DAN CEARNS The Standard
SCUGOG: Regional Chairman Roger Anderson made his annual address to Scugog Council on Monday, June 1, providing an update on the recent actions of Regional Council, including housing, transportation and the upcoming review of Regional Council representation.
One of the next steps for the Region that Mr. Anderson mentioned was the implementation of the Durham Housing Plan this year. The plan is active until 2024. The goals of the plan are to provide more affordable rental housing options for low and moderate-income families, housing that supports diverse communities and more information about support services. The plan will be funded by a one-time investment by the Federal and Provincial governments of $28.2 million over the next five years.
“We will be able to create 120 new rental units, we’ll be able to work with habitat for humanity to provide 16 new affordable home ownership opportunities and we’ll be able to offer rent subsidies to over 600 households on the Regions social housing waiting list of 5,400 people,” said Mr. Anderson.
According to the Plan, households in Durham are forecast to increase from 214,000 in 2011 to 356,000 in 2031 and seniors will increase to about a third of the Region’s population by then.
Mr. Anderson also said that the Region is currently looking at the right size for their Regional Council, after many years of debate over the current levels of representation. The Region has sent off a letter to the Chambers of Commerce in Brock, Uxbridge and Scugog and are waiting for them to nominate one person to represent North Durham.
“Hopefully we’ll be able to get the answers back from the chambers of commerce and the boards of trade across the Region of Durham in the next couple of weeks so that we can begin commencing.,“ added Mr. Anderson.
Members of the committee that will be looking into it will include Mr. Anderson, eight regional councillors, a representative from UOIT, Durham College and Trent University as well as representatives from the Region’s boards of trade and chambers of commerce.
The report will come to Regional Council in November and will be finalized by March 16, 2016. After that, it would be up to Regional Council to decide if they would like to restructure the current distribution of representation.
Mr. Anderson also said the region plans to invest $10 million dollars this year in road rehabilitation programs to fix over nine kilometres of regional roads in Scugog, including intersection improvements along Simcoe St, and repairs to a section from Hwy. 12 to Marsh Hill Rd.
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