Nordegg Mobile Home Park
At their regular
Council meeting on Tuesday, October 10, Council voted 5-2 to table 2nd
and 3rd reading on a land use bylaw rezoning related to land where the
proposed mobile home park in Nordegg would be located. The proposed
development would be to the east of the Nordegg Fire Hall, down Quarry
Road. The land in question is currently zoned Agricultural but would
need to be rezoned to Nordegg Manufactured Home District in order to
proceed with development.
Following presentation of information
by the County’s planning department on the project, Councillor Laing,
representative for Nordegg, requested an open house to hear taxpayer
concerns and comments prior to voting on 2nd and 3rd reading. She
mentioned that with other types of development the County requests the
developer to hold such a meeting so it would seem responsible for the
County themselves to do likewise. Brief discussion took place before
the vote passed to delay the subsequent readings. The public meeting
will likely take place in November.
Mobile Home Park Rental
Mr. John Badduke from Pinewoods Estates in the Ferrier area west
of Rocky attended the last CCTA meeting to explain the unreasonably
high lot rental increases in privately owned mobile home parks in the
county. This park was recently purchased by a developer from
Abbotsford, BC and he has subsequently increased the lot rentals
significantly, with more increases planned. This seems to be a common
problem and there are no guidelines/controls to monitor the high rent
increases. Mr. Badduke was asking for county resident support for his
concerns and will be addressing Council in October to request their
support in establishing guidelines to protect mobile home residents.
While we note that this is a business matter, it does resemble the issue
of foreign investors coming into the Vancouver area, causing housing
prices to become unaffordable for local residents and to which the BC
government responded by enforcing a tax on foreign investment to
alleviate some of the problem.
two surveys currently underway in the County. One is a Senior Needs
Survey being conducted jointly by the County, town of Rocky, and the
village of Caroline with the assistance of the local Family &
Community Support Services. The objective of this survey is to gather
information from residents aged 60+ on their wants and needs. The
deadline for completion of this survey is October 20, 2019.
second survey is a Community Recreation Facility Survey that is asking
for people’s wants and needs relating to matters mostly surrounding
community halls and the recreation facilities there. The deadline for
completion of this survey is December 31, 2019.
Both surveys are
available for completion on the County’s website or hard copies are
available at the County office. Let your voice be heard.
Tuesday, October 15, 2019, 7:00PM, Arbutus Community Hall,
Guest speakers from Grassroots Alberta and Friends of Science focusing
on the “other” side of the story on climate change. Note earlier start
Tuesday, November 17, 2019, 7:30PM, Arbutus Community Hall, AGM