Clive in line for affordable housing project

Seventeen empty serviced lots in Clive may get developed into a proposed affordable housing initiative.

Jonathon Jacobson of Broder Developments presented Clive council with an affordable housing program where down payments for home buyers would be provided by the developer in the form of a forgivable loan and qualify for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) approval.

Council, at its June 27 meeting, authorized Broder Development’s request that the Village of Clive send a letter of support of the program to CMHC.

Council also directed administration to research and prepare a report at the next council meeting regarding Broder Development’s second request that the Village of Clive consider contributing $2,000 per affordable housing unit in the program.

“It’s exciting to allow people to own homes,” said Chief Administrative Officer Carla Kenney. “We have vacant lots that are fully serviced. Attracting young families is our target.”

Stiff penalties

Clive residents who violate the village’s proposed cat control bylaw could be fined $500 to $10,000, and if in default, could face up to one year in prison.

The village gave the bylaw first reading at its June 27 regular council meeting and wants to get more public input before giving it second and third reading.

Details of the bylaw will be available on the village’s website.

“Council would like to get some public response and input,” said Chief Administrative Officer Carla Kenney. “Based on the feedback [council] will make any amendments and consider second and possibly third reading at the July 18 council meeting.”

Cats seized by a bylaw officer will be impounded for three days and if it’s not picked up by its owner after paying a fine, the cat will be destroyed or sold. Residents are allowed only three cats over six weeks of age. All cats will have to be licensed.

A clause was added to the bylaw, which allows Clive residents to trap cats.

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