What is the Quarry Park Land Owners’ Association (the "QPLOA")?
The QPLOA is a non-profit organization that was established in 2007 by the developer of Quarry Park, Remington Development Corporation ("Remington") for the purpose of maintaining the public areas in Quarry Park to a higher standard than The City of Calgary would.
What are the benefits of having a land owners’ association?
Many of Calgary’s newer communities have a land owners' or home owners' association (LOA / HOA) that has entered into a Landscape Maintenance Agreement with The City of Calgary. The LOA or HOA charges an annual fee to cover the costs of maintaining the curb appeal of the community and to keep the neighbourhood looking attractive, which is not only important for the residents’ daily enjoyment of the community but also increases the market value of a property.
For example, The City of Calgary targets mowing public parks every two weeks during the spring/summer months while the QPLOA mows weekly. The QPLOA also funds the irrigation of the parks in the community, as public parks typically do not have irrigation activated for the season. The QPLOA can request pest control measures and fertilization, and provides enhanced spring/fall cleanup that exceeds public park standards.
For general information on Calgary's Enhanced Landscape Maintenance Program, please visit:
The following article by a Calgary realtor provides a general overview over home owners' associations:
Does the QPLOA receive money from The City of Calgary?
The City of Calgary provides an annual operating grant for maintenance done by the QPLOA on city-owned property. The amount of the grant varies each year as determined by The City; however, it does not cover the true cost of the maintenance work performed by the QPLOA.
What is the annual fee?
The annual fee for 2021 is $234.28 plus GST for residential lots and $1,315.27 per acre plus GST for commercial lots.
How do I pay my Quarry Park Land Owner Fees?
How are the fees calculated?
The fees were originally estimated to be $214.00 for each residential lot and $1,200 per acre for each commercial/industrial lot, with a maximum yearly increase currently based on the Canadian Consumer Price Index (CPI).
What period does the annual fee cover?
The fee is for the calendar year. The invoice is sent out by the 15th of February and is due immediately.
What do the QPLOA fees cover?
Like many other communities, the Quarry Park Land Owners’ Association (QPLOA) has entered into agreements with The City of Calgary to allow the QPLOA to maintain the community and its amenities to a higher standard than The City of Calgary would. The agreements can be found on the “Documents” section of this website and specify the following:
- The ongoing maintenance of all common areas as outlined on the LMA map (the Landscape Maintenance Agreement),
- The maintenance of additional amenities, namely the waterfall and pathway lighting along the east-west regional pathways (the Optional Amenities Agreement), and
- The maintenance and operation of the stormwater system infrastructure, which collects and drains stormwater in an attractive way through the linear storm pond, including the storm pond, the pump house (lift station) and the east-west regional pathway (the Perpetual Maintenance, Operation and Access Agreement)
The maintenance and operating expenses under these agreements are covered by residential and commercial QPLOA fees as well as an operating grant paid annually by The City of Calgary. The 2021 grant covers approx. 20% of grounds maintenance and repairs expenses, while the QPLOA fees cover the remaining 80% of the costs.
Who is responsible for what?
The following is a list of the maintenance items that are required to maintain Quarry Park at its current standard, and who is responsible for them:
Can I choose not to pay the annual fee?
No, the payment of the annual fee is not optional. It is mandatory for every land owner in the Quarry Park community and appears as a registered encumbrance on your land title.
What happens if I don’t pay the annual fee?
Since the fee is an encumbrance on your property, collecting the fee is legally enforceable by the QPLOA. Home owners who have not paid their fees are sent a statement which lists the outstanding amounts owing plus an administrative fee. If the payment for outstanding fees is not received, the account will be turned over to the QPLOA’s lawyer for collection.
All costs incurred by the QPLOA to recover the outstanding fees will be passed on to the homeowner.
What is the difference between the QPLOA fee and the condo fee?
Condo fees are strictly for the maintenance of your condo building complex, whereas land owners' fees are for the maintenance of the public open space and infrastructure of Quarry Park. Condo fees are paid by residents who own condos, whereas land owners' fees are paid by all residents and companies who own property in the community, regardless of the type of property. This means that condo owners must pay both the condo fee and the QPLOA fee.
How are the QPLOA fees paid?
For single family dwellings and townhouses, individual invoices are sent to the property owners directly. For multi-storey complexes, the QPLOA fee is billed to the condo corporation and is paid by the condo owners as part of their yearly condo fees. For commercial properties such as office buildings and retail, the owners of those properties are billed and pay for the QPLOA fee on a "per acre" basis.
What happens if I sell my property?
If you are selling your property, the lawyers for both the purchaser and the seller will contact the QPLOA and/or the condo corporation to request an updated statement of account showing any balance owing, including administrative fees. If outstanding fees are not paid prior to the sale, they will be collected through the proceeds of sale.
Does Remington Development Corporation pay acreage fees on their land and unsold units?
Remington pays QPLOA fees on undeveloped lands that are equivalent to the fees paid for commercial acreages, and pays the QPLOA fees associated with unsold units.
Who is on the Board of Directors of the QPLOA?
The Board is currently made up of representatives from Remington Development Corporation, and this Board will remain in place until the Quarry Park development is at a stage of completion where the QPLOA will be transferred to property owners at an AGM.
When will the QPLOA be turned over to property owners?
The QPLOA will be formally turned over to property owners at an AGM when a minimum density is reached. This threshold will be met when the majority of the residential units are completed along the river. Currently there are ~1200-1500 units remaining, which will be constructed in accordance with market demand.
Who can join the Board of Directors of the QPLOA?
With the turnover of the QPLOA, any Quarry Park property owner in good standing is eligible to stand for election to the Board of Directors. Once the QPLOA is in a position to set a date for the turnover AGM, a notice will be sent out to the property owners inviting eligible and interested parties to put their name forward for election to the Board.
Only one representative from each property can let their name stand for the Board of Directors. Based on the bylaws of the QPLOA, each residential unit shall have 1 vote and each commercial acre shall have 33 votes.
When can I see the financial statements of the QPLOA?
The audited financial statements for the QPLOA will be presented at the AGM which formally turns the QPLOA over to the property owners.
What is the relationship with the DouglasQuarry Community Association?
The Quarry Park Land Owners' Association exists to serve the Quarry Park community and is a separate entity from the DouglasQuarry Community Association (formerly called Douglasdale/Douglas Glen Community Association). The QPLOA has narrow responsibilities that focus on the maintenance of the public areas and the operation of the stormwater infrastructure in Quarry Park. Quarry Park is also part of the DouglasQuarry Community Association which has a mandate to support community programs and events, community safety and community development.
For further information on the DouglasQuarry Community Association please visit www.dqca.ca.
Does Remington Development Corporation provide security services in Quarry Park?
Remington's security personnel only monitors the Remington construction sites and is not responsible for providing security services elsewhere in Quarry Park. Any general concerns such as noise complaints, misuse of property etc. must be directed to the Calgary Police Service’s non-emergency line, Tel. (403) 266-1234, rather than to Remington contacts. Remington is not able to forward your concerns to the Calgary Police Service as they require to speak to a complainant directly to file or follow up on a complaint
Who is responsible for the maintenance of the playgrounds?
The City of Calgary is responsible for the management and maintenance of the playground equipment. The QPLOA maintains the landscaping of the playground lands as far as mowing and weeding is concerned.