The County of Grande Prairie and Clairmont
Clairmont, one of nine districts within the County of Grande Prairie, has seen exponential growth within the residential sector over the past decade; however, Commercial and Retail sectors have not kept pace. With very limited amenities currently available, residents of this area find it necessary to travel south, to the City of Grande Prairie, to satisfy their daily consumer needs. As a result, there are immediate opportunities in the Commercial/Retail market for the Investor, Landlord, Retailer, Restaurateur, and Hotelier. Appropriately zoned and fully serviced lands of varying sizes are available now for development to expand these market sectors.
There is an estimated 3,950 acres of prime vacant land in the County earmarked for commercial and industrial development, with a wide variety of zoning in place. This is high prairie country with generally level topography, and good geotechnical soil conditions for construction, mainly consisting of clay with 3”-10” of topsoil and permafrost at 6’ below grade.
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The Clairmont Heights Project
The proposed Clairmont Heights is an exceptionally well planned, ground up, new greenfield town development – currently the only one underway within North America. Over the past several years, input from all affected stakeholders and consulting professionals have determined the most suitable approach to build-out the over 1,200 acres of land that will encompass the new community. Once completed, there is a projected population of over 20,000 residents. The densified town core will occupy +/- 58 acres, not including roads, sidewalks, and parking lots, with a blend of high and low-rise buildings, with up to a maximum of 10 stories.Surrounding this will be 1000+ acres of medium density and single family residential houses interspersed with local retail.
Current plans for the town core estimate that approximately 1.4 million square feet will be built out for high-density apartment/condominium residential use and approximately an additional 550,000 square feet for commercial/retail use. The total combined build out construction cost for these two products will be $396 million CAD. This number is based on current average construction value of $237.50 per sqft for residential and $110 per sqft for commercial retail. The per sqft value for commercial/retail does not include any tenant improvements, levies, fees or soft costs and is only representative of the base building construction hard cost. With an estimated market absorption over the next 15- 20 years of both products. Furthermore, the County of Grande Prairie and Clairmont currently do not have any Development Cost Charges.
Proposed Clairmont Heights
The majority of development and increased population within the County has transpired in the Clairmont area. The Town Administrative Office, Fire Hall, EMS, two Facilities Maintenance shops and the recent addition of two new schools are all located here. Accordingly, politicians, and the community, have decided it is now time to create a central town core. This is the basis for developing the proposed Clairmont Heights, an innovative Master Plan community, which offers a wide range of housing choices, local retail shops, services, and public amenities such as interconnected trails and green spaces with access to Clairmont Lake.
Clairmont Lake is one of the main natural assets for the area and its adjacent lands will be used efficiently to promote higher density. The new village core will be directly connected to Highway 2 by way of a newly constructed, pedestrian-friendly, Parkway and the existing Township Road 730. Both intersections are controlled. The Parkway and the necessary infrastructure work will commence spring of 2017. For further information on the proposed Clairmont Heights, please refer to the Clairmont Heights Economic Development Brochure.
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