The Mayor of Tache expects that by the end of 2018, Landmark will be growing again.
Robert Rivard says the population of Landmark has declined over the last five years. Housing construction has been at a standstill because the water system in that community can not accommodate growth. But, last month's funding announcement for a new water distribution system means new homes will start to go up next year.
According to Rivard, development will happen on the northeast side of Landmark. Right now that land is nothing but an open field. He says developers are anxious.
"We've got one really ready to go already and is ready to start and another one that will be following shortly behind," notes Rivard. "They know that there is a great opportunity in Landmark for development so they are looking forward to it."
Rivard says once work starts on the new water project, developers want to get going at the same time. With the water system expected to be ready to go by the fall of 2018, Rivard says the first of the new homes should be occupied before the end of that year.
Rivard says the population of Landmark today is between 1200 and 1300 residents. He suggests that within five years of the new water system being in place, the population of Landmark could double.
The local improvement plan will be presented at a public hearing Tuesday, April 18 at 7 pm at the Landmark Kinsmen Community Centre. The proposal is Phase II of a two-phase project that has been previously funded and approved, which includes the new water treatment plant. The total project cost is estimated to be $7 million of which $1,557,000 will be through the sale of debentures, $5,043,000 will be the receipt of federal and provincial Clean Water & Wastewater Funds and $400,000 to be withdrawn from Landmark Reserves.
Rivard says it has yet to be determined just how much this will cost each ratepayer. However, he says when they did this in Lorette, ratepayers there saved more on their insurance premiums than what the extra taxes cost them each year. That is because of the addition of fire hydrants. Rivard says he is hoping for a similar situation in Landmark.