harmony’s Integrated Water Strategy includes its own Water Treatment and Waste Water Treatment facilities (we are not tied to the City’s water system). These facilities are among the most advanced and environmentally friendly in North America. Learn more about our Integrated Water Strategy.

Springbank Airport

What is the size of the Springbank Airport and what sort of operations take place there?

Springbank Airport (YBW) is a major flight training, recreational aircraft and charter flight service centre. It is also home to a growing number of aviation maintenance and service organizations, with 50 hangars, 400 small aircraft and multiple aviation schools and clubs calling it home.

As Alberta’s second busiest airport in terms of aircraft movements (147,000 in 2014), it is an important general aviation reliever airport for Calgary International (YYC), Canada’s third busiest airport.

Aircraft including small planes, helicopters, and small private jets utilize YBW. Additionally, YBW is a major flight training centre for student pilots. Flight training involves the flying of ‘circuits’, which involve low flying flight patterns around the airport.

YBW is an Airport of Entry and has an active Air Traffic Control Tower. Two runways, running north-south and east-west, project takes offs and landings over the green spaces of Harmony such as the golf course, pathways and some employment areas.

YBW has published a master plan outlining its continued growth and development plans, which can be accessed from YBW.ca. Future plans for growth at YBW include more development of commercial space and the addition of a new north-south parallel runway.

For more information on YBW Operations, visit here:

What has Harmony done to provide a safe residential community near Springbank Airport?

Working in consultation with Transport Canada, Harmony has been designed to be an airport-compatible community. This means that no residential homes will be built within the extension lines of the runways, and we have not only met but exceeded NEF Contour regulations for noise.

Springbank residents, farms, airport-based businesses, schools, and nearby amenities have all lived, worked, and played in close proximity to the airport for years. Harmony looks forward to being the next good neighbour to join the community!

What about noise levels for homeowners?

Harmony consulted extensively with Transport Canada during the community design stages. One goal in planning Harmony was to make sure the community design and building methods helped to buffer the noise arising from aircraft activity at YBW. This activity include charter traffic, training schools and helicopter traffic which can conduct repeated circuits in the area at varying elevations, this is particularly true of flight training activity.

It is important to note that no homes will be built within the extension lines of the runways. The Golf Course, open green space and berms, and the business campus areas have been purposefully located to provide a buffer and transitional space between residential areas and airport lands.

Harmony homes will be built using triple paned window glass which helps to buffer aircraft noise and also improves energy efficiency in the homes.

For more information on noise at YBW, please visit YBW.ca to access the airport’s noise management brochure.

What are the airport’s hours of operation?

Springbank Airport is a 24/7/365 facility.

For Airport Business Hours, please visit www.ybw.ca

 

What is the future growth plans for the Springbank Airport?

Improvements and expansions at YBW since 1997 have ensured the airport is delivering on its mandate to advance economic and community development, as the operating surfaces and land development at the airport have grown to meet demand.

That demand is expected to continue into the future. Springbank Airport facilities will be expanded when required to meet the anticipated future growth in aircraft traffic at the airport, primarily through the addition of a new runway and related taxiways. For a full summary of plans, click here: http://www.ybw.ca/YourNeighbourhoodAirport/AirportGrowth.aspx

How close to the homes will the planes fly?

Flight patterns used by fixed wing aircraft in YBW include arrivals, departures and circuit training.

In the link attached, you will find  diagrams showing typical fixed wing training circuits utilizing both runways.

http://liveinharmony.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Traffic-Activity-YBW-Harmony-LL.pdf