What is unique about Symons Gate?

The location itself is nestled into the heart of Symons Valley - with direct access to major roadways, shopping, and professional services. Offering a fresh, original take on Calgary living by providing a real choice of modern yet timeless architectural designs. The Prairie Progressive styles will attract young and young-at-heart social couples and families looking for a distinctive family home in a healthy, active community uniquely located next to both everyday shopping and the area’s only farmers’ market.

What kinds of amenities does Symons Gate offer?

Symons Gate will offer a natural environmental reserve with a meandering trail - connecting active individuals to a larger pathway system. As part of the development of the area a central park area will be built featuring architecturally styled landscaping, seating areas, and tot play area. Another key amenity is the Home Owner’s Association which will help to keep the area looking beautiful and resident’s connected. Symons Gate is closely connected to shopping, professional services, and the Symons Valley Farmer’s Market right across the road.

What is the vision for the community?

The community feel and theme will be focused around the modern and clean design of the prairie and contemporary architecture. This will enhance the differentiation between Symon’s Gate and the surrounding communities. This is an area in evolution, momentarily the edge of the undeveloped landscape in a rapidly-growing city. Simplicity and smart, uncluttered design bring a particular elegance to Symons Gate residences. Clean and uncomplicated style give the homes a timeless look that will forever be valued in the market.

What is the architectural theme of the community?

The community feel and theme will be focused around the mix of modern and clean design. Homes in Symon’s Gate will be designed with a Prairie Progressive theme in mind, offering three distinct architectural styles that allow homeowners to express their own personal style and create a fresh and exciting community through diverse streetscapes. These style adaptations combine the simplicity of contemporary design with the timeless features of craftsman and prairie architectural styles. The three styles are: Prairie Habitat, Prairie Modern, and Prairie Craftsman.

Are we allowed to build a fence?

Yes, homeowners are allowed to install fencing, however they must first confirm if there is a Restrictive Covenant on their title indicating which, if any, type of fence can be installed. If there is no Restrictive Covenant, the homeowner can install a fence as long as it adhears to overall community architectural controls. Click here for more information.

Are there architectural controls for the community?

Yes. The guidelines address the site planning, architectural, and miscellaneous site components of the development that have an impact on the physical and social fabric of the community. Please see a sales representative for full details.

Are there landscape requirements in the community?

For full details on the requirements, please refer to the architectural controls document that can be reviewed with a sales representative. Landscape requirements include, but are not limited to, the following items: Lot Grading, Retaining Walls, front yard landscaping, and greenery.

How big is the community of Symons Gate? What is the expected number of homes in the community? How many years remaining until

Symons Gate consists of approximately 7 parcels of land equaling 78.24 total acres of land; including 73.42 gross developable acres. Also including 4.28 acres of environmental reserve (ravine). Symon’s Gate will have approximately 538 lots with a suggested split of 55% move up, 31% zero lot line move up, and 14% semi-detached product. There are also 3 multifamily sites as well as one direct control site that will feature innovative product from our internal builder (Brookfield Residential). Number of years for full build out will vary depending on market conditions; estimating by 2019 for full build out with 4 phases.

What’s the difference between a Community and Residents Association?

A Residents Association has full-time dedicated staff, whereas a Community Association is a volunteer organization. Residents Association’s maintain certain amenities in the community that may not necessarily be maintained by the city and provide additional recreational programming and events. The Community Association is involved in community matters (Soccer Registration and other community and City run programs) and is the voice of the community to lobby the government and City on certain initiatives.

The Residents Association is a not-for-profit company. They have mandatory membership of all property owners and an assured source of revenue to fund its operations whereas a Community Association has an optional membership and is dependent upon sponsorship and fundraising to operate.

Is there a Home Owner or Residential Association for the community? If so, what are the fees?

There will be a future Home Owner Association but no physical facility tied with the community .As with all resident’s associations in Brookfield Communities, membership is automatic and mandatory for all residents. For more information please ask a sales representative - future Home Owner Assocation website will be available June 2015 with fee information.

What role does a lawyer play in a new home purchase?

