Estevan City Council has given the green light for Essex Developments' Meadows subdivision in northwest Estevan to proceed.
Council gave second and third readings to a bylaw for the new subdivision. First reading was granted back in 2012.
The agreement in principle for the subdivision was reached in 2011.
“It's been a long process,” Puffalt said. “We've worked very closely with the developer. Council and the City are quite excited about the opportunity to work with Essex. There is a lot of multi-family land being developed, and it meets our housing needs.”
The flood of 2011 caused some delays, Puffalt said. There were also negotiations and discussions with the developer that were needed to ensure both sides were on the same page.
The subdivision will offer single-family stick built homes, single-family ready-to-move and modular manufactured homes, and a mix of medium and higher-density multi-unit residential developments. Puffalt said that many of the units will be rentals, which will go a long ways in providing some relief for Estevan's housing shortage.
The initial development of Phase 1 will involve 51 single-detached residential lots; a three-acre institutional/multi-unit site; and 4.56 acres of multi-family land to fill immediate demand.
“At full build out, the development is expected to accommodate approximately 529 low-density housing units and 811 medium/high-density units with an overall estimated population density of 2,875 persons,” Land Development Services manager Rob Denys said in his report to Council.
Also included will be 11.92 acres of municipal reserve land, which includes a future park or green space area and storm sewer detention ponds.
Puffalt said he is confident that some work on the subdivision will happen this fall, as Essex has been speaking to groups about constructing rental properties.
“I think they want to get going fairly quickly,” said Puffalt. “There is lots of work to do.”
An extension of Wellock Road from Irvine Crescent to Sister Roddy Road is being completed in conjunction with the subdivision, and has previously been cited as an important part of the growth in the northwest corner. Puffalt said the Wellock project will be finished this year, if the weather cooperates.
The other new subdivisions in Estevan have given some help with shortages in single-family, modular and condominium properties, he said, and now the Meadows will assist with Estevan's dearth of rental properties.