Brandon, MB – With a focus on creating economic opportunities, the City of Brandon has embarked upon a development strategy for Brandon’s eastern industrial area and is currently looking for community feedback.
The East Brandon Industrial Development Zone is defined as the industrial area bordered by the Assiniboine River to the north and the east, 17th Street East to the west, and Patricia Avenue to the south. Within it, there are total of 86 property owners of parcels of land of various sizes, composition and use or non-use. With the creation of a servicing and development strategy for this area, the City of Brandon hopes to remove barriers to development and work with property owners to create “shovel-ready” serviced land in order to attract new industry and diversify the City’s tax base.
“Brandon City Council has identified economic prosperity as one of its strategic areas of focus, and growing the City of Brandon’s industrial area is a key component to achieving economic prosperity,” notes City of Brandon Chief Planner Ryan Nickel. “As such, the proposed East Brandon Industrial Development Strategy will identify areas for growth, the phasing of new infrastructure investment, and establish a vision for growth in our industrial area for the next 30 years.”
A brainstorming session for identified landowners and interested members of the public has been scheduled for Thursday, October 5th, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. within the Brandon Design Studio space of the Cultural Resource Centre at the A.R. McDiarmid Civic Complex, 638 Princess Avenue. Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
“We all have an interest in growing our industrial area, especially the property and business owners within the industrial area,” notes Nickel. “We want all stakeholders and residents of Brandon to be involved in planning for how we can grow our industrial area.”
Nickel adds the intention is to have an East Brandon Industrial Development Strategy proposal ready for Brandon City Council consideration in the spring of 2018. More information on the East Brandon Industrial Development Strategy can be found on the City of Brandon website at http://www.brandon.ca/what-is-happening-in-your-neighbourhood/active-projects/1294-east-brandon-industrial-development-strategy.