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New Development Planned near Okotoks

Blog by Marianna Kindrachuk & Don Blocka | March 1st, 2013

The MD of Foothills council has approved a first reading for a plan to rezone a 45 acre parcel from agriculture to country residential for the proposed Tiki Ranch. A plan for the development presented to the MD calls for eight country residential lots (ranging between three to 3.65 acres in size), a 4.1 acre municipal reserve lot, a public utility lot that could be used for a storm water pond and on 12 acrea country residential lot. 
Okotoks community planner Steve Hanhart said the development could potentially be located in a future growth corridor for Okotoks. However, the Town has not yet determined which direction it will grow in the future.
While MF council gave first reading, it added some conditions to the plan. Councillors want the developer to identify an appropriate building site on the proposed 12 acrea country residential lot and set the remainder aside as an environmental reserve easement. Council also specified it wanted the developer to use enhanced or higher efficiency septic systems over traditional models.
MD Coun. Doug Longson said the area is going to be developed at some point in the future and the question is how it should proceed. He said it would provide a transition from urban to rural development. As well, he said the land, which was once a farm and still has an old home on it, have become an eyesore.