1) Hanover is bursting at the seams and in need of more land for development. How would you address this challenge?
If we are going to maintain and strengthen our position as a regional centre we need to expand our land base. As our Business Park is reaching its capacity, we are investigating Phase III of our Business Park just north of the Saugeen River. In 2013 and 2014 West Grey and Hanover signed a Charter along with a Development Agreement. Studies have been completed and the County has recognized that Hanover will run out of land in the foreseeable future. Hanover is positioned for growth but we need the buy in from both councils and if that does not happen we will look at other options.
2) Many residents are expressing safety concerns regarding Hanover’s Trail System. Much of this concern stems from ‘Tent City’, (individuals living in tents in the forested area near the trails.) How should the Town address these safety concerns?
Affordable housing and homelessness is administered and managed by Grey County. We work closely with the County and we are fortunate that the Hanover Salvation Army and local ‘Y’ Housing offer support in Hanover.
Along the trail, people will naturally not feel safe in certain areas that are natural. To help people feel safe and at ease while using our trails we are exploring opportunities to initiate a volunteer community trail walkers group. The group will be trained by the police to monitor the trails. They will be the eyes and ears on the trail and if they see anything suspicious they will call the poli
3) Would you support allowing a cannabis retail operation to set up shop in Hanover?
Cannabis retail stores will be highly regulated and licensed by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission. They must meet the safety and security regulations and pass inspection compliance audits. If we opt out of the process there will be illegal sales in our community. Individuals will go underground and there will be no control of the contents in black market cannabis. Hanover is a progressive community; we are forward thinking and I support opting in. I prefer legal, regulated sales to the illegal market.