By Mike Renzella
The Haldimand Press
HALDIMAND—Watson and Associates Economists Limited (Watson) presented Council with the final revision to their Growth Management Strategy last week, focusing on several elements related to the urban areas, growth forecasts, and targets for 2021 and beyond in Haldimand County.
A big focus of the strategy is rethinking how lands around the county are developed in order to create better functionality and a focus on changing land needs. One of the goals would be to eliminate or rethink development on lands with known constraints such as their proximity to a floodplain, or lands with limited connectivity to existing infrastructure and road networks.
“We are on the cusp of bringing a consultant onboard to provide a detailed flood plain analysis, which is a prerequisite of the Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA), before acquiescing or agreeing to a certain level of residential development in that area,” explained Director of Planning and Development for Haldimand, Mike Evers. “That consultant will also be doing what is known as a mini master servicing plan, so we will have a good basis for developers to work from in terms of how they would be expected to service lands in the northeast portion of Dunnville.”
Analysis of the urban areas of Haldimand County revealed the need to make some designation changes. Caledonia was identified as having a sizable shortage of both residential and commercial lands, with a recommendation to expand the urban boundary of the town in order to meet growing land needs. Both Townsend and Jarvis were identified as having a surplus of residential land, with a recommendation to compress their urban boundaries, while Hagersville would see a minor boundary change to facilitate a land swap agreement, and Cayuga would see no boundary changes.