Almost every week it seems, somewhere in this newspaper, there is a story concerning development.
Residents were opposed to a development in Uxbridge last week, and this week, Regional Chair Roger Anderson was reminding members of council to make sure they North Durham presented a strong case to Queen’s Park on the matter of reformed Greenbelt and Oak Ridges Moraine legislation, in part to possibly open the door to additional development. That in turn, would be opposed by nearby residents, and the cycle will continue.
That seems to be the nature of how these stories play out. Wherever there is development, residents opposed to that development are rarely far behind armed with the usual arguments about traffic and potential negative impact on property values.
The reality of the situation is that there has never been any sort of development that has pleased existing residents who have become accustomed to their quiet neighbourhood and plentiful greenspace.
That’s not to say that all development is good development, and in cases where a development can only move ahead after the oldest home in town is moved as in the case of 62 Mill St. in Uxbridge, it probably should be modified in some way.
Navigating this delicate balance of adding new while protecting old is a large part of why councillors are elected in the first place. An ideal mix of ideas from the municipality, local residents and developers is a must if our communities are going to grow in a responsible manner, and we should all be working together to ensure a vibrant and healthy community for generations to come.
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