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  1. More than 90% of the housing stock in the municipality is single-unit dwelling on unserviced lots.

  2. Affordable housing is an important consideration in all municipalities, including “bedroom” communities. Housing pressures are stronger than ever in the central region of the province.

  3. The majority of lot creation has taken place along the municipality’s coastline. This has led to the growth in the development of substandard, dead-end private roads that are not necessarily accessible by emergency responders or in winter.

  4. Most of the public roads are highways (arterial, collectors, and local) and there are virtually no public connector roads within or between residential developments.

  5. Ribbon development along existing roads is the other predominant development trend in the municipality which landlocks land for future development.

  6. With an increase in development pressures, farmers are choosing to sell good quality farmland for speculation which removes land from food production permanently.

  7. There has been a loss of viewscapes and rural character due to growing development pressures.

  1. The mostly rural feel of the community remains, which does give the municipality time to shape what future development can look like.

  2. The proximity of the municipality to Cornwall allows the community to consider growth and expansion to take advantage of community services.

  3. The variety of landscapes and natural features within the municipality makes the community unique.

  4. The newly amalgamated population gives the community a stronger voice in lobbying the province for better connectivity, road maintenance, and expanded active transportation infrastructure.

  5. Having a land-use plan and by-law allows the municipality to control the proliferation (and quality) of private roads.

  1. Is there an adequate mix of housing stock to support an ageing population? What’s missing?

  2. Is the community affordable? If not, is there a desire to develop policies to support or facilitate low-income housing?

  3. Are there any new conflicts between uses occurring as increasing numbers of people settle in the municipality?

  4. Should higher levels of development (larger subdivisions) be directed to certain parts of the
    municipality?

  5. Should the Special Planning Area objectives and approach be directed to the whole municipality or just those areas to which they apply under the provincial regulations?

  6. How should the municipality approach development approvals with on-site servicing for existing undersized lots?

Contextual Background Study

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