Redstone

Truly diverse communities are the cornerstone of vibrant cities. This belief is at the core of Redstone. Designed with every life stage in mind, Redstone features a variety of architectural styles combined with beautiful green spaces and streets scaled to the pedestrian.

More than 3.5km of pathways weave throughout the community, connecting people with the outdoors as well as with each other. Garden lots and an 'island park' connected to shops and businesses further help to create a walkable community where daily journeys are as enjoyable as the destination.

When it's time to head out of the community, efficient and reliable access to major roads and convenient public transit options make it a breeze.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  1. Can we swim or skate on our community's 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.
  2. 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. Each municipality has different requirements. For example, the City of Calgary requires a tree to be provided with each lot where applicable. 

    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 on our program.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. How do I install my rain barrel?
    Qualico Communities has implemented a water conservation program in Redstone.  The program requires the support of builders and homeowners to ensure that water conserving appliances and low flow fixtures and faucets are installed in each home. Upon the successful completion of a Water Efficiency Inspection, Qualico Communities will provide a rain barrel and tap timer to homeowners. 

    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. QualicoRainBarrelProgram_Brochure_WEB
  8. 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.

  9. What is Erosion and Sediment Control?
    An Erosion and Sediment Control Plan is a regulatory responsibility of Qualico Communities in any developing area, serving  to  protect the  integrity of  our  water. Part of this  Plan includes a stormwater collection and  conveyance system that  feeds  into  a stormpond facility. Other  components include silt  fencing, catch  basin  inlet   protection, trapped lows,  ditching, earth  berming and regular street cleaning. These measures  help ensure our receiving streams remain clean and healthy. For a more detailed explanation of erosion please view this document Erosion and Sediment Control