A new subdivision in Clearwater County zoned to accommodate multi-generational homes is expected to help diversify housing in the county.
Diamond Willow Estates, located southwest of Rocky Mountain House off Hwy 752 towards Cow Lake, is the first of its kind in the county to offer multi-generation home designs on one-acre parcels.
Zoning in the subdivision allows for multi-generational homes so families can invest together in a home and live under the same roof while still enjoying privacy. It can be an option for aging parents as well as adult children with disabilities who need extra care from their family.
“Clearwater County through its municipal development plan, land use bylaw and development permit processes has recognized the need for a variety of residential needs. We have tried to accommodate those while still recognizing the need to protect the natural environment and sustain a primary use of land in Clearwater County which is agriculture,” said county councillor Jim Duncan.
He said there is little multi-generational housing locally, and Diamond Willow can provide that opportunity.
Local developer Merv Pidherney teamed up with Brit Wacher, sustainable technology consultant from Mmerula Leaf, to co-design cutting edge home plans in collaboration with SAIT’s Architecture Technology Program.
Lynn MacDonald, agent with Royal LePage Tamarack Trail Realty, said there is a real shortage of bungalows in the area for those age 55 and up. The lots are big enough at Diamond Willow to give people moving off farms some space.
“To make the transition into apartment-style condo living can be trying for some people, they struggle with it. They can’t adjust,” MacDonald said.
Communal services for water and sewer in the subdivision also makes it convenient to live in a country setting, she said.