Evanston

Evanston was designed as a prairie-values environment and atmosphere where families can flourish. At every turn you'll discover community planning that encourages people to come together, rather than keep them apart.

There are fewer fences and more open spaces, back lanes and verandahs - meaning more opportunities for conversation and more to see. Evanston's ample green spaces with playgrounds and a neighbourhood gazebo have been designed to be gathering places, too. It all adds up to a feeling of openness that extends to people's attitudes.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  1. How do I report a burned out street light?
    If a streetlight is not operating in your community, please call the City of Calgary at 311 and they will send someone to check on the problem.
  2. Can I build a shed on top of the concrete gutter at the back of my property?
    No. These drainage gutters, called “swales” are to be protected from any obstruction because they assist in the management of stormwater. There is a restriction on the Certified Copy of Title of your property called an Overland Drainage Easement and Restrictive Covenant that stays registered on your lot forever in order to protect and maintain proper drainage of the lots in the neighbourhood. The easement extends beyond the edges of the gutter itself, and up to 1.5 m (4.92 ft) either side of the gutter, so that drainage patterns are maintained. During high rainfall or snow melt, the gutter may overfill and the water will flow beyond the edges of the gutter to the limits of the easement area. Check your title before building or placing anything (including a fence) near your rear yard drainage gutter.
  3. Does the developer provide any trees for my yard?
    The developer always adheres to the city, town or municipal bylaws to address tree-planting regulations. Qualico Communities engages a landscape contractor to plant trees in your neighbourhood. In all communities lot trees are planted in the front yard only.  Occasionally utility constraints or building footprint will prevent the landscaper from planting in your front yard.  In these instances the landscaper will drop off two potted trees for the homeowner to plant in their desired location.  Please refer to the Qualico tree planting website at www.treeprogram.qualicocommunities.com for more information.
  4. Am I responsible for my fence maintenance?
    All fences backing onto open space or roads are constructed within the homeowner’s lot. Maintenance of these fences falls to the property owner for both sides of the fence. Maintenance of all other fences located on the perimeter of a lot is the responsibility of each property owner for their own side of the fence.
  5. How high can a fence be?
    Side yard fences may be a minimum of 1.2 meters (4 feet) in height to a maximum of 1.8 meters (6 feet). If the height of the side-yard fence differs from that of the rear fence, a gradually stepped design is required to integrate the two heights. Fencing height is set out by municipal bylaws.
  6. What materials can I use for my fence?
    There may be materials specified in the Architectural Guidelines for a particular community, thus these guidelines should be referenced first.  The basic rule of thumb regarding the aesthetic of your fence is that it ought to coordinate with other fences within the area in design and colour.  What this really means, is you should discuss your plans with your neighbours.
  7. When do developers provide fences?
    Qualico Communities provides a variety of fencing types in each community.  Lots that back onto other lots or side onto a walkway typically have wood screen fencing provided at the rear property line and along the side property line, respectively.  To further enhance lots backing or flanking green spaces, including parks or Municipal Reserve (MR), black chain link or wrought iron is provided depending on the community’s architectural standards.
     
