Deadline April 21!!!
Township wants public feedback on Growth Management Report
Last spring the Township engaged Stantec Consulting Ltd. to prepare a plan that will set the path for Centre Wellington’s development well into the future. On April 4, they posted Stantec’s report on the Township website, and on April 10 issued their press release.
Township wants your comments on three options and approaches of how growth and density can be allocated!
If you would like to provide input into the Options & Approaches Report,
please send an email to: GMS@centrewellington.ca.
All comments must be submitted by April 21, 2017.
The community was given only 11 days following the press release, with a deadline of April 21 to respond by email to the 30-page report. Search “Growth Management Strategy Centre Wellington” for the April 4, 2017 post, and click on the “Options and Approaches Report”. Email comments to the Township through the email address: email@example.com.
What will our Township will be like in decades to come? The right plan for future land use and density designations is of utmost importance!
Please email with your selected option and other comments -
Some issues to consider:
1. The time frame for public input is a huge concern. If this process is Community Engagement, then this is Community Engagement Lite!
Public comments submitted by email are one-way conversation. There is no opportunity here for questions and answers or proper community engagement.
The press release indicates that a public consultation forum will take place after the final preferred approach has already been presented to Council.
There have been far more public meetings and opportunity for stakeholder involvement about a single bridge.
2. The study has considered three pillars of growth management planning: Land Use Planning, Financial Planning and Infrastructure Planning. The document presents only Land Use Planning. The public would like an opportunity to comment on the full report. Where is water in this document? Water was to be an integral part of this study.
3. This is not “a long term growth outlook.” The timeline is 2031 – is this realistic as a future plan? By the time recommended changes to policy, regulations and guidelines are in place this is basically going to be a 10-year plan. We already have 5 years planned with developments that are approved but not yet constructed. So this essentially covers the following 5 years.
Infrastructure planning requires a much longer time horizon even than 2041.
What were the real reasons for the planning horizon only to 2031 and not to 2041, which is the time frame for the Provincial population targets? The rationale given in the report is that the County is appealing the population targets. However, planning appeals are currently the norm, not the exception to the rule.
4. The growth strategy is based on another 7,070 jobs in Centre Wellington. Historically, the Township has not met its economic development targets. This employment target is not realistic.
5. How and when will the existing private services be integrated into the municipal water service? The large number of households in the Fergus-Elora urban area that are on private wells pose potential risk of aquifer contamination as well as the prospect for future interference with municipal wells. Although not in the immediate plans, providing municipal service for these areas is the preferred option. This GMS plan keeps all of the private wells as they are, and leaves that problem until after 2031.
6. The Strategy recommends that Community Hubs be identified in the official Plan to accommodate employment growth. With this plan, it is not clear that sufficient efforts have been made to protect the vital economic and heritage downtown cores.
7. Since the information is available, why was the report not updated with the most recent even higher population forecast and the Statistics Canada numbers released in February 2017. These new numbers could have been added to the text even as a footnote.