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Taber town council May 8 briefs

Posted on May 25, 2023 by Taber Times

The following are selected briefs of the May 8 meeting of Taber town council. 

Land Use Amendment Bylaw 5-2023

Council voted unanimously to pass first reading of Land Use Amendment Bylaw 5-2023, which will amend Land Use Bylaw 13-2020.

Administration had created several proposed amendments to Land Use Bylaw 13-2020 to provide clarification, fix clerical errors, and to address areas not previously in Land Use Bylaw 13-2020. Land Use Bylaw 13-2020 was adopted by Council on Nov. 23, 2020, and is considered a living document and revisions are often required as administration identifies gaps, legislation is changed, and the community grows.

Recognition Award 

Council voted unanimously for the Town of Taber to congratulate and recognize Amy Allred, economic development manager and winner of the 2023 Emerging Talent in Economic Development award.

The Economic Development Association (Alberta) hosts an annual conference, which includes an Awards Dinner with community and individual awards from across the province. At this year’s conference, Amy Allred received the Emerging Talent in Economic Development Award. This award recognizes new and upcoming Economic Developers who have been in the field for less than five years. 

The Meadows Progress Report March 2023

Construction Activities

• All 4 pre-owned modulars have been installed at The Meadows Development. 

• Bergen & Associates are in progress of finishing off the final renovations of the fourth pre-owned fabricated home. 

• Scheduling of a facility walk through is in the works with Taber Town Council to view the finished modulars.

Sales Activities

• Bergen & Associates ran comparables, and presented selling prices to Taber Town Council meeting in February

• Ken Just (realtor) is certain that the modulars will sell quickly as the demand for affordable housing within these price points is high.

Summary

Bergen & Associates has completed renovations on three of the four pre-owned fabricated homes. Scheduling of a walk-through is in progress with Taber Town Council to review the finished product. Bergen & Associates applied for a grant application with the Rapid Housing Initiative (RHI) in March to use 25 lots of The Meadows Development for low-income housing. Taber Town Council was in approval of this application, with additional supports of $175,000 from Council for operational costs.

Local Food Infrastructure Fund

Council voted unanimously to direct administration to investigate the opportunity of applying for local food infrastructure funding, including the community garden, and any other possible partnerships.

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