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Large development cleared for takeoff at municipal airport

Posted on September 9, 2015 by Taber Times

By J.W. Schnarr
Taber Times

The Municipal District of Taber Municipal Airport is going to be a bigger, busier place, with a large redevelopment getting underway.

During their regular meeting on Aug. 25, council passed a motion to go ahead with a development project at the airport that would see the construction of 20 new lots on the property, along with needed access roads, taxiways, and aprons.

“I think demand is there for a lot of these lots,” said Division 1 Coun. Merrill Harris, adding that completing the development of the lots will allow for growth at the airport. “I say it’s a go still.”

“It shows how busy the airport is getting, and it’s part of our economic development process and philosophy,” said Division 2 Coun. Tom Machacek.

Division 5 Coun. Bob Wallace said there are people looking to develop in the area, showing a clear need for the lots.

“We have people looking,” he said.

Recently, council passed a redesignation bylaw for the lots, clearing the way for development to begin. Work could begin later in the fall.

Administration also recommended a five-step process for the work to be completed, which was accepted by council. Those steps include:

Notification to the grazing leaseholder that about 20 acres of grazing land is to be removed for the project;
engineering design services for the lots, taxiway, aprons, access roads, stormwater plan, and utility access plan;
stripping topsoil from the area prior to Nov. 1;
completion of engineering design prior to Nov. 1; and
undertaking construction of the design.

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