Regional growth will impact municipalities at all levels
by Sandy Lindsay

March 17, 2017



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Bruce Power recently hosted a session for more than 150 developers, politicians, staff from Bruce, Huron and Grey Counties and municipalities.

In Bruce County, staff will be assisting developers in the planning process when it comes to housing and business development.  Planning departments

The Bruce Power Life-Extension Program and Major Component Replacement (MCR) is a mammoth project that will affect the entire region.  Bruce Power President and CEO, Mike Rencheck, is adamant that suppliers and contractors throughout the project must have a 'local' presence regionally.

Local developers, land owners and planners also participated in the session where collaboration was stressed.

Saugeen Shores, the fastest growing municipality in Bruce County, has taken the proactive step of recently appointing a Community Development Officer, Jessica Lindthorne.  In her position, she will be a liaison with developers who may have questions about the process when it comes to planning and development.

In addition, what formerly came before the Planning Advisory Committee (PAC) will now come directly before Council. 

Building continues to show strong growth in the municipality.  Year to date building permits are currently at 52 issued  compared to 41 in  2016. 

As of the end of February, permits number 20 compared to 17 in 2016.  The overall permit value for February is slightly over $3Million compared to $2M in 2016.

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The biggest increase has been in multi-family residential that has gone from $1,141,000 in February (2016 year to date) to $4,541,000 this February (year to date).  It also appears that renovations and additions are becoming more popular having increased from 2016's $44,000 to $355,000 (2017 year to date).

Thanks to past engineering expertise and foresight, Saugeen Shores has the infrastructure in place to accommodate future development.

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