A developer’s bid to transform a portion of the Kimiwan Lake lakefront into residential property has been given the thumbs up in principal by McLennan Town Council.
Councillors met with Art Cloutier during their May 13 regular meeting to discuss Quail’s Run, a proposed subdivision within the Town of McLennan’s corporate limits.
“While a project like Quail’s Run would be daunting for a single stakeholder, it becomes a reality if we can work together. A joint venture where the developer and the Town of McLennan work hand-in-hand, means that this project can happen – and the benefits to McLennan become a reality,” said Cloutier during his opening remarks.
The preliminary proposal, which remains in its infancy, calls for the construction of as many as 25 residential lots in five developmental phases between the Kimiwan Lake Bird Walk and manor.
The first phase of the project could potentially include as many as 10 lots if approved, resulting in increased growth and revenue for the community.
“This project would provide a good tax base for the town,” said Cloutier, who referred to the plan as “very doable.”
Under the proposal the town would be responsible for making a joint submission to Alberta Environment to negotiate the removal of landfill from the lakeshore to facilitate initial construction of the Quail’s Run subdivision. The town, which owns the land title rights, would also be responsible for lot line surveys and the extension of sewer and water lines to the area – a financial commitment which Cloutier pegged at between $30,000 and $50,000.
The developer, in this case Cloutier, who has an option on the land, would bring utility services to the frontage line for the fully developed lots.
“The lakefront is what I’m after. Lakefront property in Alberta has maintained a high level of profitability over the years due to its value and interest,” Cloutier explained to council.
It’s a project which he said has tremendous potential prior to pointing out that nothing is written in stone.
“This development project will provide a significant boost to the town by bringing in additional people to help support our schools and businesses,” he emphasized, adding that he did not want to put the cart before the horse.
“I’m not here tonight to burn any bridges or inconvenience anyone. My goal is to merely present the proposal to council in an effort to generate feedbackÂ… that’s all.”
“I want hear what Alberta Environment has to say. I want to hear what church organizations have to say and I want to hear what the Kimiwan Lake Naturalist Society has to say,” Cloutier explained, adding that he wants to ensure everyone is comfortable and satisfied with the plan before any additional legwork is carried out.
Councillor Eckhard Christen, president of the Kimiwan Lake Naturalist Society, erred on the side of caution during the discussion by suggesting the land in question may be protected as a natural habitat under Alberta Environment regulations.
“What we need to clarify is whether or not any portion of this specific land is set aside as natural reserve. That’s something which has to be addressed before this issue can go any further,” Coun. Christen stressed.
The process of gathering feedback for the project began May 16 when Cloutier met with executive members of the Kimiwan Lake Naturalist Society to discuss his residential blueprint.
Christen, who was contacted last week by the Express for comments, emphasized that the society has yet to give its blessing to the project.
“The committee as a whole was not in favour of supporting the proposal until such a time when more information becomes known,” he stressed. “At this stage everything is very preliminary.”
Cloutier met with Alberta Environment officials last week to get their input on the plan. Results of that meeting were unavailable at our press deadline.
Town council thanked Cloutier for making the presentation prior to approving the proposal in principle.