1) Hanover is bursting at the seams and in need of more land for development. How would you address this challenge?
Hanover produces 17% of Grey County’s jobs with less than 0.5% of its land mass. Imagine what we could do with one or two percent?! The first step is for the new Council to solidify that this is our number one priority. Secondly, very soon after the election, we need to reach out to the new West Grey council to negotiate terms for a ‘friendly’ boundary adjustment on consent. At the same time, we need to demonstrate that we are maximizing use of the precious little land we still have – particularly those lands at our North boundary. Lastly, if negotiations with West Grey do not produce favourable results, we will have to explore all legal options for a boundary adjustment through the Province.
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?
Our community trails are a tremendous asset that draws people to the Town. It is essential that all citizens feel safe using the trails. We can address the safety concerns on two fronts. First, we can increase police patrols and encourage citizens to report suspicious activity. Second, we need to address the issues that cause citizens in our community to resort to living in tents. Working with: the Bruce/Grey Poverty Task Force, faith groups, mental health agencies, Grey County Housing, Bruce Grey Child & Family Services and others we can make a concerted effort to address the underlying issues such as: poverty, homelessness, drug and alcohol abuse and mental health. Such a strategy fits perfectly with goal #3 under the ‘Community Initiatives’ section of our strategic plan.
3) Would you support allowing a cannabis retail operation to set up shop in Hanover?
If it is lawful and strictly adheres to provincial legislation and regulations – yes.