Tuesday, October 2, 2018
View the new proposed location within D'Arcy.
Friday, September 28, 2018
Listen to Dawn Smith's interview with Danielle Smith on 770 CHQR:
Learn more about the vision behind the Tiny Home Eco Village. These were presented at the Stakeholder Sessions in August 2018.
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
At the September 24 meeting, Okotoks Council approved land within D’Arcy Ranch as the preferred site for the proposed Tiny Homes Eco Village and directed administration to begin conceptual design and preliminary cost estimates.
Administration will present the village design and cost analysis in December to Council. At this time, Council will make a decision on whether to proceed with the current proposal.
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Click the link below to see the report back to the community on what we've heard since announcing the proposed Tiny Home Eco Village on August 13, 2018.
Wednesday, August 29, 2018
We appreciate all the feedback we’ve been hearing from residents about the proposed Tiny Home Eco Village project. With our decision to share information about this proposal very early in the process there are still many questions that we can’t yet answer, but it’s great to see a lot of general support for the concept. We also recognize and understand the concern about the loss of green space at Kinsmen Park.
We have posted a summary of all the comments we’ve heard from the community over the last couple of weeks. Please take a moment to read through it.
Administration will also be researching alternative site location options to provide to Council. This will require analysing financial implications, how project timelines would be affected etc. Once the research is complete a report will be presented to Council at the September 24 meeting.
Monday, August 27, 2018
Watch Dawn Smith discuss the proposed project on Global News:
Monday, August 13, 2018
The Town of Okotoks has partnered with Vagabond Tiny Homes, and its non-profit arm Sagebrush Social, to collaborate in creating one of the first Tiny Home Eco Villages in Canada. Vagabond/Sagebrush shares a vision with the Town to create inclusive, socially connected and environmentally mindful communities.
Learn a little more about the proposed site (Kinsmen Park) and why it was identified:
After assessing a number of sites, the only one that fit all the requirements was Kinsmen Park at Oak Ave. To reduce development costs, the site had to be located on existing, serviced Town-owned land.
For this village concept to work, the area had to be 3 to 4 acres in size to accommodate the homes and central facilities. This is the ideal size to be able to create an economically viable village model. The site also needed to be outside of the 1:100 year flood plain.
To meet the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation's (CMHC) Innovation Fund criteria there were a number of requirements that a proposed location had to meet:
- demonstrating innovative solutions for affordable rental housing,
- selecting a location that was centrally-located and within walking distance of shopping and amenities, and
- achieving a decrease in energy use and greenhouse gas emissions
Scroll down to learn more about public participation opportunities and further details about the project, Vagabond Tiny Homes and more!
Take a virtual tour of a model from Vagabond Tiny Homes
(note: homes in the Eco Village will not be on wheels, and homes will each have a distinct character and exterior feel)