A photo shows a sample of a gated community for seniors, which is being considered for High Prairie. Options for design plans will be presented at a meeting Jan. 22.

Richard Froese
South Peace News

Plans for a new gated community for one-level homes for seniors proposed for High Prairie will be discussed at a meeting.

Anyone interested is welcome to a meeting Jan. 22 at 7 p.m. at the St. Paul’s Catholic Church Hall.

“We will have at least two building contractors present and discuss design options,” says Diana Oliver, who initiated the project last May.

“We will also present options for land.”

Interest continues to grow since the initial information meeting May 28, says Oliver, a longtime community leader and volunteer and mayor of the Town of High Prairie from 1992-1998.

About 13 people attended that meeting.

“I feel positive that we can move forward to have a gated community in High Prairie for the region and meet the needs,” Oliver says.

She has a vision to see at least a few homes complete within two to three years to get started.

People at the meeting expressed their support for that type of housing.

They say a gated community provides security and more freedom to move around, have a garden, socialize with neighbours and still be independent.

“I think we will draw interest from the region and other communities,” Oliver says.

“I want to get concrete information and to give us starting points and move forward.”

Some people suggest the gated community would best be located by the High Prairie Health Complex or the site of the former hospital site on 53 Avenue.

She says she does not want discussion and planning to take months or years.

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