Community Highlights and Accomplishments
Total MD population of 5400 including reserves consists of 7 small quiet communities with a minimal rural population.
3.14 million hectares of vast pristine forest, lakes and rivers.
Low residential and farm tax at a mill rate of 2.4
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
- 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
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
- 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
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.
Without 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.