Harvie Heights Proposed Restaurant & Hotel
Harvie Heights Proposed Restaurant & Hotel
1050 Harvie Heights Rd., Harvie Heights, AB
This project is a Visitor Accommodation (Hotel) and Restaurant development located at 1050 Harvie Heights Rd., Harvie Heights AB (Lot 4, Block 23, Plan 793JK, Plan 081 0343). Predominantly 3 stories with a section in the middle of the length of the building at 3 ½ stories, the proposed 80-room Hotel and Restaurant has a total gross floor area of 56,715 sq. ft. The building’s form has been designed to conform as much as possible with the terrain to optimize the site and to respect the surrounding conditions.
The building footprint runs along the long side of the sloped site with the restaurant component, hotel rooms and amenities at the lower level of the site facing Harvie Heights Road while the remainder of the building at higher ground is set back far from Blue Jay Drive. This results in the 3 storey portion of the building facing the rear of the site set back almost 45.00 meters from the rear property line.
The hotel exterior demonstrates an aesthetic that compliments its surroundings. The architecture is alpine in nature and is expressed by the detailing of exposed timber frames, trims and structure, vertical and horizontal timber slat panels, and wood shingle accent walls over other wall finishes like acrylic stucco and metal panels. The whole building is anchored down by a stacked rundle stone wall base.
WHAT THE COMMUNITY THINKS OF OUR APPROACH
Open Public House verbal comments from Community
Fencing at North of site – For security and privacy, a no pass fence to the north of the property to be provided. A concern regarding wildlife travel patterns (bears) through the site was brought up. As a result, it was suggested that an opening for wildlife to be provided through this fence. Some residents oppose any kind of opening. Mike Drummond of Alberta Fish and Wildlife to be contacted for additional information and coordination.
Size of Proposed Development – A concern regarding the scale and the impact of the development was raised by some residents. They feel that the size of the development is in contrast with the ‘village’ feel of Harvie Heights and would prefer to maintain that. They would like to see future developments with has minimum impact on the residents and the overall community. Residents refer to one of the hotels in the vicinity as a good example of scale.
On Site Parking – Some residents predict that parking to be an issue on the proposed development especially during the peak season. A lack of staff parking versus staffing needs for hotel and restaurant was pointed out.
Recommend vehicle no access. Only access from Harvie Heights, Variance
Any consideration for more fireproof roof material other than asphalt? Details have been requested on fire, smart construction, landscaping and emergency.
Off Site Staff Accommodations – As the developer will be providing off site accommodations for the hotel staff, residents suggest that staff housing be located away from Harvie Heights.
Public Transportation – Residents suggest that the local bus (Roam Bus) includes stops in Harvie heights. This access to public transportation to Canmore and Banff could be beneficial for staff, hotel guests and residents. Some residents are not in favor of this expanded bus service to the hamlet.
Proposed Exterior Design – The exterior design needs more improvement. Some residents would like to see more architectural character than just another ‘cookie cutter’ hotel located in their community. Some good examples of hotels in the Canmore area that are aesthetically appealing were mentioned. Some residents suggested more timber/log beams to enhance the current look. The main entrance needs improvement.
Comments regarding the experiential nature of the hotel were raised. They would like to see the hotel create an experience for the guests and not just another place to check in. Some residents feel that some of the hotel amenities are unnecessary given the location of the hotel (i.e. pool, gym) as there are facilities and attractions in Canmore and Banff to cater to these needs.
Traffic Impact Assessment – A resident brings up the Traffic Impact Assessment report created for the development. He pointed out that in the report, there were no collisions in the subject area when there was one in 1998.
Residents are keen on knowing if energy efficiency was considered in designing the hotel. Also, is landscaping, water management and light pollution were addressed in the early stages of design.