Rocky View County Council has given administration the green light to proceed with negotiations with a potential land purchaser.
Earlier in the year, a request was presented to consider proposals on the 145 acre site located along Highway 1A, west of Cowboy Trail. The land in question is owned by the county but falls within Town of Cochrane boundaries, and is also home to the Cochrane and District Agricultural Society.
Rocky View County did set out criteria for proposals including the potential purchaser acknowledging the lease agreement with Cochrane and District Agricultural Society. The Ag's lease run until mid February 2025 and will be the focus of any potential sales agreement being accepted.
RVC Reeve Greg Boehlke says the AG grounds are one component of the agreement.
"That is one of the focuses. The AG society is an independent group and they have a lease that we have to honour and look after. Our commitment is to them, and to work with them to have the best outcome."
There are many user groups that use the AG grounds and so Boehlke is hopeful that the outcome will be beneficial to all involved.
"The user groups have their separate agreements with the AG Society, so our hope with any endeavor we take on is for the betterment of the whole community not just one or two groups."
Boehlke says although no timeline has been confirmed, he is hopeful negotiations will be wrapped up this fall.
At this time, Rocky View County is not releasing any details about the potential purchaser, cost, or term and conditions at this time. The Agricultural Society is aware of the progress, but specific detail will only be provided when the negotiations have been completed.