Since we rolled into 2016, the changes coming to our community are starting to loom ever closer. When the sewage treatment facility gets up and running to the north of Port Perry, the doors will be open to the builders that have been patiently waiting, clutching their plans of development, to get moving and get the proverbial shovel in the ground. Depending on whom you listen to, there could be as many as 350 new builds in the Port Perry area. Now, some of these have been on the board for some time. The north end by the curling rink for example. So they will proceed and get their area finished off, allowing more new people to experience this fine community first hand.
The major concern going forward is will there be more affordable housing in the plans? First time buyers these days have a tough road.
We truly feel sorry for young couples starting out these days. The gap between wages earned and the cost of living has widened incredibly and nowhere more than housing. Just ask someone that bought a house 30 years ago. You will be astounded at what they paid. And the prices around Port have jumped drastically in the last 8 years.
The other big consideration is the density issue and just how much growth will happen. One need look no further than Brooklin or Whitby to get the drift there. Whitby has grown 63 per cent since 1999. Need proof? Just take a drive down that way and have a look at all the building going on. Some areas can’t be recognized anymore. Brooklin even more so.
What Port has is what most towns dearly aspire to. A downtown that is clearly a downtown. That's still the heart and soul of any community. It's where the pulse comes from. What we don't want is to become yet another bedroom community to feed the monster that is Toronto.
Growth is important. To not grow is another form of dying. But that growth needs to be controlled and regulated. Here's hoping our Mayor and councillors recognize that and keep a steady and firm finger on the pulse. We're going to need it.
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