You need a lawyer to protect your legal interests, such as ensuring the property that you are buying does not have any building or statutory liens or encumbrances on the property associated with it. He or she will review all contracts before you sign them, especially the Offer (or Agreement) to Purchase. Having a lawyer involved in the process will give you peace of mind and ensure that things go as smoothly as possible.

What are my responsibilities when I inspect my home at possession?

There are two main things to look for in your Occupancy Inspection:

Deficiencies – these are details in the home that have not been completed at the time of inspection. Seasonal deficiencies are the most common as it is may be impractical to complete some of the required work when the weather does not co-operate.

Defects – these are items that have already been installed at the time of inspection but may require more work to bring it up to a standard level of quality. These are generally cosmetic details that can easily be spotted during inspection.

For helpful guidelines and what to do if you spot a defect visit www.albertanewhomewarranty.com

What is the Alberta New Home Warranty Program?

The Alberta New Home Warranty program is not an insurance company, nor is it a government organization. It is a private, not-for-profit company established in 1974 by home building industry leaders. The essential part of The Alberta New Home Warranty Program’s function is to provide a process for resolving problem issues between builders and buyers. This process recognizes and respects the contractual relationship, which a builder and a purchaser have. For more information visit www.albertanewhomewarranty.com

Can I put a shed in my yard?

Homeowners must check with the City to ensure the bylaw will permit a shed. Click here for more information.

My neighbour is not maitaining their yard. Is there anything you can do to help?

The City of Calgary is the resource to contact for neighbour issues. They have a “Community Standards Bylaw” that covers:

Addressing

Composting

Donation and Recycling Sites

Excavations and Ponding of Water

Fire on Premises (i.e. fire pits)

Graffiti

Weeds and Grass

Maintenance of Accessory Building Structures and Fences

Noise

Nuisances Escaping Property (i.e. water, eaves-troughs and downspouts, smoke, dust, light, flyers, debris)

Untidy Properties

Please refer to the city website for more information or call the City of Calgary Hotline at 311

Can the ponds in Symons Gate be used for skating/swimming?

The ponds in Symons Gate are storm water management ponds. Storm ponds collect and release stormwater at controlled rates to mitigate the size and intensity of storm-induced flooding on downstream receiving waters. Stormwater ponds also collect suspended sediments, which are often found in high concentrations in storm water due to upstream construction and other activities. The water elevation in these ponds will fluctuate seasonally based on the amount of precipitation they receive. Storm ponds are not to be used for swimming, skating or any other type of recreation.

Are there any plans for schools in Symons Gate?

There are no schools that will be built directly in Symons Gate. Construction of schools is determined by either the Public or Catholic School Board(s), depending on the need of the community. You can visit the school board web sites or contact them directly with your specific questions about timing.

Calgary Public School Board – 403.294.8255 or http://www.cbe.ab.ca

Calgary Catholic School Board – 403.500.2000 or http://www.cssd.ab.ca

Who is responsible for maintaining the parks and boulevards?

In areas where the boulevards have been established for more than a year, the City of Calgary owns the tree and the homeowner is responsible for maintaining the grass around it. The City is also responsible for all maintenance of fully established parks.

Newly installed green spaces are maintained by the developer until ownership is turned over to the City for maintenance. Please call 3-1-1 or contact the Symons Gate Residents’ Association for more information about maintenance concerns.

I heard there is a tree planting program in Symons Gate. How do I get my tree and when will it arrive?

Once your lot has been top soiled; call the Tree Line Message Center at 403-516-8888 and leave a message with your name, address and telephone number.

After you have called the Tree Line Message Center and provided all the requested information, your lot will be scheduled to be marked for underground utilities in the next round of planting in your community. Please keep in mind the weather plays an important role in the planting process; therefore your tree may not be installed immediately following your request. Once your utilities have been marked, the Landscape Contractor will stake the location of your tree and provide a letter stating the species of the tree to be planted. Planting usually occurs a few days after staking.

