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Growth awaits lagoon expansion

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The list of subdivisions pending in the RM of Macdonald keeps growing, with 16 listed on the agenda for the Feb. 11 council meeting.

Macdonald CAO Tom Raine said that, while some applications are for small developments such as property owners splitting land, others, such as Ventura Land Company’s Prairie View Lakes, could mean many new houses being built in the community.

However, all future development is on hold until the La Salle sewage lagoon is expanded.

"Council decided, until we know we have approval for the lagoon, we will treat all
applications the same," he said.

In other words, the application list will keep growing until the provincial government grants a license allowing the municipality to begin work on the La Salle lagoon.

Raine said this type of approval tends to be slow in coming, but the council is hoping to get the license before summer’s end. Expansion work is expected to take about two months, and could be completed before the ground freezes.

This expansion will increase the lagoon’s capacity to service an additional approximately 700 single-family homes, Raine said. However, the new holding cells will take up all available land at the current lagoon location, so no further expansion could happen at the site.

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