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April 01, 2019

Tiny Home Village

What’s happening with the 10-acre town owned land in D’Arcy

Brandi Holmes

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Since November 2017 when the initial tiny home village was pitched to the Town of Okotoks a lot has changed.

The original location in Kinsmen Park has since been changed to a 10-acre plot of town owned land in the community of D’Arcy — and as of February 11th, council has approved a conceptual design for.
Vagabond Tiny Homes are the builders of this one-of-a-kind eco village, gearing up to be the first of its kind in Canada.
“We’re really excited about how open Okotoks is to working with us to become a partner in our vision of an innovative, sustainable and purposeful community development,” says Thomas Grenier, one of the proprietors of Vagabond Tiny Homes along with partner Devonn Drossel.
There will now be a total of 40 homes in the eco village ranging from 380 to 600 square-feet, all permanently fixed to concrete foundations — which means no wheels — and feature large outdoor decks. Privacy landscaping will also be included to surround the micro homes to add that little extra something to the already environmentally conscious space.
The homes will be released with a mixed market in mind. There will be affordable market rate rentals, short-term vacation rentals, and for purchase units. The entire village will be wheelchair accessible and 15 per cent of the tiny homes will be built with accessibility in mind, and another 15 per cent will be reserved for Indigenous residents.
The core of the micro home eco village will be the central community building where there will be all sorts of amenities to fulfil residents’ needs. This building will feature an industrial sized kitchen and dining room for event hosting that exceeds the limits of a tiny home, private storage lockers for each home, rentable working/ office space, functional meeting rooms and a large outdoor gathering space.
A lot of the details for the eco village are still in the works but the town and Vagabond welcome any and all input from the public.
 The total 10-acre project will initially be named the “Homestead Project” and will consist of 7.2 acres of community space with the 2.8-acre ecovillage as a subdivision.
“The vision for the Homestead Project provides Okotoks the opportunity to model environmental excellence and sustainable urban design,” says Mayor Bill Robertson.
The eco village will be developed in the first phase of the project with a variety of other community amenities phased in overtime. Such as several community buildings, flexible programming space, parks with trail networks, an amphitheatre, a commercial green house and community gardens.
The Homestead project will be a crucial space for community gathering, while the eco village will increase the already diverse housing options within Okotoks.
A proposed lease agreement will be presented to council on April 30th 2019 and a final decision will be made.
For more information on Vagabond Tiny Homes or the eco village please visit, vagabondtinyhomes.ca or okotoks.ca/ecovillage.

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