The Village of Burns Lake will move forward with a proposed Village Heights Subdivision Master Plan, as agreed at a recent council meeting.
The head of the village administration, Sheryl Worthing said News from the Lake District that council had approved funding from the Northern Capital Planning Grant to create a Master Plan for Village Heights subdivision in stages.
“It’s like a miniature OCP (Official Community Plan) for land use in the Village Heights area. It is the conceptual development planning that will help us determine how the property will be and can be developed, ”she said.
The development of the master plan will cost approximately $ 150,000.
The council also discussed the acute housing shortage and how the development of this land could be one of the solutions to the housing problem.
A study was also carried out to determine the costs of bringing water and sewerage to the industrial park and to the upper area of the village. The preliminary design of the water and sewer expansion for the project is 3,550 meters of water main.
Engineers working on the preliminary design reviewed their findings from the preliminary study to bring water and sewerage to the industrial park and explained the process of developing a subdivision master plan at the meeting.
Once developed, the water and sewer supply to a specific area could be paid for in whole or in part by landowners in that area through a local service tax, which would mean that landowners this area would be responsible. The water and sewer expansion was proposed last year in January at a council meeting, but by that time the council had postponed any decision on it and asked it to make some further research on this.
This time, too, no decision was made on the water and sewer parts of the presentation and staff were asked to consider some of the council’s concerns and issues, such as water flow. needed to eliminate a second cloning station and if the southwest corner of the area was difficult to develop – for True Engineering, the company that worked on the preliminary design.
In the meantime, work on developing the master plan will continue and the next steps in the process would involve a full concept plan for Village Heights, which will also identify areas for infrastructure development to bring water to the industrial park, Worthing said. . The process will not only cover the village council and staff, but will also involve the community through open days. There would also be a way to involve the developers with the community during the process.
The subdivision master plan will begin in August and run for about eight months, Worthing said.