Feb. 26, 2016 | Alex Frazer Harrison
Behind-the-scene details of how communities in Calgary come to life
For casual observers, it might appear that new neighbourhoods just sprout from the ground overnight.
In fact, those first show homes only come after years of planning and negotiation.
"When people see the graders out there, people think that's the start of a community, but it starts long before," said Brookfield Residential senior manager of strategic initiatives Grace Lui.
In the case of Brookfield's up-and-coming Livingston development in north Calgary, for example, grading might have started this year, but land acquisition took place 15 years ago. The new community, which will be comprised of 10,000 homes on 514 hectares of land just north of Stoney Trail, will welcome its first show homes in 2017.