A public meeting where residents can provide feedback on the Fraser Place development is scheduled for Wednesday evening.
The development will require the rezoning of a greenspace area into residential zoning.
With a forecasted boom in Hay River’s population, which is anticipated to grow to 6,000, the 29 housing units set to be built as part of the development are seen as part of accommodating that growth.
The proposed development has faced some criticism, with a petition submitted to council urging councillors to consider other locations for expansion as the development would ruin a wooded area.
The plan includes leaving an existing trial system intact, which connects communities on the north and south sides of the river.
Design and planning work is picking up momentum ahead of the meeting.
Detailed design work has been initiated by a consultant, which is expected to be ready to tender in early April.
Town administration received a finalized geotechnical report for Fraser Place in February. A preliminary design for the layout of the Fraser Place cul-de-sac was completed and presented to council.
The meeting will be upstairs at the Royal Canadian Legion on Wednesday, March 17 at 7 p.m.
Capacity restrictions mean only 50 people will be able to attend the meeting, including town staff. Masks are mandatory, and anyone looking to enter will have to wear masks while inside.
Any written submissions for this public meeting should be submitted in advance to the town.
If the project moves ahead, construction at Fraser Place could begin before the end of 2021.