Section 3 Shaping the County
The first subsection speaks to how the plan protects and enhances the County’s many natural features including wetlands, shorelines, valleylands and woodlands. The plan outlines if and what form of development can take place in or adjacent to such a feature. If development is permitted the plan will require one or more environmental studies to be done to support the proposed development. Any required study will need to show that no negative impact will occur to the natural feature as a result of the proposed development in advance of the proposal being approved.
One new feature is the concept of “natural core areas” and the linkages between them. These natural core areas can be seen on Schedule B of the plan. Currently the plan will not support major developments within natural core areas. However, given how much of the County falls within this proposed designation, we might ask ourselves:
- Is too much land being protected or not enough? How much and what size and types of development could or should be permitted?
- Is eco-tourism a viable option within Natural Core Areas given the environmental studies required to support an application for development??
The next subsection provides details on economic prosperity within the County. Given the County’s vision:
- How do we create meaningful jobs and still protect the uniqueness of our community?
The agricultural sector is an integral part of the County.
- How do we maintain and support the growth of the agricultural industry?
Tourism is another large sector of the economy.
- How and where do we build upon this sector?
Next we look at how we create a liveable community. The main objective for housing is to create an appropriate mix of housing that is attainable to most along with creating affordable housing for low income individuals and families. Have we missed an opportunity based on your reading of the policies?
We examine heritage buildings and landscapes and policies to help preserve and enhance our history for those who live in the community and those who may visit as tourists.
No community is complete without its facilities and services. The plan recognizes the value of community facilities that are accessible to all and that services are centrally located to support the community. The plan provides for many of the services to be within the villages.
- However, is this the best way to provide a service?
- Are there cost implications for another method of service delivery?
The final subsection provides policy to guide the development of infrastructure and the type of infrastructure to be used in different situations. For instance, villages with one municipal service (water) will be developed based on the extension of the water service to new development proposals. However, sanitary servicing options will focus on the provision of communal systems first and private systems second.
- In the presented scenario, should the municipality do more to obtain some sort of municipal sanitary servicing system and, if so, how might this affect growth in those communities?
The plan also recognizes that local roads do not need to be 20 m wide. The typical standard now is 18 m (pavement width is still the same) but we should also explore other standards, such as a 14 m local road for window streets where the boulevards of two streets meet. The ability to be creative with regards to municipal infrastructure can lead to savings for the County and help achieve more affordable housing.