Brookfield Residential hires Landscape Architects to carefully design “streetscapes” that not only enhance the appearance of your home and lot, but also increase in attractiveness as the trees mature. By carefully weighing several criteria, a detailed and predetermined planting plan for the neighbourhood is prepared and specific trees are pre-purchased for each lot. For these reasons, trees are provided for your front yard only and substitution of species is not possible.

View the Tree Planting Program Brochure

Who do I contact for general inquiries regarding Symons Gate including but not limited to; street sweeping, snow removal, fence or surface repairs and/or maintenance?

For all general inquiries, please call 403.231.8900 and ask for the Calgary Land Project Assistant.

Who is responsible for maintaining the lanes?

Lane maintenance is similar to boulevards in that the City is responsible for those in older areas and the developer is responsible for those in newly constructed areas.

More details about the City’s maintenance schedule can be found in their Community Lane Repair Schedule on Calgary.ca.

Who is in charge of finishing the area between my side-yard fence and the pathway/street/sidewalk?

The builder is responsible for grading these areas, however the homeowner is responsible for maintaining them as per the City of Calgary bylaws. Click here for more information.

Can I put up a fence in my yard?

Yes, homeowners are allowed to install fencing, however they must first confirm if there is a Restrictive Covenant on their title indicating which, if any, type of fence can be installed. If there is no Restrictive Covenant, the homeowner can install whichever they like, as long as it is located on or within their property boundaries and adheres to the City of Calgary Land Use Bylaw height restrictions. Information about these restrictions can be found on the City of Calgary website. Click here for more information.

My tree is dead, what do I do?

It is specifically stated in the Tree Planting Program brochure that Brookfield does not provide a warranty for lot trees. This policy arises from the fact that the nurseries do not supply a warranty for the trees because their maintenance cannot be guaranteed. If there is an issue with your tree immediately after it is planted, please contact the Tree Line at 403-516-8888 and inform the planting coordinator.

Was the environmental reserve compromised in creating Symons Gate?

Included on the North part of Symons Gate is 4.28 acres of an environmental reserve (ravine) that will have future connections to a wet pond to the west and Nose Hill Creek to the east. The reserve will be maintained to its natural integrity with the addition of connecting walking trails (future).

I noticed there is no resident’s association facility in Symons Gate, is one planned?

There is no physical homeowner association facility planned for Symons Gate. Board Members and general members are encouraged to explore options for meetings and events such as the Symons Valley Farmers Market or local coffee shops (for example).

What builders will be apart of upcoming phases?

For Phase 1 the builder partners are: Brookfield Residential, Jayman Masterbuilt, and Morrison Homes. Phases 2 thru 4 information will be released in the upcoming months. For the most up to date community information visit www.symonsgate.com

Are there lots available within the community that the public can purchase?

Currently Brookfield Residential does not offer any lots to be purchased directly by the public. Lots must be purchased through a builder within the community of Symons Gate.

How hard is it to get around the city from the community?

Symons Gate connects to major roadways very easily. Stoney Trail is easily accessible from Symons Valley Road NW.

How do I get to Symons Gate?

Traveling along Stoney Trail (hwy 201) take Symons Valley Road NW exit. Travel North past Symons Valley Parkway until you reach Symons Gate on your left hand side. Turn left on Sage Bluff Blvd. NW

What hours are the showhomes open?

Showhomes are open Monday – Thursday: 2 – 8 pm, closed on Friday (except for the Brookfield Residential showhome, which is open 12 – 5 pm) and open 12 – 5 pm on weekends and holidays.

What types of homes are available at Symons Gate?

Brookfield Residential partners with respected builders throughout Calgary to create communities that are the Best Places to Call Home. The great selection of value-rich home designs in Symons Gate include spacious single family homes with front garage starting from the high $400s. For phase 2 and 3 of the community additional builder partners and home styles/types will be offered. Visit www.livesymonsgate.com for the most up to date information on phase releases.

Where can I find information on lot and home pricing?

To learn more about home models, lot availability, pricing and the builders in Symons Gate, please visit the showhomes to speak with a representative directly or visit the individual builder websites.

Is there a park planned for Symons Gate?

There is a half-acre park planned in the phase two development. It will include entry features consistent with the fencing style and architectural theming throughout as well as a future tot lot.

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