About the project

Gateway Village is a visionary neighbourhood being developed in the Hamlet of Bragg Creek against the beautiful backdrop of the Elbow River and the Rocky Mountains. Locals and visitors will enjoy a wide range of amenities including a restaurant, hotel, conference centre, spa and range of boutique shops and housing types. This resort-style development, just 30 minutes from Calgary, will revitalize the Bragg Creek experience and become both a community hub and an overnight or longer-term stay destination that provides an inspired environment to shop, live, work, visit and gather.

Whether you are on your way to the mountains,
just in from Calgary for the day or a Creeker with some
time to spare, place yourself in Bragg Creek for a moment.

The vision

Imagine strolling along a promenade, breathing in the fresh mountain air, and relaxing into the beautifully landscaped open space, pathways and ponds around you. You come upon the Steak Pit, a revival of Bragg Creek’s historic mainstay restaurant and feel a nostalgic pull to head inside. From your seat on the patio overlooking the Elbow River, you hear live music from the nearby amphitheatre floating up through the trees and providing a lively and enjoyable soundtrack for this unexpected get-away.

This is the vision for Gateway Village, the 12.6-acre parcel of land currently under development by Bragg Creek local Dick Koetsier and his company, Gateway Developments.

Having owned property within the Hamlet since 2005, Dick has firsthand knowledge of both the unique challenges and opportunities presented by the area. He believes that Bragg Creek is a true Alberta gem just waiting to shine and that developments like Gateway Village are essential to meet its long-held potential as a world-class gateway to the Rocky Mountains. Inspired by the history of the area and the resilience of the community, Dick is committed to attracting businesses and visitors to the Hamlet while enhancing the quality of life and experience for those lucky enough to call it home.

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Where the site is located

Located in the heart of Bragg Creek, Gateway Village fronts onto the Hamlet’s main street, Balsam Avenue and is directly adjacent to the Elbow River and the new dyke system.

Master Site Development Plan (MSDP)

The first step in the process of achieving this vision was to submit our Master Site Development Plan (MSDP) on December 10, 2020 to Rocky View County for approval.

What is a MSDP?

As defined by Rocky View County, a Master Site Development Plan (MSDP) is a detailed document that sets guidelines for the long-term development of a site over a specified period of time. They typically refer to larger parcels of land that are proposed to facilitate limited subdivision with development approval occurring through the development permit process.

Some of the information provided within the MSDP includes:

  • A description of planning considerations and phasing of the project
  • Site plans with details of all the proposed development on the project site
  • Building placement and elevations
  • Preliminary engineering studies and reports including stormwater management and site servicing, transportation studies, Phase One environmental impact analysis and bio-physical impact analysis
  • Planning details such as landscaping, lighting, parking plans and architectural treatments for the project

Submission and Approval Process

Submit Plan



Submit Master Site Development Plan (MSDP) to Rocky View County

Seek Feedback

Share the MSDP with stakeholders and seek feedback on the plan

Report Back



Report back to stakeholders and Council




Rocky View County review and readings

The proposed MSDP, which you can find below, was submitted to Rocky View County on December 10, 2020. We are seeking feedback on the plan throughout January 2021 and will share your feedback with Rocky View County Council.

The Plan

Gateway Village will include the following elements and amenities:

  • Commercial Village: +/-2,500 square metres of commercial development, integrating the existing Old West Mall and the proposed Steak Pit restaurant adjacent to the Elbow River and dyke system
  • Hospitality Village: a 120-room hotel, spa and conference centre overlooking the Elbow River with the potential for future expansion
  • Residential Village: up to 170 residential units including townhouses and 3-4 storey apartments and condominiums
  • Open Space Amenity: a series of gathering spaces, water features, the river square and amphitheatre
  • Vehicular Connectivity: primarily consists of Gateway Drive, a north-south private road that will connect Balsam Avenue to River Drive South and continue south to connect with White Avenue in the future

Public Participation

Since as far back as 2014, local developer Dick Koetsier has been informally engaging adjacent property owners, Bragg Creek residents and the business community about the future of the Hamlet and his development plans. The ideas, feedback and support that Dick has gathered over the years are the cornerstones of Gateway Village. Some of the feedback from stakeholders that has been incorporated into the proposed MSDP is maintaining the current roadway alignment to ensure access to adjacent developments is not impacted.

With the proposed MSDP now submitted, Gateway Developments Ltd. (under the direction of Dick Koetsier) is pleased to present the Gateway Village development concept to the community for response and comment. This more formal engagement will provide the public and all interested stakeholders with the opportunity to ask questions and provide valuable feedback that will accompany the MSDP when it is presented to Rocky View County Council in February 2021.

Public Participation Objective

Share the proposed plans with the local residents and business community and provide everyone with the opportunity to ask questions and share their thoughts and comments.

Public Participation Opportunities

The Gateway Village public participation program will include an online survey and potentially in-person (COVID restrictions permitting) opportunities for the community to review the development plans and provide their feedback. The public participation period will be open from January 4 – January 29, 2021.

To view the detailed plans and example images of what the development will look like, click on the presentation below. Once you click on it, you can scroll through the presentation slides. To close the presentation, click the X in the top right corner.

After reviewing the presentation, please complete the survey below (or click here) to share your thoughts about the various aspects of the plan.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions currently in place we are not able to host an in-person open house. If the restrictions are lifted in January, we will proceed with an in-person session (participants will be required to register for a time slot to attend). Please visit this site again for updates.

The feedback we collect through these public participation activities will be shared with Rocky View County Council for their consideration as they review the application for approval.

Click on the image below to view the presentation. To close the presentation, click the X in the top right corner.

Share your feedback

Next Steps

In February, we will report back on what we heard through the public participation activities. We will post the summary report on this website, so please check back in February 2021.

If you would like to stay informed of the progress of the application and/or the development, please sign up for email updates.


Unit 6, 27 Balsam Avenue
Bragg Creek, Alberta
T0L 0K0

PO Box 1321
Bragg Creek, Alberta
T0L 0K0