The Town of Okotoks held an information session for residents who will be directly effected by the installation of the Tiny Home Eco Village on Thursday August 23.

Andrew Sitter, President of Park Haven Villas, who has started a petition against the project, says he walked away feeling empty-handed.

"I thought this was a very premature meeting. We kept asking questions, and the answers were, "we don't know." I guess they wanted the feedback from us more than they wanted to give out information," he said.

The purpose of the information session was to obtain feedback from the residents to present to Town Council before the project can be approved, and was an invite-only event.

According to the town, the chosen location, Kinsmen Park, is the only location that fits the criteria for the funding that has been applied for through the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.

Sitter says many parents with young children in the area attended to voice their concerns about losing the green space where they can see their kids playing from their homes.

"They felt quite safe turning their kids loose on the park, cause it's sort of a hidden one, nobody knows it's there hardly. But with that development, that would not be possible," he said.

The information session took place at the Environmental Education Centre, with town officials and members of the developer team from Vagabond Tiny Homes.

Sitter's petition in opposition to the project now has upwards of 200 signatures after last night's meeting, and he says there are many other locations in Okotoks that would be suitable for this endeavour.

 

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