A new man-made island will be constructed in Calgary and it will be the first gated community that this city has seen in over a decade. There will be 22 homes on the island, which will be located right in the middle of a man-made lake in the southeast community of Mahogany.
Gated communities have been banned in Calgary since 2001 but Hopewell Residential already had approval from council to build 2 residential islands in the community. A gate will be put up at the base of the bridge, which provides private access to the exclusive island. There are only a few gated communities in the city and they were all built before the ban was put into place in 2001.
The community association in Mahogany had no objection to setting up the gate. Some of the planning commissioners raised objections but most members didn't have an issue with it. The gate will serve as a means of protection to keep trespassers off the private island. The gate will not stop anyone from moving freely through the rest of the neighbourhood.
While gated neighborhoods have been banned in Calgary for more than a decade, this new community will be quite different from the regular type of gated enclaves that are commonly seen in many U.S. cities. It's unlikely that the decision to approve the gate will set a new precedent for typical gated communities in the city.
City plans encourage integrated, inclusive and a use for all attitude. These islands will be much like a high-rise condo offering inclusive amenities that aren't available to the public.
The developer and homebuilders of the project have been marketing the private islands as "Calgary's most remarkable new address". There's no doubt that these new homes will be remarkable and offer something completely different to home buyers.