The city of North Battleford is making progress with its plans for a subdivision in Killdeer to create more housing and expand the neighbourhood.
The city also wants to put in a new road, known as Sandpiper Rd., leading to Killdeer Park, to improve access. Currently the only access is by Killdeer Dr.
At council's meeting last Monday, the city confirmed it is sending an application for the project design to the province for approval and hopes to be able to proceed with the work this summer.
Through the subdivision project, the city will create a total of 81 residences, comprised of six multi-family building sites, 10 for duplexes, and 33 single-family properties, making up a total of 49 lots.
The utility work and roadwork should be completed by this spring. The city has already completed most of the servicing for the sites.
City manager Jim Puffalt said in his report the city needed to take the reins on the project from the private developer and ensure the development was "completed in a timely fashion." It purchased the land for the project last year.
"It is exciting that lots will be available in Killdeer in 2017 as this subdivision has been discussed for a long time," he said.
The city will be able to recoup some of the cost of the project by selling the lots.
The cost of the subdivision to create 49 properties for sale is estimated at $2.5 million and was incorporated into the city's 2017 capital budget.
To adhere to the Planning and Development Act, the city is designating 10 per cent of the municipal reserve area for the subdivision for residential use. In total about 0.30 acres will be used for the proposed subdivision and the remaining 1.18 acres put aside for future development.
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