Weed Mitigation FAQs By Hopewell
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Weed Mitigation FAQs By Hopewell

PUBLISHED ON: August 05, 2021

As a developer, we sometimes see growth of unwanted vegetation in our communities, including weeds. In particular, we have received comments and questions about weed growth in southeast Calgary, which we continue to address and monitor. See below for some FAQs:

  • It’s often a shared responsibility. For example, in Mahogany, there are four levels of responsibility:

    1. Hopewell Residential is responsible for the lands that have not yet been fully developed, and are under our management. We caretake these lands throughout the year to ensure community cleanliness and safety.
    2. The City of Calgary is responsible for lands that have been developed and “turned over” to the City. This means many sidewalks, parks, playgrounds, fields and public spaces fall under City jurisdiction.
    3. Homeowners are responsible for their own front and backyards.
    4. Private businesses and schools are responsible for caretaking, maintenance and oversight of the land under their purview.

    Not sure if land counts as “Hopewell” land? Email us at Questions@hopewell.com with a photo and street location and we’ll let you know.

  • Throughout the Spring of 2021, through to present day, we have made significant efforts to mitigate weed growth throughout all vacant Mahogany lands. Please read below for a detailed look at our ongoing efforts in place:

    • Early Spring – Hopewell began precautionary measures by mowing unwanted vegetation throughout Mahogany. This was done to mitigate seed spread of Foxtail Barley and to inhibit future growth.
    • June 2021 - Hopewell began working with a horticulturalist to safely spray vacant Mahogany Lands with a non-toxic, but effective herbicide to safely kill the weeds. This work is ongoing, and will take some time to take effect.
    • June 2021 – Hopewell continued to prioritize weed maintenance despite the heavy rains that impeded the process. This was done by further spraying and regarding of the sites and monitoring for growth.
    • July 2021 – Large areas of vacant land within Hopewell’s jurisdiction were confirmed to be free of Foxtail Barley and other unwanted vegetation.
    • Ongoing – The growth of unwanted vegetation is an ongoing maintenance issue that may take several seasons to fully suppress. Please know Hopewell is committed to the safety and cleanliness of Mahogany residents and community. We will continue to prioritize and go above and beyond our current lot maintenance programs as needed.

    Not sure if land counts as “Hopewell” land? Email us at Questions@hopewell.com with a photo and street location and we’ll let you know.

  • This is outside of Hopewell control, and we encourage you to contact the City of Calgary directly with any related questions. Please call 3-1-1.

  • Hopewell cannot remove, manage or mitigate vegetation on City-managed lands, on private property, in other communities, on public roadways, or throughout the rest of the city. That responsibility lies with landowners, the City of Calgary and the Province of Alberta.

    However, Hopewell will continue to maintain all lands under our management throughout all of our communities, taking every effort to ensure our level of care is appropriate and community-focused.

    We know that seeds travel with wind and foot traffic, which is why we will continue to maintain Hopewell-managed lands into the future.

  • There are no off-leash areas in Mahogany or Arbour Lake West, and we do not encourage any off-leash activities. We also ask that all residents including adults and children stay off undeveloped lands and lots. If you are looking for great off-leash areas near your community, please Google “off-leash dog parks in Calgary”.

While removing unwanted vegetation is a city-wide issue, Hopewell is making every effort to ensure we remove it and mitigate future growth. We encourage residents to contact the City of Calgary for further advisement on areas outside of Hopewell’s jurisdiction and for properties managed by other developers.

Have a question that isn’t addressed above? Please reach out to us anytime at Questions@hopewell.com

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