Morden Community Development Corporation to purchase $2.9 million worth of industrial land –

Last week, Morden City Council passed a by-law authorizing the Morden Community Development Corporation (MCDC) to purchase a parcel of land designated for industrial development.

Mayor Brandon Burley explained why now.

“The Town of Morden is in a position where we have sold the majority of our industrial land. We have a substantial appetite, at this time, for businesses and individuals to purchase industrial land, particularly in a situation where we are not in a position where we could accommodate a large company coming in or wanting to move in. We just don’t have the industrial land available, now the last big parts have been sold, and the majority of the little things have been sold as good.”

Burley described the process of buying the $2.9 million plot of land.

“We have been looking, not just as a city but in partnership with MCDC, to identify when purchasing new industrial land, MCDC has done a lot of work on this, and a purchase agreement is in place for 142 .5 acres of new industrial land south of Willcocks Rd, will be developed in two phases. It will allow us to immediately satisfy new commercial interests for the industrial land, and it adds to the industrial commercial portion of the tax base, which is great for our community as it allows us to defer and start chipping away at the allocation on residential property.”

When asked how growth is possible with labor shortages affecting businesses in the region, he replied:

“We have a labor-based immigration stream that is unrivaled in the country, and we are also still a reasonable place to live, in terms of cost, community safety and total value proposition. After COVID people are looking to live a little more simply, or not have to go back to an office in a bigger center, now there are those opportunities to live further afield.Morden has a huge value proposition when he’s It’s about attracting displaced labour, just like what we’ve been trying to do to attract displaced businesses.

Morden Community Development Corporation chairman Rod Wolfe said acquiring more industrial land has been one of the council’s goals over the past few years, noting that industrial companies are the backbone of the city’s growth.

In response to a question about adequate infrastructure support, in light of the recent drought and sewage capacity limitations, he replied:

“We understand that these things have to happen in tandem. You can’t say, ‘We have the luxury of just solving one problem at a time. That’s not how municipalities work. If we provide all the water in the world or all the capacity of the sewers, but no one uses it, all of these costs are passed on to a much smaller population base. So growth is something that happens in a very concerted way, and it has to happen in a multi-faceted approach, when it comes to service delivery. It can’t be one or the other, it has to be all of them.

Board Chairman Rod Wolfe made the statement on behalf of the MCDC Board of Directors.

“MCDC recognizes that industrial businesses are the backbone of the city’s growth. Our industrial park is filling up well, so acquiring more land has been one of our goals over the past few years. We would like to thank the city council for giving us the tools to succeed.”

Norma P. Rex