Community Highlights and Accomplishments

Community Highlights and Accomplishments

Total MD population of 5400 including reserves consists of 7 small quiet communities with a minimal rural population.

Building blocks of a sustainable community

 

3.14 million hectares of vast pristine forest, lakes and rivers.
Low residential and farm tax at a mill rate of 2.4
Development Incentives
Healthy Industrial assessment revenue at a mill rate of 21.5
Total Industrial and Linear assessment $2.6 billion
Total development permits for 2011 issued were 262
To date we have received 196 development permit applications and process 154 as of August, 2012
Improvement and New building Structures:

Fire Hall (3), Wabasca, Calling Lake & Red Earth Creek, completed

Outreach Centres – all communities, completed

Child/Day Cares (3) – Wabasca and Red Earth Creek,completed

Community Halls – all communities, completed,

Physician Duplexes - Wabasca, completed

Administration Office – Wabasca, Calling Lake & Red Earth Creek

Recreation Development Projects

  • Water Spray Park - Red Earth Creek
  • Skate Board Park – Wabasca, Sandy Lake, Calling Lake, Red Earth Creek
  • Eagle Point Golf Course -9 holes and Clubhouse completed in summer of 2013
  • Wabasca Multiplex - completed August, 2013

Land Development Projects

  • Residential Lots: (2) subdivisions
  • Downtown: (8) 1 acre lots
  • Recreation and Culture Site: conducting engineering studies

Lot Development

  • 72 Residential Lot Subdivision (Wabasca) to be announced
  • 40 Residential Lot Subdivision (Wabasca) completed
  • 19 residential Lot Subdivision (Red Earth Creek) completed

Available Residential lots in Calling Lake: 4 lots

Residential lots sold at fair market value

Development Incentives

For new buildings and dwellings assessed at $50,000 or greater:

  • Residential: Free Municipal improvement taxes for 3 years, Free Municipal Utilities
  • Commercial:  Free Municipal improvement taxes for 3 years

Free Subdivisions

  • Developer pays $10,000 deposit
  • MD covers subdivision costs (survey, local improvements)
  • If developer constructs dwelling within 2 years, the $10,000 deposit is refunded

Proposed Downtown Wabasca Business & Recreation:

Existing Pool and Fitness Centre, completed

Wabasca Multiplex:  completed

  • 1500 capacity, completed
  • Tennis Court, completed

Downtown Commercial Development Opportunities:

  • Retail Stores
  • Financial Institution and offices
  • Professional Center

Accomplishments

Retention and growth of existing businesses, new business attraction, jobs, investment, residential development and new commercial/industrial assessment – these are just some of the benefits to be realized through a well-focused economic and community development strategy. 

Long-term community sustainability depends on the ability to maintain a healthy balance and harmony between economic, municipal fiscal/financial (including governance), social (including cultural) and environmental sustainability.

While each of these sustainability pillars is equally important, many would argue that economic sustainability is the “engine” that ultimately drives and sustains a community.

dancer imageWithout a strong, dynamic and innovative economy – an economy capable of sustaining a diversified and growing assessment base –  the other pillars could find themselves somewhat constrained in terms of the financial resources available to continue to meet public expectations.

Research has shown that “communities of choice” are increasingly replacing “communities of necessity” for many highly-skilled workers in the more rural and suburban regions.

These individuals are increasingly looking to live in affordable, high quality of life communities – with excellent recreational amenities and clean, safe and family-oriented neighbourhoods – but they are also looking to minimize commuting times associated with travel to and from work.

Clearly, the M.D.'s well-developed social and community infrastructure, natural environment, recreational and outdoor amenities, and strong and growing economy all contribute – and contribute significantly – to this high quality of life.

Directly and indirectly, these quality of life attributes and perceptions will continue to be a major locational draw for the region.

The overall fiscal capacity of the Municipal District of Opportunity to continue providing the services, programs and infrastructure that residents expect, while maintaining reasonable levels of taxation for both residential and non-residential ratepayers, is also important to long-term community sustainability.

This is another area where the M.D. has acted both prudently and responsibly in managing its budget and delivering infrastructure improvements and new investments in all communities.