Council agrees to supply water for housing development north of town

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A Moose Jaw couple plans to improve a 20-acre lot north of the community and will be able to connect to city water lines to service their development.

A Moose Jaw couple plans to improve a 20-acre lot north of the community and will be able to connect to city water lines to service their development.

At its recent regular meeting, City Council voted unanimously for the City Administration to negotiate an agreement with Cal and Deborah Cowan for water service for the lot at SE-13-17-27 W2 in the Rural Municipality of Moose Jaw. The property is north of Moose Jaw and adjacent to the highway.

Additionally, the council agreed in principle to let the Cowans connect to either a private four-inch water main on 16th Avenue NW or the city’s eight-inch water pipe near the service road. North. The agreement also includes six other clauses related to the project.

The Cowans want to subdivide the parcel to use it for agricultural, industrial or commercial purposes.

They also own a quarter section of land west of 16th Avenue SW that Moose Jaw annexed years ago. If they connect to the eight inch line, they will dig the pipe through their property and under the highway to connect to the development.

The Cowans and the town hall have had good discussions about the project, while the contractor is also on board, David Chow, a lawyer representing the couple, told the council. However, to avoid losing the developer, the project requires approval in principle so the couple can hook up to a water source.

“It’s a good thing for the town of Moose Jaw and the community that this project (is) moving forward,” he said.

A stumbling block is the cost of connecting to water lines, Chow said. It could cost five times as much to lay pipe in – and connect to – the eight-inch line as compared to the four-inch pipe, so both parties will have to figure out which option is more feasible.

Although connecting the 20-acre parcel to the four-inch line would suffice, for now the Cowans preferred the eight-inch line due to volume and pressure, he continued. If there are other urban developments around this western quarter section, extending the line by eight inches would make sense. Additionally, the city could register an easement near the development to maintain the line.

Chow added that the developer would pay for the development and secure it to the waterline.

City Manager Jim Puffalt backed the project, saying discussions have been good, developers have done their due diligence, and it’s best to create a new subdivision on the city limits because the city could annex this land in the future.

“We want to encourage that to happen; it’s an important thing,” he said. “As noted, a 20-acre parcel is not something readily available inside the city unless it is in the industrial park, which is off the highway.”

One downside is that developing properties on the city limits won’t provide City Hall with new property taxes now, Puffalt noted. However, this could change once the property fully develops and the council works with the RM to annex the land.

“I am happy to see that the municipal administration and developers have come together to create this partnership…” said the councilor. Dawn Luhning. “There needs to be partnerships with the city and RM and people outside of our borders. This is a good starting point for negotiating an agreement of this type.

This development will benefit Moose Jaw at some point, the councilor said. Doug White. Even though this commercial enterprise is in the RM, the people who work there will likely live in Moose Jaw and pay property taxes, which will support sports, arts and cultural activities here.

Any water the city provides to the plot will generate revenue through water fees, the councilman said. Heather Eby. The town will also benefit economically if there are other developments nearby in the MR.

The next regular council meeting will be on Monday, April 11.

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