Big Valley addresses public concerns

Big Valley’s Public Hearing for Bylaw 830 offered community members an opportunity to voice their opinions on the bylaw amendment to establish a Tiny House Residential District (R-1T).
Approximately 12 people were on hand to provide input either in support of, or in opposition to the proposal and ask questions of staff and councillors.
Beginning with a brief presentation providing details of the project thus far, CAO Michelle White offered particulars regarding lot sizes, architectural guidelines and set back requirements while endeavouring to clear up any public misconceptions.
Written submissions were presented, with council and staff providing answers to raised questions before any public presentations were heard.
The most significant concern raised at the hearing was the question of how the subdivision would be financed.
Residents learned that the project would not result in an increase to property taxes or take away from any previously planned infrastructure repairs or maintenance programs, but would be done on a full cost recovery basis.
In order to determine the break-even point, estimates for all expenses including engineering, subdividing, infrastructure installation and improvements to existing roads and alleys are being collected, with total development costs to be divided by the 22 lots.
Before council can decide to go ahead with any development, lot prices need to be set and the 16 potential buyers on the waiting list need to be given the opportunity to pre-select a lot and sign an Offer to Purchase agreement.
Meeting participants learned that the village’s current water and sewage infrastructure is more than adequate to support the anticipated population growth, requiring no additional financial input.
Village status will not change because of this new subdivision and the effects to property values cannot, as yet, be determined.
Direct benefits to Big Valley include the anticipated growth in population which could positively impact the local businesses and school, the improvement of previously unsold and undeveloped land and an increase in village revenues.
Since there is a minimum tax rate of $500 in Big Valley, once these lots are all privately owned village coffers can expect to gain a minimum of $11,000 in property taxes each year.
Even with the momentum this project has gathered during the past few months, Big Valley council does not anticipate the subdivision infrastructure to be complete until 2018.

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