- More than 90% of the housing stock in the municipality is single-unit dwelling on unserviced lots.
- 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.
- 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.
- Most of the public roads are highways (arterial, collectors, and local) and there are virtually no public connector roads within or between residential developments.
- Ribbon development along existing roads is the other predominant development trend in the municipality which landlocks land for future development.
- With an increase in development pressures, farmers are choosing to sell good quality farmland for speculation which removes land from food production permanently.
- There has been a loss of viewscapes and rural character due to growing development pressures.
- The mostly rural feel of the community remains, which does give the municipality time to shape what future development can look like.
- The proximity of the municipality to Cornwall allows the community to consider growth and expansion to take advantage of community services.
- The variety of landscapes and natural features within the municipality makes the community unique.
- The newly amalgamated population gives the community a stronger voice in lobbying the province for better connectivity, road maintenance, and expanded active transportation infrastructure.
- Having a land-use plan and by-law allows the municipality to control the proliferation (and quality) of private roads.
- Is there an adequate mix of housing stock to support an ageing population? What’s missing?
- Is the community affordable? If not, is there a desire to develop policies to support or facilitate low-income housing?
- Are there any new conflicts between uses occurring as increasing numbers of people settle in the municipality?
- Should higher levels of development (larger subdivisions) be directed to certain parts of the
- 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?
- How should the municipality approach development approvals with on-site servicing for existing undersized lots?