1) Hanover is bursting at the seams and in need of more land for development. How would you address this challenge?
Hanover makes good use of lands in Hanover for residential growth such as infilling and urban density (new housing builds on large lots where the original home is only taking a portion of the lot), The business park is nearly bought up and new industrial lands are available for development in the area north of the Saugeen River in Hanover. A new agreement must be made with West Grey that allows Hanover to grow and gain the benefits of enlarging its border (eg. property taxes, services) or taking the issue to Grey County or the Province for annexation. Any economic growth in Hanover benefits our municipal neighbours.
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?
Parks Recreation and Culture in Hanover is planning to have markers along the trail that can identify the area along the trail system if there is an issue to report. People using the trail systems should continue to report activities to be investigated. Bylaws will need to be updated to allow charges to be laid along the trail system on Town property (such as vagrancy or illegal use of property). Added police monitoring of trails means increased policing costs. Coordination with social agencies, mental health and police services needs to happen to address the circumstances of these individuals "living" along the trails....is it mental health issues, addictions, homelessness or poverty? Throwing people in jail or outside the Town limits is not respectful or compassionate.
3) Would you support allowing a cannabis retail operation to set up shop in Hanover?
Legalization of recreational marijuana use will be a reality. My personal preference for cannabis retail sales would have been the previous Provincial governments plan of (LCBO) government controlled retail model. If there was a cannabis retail store allowed in Hanover, it would be required to be monitored and would have a lot of restrictions regarding location. Beside the police station is my suggestion.