Caledera area structure plan

Dear Editor,

Re: Town notice in the Ponoka News on Feb. 18, 2009—Adoption of Caledera Area Structure Plan.

Information from the Caledera Area Structure Plan, (ASP) and Development contains the following:

1. Page 17—Future Transportation Network: “The developer may seek coucil’s approval for payment in advance of benefiting landowners.”

2. Page 18—Water: “Oversizing of water mains for servicing of lands outside the ASP area may be requested by the Town, whereby cost recoveries to the developer will apply at the time of construction.” “The developer may seek council’s approval for payment in advance of benefiting adjacent landowners.”

3. Page 19—Sanitary: “Oversizing of sanitary sewer mains for servicing lands outside the ASP area may be requested by the Town, whereby cost recoveries to the developer will apply at the time of construction.” “The developer may seek council’s approval for payment in advance of benefiting adjacent landowners.”

4. Page 20—Storm management and Drainage: Offsite requirements once the storm water exits the storm pond include an appropriately sized storm sewer pipe to be constructed northwesterly through the Ponoka Golf Course and will include cost recoveries to the developer at time of construction.”

A. What is the maximum potential cost to the Ponoka taxpayers for this proposed development?

B. What is the maximum potential cost to the adjacent landowners for this proposed development?

The Town’s Master Servicing Study page 38 states, “With lift station A pumping into the gravity line at 46 Street, insufficient capacity is available to service future development areas within the Town boundaries such as…SE32.” (Caledera land).

Page 41 states, “Lift station A force main can be extended to the sewage lagoon. This will free capacity in the gravity trunk main to accommodate all future development in the SE area,…”

Page 41 states, “Lift station A force main can be extended to the sewage lagoon. This will free capacity in the gravity trunk main to accommodate all future development in the SE area,…”

Page 74 reveals that the estimated cost of the Force Main extension is $576,000.

A. What percentage of the cost of this Force Main extension will the Caledera Group pay?

B. What other costs to the Town and/or adjacent landowners are involved in the Caledera project?

C. Has council considered what the total impact of this project will have on the community?

Sincerely,

Robert MacKenzie, Chairman

Ponoka County and Town Taxpayers Coalition