  8. When does landscaping occur and who is responsible?
    Once construction is complete and new homeowners take possession of their homes, the responsibility and obligation to maintain the lots in a safe and aesthetically pleasing state transfers to the new homeowners. Homeowners are required to ensure that soil does not erode from their lots and must take the same care and caution as the builders. Once the lot is compacted, graded correctly and the builder has received their By-law Grading Certificate, you should sod or seed your yard to prevent topsoil from eroding onto the streets and entering the storm sewer system. It can take up to one and a half years from the move-in date before a builder receives a By-law Grading Certificate.
  9. Who is responsible for cleaning and maintaining the pathways in my neighbourhood?
    Depending on the stage of development in your area, this could fall to either the developer for maintenance or to the municipality.  Typically 2 years after construction is substantially complete in an area, the municipality will do a walk through and sign off on the future maintenance of items constructed by the developer.  This process applies to pathways, walkways, parks and other public spaces. Up until the time when the municipality takes over it is the responsibility of the developer to clear pathways and to maintain parks and green spaces.  Please refer to the Evanston maintenance map below depicting the areas of responsibility. Cropped.Evanston.Maintenance.Plan.pdf.
  10. Am I responsible for installing my rain barrel?
    As a homeowner you are responsible for your rain barrels. They are left inside the home after the water inspection is completed.  Homeowners can then install their rain barrel at a time that is convenient.  For instructions on how to install your rain barrel please refer to the brochure that is provided with your rain barrel or click on the link below: Qualico Rain Barrel Program
  11. Who is responsible for Snow Removal on my street?
    Qualico commits to clearing the roads in your neighbourhood which haven’t yet been turned over to the municipality for maintenance. Qualico Communities will clean snow from all major routes first, and then all construction sites. We will do our best to clear snow as soon as possible after a heavy snow fall. In the summer months Qualico Communities also provides bi-weekly street cleaning in most areas.  This typically includes construction garbage pick-up and construction material recycling.
     
  12. The pavement on my street is lower than the gutter and does not drain properly. Why is it left like this?
    The pavement in new subdivisions is intentionally left low to allow a period of time for settlements to occur and to make repairs to damaged concrete. Two years after pavement is installed, a second ‘lift’ of asphalt will be installed over the first to fix any settlement. At this time, your pavement will be flush with the concrete edge of the gutter. This is a construction requirement imposed on the developer by the City of Calgary.
  13. Why does water pool around the catch basin and drain slowly?

    The streets of any new subdivision in the City of Calgary are designed to be in compliance with an approved Stormwater Management Plan to handle severe rainstorms. Ponding areas are designed and constructed to temporarily hold back runoff so that areas downstream do not receive large quantities of stormwater/snowmelt all at once.

    To assist the underground pipe system during a rainstorm, temporary stormwater storage sites called "Trap Lows" are designed into the streets, lanes and even parks to accommodate a high volume of water. These pending areas eventually drain down slowly (up to 24 hours) and are designed so that the detained water does not enter any buildings.

    The ponding may encroach into the lot or driveway and remain there for a while. Do not panic if  you  see  water  rising  in  your  street,  or  even   in  your   driveway, during  a fast  rainfall. Predetermined grading plans are followed at the time of construction to ensure the water will flow towards the Trap Low and slowly drain into catch basins once the rain subsides. There is an easement registered on any lot that will have temporary ponding on it. This easement is registered in favour of the City/ Town/Municipality and legally permits the ponding to occur on the lot.

    Should  you  have concerns  that  there  may  be  a blockage preventing the ponding to drain slowly  into  the  catch  basins, as stated  above, report your  concern  to The  City of  Calgary by dialing 311.

  14. Can we swim or skate on our community storm pond?
    Please do not swim or skate on ponds in your community unless a sign indicates you may do so.  These ponds are for rainwater and snow melt, thus the movement of water through the pond causes ice to remain thin and the water unsafe for swimming.
  15. What is the purpose of a storm pond in my community?

    Calgary’s storm-drainage system has over 150 storage ponds.  These ponds hold water that exceeds the capacity of the underground storm-drainage pipes. About half of these are wet ponds, which hold water all the time.

    Storm ponds are designed to a certain depth to prevent anaerobic conditions, such as those that may promote odours.  Storm ponds usually consist of a forebay that allows silt in the incoming water to settle and be treated naturally within the pond.  There are also areas where water is retained and in high water events the water is released slowly underground.  Ultimately, run off from storm ponds will end up in our river system. 

    Storm ponds also do not stay stagnant.  There may be small areas around the perimeter of the ponds that appear stagnant, however there is movement (although not usually significant) within the pond during a rainfall event.

    Storm pond designs are approved by the City of Calgary.  Further information on storm ponds can be found at the City of Calgary website at www.calgary.ca

    Any spraying of storm ponds for mosquito abatement is up to The City of Calgary.  As the developer we are not permitted to spray any retention areas.