Comments have been made recently about development for Port Perry, “that sometimes change is good” and “it will be hard for most to argue against development” regarding the building boom that will be sweeping Port Perry saddens me. Both comments are focussed on money, new sources of revenue.
I did not move to Port Perry 18 years ago because of homeowners’ taxes. I moved to Scugog Township for its peacefulness and serenity that I found in the landscape; the lake, the forests, the scattered farms. I came here to be part of a small town -- fewer people and fewer problems. Now you say this is about to change for the better. I think not.
Another local newspaper stated that the new development “will ease the tax burden on those who already call Scugog home.” I highly doubt my homeowner’s tax will be reduced as a result of new development. In fact, I’m quite sure over time the government will see fit to increase it again, new development or not.
Has there been any thought about the increase in traffic this new development will bring? On a summer’s day, people are lined up in their vehicles as far as the eye can see at the intersection of Hwy. 7A and Simcoe Street. How will our traffic issues play out with an additional 850 households joining the community?
Who really profits from development, particularly when you condense housing to condominiums and apartments? The developer does. The more housing units, the more money the developer makes.
I have seen this scenario before in Rouge Hill and Scarborough. Developers bought the land around Port Union Rd. and tried to build highrises there but the West Rouge Ratepayers opposed it vehemently. Rouge Hill did ultimately get developed with the building of single-family homes. Developers also wanted to build condos, apartments, etc., in the Rouge Valley. Again the community fought hard against this development. As a result of their tenacity, the Rouge Valley did not get developed. It is now a national park.
In my opinion, the addition of 850 new housing units (some of which will be comprised of apartments and condos) is the beginning of a nightmare that will have us looking like Scarborough. Those who disagree with this new development will be opposing ‘Big Money’.
But, not all of us submit to this bigger-is-better profit motivated ideology.